SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Web Events

Web Event: Drilling Automation

Attend a web event on “Drilling Automation Research at the University of Texas at Austin” presented by Eric van Oort and Pradeep Ashok on 27 January. This webinar will describe the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation.

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Nominations: 2015 International and Regional Awards

Help us recognize excellence in our HSSE-SR discipline!

The Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility Award of SPE recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the field of environmental protection, health, or safety in oil and gas exploration, drilling, or production operations.

Deadline: 15 February

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Director’s Note: Introduction

As your new Management & Information (M&I) Technical Director, I would like to use my first words in these notes to thank you for your service and constant support of SPE. It is an honor to serve on the SPE Board of Directors (BOD) and I plan, during the next 3 years of my mandate, to use this space as a channel of communication about all initiatives in our M&I area.

I would like to thank and commend my predecessor, Cindy Reece, for the fantastic work and leadership she showed during the last 3 years as a member of the Board. Cindy was an indefatigable thinker and hard worker advancing several M&I issues. She was a driving force in the initiative to understand the challenges to attract, develop, and retain PE faculty. Within this area, she also led the effort to organize in 2013 the Forum on Education with the theme “2020 Foresight – Ensuring Educational Excellence for Upstream Engineering Resources.” Cindy continues serving SPE and we are currently working together to organize a new forum in 2016 (more information later).

We have a busy, and hopefully very productive, year ahead of us. Besides the efforts towards the 2016 Education Forum, we will be working on plans for a few other 2016 proposed fora as well as several 2015/2016 SPE events covering aspects of the M&I discipline. Also, we will be working closely with the newly elected leadership of the Digital Energy (DE) and Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) technical sections. Additionally, we are fostering an initiative to publish a technical report for Decision Quality in Multi-Company Upstream Projects.

In the upcoming months, I plan to update you on all the above mentioned initiatives.   We will also have guest writers commenting on important topics related to M&I. Thank you again for being part of SPE. I welcome your comments, feedback, and assistance to help improve our M&I area. Please feel free to contact me at jc-cunha@spemail.org.

Training Course

Training Course: Gas Shale Reservoir Evaluation Methods

Gain training on the evaluation methods and techniques that can be utilized to delineate productive shales from barren shales. One of the major challenges of gas shale reservoirs is to apply conventional log data to acquire reservoir rock properties. Organic matter richness, thermal maturity status, porosity, permeability, frees gas saturation, adsorbed gas volume and rock mechanical characteristics are among those critical parameters that have to be estimated for gas shale field assessment. In this course log analysis for gas shale reservoirs will be demonstrated practically to estimate reservoir properties.

Join Reza Rezaee 29-30 January 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Tight Coalbed Methane—A Giant Worldwide Resource

Because of the coal depositional process and the nature of gas storage and transport mechanisms, a large percentage of coalbed methane (CBM) exists in low-permeability, or tight, coals. Horizontal drilling and enhanced CBM techniques have been successful in recov­ering gas from tight coals, but with limited commercial suc­cess so far. Better understanding of coal geology and geome­chanics will lead to identification of sweet spots that can be successfully developed. Advancements in horizontal drilling technology and potentially enhanced CBM technology will reduce development costs and facilitate commercial devel­opment. Research and development is required to advance these technologies.

Join Michael Zuber as he discusses the topic.

January 20, 2015              Moscow, Russia
January 22, 2015              Ankara, Turkey
January 26, 2015              Nairobi, Kenya

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Distinguished Lecturer: Moving the Frontiers in Artificial Lift Technology in Mature Field Operations

A significant portion of oper­ating costs in brownfields is related to lifting costs and main­tenance of artificial lift equipment. Problems can lead to premature abandonment of a field despite the fact that significant oil and gas reserves remain in the reservoir. To combat this loss of reserves and valuable energy resource, a number of measures must be taken. The pre­sentation will provide a field case showing this process and will give a detailed insight of the basket of technical solutions and the commercial impact.

Join Siegfried Muessig as he discusses the topic.

January 10, 2015              Duliajan, India
January 13, 2015              New Delhi, India
January 14, 2015              Bangalore, India
January 16, 2015              Mumbai, India
January 19, 2015              Shekou, China
January 20, 2015              Dongying, China
January 22, 2015              Bangkok, Thailand

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Distinguished Lecturer: Energy-Efficient, Low-Water Usage Heavy Oil Recovery Methods

Numerous schemes to use solvent and heat have been invented and patented for in-situ heavy oil recovery from oil sand formations. However, there is a lack of basic phase behavior data and mechanis­tic knowledge about the solvent/heat assisted recovery process­es. This talk will provide quantitative mechanistic insights into the processes.

Join Jalal Abedi as he discusses the topic.

January 15, 2015              Warri, Nigeria
January 16, 2015              Abuja, Nigeria
January 18, 2015              Cairo, Egypt
January 21, 2015              Islamabad, Pakistan

Training Course

Training Course: Shale Evaluation and Development

Gain a technical overview of the geologic, evaluation, completion and development aspects of shale with a special emphasis on what is unique compared to conventional oil and gas. Topics include:

  • Resource analysis
  • Locating sweet spots
  • Production forecasting
  • Key terminology and concepts
  • Design and analysis of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing
  • Identification and impacts of hydrocarbon composition variability

Join Steve Hennings 21-22 January 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Learn more »

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Training Course: Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

From its beginning, microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing has created controversy. Gain an understanding of the foundation of the “ground truth” from microseismic imaging data, an appreciation for the implementation and benefits of the technology, and an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the technology. This interdisciplinary technology combines geophysics, geology, and geomechanics with well completion technologies.

Join Kenneth Mahrer 22-23 January 2015 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Shale Plays and the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation

The global shale revolution is just beginning. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders (governments, regulators, academia, the public) argu­ably have equal, and perhaps more, influence on the implemen­tation of new shale developments.

Join Joseph Frantz as he discusses the topic.

January 13, 2015              Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
January 14, 2015              Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
January 15, 2015              Amarillo, Texas, USA
January 19, 2015              Austin, Texas, USA
January 20, 2015              Houston, Texas, USA
January 21, 2015              Dallas, Texas, USA
January 22, 2015              Fort Worth, Texas, USA