March 2016 | Volume 68, Number 3
Management — Managing Project Uncertainty: The Delphi Method
Decision making in uncertain environments is key to the successful delivery of oil and gas projects. By definition, however, uncertainty is ambiguous and unpredictable.
Vietnam Still Holds Much E&P Opportunity
As oil companies struggle with the collapse in crude prices and industry upheaval, assessing the future of exploration and production (E&P) in specific countries requires a longer term vision of a market in which prices will have stabilized and rebounded to a level yet undetermined.
Electromagnetic Imaging Offers First Look at the Propped Rock
Understanding how much rock is being stimulated and propped is critical for unconventional producers. New imaging methods using electromagnetic energy or acoustic microemitters could represent a milestone in understanding what is left behind after fracturing.
New Technology Seeks To Give Voice to Proppant
A pair of inventive companies are working on a way to allow microseismic tests to visualize the otherwise silent process of propping fractures.
Industrial-Sized Cyber Attacks Threaten the Upstream Sector
Cyber threats have expanded beyond data breaches and the theft of intellectual property. Drilling and production assets are at risk of being disrupted or destroyed due to vulnerable control systems.
As Attacks Rise, Prime Target Remains IT Networks
Second only to the power and utility sector, the oil and gas industry is experiencing a higher frequency of cyber attacks than any other industry. The vast majority of penetrations are in the information technology (IT) networks that run a company’s daily business.
Mechanized Stabbing Guide
10 Feb 2016
The new Weatherford mechanized stabbing guide remotely guides tubulars to facilitate hands-free stab ...
08 Feb 2016
PQ Corporation introduced the EcoDrill S45, an environmentally friendly chemical treatment for water ...
Encapsulated ESP Handles Multiphase Flows To Extend Run Life and Boost Oil Recovery
Electrical submersible pump (ESP) systems are critical to achieving the maximum production rates and reservoir pressure drawdown that improve ultimate recovery. But variable volumes of gas in unconventional wells can pose challenges for performance of the ESP.
22 February 2016
TAM International has made changes to its management team. Michael Beleau, SPE, has been appointed b.......Read More
21 February 2016
Martin Coronado, SPE, has been appointed engineering director at TAM. Previously, he was vice presid.......Read More
20 February 2016
Timothy Davis, SPE, has been appointed global technical director at TAM. He will be overseeing globa.......Read More
19 February 2016
TAM has appointed Arthur Loginov, SPE, director of Latin America for western hemisphere operations. .......Read More
18 February 2016
Peter Howell, SPE, has been appointed drilling and wells excellence manager for the Oil and Gas Inst.......Read More
In Memoriam: Arlie Skov
17 February 2016
Arlie Skov, 1991 SPE president, died 23 December 2015. He was 87. Skov’s presidential year was mark.......Read More
In Memoriam: Donald Russell
16 February 2016
Donald Russell, 1974 SPE president, died 19 December 2015. He was 84. Russell became president duri.......Read More
In Memoriam: Howard Randolph Crawford
15 February 2016
Horace Randolph (Randy) Crawford, SPE, died 16 December 2015 at age 87. He was a pioneer in fracture.......Read More
DNV GL Launches Initiatives To Reduce Cost of Qualifying Composite Materials
To help lower costs of offshore projects, DNV GL has launched initiatives focused on the use of composite components.
Drawdown Management Critical To Mitigating EUR Losses in Shale Wells
In drawdown management, operators can exert control over the downhole flow pressure, reservoir pressure, and choke size to avoid estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) losses.
Payoff Still Possible in Refracturing Conventional Wells
A refracturing campaign in the Permian yielded a production gain that allowed payback on the investment within 6–12 months.
Hess Pilots Automated Drilling Rig in the Bakken
A pilot project carried out by Hess demonstrates how quickly automated drilling technology is able to take a rig from the bottom of the pack in terms of performance and push it to the top.
Senior Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco
Drilling and Completions Engineering Manager, Eni
Professor, University of Alberta
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