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Lighting Practices in the Oil and Gas Industry and the Consequences for Safety, Costs, and the Nighttime Sky
July 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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
July 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
(75 minutes)
 
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.
The Role of Inflow-Control Devices in Optimizing Horizontal Well Performance
July 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT, 10:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM MDT, 8:00 AM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
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.
Pitfalls in HPHT Completion Design and Planning
August 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
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.
HSSE-SR: Major Capital Projects – Increasing Safety Assurance in Construction, Load out, Transportation, Installation, Hookup and Commissioning
August 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
(75 minutes)
 
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.
Troubleshooting Separation Challenge’s Using Online Process Diagnostics
September 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
This event will cover how to use Gamma scanning and Tracer technology to diagnose operating problems. Verify real time process conditions and enhance process performance. Verification of design parameters by understanding what is actually happening in the process.
Introduction to Integrated Production Modeling and Case Histories
September 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
The main objectives of modeling flows of production fluids in wells, pipelines and risers are: to predict the pressure drops, the phase distributions, the potential for unsteady phase delivery (commonly referred to as slugging) and the thermal characteristics of the system.

These objectives arise from the requirement to design production systems which avoid the flow assurance problems, bottlenecking, increased pressure restriction problems and ensure delivery of production targets.

The key point from Integrated Production Modeling is that we eliminate fix boundary conditions as we can from the interconnected components, e.g. we don’t control by a fix rate, a fixed BHP, or fixed THP, but through a common sink constraint and other boundary conditions are dynamically calculated.

This webinar will provide an Introduction to Integrated Production Modeling.
How to Strengthen and Stabilize the Wellbore During Drilling Operations - AM
September 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM CDT, 7:00 AM MDT, 6:00 AM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
Loss of drilling fluid to the formation is one of the costliest problems that drillers face during well construction. Until recently, the primary method used to control losses involved incorporating materials in the fluid or in pills to bridge or plug the loss zone. Current technology enables a more comprehensive -- and more effective -- approach that includes this remediative method but gives greater emphasis to preventing lost circulation.
How to Strengthen and Stabilize the Wellbore During Drilling Operations - PM
September 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 6:00 PM MDT, 5:00 PM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
Loss of drilling fluid to the formation is one of the costliest problems that drillers face during well construction. Until recently, the primary method used to control losses involved incorporating materials in the fluid or in pills to bridge or plug the loss zone. Current technology enables a more comprehensive -- and more effective -- approach that includes this remediative method but gives greater emphasis to preventing lost circulation.
Reservoir Surveillance of Mature Floods Using Streamline-based Workflows
October 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
Streamline-based flow simulation has traditionally been viewed as a modeling approach that is complementary to other flow simulation methods. However, streamlines are also ideally suited to the much more common application of reservoir surveillance of mature floods. Because the streamline paths themselves yield well drainage regions and well-pair allocation factors, engineers can reduce complex production data down to the pattern level in a robust and physics-based manner.

This webinar will begin with some fundamentals of streamline simulation and surveillance. We will also discuss the minimum amount of data needed to build a surveillance model and how to interpret novel streamline-based surveillance metrics.
HSSE-SR: A Chemical Risk Prioritization Scoring Process for Exploration and Production Industry
October 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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 oil and gas industry has been under increased scrutiny for its use of chemicals during exploration and production. Public perception is that hydraulic fracturing leads to chemical exposure and potential effects on human health and the environment. Some state agencies have adopted rules that call for the disclosure of chemicals intentionally added to hydraulic fracturing fluids.

The presentation will illustrate Noble’s process and discuss the challenges that they faced in developing the program.