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Introduction to Artificial Lift
Recorded on August 27, 2014
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This is the first in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!
HSSE-SR: Major Capital Projects – Increasing Safety Assurance in Construction, Load out, Transportation, Installation, Hookup and Commissioning
Recorded on August 21, 2014
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You may not be able to make it to the presentation in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

The challenges and opportunities facing Operators planning major capital projects (MCPs) in today’s oil and gas environment include turnkey contracting strategies, global supply chains, evolving technologies, increasingly stringent regulations, competition for scarce resources, and inflationary pressures, to name but a few.

By way of example, this presentation will dwell on the Execute phase activities of an offshore MCP, from design and engineering through to construction, installation, hookup and commissioning.
Pitfalls in HPHT Completion Design and Planning
Recorded on August 19, 2014
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This webinar will be about the pitfalls, problems, and lessons learned encountered in planning an extra-HPHT completion.

Examples of pitfalls encountered in completion design will include tubing design & qualification issues, perforating challenges, limited downhole production equipment, vendor selection & manufacturing challenges, and lack of service tools. The webinar will focus on unexpected problems encountered during design and planning, and not as much on known technology gaps.
The Role of Inflow-Control Devices in Optimizing Horizontal Well Performance
Recorded on July 30, 2014
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The need to produce oil and gas efficiently, economically and environmental-friendly has promoted the development of long extended reach horizontal and multilateral wells, which enable greater reservoir contact and lower draw-downs to achieve similar rates as conventional wells. However, this increased wellbore length has led to uneven drawdown distribution along such a well, often leading to early break-through of water or gas, and causing reduction in oil recovery and uneven sweep of the drainage area. The problem becomes more severe when a heterogeneous reservoir is involved.

Two conditions that result in uneven flow distribution, wellbore pressure drop and heterogeneity of the formation, will be addressed. The focus will be on when and how an inflow control device can optimize production. Examples at field conditions will be used to illustrate that it is critical to understand the reservoir conditions and wellbore dynamics together when designing a well completion with inflow control devices.
Lighting Practices in the Oil and Gas Industry and the Consequences for Safety, Costs, and the Nighttime Sky
Recorded on July 29, 2014
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Since 1932, the University of Texas McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis has enjoyed nighttime skies as dark as any astronomical research facility in the world. It is home to the largest optical telescope in North America, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). Today, use of the observatory is being impacted by skyglow originating from growing oil and gas exploration and production in and around the Permian Basin.

In this presentation, Mr. Wren describes some of the ongoing science at this world class facility and why it’s important.
Crude by Rail Car Issues
Recorded on July 29, 2014
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You may not be able to make it to the presentation in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM) has delivered the results of a Bakken Crude Survey DOT. On May 14, 2014, AFPM provided a report on Bakken crude characteristics to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) summarizing findings based on an analysis of the more than 1,400 Bakken crude samples that 17 AFPM members submitted in response to a survey.

AFPM will also provide a brief update on the May 7, 2014 DOT Emergency Order requiring railroads transporting more than one million gallons of Bakken crude oil (approximately 35 tank cars) to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) about the expected movement of such trains through counties in that state.
MPD Automation and Competency: Meeting Training Challenges for New Technologies
Recorded on July 23, 2014
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Automation in the drilling industry is challenging conventional thought on how rigs are designed, how wells are drilled, and how the human is involved in the process. Though late rigs and early rigs share the same fundamental physics, new control systems are allowing rigs to push the technical envelope while requiring less operator involvement. While this is beneficial, automation is opening the door for new types of failures due to system complexity and crew latency.
Wellbore Stability – Keeping Wellbores Open
Recorded on July 16, 2014
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In spite of more than 20 years of advances in the application of geomechanical principles to improve understanding of its causes and improvements in drilling practices to reduce its effects, wellbore instability continues to be perhaps the largest single source of non-productive drilling time.

This talk will briefly review the history of application of geomechanics to wellbore design, will discuss the sources of data required to reduce uncertainties, the ways in which to recognize the causes of instabilities to allow appropriate remediation, and the pros and cons of various models currently in use within the oilfield.
Business and Human Rights – What is Your Company’s Responsibility?
Recorded on July 9, 2014
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External stakeholders increasingly expect companies to demonstrate that they are respecting people’s human rights. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are reflected in business standards ranging from IFC Requirements and the Equator Principles to OECD Standards for Multinational Corporations. There are also increasing regulatory disclosure requirements for companies in national law and there is a proposal to create a binding international treaty. Want to know what all the noise is about? Don’t know where to get started? Want to know what human rights has to do with business?

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from three experts and further understand elements of business respect for human rights.
Predicting Droplet Size Distributions
Recorded on June 25, 2014
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Increasing costs associated with separators - often in difficult, remote applications - drives the desire to improve separator selection and avoid oversizing the device by improving confidence in separator performance predictions.

This presentation will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. Evaluations of this methodology over a range of dispersion suggest that the approach can be universally applied to dispersions of liquid in gas, liquid in liquid, and gas in liquid.
Re-Fracturing: Timing, Prerequisites, Diversion and Application
Recorded on June 17, 2014
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Refracturing, as explained by a number of authors, is an accepted, efficient re-stimulation process for rate and recovery enhancement, with application roots in the mid 1950’s, that has made an interesting and sometimes economical comeback in shale and other low permeability, liquids-rich reservoirs.
Human Error: Why We Make Mistakes At Work
Recorded on June 17, 2014
(90)
 
You may not be able to make it to the presentation in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

The human element is the most flexible and adaptable part of a company’s management system, but it is also the most vulnerable to influences that can adversely affect its performance. With the majority of accidents resulting from less than optimum human performance, there has been a tendency to label them as human error. However, the term “human error” is of little help in safety management. How do you fix human error?

The presentation will cover the levels of performance behaviors and review a case study from an US airline accident. The presentation discusses a number of studies that draws upon a growing understanding of how skilled experts are driven by moment to moment task demands, the availability of information, and social/organizational factors and ultimately they continued the plan even when the environment alerted them that another course of action should’ve been sought.
Produced Water Management: A Legacy or an Opportunity for Sustainable Field Development - PM
Recorded on June 11, 2014
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Water is required for energy resource development; conversely, energy resources are essential for developing, processing, and distributing water resources. Fresh Water scarcity is a rapidly growing concern for the oil and gas industry.

This presentation will address the water resources and water management during the field life. The feasibility of minimizing water use and produced water reuse is discussed. Developing strategies for water management for a large oil field and how to turn the produced water into a valuable resource for the benefit of the community or the environment is presented through several case studies.
Water Treating – Taking the Mystery out of Water Soluble Organics
Recorded on June 10, 2014
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Produced water, whether it comes from primary production, water flood, steam flood, or enhanced oil recovery, contains hydrocarbons that are dissolved in the water and hydrocarbons that are dispersed as droplets.

This webinar will start with the fundamentals of water soluble organics: where they come from, what they are, their properties, their distribution around the world, and typical concentrations. Chemical and mechanical methods for their removal will be reviewed. Finally, some recently discovered characteristics of water soluble organics will be presented which provide both a means of classifying the type of organics and a method to determine the optimal treatment strategy.
The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture
Recorded on May 28, 2014
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In July 2012 the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) held a two-day summit on human factors to create a common understanding of the strategic challenges for the oil and gas E&P industry, to identify what is known and unknown in the field, and to explore possible actions to accomplish the needed change indicated by the U.S. National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling report.

This Technical Report is based on discussions and conclusions at the summit and is intended to provide guidance on the human factors risks in E&P operations and what can be done to reduce those risks and increase safety.
Appropriate Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature Oil and Gas Formations
Recorded on May 21, 2014
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Hydraulic fracturing has been described as one of the three most significant technologies to be developed in the upstream oil and gas industry in the last 50 years (the other two being 3D seismic and horizontal wells). However, the traditional approach to hydraulic fracturing has been that it is a technology best applied to new wells, drilled into low permeability formations. It is true that fracturing has been highly successful in this environment - but it is also true that fracturing can be both technically and economically successful in a very wide range of reservoirs, including depleted, oil and gas assets.

The speaker will cover why hydraulic fracturing is not just for new wells in tight formations.
Transferring Analytics into Oil & Gas: Powerful stories of the unexpected crossover of data analytics techniques between industry sectors
Recorded on May 14, 2014
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The webinar will show how a guiding principle of “Decisions First and Data Last” for analytics planning maximizes the successful realization of practical of analytics solutions, targeted precisely at real business need.
Ethics for Engineers
Recorded on May 13, 2014
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In the webinar we will discuss the reasons why governments, primarily state governments, impose continuing training requirements in ethics, the place and history of ethics in society, specific ethical considerations for the engineering profession and the recently approved SPE Guide to Professional Conduct.

This hour-long presentation is intended to meet the continuing education requirements of most state boards and to remind engineers of some of the obligations they carry as part of their professional careers.
Social Investment Performance
Recorded on April 29, 2014
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Over recent years, energy companies have worked to expand traditional philanthropy into approaches that more explicitly address risk management, social license, and shared value objectives. The webinar will explore this evolution as well as discuss some of the major success factors and challenges associated with determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation requirements, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impacts.
Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells – Realizing the Paradigm Shift that has been 30 years in Development - PM
Recorded on April 24, 2014
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Horizontal drilling as a field development technique was pioneered in the early-1980's. As drilling technology advanced, the industry was rapidly able to increase the extended reach of wells and the length of lateral drilled.

This presentation includes a review of horizontal well stimulation technology development, a discussion of the two main types of multi-stage completion technologies being employed together with the application of both cross-linked and slickwater fracturing and a case history from the Central Basin of the Bakken shale in North Dakota.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a Catalyst for Culture Change
Recorded on April 22, 2014
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SOPs are frequently developed late in the project, after the design is completed and construction is well underway. They may be used for little other than operator training. Following the initial facility startup, they may even end up on a shelf collecting dust. In this environment SOPs have little influence on either the design or the operation of the facility.

But SOPs can be much more. They can be an integral part of the design process and a catalyst for culture change in the industry.

This webinar suggests methods for generating SOPs that accomplish the dual goals of improved design and improved, safer operation.
2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award Recipients
Recorded on April 17, 2014
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The SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award recognizes Petroleum Engineering Faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching techniques. This award not only recognizes excellence, but encourages and equips others in academia to use similar techniques.

This webinar will feature best practices from the three 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award recipients: David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi.
Managing Dual Careers - Work-Life Integration in a 24/7 World
Recorded on March 27, 2014
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Three SPE Talent Council Surveys and a Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) survey provide valuable insights into how to enhance employee retention. The “big crew change” has altered the workforce in both visible and invisible ways. While it is obvious that more women are working in the petroleum industry, the transition from a workforce largely composed of “dominant earners” to a workforce with many dual career couples has also occurred.

Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce.
Challenges of Upstream Operations to Separator Design
Recorded on March 25, 2014
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The webinar will present an overview of current Gravity Separator Design Guidelines and how the guidelines are applied for Upstream Operations. Key to the design of separators are the challenges of upstream operating conditions including high turbulence, emulsions, solids, and surging rates among others.
Cement Placement and Evaluation - Progress in Last 10 years
Recorded on March 18, 2014
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Designing cement placement with a reliable simulator does not guarantee that uncontaminated cement will be uniformly distributed in the annulus and bonded to the casing and formation. Acoustic logging has become the industry’s tool of choice for detecting cement behind casing and assessing the quality of the bond. During the last ten years new techniques were introduced like LWD sonic and measurements based on flexural wave propagation.

The added value and limitations of these techniques will be compared to those of the more conventional sonic and ultrasonic techniques. The benefit of data integration in the overall cement evaluation process will be discussed.
Data-Driven (Fact-Based) Reservoir Modeling of Mature Assets
Recorded on March 17, 2014
(90)
 
Traditional reservoir modeling is based on our understanding of physics of fluid flow in the porous media. Complex nature and large variety of hydrocarbon reservoirs continuously challenge our assumptions during the modeling process. Mature assets are usually blessed with massive amounts and large variety of data that have been collected throughout the years. In many cases, they are the manifestation of “Big Data” in the exploration and production industry.

In this webinar a novel approach to reservoir modeling that is based on measured data is presented. This technology that has been named “Top-Down Modeling – TDM” integrates fundamentals of reservoir and production engineering with latest advances in machine learning and predictive analytics. It is a formalized, comprehensive, empirical, and multi-variant, reservoir model, developed solely based on field measurements (logs, cores, well tests, seismic, etc.) and historical production/injection data.
Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing: An Overview of Well Monitoring with DTS and DAS
Recorded on March 4, 2014
(90)
 
This seminar will introduce the audience to the concepts and applications of distributed fiber-optic sensing for well and reservoir monitoring. An overview of distributed temperature, strain and acoustic sensing, commonly referred to as DTS, DSS and DAS, will provide a basic understanding of the principles of fiber-optic distributed measurements and the types of instrumentation and sensing cables used to make these measurements.

Typical onshore and offshore deployment techniques for permanently installed optical sensors as well as for occasional (intervention-based) monitoring will be addressed.
Releasing Shale-Gas Potential with Fractured Horizontal Wells - AM
Recorded on February 24, 2014
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In the last decade, our understanding of shale reservoirs has progressed significantly. It is now agreed that a major factor for the productivity of shale reservoirs is the existence of a pervasive reservoir fracture network around the well.

This lecture presents a discussion of the characteristics of shale reservoirs and their impact on the performance of fractured horizontal wells. Various flow mechanisms in shale matrix and fluid transfer from matrix to fracture network are explained. Key parameters of productivity are identified and explained. Emphasis is given to the estimation of the extent of reservoir fracture network, prediction of the efficiency of matrix drainage, and their impact on the estimation of well's drainage volume. The main idea to take away from this lecture is that some conven-tional reservoir engineering interpretations and practices may not be adequate (or appropriate) for shale reservoirs.
New Deepwater Technologies from JPT Young Technology Showcase
Recorded on February 20, 2014
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Presented in this Webinar, is a new Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) technique called EC-Drill for use on floating drilling vessels.

Also presented was a reservoir surveillance system developed by RESMAN that provides reservoir inflow distribution information without intervention into the well.
Embedding Sustainability Development into Operations
Recorded on January 21, 2014
(90)
 
The increasing demand for production of oil and gas continues and for sustainability purposes, basic sustainability principles shall be considered for the future of our industry. The oil and gas industry has regarded, and some companies have adopted, the Brundtland Commission definition of Sustainable Development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, which was officially adopted 21 years ago at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

This webinar will be presenting how these principles fit and have fit into the E&P activities and also it will present an internal communication tool that is used for getting CSR into all parts of the organization by explaining why Maersk Drilling finds CSR important to a modern business and how it is done from strategy down to actual tools and guidelines in one comprehensive poster overview.
LNG Basics for Petroleum Engineers - AM
Recorded on January 21, 2014
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While remote parts of the world are awash with hundreds of trillions of cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas, the industrialized West and emerging economies of the East cannot get enough of the clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel.

This event will provide an overview of LNG liquefaction facilities, from inlet gas receiving to LNG storage and loading. However, the focus is on the liquefaction process and equipment. Differences among the commercially available liquefaction processes (cascade, single mixed refrigerant, propane-pre-cooled mixed refrigerant, double mixed refrigerant, nitrogen, etc.) will be discussed. The aim is to provide SPE members with a clear understanding of the technologies, equipment and process choices required for a successful LNG project.
Workflow for Applying Simple Models to Forecast Production from Hydraulically Fractured Shale Wells
Recorded on January 9, 2014
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The industry has devoted a great deal of attention in recent years to production decline models that might serve as alternatives to the Arps hyperbolic decline model for hydraulically fractured wells with long-duration transient flow.

These ideas will be discussed in depth in this webinar.
Result-Based and Earned Value – A New Integrated PM Approach
Recorded on January 7, 2014
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Statistics show that around 2 out of 3 projects have difficulties meeting the three successful criteria; delivered on time, with a final actual cost on or below budget, and in full compliance with the requirements. This webinar presents a new integrated project management approach to encourage organizations and project people to introduce changes in the way that projects are handled nowadays.
Hydraulic Fracture Identification and Production Log Analysis in Unconventionals Using DTS
Recorded on December 11, 2013
(90)
 
Typical North American shale wells are characterized by long horizontals and multiple stages of hydraulic fracturing. In most cases, the completions and production is left unmonitored. This requires the completion and reservoir engineers to assume that the fracs are being placed and are productive as designed, without any confirmation. In few select cases, the number of fractures has been determined with pressure diagnostics, radioactive tracers, or permanent fiber optic monitoring. This presentation will discuss an additional method which uses Distributed Temperature (DTS) with an intervention.
Oil and Gas Economics and Uncertainty
Recorded on December 4, 2013
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Just about all petroleum engineers know how to calculate the basic econometrics: Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Profitability Index (PI), as well as other calculations such as earnings, cash flow, etc. However, at the outset, does one actually know the parameters used in the calculations? Is there any uncertainty in costs, production rates and future product prices? This webinar will hit ten topics at a very high level.
Hydrocyclones for water treating – The Science and Technology
Recorded on December 3, 2013
(90)
 
Thirty years ago, the Colman-Thew paper was published describing the geometry and performance characteristics of a cyclone device for removing oil drops from water. Uptake of this technology occurred immediately throughout the industry.

In this SPE Webinar, the fundamental science behind the hydrocyclone will be discussed together with practical considerations of model selection and implementation within a separation process. Field experience related to separation performance, detection and prevention of fouling will also be covered.
Flow Assurance – Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry
Recorded on November 20, 2013
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Assuring unimpeded flow from the reservoir to the refinery has game-changing impact on field development. Unnecessary investments can be avoided, when engineers are able to characterize and understand the fluid phase behavior controlled by the flow dynamics and production chemistry in wellbores and flow lines.
Application of Low Viscosity Fluids To Hydraulic - PM
Recorded on November 14, 2013
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The use of low viscosity fluids for hydraulic fracturing has a history as long as hydraulic fracturing itself. In the last fifty years, as more viscous fluids gained in popularity the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids declined. In the last decade, however, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids, such as, treated water in hydraulic fracturing has seen a resurgence in the industry. This presentation will focus on: Why this resurgence is occurring? Why use water as a fracturing fluid and why now?
Shale Asset Management via Advanced Data-Driven and Predictive Analytics
Recorded on November 13, 2013
(90)
 
Advanced Data-Driven Analytics provides much needed insight into hydraulic fracturing practices in Shale. Unlike analytical and numerical modeling that are based on “Soft Data”, Advanced Data-Driven Analytics incorporates “Hard Data”. “Hard Data” refers to field measurements (facts) such as drilling information, well logs (Gamma ray, density, sonic, etc.), fluid type and amount, proppant type, amount and concentration, ISIP, breakdown and closure pressures, and rates, while “Soft Data” refers to variables that are interpreted, estimated or guessed (and never measured), such as hydraulic fracture half length, height, width and conductivity or the extent of the Stimulated Reservoir Volume (SRV).
A Sustainability Perspective on the Real-World Environmental Impacts, Solutions and Best Practices across the Stages of the E&P lifecycle – from Seismic Acquisition to Abandonment
Recorded on November 12, 2013
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In this webinar we are particularly conscious of focusing on the distinctive Sustainability elements of Environmental Performance versus the elements one would typically see being addressed in the HSE community more compliance driven and technical and shorter time frames and not necessarily taking stakeholder views in to account nor de facto the social aspects of Environment.
Well Integrity: Hydraulic Fracturing and Well Construction – What are the Factual Risks?
Recorded on November 5, 2013
(90)
 
The quality of construction and maintenance of oil and gas wells has been called into question by media sources with reports of high rates of leakage and fears of pollution.

This presentation looks at studies covering over 650,000 wells, primarily in but not limited to North America. Concepts of well construction are explained with emphasis on performance of properly constructed barriers within the well design in preventing leaks.
Deliquification of Horizontal Wells
Recorded on October 30, 2013
(90)
 
Deliquification of Horizontal Wells will begin with discussions on applications of horizontal distribution, liquid loading, technologies used in vertical sections and challenges of deliquifying laterals. Presenters will then talk on state of the art technologies being utilized for horizontal wells and moving liquids, and will touch on planning lift methods during the life cycle of the well.
Pre-record - Technical Aspects of Waterflooding - Virtual Seminar
Recorded on October 23, 2013
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You may not have able to make it to the Technical Aspects of Waterflooding workshop in Long Beach, CA, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can watch the live video broadcast from the workshop without leaving your desk. It's an easy, affordable option for those who couldn't join us.
Completion of Hydrocarbon Bearing Shale Reservoirs - PM
Recorded on October 17, 2013
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Innovative completion technologies are being employed successfully to address many of these issues. Yet all shales are not alike. Thus, a successful technology in one organic shale basin may not be viable in others. When the key production drivers for a specific reservoir are clearly identified the most applicable completion technologies can be employed.

This presentation focuses on the key stimulation issues associated with organic shale reservoirs and how to determine the most applicable completion methodology.
Artificial Intelligence Applications in the E&P Industry and an example of Short-Term Production Prediction Using Neural Networks
Recorded on October 16, 2013
(90)
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for more than two decades as a development tool for solutions in several areas of the E&P industry: virtual sensing, production control and optimization, forecasting, and simulation, among many others. Nevertheless, AI applications have not been consolidated as standard solutions in the industry, and most common applications of AI still are case studies and pilot projects.

An analysis of a survey conducted on a broad group of professionals related to several E&P operations and service companies will be presented. The survey captures the level of AI knowledge in the industry, the most common application areas, and the expectations of the users from AI-based solutions. It also includes a literature review of technical papers related to AI applications and trends in the market and R&D.
Technology Commercialization in the Oil and Gas Industry (Learnings From an Operator, Service Company, and Private Equity)
Recorded on October 10, 2013
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This webinar will bring three very interesting perspectives from the helm of the companies at the forefront of technology commercialisation.
Unconventional Completions – Wellbore Completions and Fracturing
Recorded on October 9, 2013
(90)
 
This webinar discusses strategies for completing unconventional wells that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. This webinar defines completions as both the wellbore completion and the hydraulic fracturing.
An Overview and Update of Current Greenhouse (GHG) Regulations and Policies
Recorded on October 8, 2013
(90)
 
This webinar will provide an overview and update of current greenhouse (GHG) regulations and policies as they apply to the production and use of both conventional and unconventional oil & gas. Click to find out more!
Less Known Methods for Improved Oil and Gas Recovery
Recorded on September 26, 2013
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Several unconventional primary improved oil and gas recovery processes have been studied and successfully tested in the field. These methods do not enjoy a widespread use most likely due to ineffective and/or untimely dissemination of field test results.

This lecture will present three such improved oil and gas processes. The lecturer has participated in the conceptual and practical studies of these processes.
Treatment Options for Reuse of Frac Flowback and Produced Water from Shales
Recorded on September 19, 2013
(90)
 
The discussion will address differences in flow back and produced water quality and compare with requirements for hydraulic fracturing formulations.
Overview of Sustainable Development Trends
Recorded on September 18, 2013
(90)
 
This webinar will address Communication & Disclosure on Sustainability Performance - moderated by the SPE DL Charlie Curlee and expert in sustainability reporting and presented by Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, IPIECA and Elizabeth Cheney, VP Corporate EHS & SR, Hess.
Defoaming Additives in Horizontal Multiphase Flow—Impact on Flow Regime and Separations
Recorded on September 16, 2013
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We consider the dynamics of a stratified/stratifying gas-liquid flow in horizontal tubes. This flow regime is characterized by the thin liquid films that drain under gravity along the pipe interior, forming a pool at the bottom of the tube, and the formation of large-amplitude waves at the gas-liquid interface. This regime is also accompanied by the detachment of droplets from the interface and their entrainment into the gas phase.
Smart Fields; A Data-Driven Approach to Making Oilfields Smart
Recorded on September 11, 2013
(90)
 
The promise of fully automated and intelligent oil and gas fields is very tempting. Some envision turning reservoir management into an ultimate video game with engineers, scientists and managers sitting at their workstations in the office and guiding the hydrocarbon from the reservoir into the wellbore leaving almost nothing left behind. Smart fields that are the natural result of the growth from smart completions and smart wells, hold much promise that is yet to be realized.
Dual Gradient Drilling – 101
Recorded on August 27, 2013
(90)
 
This Webinar covers the subject of Dual Gradient Drilling, and starts with an explanation of pore and fracture pressure gradients and their importance in the drilling process. The second part of the presentation will discuss past and present work on different methods of dual gradient drilling. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on well control as it relates to Dual Gradient Drilling and the changes to current procedures necessary to circulate kicks from the well safely.
New and Emerging Technologies for the Oil & Gas Production of Shale
Recorded on August 20, 2013
(90)
 
The increasing demand for production of oil and gas from shale has led for the need to develop new technologies to enhance production and to protect the environment. For this special SPE Webinar event, three industry-leading experts will be presenting the need for and the application of new and emerging technologies for the economic and environmentally-compatible development of shale.
Origin and Behaviour of Oil Asphaltenes - Integration of Disciplines
Recorded on August 7, 2013
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In the last decade, traditionally engineering area of flow assurance have arguably seen one of the most dynamic influences of petroleum geochemistry. The ‘merger’ of engineering and geochemical knowledge in the development of asphaltenes technology, has dynamically advanced this area of petroleum industry. While the impact of such integration has been presented at many conferences, the topic is still poorly appreciated.
Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Unconventional Reservoirs
Recorded on July 30, 2013
(90)
 
This abbreviated presentation provides a roadmap of practice and theory for reservoir and production engineering that can (and should) be used for the description, assessment, and modeling of unconventional gas systems.
Listening to the Reservoir – Interpreting Data from Permanent Downhole Gauges PM
Recorded on July 18, 2013
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The permanent downhole pressure gauge is a class of tool recently harnessed in the industry. These tools are installed during the well completion and provide a continuous record of pressure changes during production. Permanent downhole gauges have the potential to provide more information than the traditional well test, which is carried out for a relatively short duration. Permanent downhole gauges may provide useful information regarding changes in reservoir properties or well condition with time as reservoir is produced.
Advances On Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes
Recorded on July 10, 2013
(90)
 
In 2012, SPE International awarded six young faculty members seed research funds to carry out cutting edge research. The six researchers were selected from a large number of extremely competitive applicant pool. This project started last year and just finishing one year. These six researchers will present their research progress and what is ahead to SPE R & D Community. Our hope is that with these presentations, they will have an opportunity to connect with SPE members who are interested in research and will be able to develop future collaborations.
Sustainable Development – Local Stakeholder Engagement – A practitioner’s perspective
Recorded on June 26, 2013
(90)
 
Local stakeholder engagement is key to project execution and business success.
Foaming in Separators: Handling and Operation
Recorded on June 19, 2013
(90)
 
This seminar will cover: What is foam, how is it generated; Effects of foam in a separator; Designing for foamy crudes in a new horizontal separator; Examples of overcoming foam problems.
SPE Junior Research Award Winner Presentations – Part 1
Recorded on June 18, 2013
(90)
 
In 2012, SPE International awarded six young faculty members seed research funds to carry out cutting edge research. The six researchers were selected from a large number of extremely competitive applicant pool. This project started last year and just finishing one year. These six researchers will present their research progress and what is ahead to SPE R & D Community. Our hope is that with these presentations, they will have an opportunity to connect with SPE members who are interested in research and will be able to develop future collaborations.
Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental and Occupational Health Challenges
Recorded on June 5, 2013
(90)
 
Hydraulic fracturing is an industrial process that presents potential chemical and physical hazards. Occupational health and safety practices to effectively control these hazards will be discussed. The presentation will also review ongoing study and advocacy efforts being led by the American Petroleum Institute (API), focusing on EPA’s national hydraulic fracturing study and their work in Pavillion Wyoming.
Deepwater Well Construction Optimization
Recorded on May 22, 2013
(60)
 
As our industry moves to new offshore frontiers, with exploration wells being drilled in increasingly deeper waters, this presentation will discuss some of the technical challenges present in such operations, the magnitude of the costs involved, the risks and the need for well-structured planning, operation follow-up and post-drilling analysis.
Petroleum Reserves Estimates – Where we Have Been, Where we Are and Where we Appear to be Headed PM
Recorded on May 15, 2013
(60)
 
Global events from Baghdad to Beijing and from The Hague to Houston over the decade past have ignited worldwide interest in oil and gas reserves.
Effects of Complex Reservoir Geometries and Completion Practices on Production Analysis in Tight Gas Reservoirs PM
Recorded on April 11, 2013
(60)
 
The question addressed in this lecture is, “When performing production analysis, can complex reservoir geometries and completion practices cause linear flow, limited effective fracture half lengths and limited drainage areas to be predicted”.
Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) Reliability
Recorded on April 10, 2013
(90)
 
Where is the industry in terms of ESP technology and reliability?
Level Control Detection Selection
Recorded on April 3, 2013
(90)
 
Subsea Processing in general requires maintenance free reliable high-end instrumentation. In a subsea multi-phase separator, the operators control the process by monitoring the oil and water interface levels as well as the emulsion layer and sedimentation of sand using a nucleonic density profiler
Journey of Well Integrity
Recorded on March 27, 2013
(90)
 
This important event will also discuss what operators must apply to assure well integrity and what evidence they need to conclusively demonstrate that the well possesses the required integrity.
Capturing the Hearts and Minds of PE Students – Sharing Effective Teaching Approaches
Recorded on March 26, 2013
(90)
 
In this webinar, the three recipients of the Teaching Fellow Award will share their teaching practices that enable them to motivate students to excel. A common theme from all three is to show you sincerely care about each individual student and his or her success.
Modeling and Simplicity: Occam’s Razor in the 21st Century
Recorded on March 21, 2013
(90)
 
Since its introduction in the early 1950s numerical reservoir simulation has become the mainstay of reservoir engineering practice.
Overview of Current DFIT Analysis Methodology
Recorded on March 14, 2013
(90)
 
The use of diagnostic fracture injection tests “DFITs” has become relatively commonplace in the fracturing industry. Proper design, execution, and evaluation methods are quite variable and often inconsistent, leading to misinterpretations of the test results.
A Sustainable Solution to the Climate Change Dilemma - “Eliminate the Flare” AM
Recorded on March 12, 2013
(60)
 
The times have changed. The world, concerned about climate change has demanded that we all reduce our carbon footprint and develop in a green sustainable manner.
Management of Innovation in R&D
Recorded on February 27, 2013
(90)
 
Innovation is now considered a crucial source of competitive advantage for R&D organizations. Additionally, because innovation is followed by entrepreneurship to secure the technology-market interface, entrepreneurship is also a critical source of competitive advantage.
The Impact of Administrative Controls and Management Enforcement on Human Performance
Recorded on February 26, 2013
(90)
 
We will discuss the role management and corporate culture have on the use of procedures and policies and what can e done to change both the management culture as well as the working culture with these documents.
Produced Water Management - “Waste to Value”
Recorded on February 19, 2013
(60)
 
Produced Water Management has become a worldwide concern. There are a growing number of mature fields, and many countries have already established strict discharge regulations in order to prevent and/or eliminate pollution resulting from the discharge of produced water.
Tight Oil Approaches and Technology Gaps - What Works, What Hasn't
Recorded on January 16, 2013
(60)
 
Tight oil and flowable shale oil plays are the newest frontier for the industry, but what technology innovations and adaptations will be needed to actually deliver the production promise and still meet increasingly strict environmental performance expectations?
Selection and Troubleshooting of Flotation Equipment for Produced Water Treating
Recorded on November 29, 2012
(90)
 
This Webinar will start with a broad overview of the different types of flotation equipment available on the market for produced water treating.
Perforating With Lasers: Are You Ready for the Power of Light?
Recorded on November 28, 2012
(60)
 
Current laser technology has addressed efficiency, portability and reliability issues required for successful commercial field applications.
Stimulation Of Multi-Well Pads Using Multi-Zone Stimulation Technology
Recorded on October 23, 2012
(60)
 
Performing numerous stimulation treatments selectively, rapidly and in a cost-efficient way is essential to the economic viability of exploiting thick and multi-layer low permeability reservoirs.
New Options for Produced Water Treatment and Re-use in Gas/Oil Shale Fracturing
Recorded on September 25, 2012
(90)
 
This webinar covers the rapid onset of various techniques to manage produced water in unconventional development
Diagnosing and Resolving Chemical and Mechanical Problems in Produced Water Treating Systems
Recorded on September 18, 2012
(60)
 
In this talk, three interactive aspects of produced water treatment will be discussed: water chemistry; process hardware; and chemical treatment. The key message is that in order to design and operate a water treatment system that performs reliably and effectively, it is essential to understand and integrate the fundamentals of system chemistry, process operations, and equipment design.
Flow Conditioning Impact on Separations
Recorded on September 12, 2012
(90)
 
In this webinar we will discuss the effects of inlet piping layouts on the flow distribution as it enters a vessel. This will be done by comparing gas-phase Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation results for various piping layouts.
Trapped Annular Pressure Mitigation with a Shrinking Spacer Fluid
Recorded on July 31, 2012
(90)
 
Mitigation methods such as vacuum insulated tubing to limit heat transfer, nitrogen-based foam spacers to give highly compressible trapped fluids, crushable urethane foam, etc. are somewhat successful but are either very expensive, logistically troublesome or have unacceptable failure rates. This presentation discusses the development of a new approach which has created a water-based spacer fluid that will be used just ahead of the cement.
LNG – Changing Quickly
Recorded on July 30, 2012
(60)
 
Technologies continue to evolve; the LNG ships have become larger and more numerous; new LNG import terminals are built – some floating. This lecture presents an overview and also some recent developments in the world of LNG. Changing technology, new trade patterns and the required investment levels are touched upon in this exciting part of oil and gas.
Challenges with Cement Evaluation- What We Know and What We Don’t
Recorded on July 11, 2012
(90)
 
In the oil and gas industry we rely heavily on cement evaluation logs to make a variety of decisions, many of which can potentially have a significant impact on our business. Improper interpretation of cement evaluation logs can cost the industry untold dollars due to things such as lost reserves, bypassed pay zones, lost production, ineffective stimulation treatments and unnecessary or ineffective remediation programs.
La Promesa Incumplida de Recuperación Mejorada de Petróleo ¿Que es de esperar?
Recorded on June 20, 2012
(60)
 
Auspiciada por la SPE Foundation. El aumento en los precios de petróleo en las mediados de 1970 llevo a la euforia increíble sobre la promesa de recuperación mejorada de petróleo (EOR). Pensamos que la tecnología fue a la mano y las condiciones económicas fueron favorables. Unos 30 años después vemos que la producción por EOR en los EE.UU. es menos de 750,000 B/D, en vez de millones de B/D que esperamos, aunque los precios de petróleo son mucho mas mayores que los que se utilizaron en los pronósticos. Canadá le ha ido un poco mejor. Mundialmente, la contribución de EOR es menos de 5% de la producción de 90 millones de B/D. ¿Que salio mal?
Pore-scale Imaging and Modeling of Rocks
Recorded on June 13, 2012
(90)
 
Martin Blunt's talk will review pore-scale imaging and modeling, with an emphasis on X-ray methods to produce three-dimensional images of rocks followed by the simulation of single and multiphase flow and transport through them. And Herman Lemmens' talk explains the technology of FIB/SEM and presents many applications both in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
Managed Pressure Drilling
Recorded on April 24, 2012
(60)
 
Managed Pressure Drilling includes pressure control methods and technologies tailored to drill previously un-drillable wells and reduce non-productive time in challenging wells such as HPHT, brown field redevelopment projects and exploratory wells. Current methods, technologies and recent improvements will be discussed
Higher-Resolution Sub Surface Imaging
Recorded on March 6, 2012
(90)
 
This presentation will examine emerging research trends and technologies aimed at delivering a more accurate reservoir picture across multiple resource types and production settings.
Estimating Frac Risk and Improving Frac Performance in Unconventional Gas and Oil Wells
Recorded on January 24, 2012
(90)
 
Identification of risk, the potential for occurrence of an event and impact of that event, is the first step in improving a process by ranking risk elements and controlling potential harm from occurrence of a detrimental event. Hydraulic Fracturing has become a hot environmental discussion topic and a target of media articles and University studies during development of gas shales near populated areas. The furor over fracturing and frac waste disposal was largely driven by lack of chemical disclosure and the pre-2008 laws of some states.
Increasing Recovery Factors
Recorded on October 18, 2011
(90)
 
The global demand for energy is increasing; the conventional production from existing hydrocarbon reservoirs is dropping. In fact, the oil recovery by primary and secondary methods is mostly between 35-45%. The hydrocarbon recovery needs to be increased to meet the growing demand. Chemical flooding, miscible recovery and thermal methods can be used to improve oil recovery beyond waterflooding. This presentation will address the recent developments in the improved recovery techniques and the challenges they face. The challenges for recovering unconventional resources will also be outlined.
In-Situ Molecular Manipulation
Recorded on September 28, 2011
(90)
 
Energy sources are vital to sustain and grow the world economy. As of today, the world mainly relies on fossil fuel as the source of energy for transportation, power generation, chemicals manufacturing, and other industrial applications. The conventional sources of hydrocarbon are steadily declining; however, the oil and gas industry has been successful in finding unconventional hydrocarbons, such as heavy oil and shale gas. Reducing the footprint during the production of oil, refined products, and gas will benefit the industry by reducing the overall cost and improving the health, safety, and environmental impact.
Accidents, Incidents and the Human Factor/Decision-Making in the Oilfield
Recorded on July 27, 2011
(90)
 
This topic concerns how people and human nature contribute to major accidents, specifically in the context of drilling operations.
Development of a Saline Reservoir Carbon Sequestration Project in the Illinois Basin, USA
Recorded on May 16, 2011
(90)
 
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), also known as geologic sequestration, is the isolation of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the earth's atmosphere. CCS may play a significant role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To further the implementation of this technology, demonstration projects are underway around the world. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) funds seven regional partnerships to conduct geologic sequestration research throughout the United States. The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), lead by the geological surveys of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky was formed in 2003 to research geologic storage potential in coal seams, mature oil fields, and deep saline reservoirs.