Technical Topics (Tech 101)
Optimizing Cluster or Fracture Spacing: An Overview
More than a decade ago, perforation cluster spacing was designed up to 700 ft in Barnett and Bakken plays. Today, the spacing is as close as 15 ft apart in Eagle Ford and DJ Basin and operators are optimizing fracture spacing for achieving higher initial production rates.
Energy East Pipeline: How New Technologies and Existing Infrastructure Will Help To Move Canadian Crude Safely
The Energy East Pipeline involves the conversion of an existing TransCanada gas pipeline to oil service, as well as the construction of 1500 km of new pipeline. With a capacity of 1.1 million B/D, it will eliminate the need to import foreign crude oil to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick.
The Effects of Midstream on Unconventional Development: A Geoscience Perspective
Successful and commercial unconventional plays benefit in many cases from midstream activity that occurred decades earlier. In this article, authors look at the evolution of resource plays in light of the availability of midstream infrastructure.
Preparing for the Handover? Do Industry Young Professionals Risk Missing Out on the Opportunity To Understand Geomechanics and Its Value?
Early identification of geomechanics-related problems is required to optimally drill, complete, stimulate, and produce from reservoirs. Academic institutes, the oil industry, and contribution from professional societies play a key role in recognizing geomechanics as an important discipline.
The Faces of New Technology and Innovation
What does it take to start your own company using the latest technology? Interview of entrepreneurs Peter Duncan of MicroSeismic and Dakin Sloss of Tachyus.
Content Management To Support Application and Business Workflow for Efficiency Wins
There has been a realization within the oil industry since 2000 that applications and systems are related. Well, transaction, and product data, and best practice with success data should be integrated into a seamless and streamlined process for process improvement and greater return on investment.
Training Plays an Essential Role in Delivering Practical Knowledge
Technical knowledge is improved through sharing, training, experience, or identifying a better way to accomplish a goal.
Creating a Technology-Focused Completions Organization
Andrew Buzinsky of Trican Well Services discusses the reasons behind Trican's acquisition of i-TEC Well Solutions, and how the agility of both the bigger and the smaller company led to a win-win integration.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Rhetoric vs. Economics
Craig Pirrong of Bauer College of Business discusses the economics of Keystone.
Data Integration Key to Improved Oil and Gas Modeling
The amazing rate of improvement in computing technology provides numerous opportunities for improving our operations, but unless the data from various systems can be integrated, it won't deliver on its potential.
Artificial Lift: Focus on Hydraulic Submersible Pumps
The authors tell you how hydraulic submersible pumps work and how they're different froom other types of artificial lift.
Describing Shale Well Performance Using Transient Well Analysis
Fabián Vera, Baker Hughes, and Christine Ehlig-Economides, Texas A&M, explain transient well analysis and how it contributes to shale development.
How Offshore Capping Stacks Work
Trendsetter Engineering's Mauricio Madrid and Antony Matson explain how offshore capping stacks can be used to stop spills when the blowout preventer fails.
Permanent Well Abandonment
Schlumberger's Kenny Campbell and Rod Smith talk about the process of permanently abandoning a well, managing the cost of abandonment, and ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
Leveraging Technology to Win in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Wilcox Plays
Managing a portfolio of high-impact technologies as an integrated project is Chevron's recipe for success in the deepwater Wilcox in the Gulf of Mexico.
Simulation and Uncertainty: Lessons From Other Industries
The authors discuss various methods for accounting for uncertainty in reservoir simulation and what we can learn from other industries to enhance our modeling.
Well Test Analysis in Practice
Alain C. Gringarten, Imperial College London discusses well testing -- why, how, and most importantly, how results are interpreted.
Extracting Natural Gas Through Desorption in Shale Reservoirs
Shale acts both as source rock and reservoir rock. Gas production in commercial quantities requires the presence of fractures to provide permeability. It also requires getting the gas in the shale to release through desorption.
Technology Challenges, Opportunities of Next 25 years
Advances in technology will bring many opportunities for improving our industry in areas as diverse as water management, nanotechnology and automation.
Antarctica: Recording and Experiencing Climate Change
Antarctica is the storehouse of the world’s oldest ice-borne climate records, preserved in the Antarctic deep freeze for millions of years. But Antarctica is also a living laboratory in which the decadal effects of climate change can be directly observed.
Managed Pressure Drilling 101: Moving Beyond “It’s Always Been Done That Way”
A brief primer on managed pressure drilling (MPD) and how it compares with underbalanced drilling (UBD).
Hydraulic Fracturing To Improve Production
Consultant Ali Daneshy presents an overview of hydraulic fracturing technology.
SAGD: R&D for Unlocking Unconventional Heavy-Oil Resources
Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) is a prime example of how structured research and development (R&D) has led to the commercial implementation of technology, helping unlock hydrocarbon resources to fulfill society’s energy demands.
Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining: Enabling Technology for Smart Fields
Industry has developed smart completions, smart wells, and smart fields. The next frontier is real-time reservoir management (RTRM) using all of the data from smart installations, as well as artificial intelligence.
The Development of Wireline-Tractor Technology
The development of wireline-tractor technology has greatly improved the way operators can intervene in high-angle and horizontal oil and gas wells