TOPICS OF INTEREST
Digital Image Correlation: A New Way to Look at Hydraulic Fracturing
Technology that allows researchers to see stress forming inside rock samples may help unravel some of the mysteries associated with fracture behavior.
New Ways to Boost Heavy Oil Flow
Getting a good well for a field test can make or break a new idea. A government backed research group in Saskatchewan is offering up to CAD 100,000 break on royalty payments to test ways to extend the life of conventional, heavy-oil fields.
Ignored Signal During Hydraulic Fracturing Offers Instant Feedback
Always recorded but almost never used, the water hammer signal could offer completions engineers another set of insightful data if petroleum engineers can crack its code.
Independent Shale Producer is Driving Permian Well Improvements with Clean Sweeps
Permian Basin producer Callon Petroleum is attributing its data-driven approach to a routine completions practice to improved proppant placement and higher oil production.
Industry and Academia Continue Working on Big Ideas for Nanotechnology
A number of ongoing industry research projects are developing nanoparticles that work at the reservoir level and for fluid treatment. Though they may be a few years away from finalization, these efforts highlight nanotechnology’s increasingly sophisticated and growing application scope.
The Grand Challenge of Carbon Capture and Sequestration
This article is a summary of the 2016 follow-up paper on carbon capture and sequestration, one of the five grand challenges to the industry identified by the SPE R&D Committee in 2011.
Energy Research Funding: The Next Generation
New leadership aims to make positive, lasting changes at RPSEA.
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.
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.”
3D Printing in the Oil Field Kicks Into Production Mode
Service companies are using the latest generation of additive manufacturing technology to print out steel components for big ticket downhole tools. There is great potential for the technology to drive down equipment costs and improve performance.
Lessons for a Downturn
Downturns offer you a choice: Panic and shut down all but breathing or make use of the opportunities that desperation has handed you. A mountain of mistakes is a gold mine to those willing to spend the time in assessment mode.
Deepwater Future Tied to Technology Innovation
For deepwater development, panelists at OTC emphasized the need for scalable technology, the standardization and simplification of projects, patient capital investment in innovation, greater collaboration, and new perspectives coming from outside the industry.
Self-Adjusting PDC Bit Under Development
Baker Hughes is developing a drill bit capable of auto-adjusting its depth-of-cut feature to handle dynamic drilling conditions.
Isn’t It Time for Our Own Spielbergian “Idea Summit”?
Industry's finest minds are expected to come together for an idea summit during the upcoming SPE Intelligent Energy International Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen.
Transforming the Upstream Service Industry To Increase Operator Margins
The upstream industry is undergoing a transformation. Operators and service providers alike are not just tweaking or fine-tuning, they are completely rethinking the way they work.
Pressure Test for E&P Innovation
Low prices require doing things differently. It is a hopeful sign for the future for innovators who have been struggling to keep going and have potential customers with little to spend and a lot to worry about.
Pressure Changes While Fracturing Add To Marcellus Well Production
When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, steadiness may not be a virtue. That was the conclusion of a test to see if rapid pump rate variations would lead to greater production than conventionally fractured stages when the pressure was held steady.
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.
The Grand Challenges for Engineering
The first brief flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 did not immediately make the Wright brothers famous; however, within 5 years, enthusiasm for the new technology began to spread around the world.
Middle East NOCs To Boost Collaboration in Joint Projects
National oil companies (NOCs) in the Middle East plan to boost their collaboration efforts in technology applications through a global industry trade organization’s initiative.
University Research and Development Steady in Industry Downturn
Sustained low oil prices have not yet had a significant effect on many universities’ research and development programs. For now, money allocated by the oil and gas industry in previous years is still available for many institutions.
Q&A: Mario Ruscev, CTO, Baker Hughes
The chief technology officer tells why he is optimistic about the current oil price situation, how the market downturn could be an ideal opportunity for innovation and slashing costs, and what major technology trends will be expected in the near future.
New Approaches to Challenges Win USD 60,000 in R&D Contest
Winners of the first SPE Research and Development Competition were chosen after six finalists pitched their ideas of how to disrupt the industry’s status quo with new ways of attacking exploration and production’s grand challenges, often with methods from outside the industry.
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