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Managing Dual Careers—Work-Life Integration in a 24⁄7 World

Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce. Join Eve Sprunt on 27 March for an important discussion the dual-career workforce. Learn more »

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February Oil and Gas Facilities Now Available

Unconventional resources are highlighted in this issue. Operators are using alternative methods of water management, including recycling and reuse of their flowback and produced water, and at the same time, reduce the volumes of flowback and produced water that have to be transported, treated, and disposed. One size does not fit all, and economic variables differ across fields, wells, and operators. Another article looks at how operators are increasingly implementing metric-driven chemical management programs. An inefficient CMP can not only be a major contributor to operating expense, but can lead to later problems with flow assurance and infrastructure integrity, such as corrosion and failures. Check out the article on the design of smallbore pipework connections. Vibration-induced fatigue failures of pipework smallbore connections due to turbulent flow excitation continue to occur in process piping systems. One of the primary causes of these failures is poor design. The article presents a method to develop the concept of a cutoff natural frequency into a practical application that can be used during the design process.

Projects, Facilities, and Construction

ATCE 2014 Call for Papers Deadline—Monday, 27 January

SPE’s flagship meeting—the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)—will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and showcase many exciting new technologies, products, and best practices.

ATCE 2014 will have an expanded technical program and special events focused on projects, facilities, and construction.

Technical demands for this discipline are changing, and SPE needs your help in bringing the latest technologies, discoveries, and solutions to the E&P community.

Submit a paper proposal by 27 January.

If your proposal is selected, you will present your paper to an audience of your peers at ATCE 2014, 27-29 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

As a professional interested in projects, facilities and construction, we encourage you to submit a proposal on topics such as:

  • Topside design and operation
  • Process control
  • Process safety
  • Project management
  • Commissioning and Initial Startup
  • Decommissioning
  • Novel technologies
  • Chemical systems
  • Material and Corrosion

Decide now to become an integral part of SPE’s tradition of excellence. Showcase your own and your company’s latest and most innovative technology at our premier technical conference.

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Join SPE’s New Technical Section for Flow Assurance

SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on flow assurance, a key area of interest for facilities engineers. This new section seeks to further the objectives of SPE in the free discussion of matters relating to flow assurance, to establish consensus on industry best practices, and to promote these practices widely.

Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today.

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Welcome to New Technical Director: Drilling and Completions

Welcome to the SPE’s Drilling and Completions discipline page.  This is intended to be a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the drilling and completions community.

Technology transfer is at the core of SPE activities.  The SPE Drilling and Completion journal, now published online, provides access to quality assured technology through peer-reviewed technical papers.  The SPE publishes a wide range of drilling and completion related textbooks, monographs, primers, and reprints.  Each year there are many regional and global conferences, forums and workshops covering topics of relevance to drilling and completions.  Three technical sections—Drilling Systems Automation, Wellbore Integrity and Wellbore Positioning—exist to support members’ interests in those specific aspects of oilfield technology.  SPE Connect, its professional networks and drilling and completion online communities together allow SPE members to meet and to collaborate on technical matters and challenges.

Two recent innovations expanding the range of technology transfer activities are the webinar series and Petrowiki.  The webinars are a great way to hear industry experts talking about topics of current importance.  I’m proud that drilling and completions was the first discipline to be represented in Petrowiki.  Please use and contribute it to help it become the best possible resource for all drilling and completion related information and knowledge.

It’s my honour and privilege to serve as Technical Director for Drilling and Completions.  I believe it’s important that the SPE should provide the support practising drilling and completions professionals need to drill and to complete every well safely, efficiently, and with minimized environmental impact.  Through my career in the development and application of drilling technology I’ve benefitted greatly from many of things the SPE does for its members.  I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of that depends on its members volunteering their time and talents.  I encourage you to visit the Get Involved pages of SPE.org to learn more about how you can help your fellow members by contributing to SPE activities.

I’ve outlined here some of the SPE’s various drilling and completions related activities.  With the Drilling and Completions Advisory Committee, I’ll be working to expand these and to make them more relevant to today’s challenges.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think there are additional activities SPE could be pursuing which would be of value to you in your professional life.

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Welcome to New Technical Director: Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Howard DuhonI am very honored to serve as your new Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PF&C) Technical Director. There has never been a more exciting time to be a facilities engineer. Our projects are technically and socially complex and this complexity makes them the most interesting projects on the planet.

When I first joined SPE about 15 years ago, SPE was mainly focused on the reservoir, but that has changed dramatically. Thanks to the efforts of directors who proceeded me in this role (Ken Arnold, Paul Jones, and John Walsh) and those of many other volunteers, SPE now offers a host of services to the men and women who design, construct, and operate facilities.

I have spent the past 23 years in the oil industry (with 15 years in chemical plants before that). Much of my experience is in topsides process design. In recent years I’ve worked mainly in commissioning and initial startup planning. It will be my mission as the PF&C Director to use that background to guide SPE in the development of more services to facilities engineers. I will highlight some of those initiatives in future notes here. But for now, just a few words about what SPE already does for the PF&C community:

  1. Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine. This bi-monthly periodical, started two years ago, includes peer-reviewed articles, feature articles on a variety of topics, regular columns on water management and engineering culture. Expect much more in the way of how-to articles beginning early to mid-2014.
  2. Three Technical Sections on Separations Technology, Water Management, and Flow assurance (effective Jan 2014).
  3. A variety of workshops on topics such as Final Commissioning and Initial Startup, Water Management, Chemical Systems, and Flow Assurance.
  4. SPE recently rolled out Petrowiki. It contains the entire seven-volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook series including Volume III: Facilities and Construction Engineering.
  5. Social media tools to connect with other professions including the SPE LinkedIn site and SPE Connect.

We have come a long way and there is still a long way to travel.

  • Our projects are complex and we sometimes fail (on cost, schedule, and performance). We must do better.
  • I don’t think that we are training the next generation as well as my generation was trained. We must do better.
  • We have made great strides in personnel safety; perhaps less so in process safety. We must do better.
  • The local communities in which we install facilities frequently resist these developments. We must do a better job of engaging with local communities.

I look forward to serving as PF&C Director for the next three years and look forward to hearing your ideas on how SPE can better serve our community.