September 2016 | Volume 68, Number 9
2017 SPE President’s Interview: Janeen Judah
2017 SPE President Janeen Judah shares the goals for her presidency and the strategies she has planned to guide SPE through the downturn. Seconded to this position from Chevron, Judah will take office during the 2016 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).
India Road Tests Its E&P Growth Plan
An auction of small discoveries that were passed over by India’s national oil companies is a test of the country’s efforts to boost oil and gas development by encouraging participation from inside and outside this energy-hungry country.
Upgrading Soft Skills During Boom and Bust Business Cycles
Given the cyclical nature of the industry, how might individuals and companies prepare for a potential re-emergence of the boom cycle? This article emphasizes the importance of soft skills in navigating the effects of systems and structures on human patterns of behavior.
Topics Set for 2016–2017 Distinguished Lecturer Season
With speakers from a variety of disciplines and professions, this season’s Distinguished Lecturer topics focus on industry trends, challenges, and technology applications.
MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL SECTION
Partnership Key to ADNOC’s Technology Qualification Initiatives
ADNOC and BP will collaborate to form an earth surface technology center in Abu Dhabi. ADNOC has also reformed its stage gate process for advancement of new technologies.
As Iran Ramps Up Production, Industry Views Contract Terms
Iran has surprised many global market experts with how rapidly it has increased crude oil production, following the January international agreement that lifted nuclear-related sanctions against the country. External companies get a look at new terms for production in Iran.
Scaling Up Smart Water
For nearly a decade, Saudi Aramco has been studying how altering the chemical makeup of seawater injected into its reservoirs can increase production. The result is "smart water" that can boost the sweep effectiveness of a waterflood.
Egypt Strives To Bolster Economy With Foreign Investment, Imports
An international bidding round for oil and gas announced on 1 August is Egypt’s most recent move to bolster its lackluster economy. This article examines the current state of the industry in Egypt.
New Intelligent Completion System Enables Compartment-Level Control in Multilateral Wells
Although early inflow control devices and intelligent completions (ICs) were introduced almost 20 years ago, completion technology has not kept pace with advancements in drilling technology.
David P. Haugen
26 August 2016
David P. Haugen, SPE, was appointed senior vice president at Ryder Scott Canada. He was previously t.......Read More
26 August 2016
Fraser Louden, SPE, was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of well diagnosis company EV. Louden.......Read More
26 August 2016
Ganesh Thakur, SPE, was appointed distinguished professor of petroleum engineering in the Cullen Col.......Read More
In Memoriam - Kenneth George Nolte
10 August 2016
Kenneth George Nolte, SPE, died 6 July 2016. He was 74 years old. He was recognized as a legend of h.......Read More
3D Printing Reservoir Rocks May Drive New Insights
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, are building replica core samples using 3D printers and installing sensors inside them as they go. Their goal is to directly monitor pore-scale flow behavior from the inside of these so-called “smart rocks.”
Better, Less Tedious, Fault Interpretation
The tedium of identifying small faults in often murky seismic images pushed Dustin Dewett, an associate geophysicist for BHP Billiton, to develop a better way to use the tools at hand.
Saudi Aramco Initiative Simplifies Real-Time Data Processing
As the drilling industry improves its efforts to capture drilling operation activities in real time, it has generated a significant amount of data that drilling engineers cannot process on their own.
Boosting Shale Fracability With Positive Ions
A long-time energy industry executive and chemical engineer has built a new water treatment system that he says can increase recovery rates from shale wells without using chemicals and will recycle all the water used in the process.
Chief Scientist, Baker Hughes
Technology Director, Wellbore Intervention, Baker Hughes
Senior Technical Advisor, Drilling Services, Baker Hughes
Head of Global Innovation, Clariant Oil Services
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