April 2019 | Volume 71, Number 4
Souped-Up Search Engines Wrangle Drilling, Completions Data
Fed by big data loads from big operators, a university consortium and software firm are each working to make upstream data access as quick and easy as a Google search.
Permian Operators Squeezed by Growing Water Pressure
Finding water for hydraulic fracturing and then finding a use for it when it flows back are critical engineering problems to solve in the booming Permian Basin.
To Solve Frac Hits, Unconventional Engineering Must Revolve Around Them
The struggle to overcome the challenge of frac hits has led to a critical dialogue about which pathway the shale sector should take. One idea is to simply put the problem at the center of every major decision.
In 2040, Will There Be Jobs for Petroleum Engineers?
BP’s latest annual energy outlook considers many scenarios for the future, and they all require engineers to find a lot more oil to meet high demand.
The Digital Future of E&P Can Lead to Data-Driven Anxiety
The constant talk about the data-driven future of the oil and gas business poses a threatening question for some petroleum engineers: What do I need to know to ensure I have a job next year?
E&P Leaders Gather for Arctic Technology Conference
More than 250 industry leaders highly involved in Arctic E&P gathered for the 2018 Arctic Technology Conference recently in Houston.
OTC Starts Another 50 Years by Looking to the Future
A preview of the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference
SPE Board Announces Nominees: 2021 President and 2020 Directors
Tom Blasingame is the nominee for 2021 SPE President. He and four others make up the slate of nominees recommended for positions open on the SPE Board of Directors.
New Tech Accelerator Teams With Big Operators To Solve the Pilot Problem
Funding for startups in the upstream industry does not always guarantee that oil and gas companies will want to test the new technology. A new venture and accelerator model hopes to change this through guaranteed pilots.
Noble Energy Touts Output Gains, Potential From “Row Development” Concept
Noble’s first row of wells in its massive Mustang project is helping increase the operator’s DJ Basin output, and similar results are soon expected in the Delaware Basin.
Devon Pulls Up Its Roots, Goes All In on US Oil
Devon Energy will be getting simpler and smaller by selling two no-growth assets—gas acreage in the Barnett Shale in Texas and oil sand operations in Canada. Its future is staked on growing oil production in the Permian’s Delaware Basin and three other unconventional oil plays.
EIA Adds New Plays to Shale Gas, Tight Oil Reports
The agency updated its methodology and production volume estimates to factor increasing production from new, emerging plays as well as older plays that have rebounded thanks to drilling advancements.
Chesapeake Teams With Analytics Firm To Improve Asset Performance
The Oklahoma City independent has a new-look portfolio and new operational and financial priorities. And now it has enlisted an energy research firm to leverage advanced analytics and machine learning to help get the most out of its assets.
Brazil’s Lula Field a Step Closer to Producing 1 Million B/D of Oil
Petrobras and Shell have brought online the Lula field’s seventh FPSO as the firms continue to ramp up production from the pre-salt Santos Basin.
In Memoriam: Dennis Hahn
05 March 2019
Dennis Hahn, SPE, former chair of the SPE Canada Board, the SPE Calgary Section, and director of the.......Read More
In Memoriam: Sam Gibbs
05 March 2019
Sam Gibbs, the inventor of the wave equation method used in the rod pumping diagnostic and predictiv.......Read More
In Memoriam: Rui Vasco Sitoe
27 February 2019
Rui Vasco Sitoe, associate professor in the petroleum engineering department at the Universidade Edu.......Read More
In Memoriam: J.G. (George) Savins
21 February 2019
J.G. (George) Savins, SPE, an SPE Legion of Honor member and technology inventor in the field of rhe.......Read More
Ehsaan Ahmad Nasir
Reservoir Engineer, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Senior Manager for Design for Reliability, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Professor, University of Alberta
Senior Petroleum Engineer, Petrobras Research Center
History Matching and Forecasting
Machine-learning methods have gained tremendous attention in the last decade. The underlying idea behind machine learning is that computers can identify patterns and learn from data with minimal human intervention. This is not very different from the notion of automatic history matching.
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