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Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells – Realizing the Paradigm Shift that has been 30 years in Development - PM
April 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 6:00 PM MDT, 5:00 PM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
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.
Social Investment Performance
April 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Ethics for Engineers
May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT, 9:00 AM CDT, 8:00 AM MDT, 7:00 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Transferring Analytics into Oil & Gas: Powerful stories of the unexpected crossover of data analytics techniques between industry sectors
May 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Wellbore Stability – Keeping Wellbores Open
May 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Appropriate Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature Oil and Gas Formations
May 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM CDT, 7:00 AM MDT, 6:00 AM PDT
(60 minutes)
 
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.
Human Factors Technical Report
May 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Water Treating – Taking the Mystery out of Water Soluble Organics
June 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Re-Fracturing: Timing, Prerequisites, Diversion and Application
June 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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
June 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.
Predicting Droplet Size Distributions
June 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT, 8:30 AM CDT, 7:30 AM MDT, 6:30 AM PDT
(90 minutes)
 
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.