2006-2007 Distinguished Lecturer Slides/Graphics

Luis C. B. Bianco
Challenges on Sand Control and Completions for Productivity in Ultra-Deep Waters (PDF)

The evolution of drilling technologies in recent years has allowed operators to explore for gas and high-viscosity oil in reservoirs at shallow burial depth and ultra-deep water where reservoirs are usually formed by turbidites. This discussion includes well construction issues and presents new approaches for sand-control system selection for gas and heavy-oil exploitation, minimization of pressure drop, well segmentation, and selective control of water production.

Luis C.B. Bianco is a Senior Petroleum Engineer for Petrobras in the Well Engineering Technical Support Team at the Rio de Janeiro Business Unit in Brazil. A sand-control specialist with 20 years of experience, he has been involved in advanced completion techniques and well design for deepwater wells.

Iraj Ershaghi
Managing Smart Oilfield Assets and The Training Needs for Collaborative Decision Making (PDF)

Technologies related to i-field, e-field, intelligent energy, or digital oilfields have the potential to boost ultimate recovery factors to well above 50 to 60%. This presentation examines evolving technologies and offers a roadmap for metamorphosis of asset managers and personnel resources. It will demonstrate ways to facilitate the education and training of a new generation of high-tech geoscientists.

Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and Director of Petroleum Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the U. of Southern California (USC). He also serves as Executive Director of CiSoft, a USC-Chevron Center of Excellence for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies. Ershagi earned a Bs with honors from the U. of Tehran and MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from USC.

Theo H Fleisch
The End of Stranded Gas: The Emergence of the Gas to Products (GTP) Option (PDF)

GTP Technologies, including the well-known gas-to-liquids process, finally emerge as options to efficiently convert this resource into clean, high-value fuels and chemicals. Less known are rapid advances in gas-to-chemicals (such as methanol) conversion technologies and increases in plant scales which significantly reduce manufacturing costs. There is great promise for dimethyl-ether among other derivatives. This lecture will address the role of GTP in the context of existing gas monetization businesses.

Theo Fleisch is a Distinguished Advisor for BP’s new Global Gas-To-Products Group. An expert in GTP, he earned MS and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from the U. of Innsbruck, Austria, and has worked for 27 years in technical and managerial roles for Amoco and BP.

Don M. Hannegan, P.E.
Managed Pressure Drilling Technology: Applications, Variations and Case Histories (PDF)

This talk will address the background of MPD, provide recent case examples in which specific drilling-related barriers were overcome, and illustrate equipment layouts required to practice each variation of MPD from all types of rigs. The desire to reduce drilling nonproductive time and costs associated with lost circulation, narrow pressure windows, slow rate of penetration, and others are key incentives to practice MPD. The two categories of MPD, reactive and proactive, along with four variations will be presented and discussed.

Don Hannegan is a recognized expert in development of MPD technology and is a functional director for Weatherford Intl. He invented several offshore designs of rotating control devices and fit-for-purpose elastomers for rotating annulus seal elements. Hannegan is also the primary content provider for the MPD chapter in SPE’s new textbook-in-progress, Advanced Drilling Technology and Well Construction.

Tony Harrison
Reserves Management & Auditability – Critical Requirements in Today’s Oil & Gas Industry (PDF)

Increased sensitivity of senior oil company executives, board members, and investors centers around the requirements of reserves booking and reporting, including exploration potential and sub-commercial resources. Discussion will focus on the need for a reserves system that captures the total resource portfolio, the critical decision points within that system (focal points for corporate governance) and a process that provides quality control and an audit trail to ensure reporting requirements are met.

Anthony Harrison is Reserves Manager for Santos Ltd. He has spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry and has served in a number of technical and supervisory roles in the geoscience area and in reservoir engineering.

James Heathman
What Defines Critical-Application Cementing, and Do We Really Know How to Do It? (PDF)

While even the most benign wellbore conditions can be challenging under the right circumstances, this talk will concentrate on those that are challenging to even the subject-matter experts, but also point out the issues that must be addressed and are often either overlooked, oversimplified, or not considered as significant to the task at hand.

James Heathman is a Global Technical Advisor for the Halliburton Fluids Div., specializing in cementing and conformance technology. He earned BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Louisiana Tech U. and a MBA degree from Oklahoma State U.

Bharat S. Jhaveri
Viscous Oil EOR by Viscosity Reducing Immiscible (VRI) WAG Process (PDF)

This lecture presents development application of gas injection EOR technology to such viscous oil reservoirs where gas resource is available and the reservoir has a large development target with many high rate wells. Miscible gas EOR technology is rarely applied to viscous oil reservoirs. The presentation will show that for viscous oils, it is still possible to significantly increase oil recovery above waterflood by injecting the enriched gas in a WAG process, even if classical miscibility is not achieved.

Bharat Jhaveri is a Reservoir Engineering Advisor at BP Exploration with more than 24 years of experience that includes expertise in phase behavior and compositional modeling in addition to design, engineering, and evaluation of large-scale gas EOR projects. His work was instrumental in design of the Prudhoe Bay Miscible and Vaporization Projects. Jhaveri received a BS degree in chemical engineering from Indian Inst. of Technology Kanpur in India, an MS in chemical engineering from the Illinois Inst. of Technology Chicago, and a PhD degree in chemical engineering from Stanford U.

Shah Kabir
Engineer Your Gas/Condensate Systems, Reservoir to Sales Meter (PDF)

In addition to addressing well productivity issues and considering various completion options to modeling the coupled reservoir/wellbore/surface network system, this talk explores how uncertainties in volumetrics and capital-and-operating expenses may influence designing the total system to meet delivery targets. Several useful phenomenological correlations shed light on understanding various issues surrounding management of gas/condensate systems. It also introduces a simple screening tool to check whether cycling of lean gas is feasible.

C. Shah Kabir has more than 28 years in the oil industry, with the past 15 years at Chevron. His experiences include transient testing, wellbore fluid and heat flow modeling, and reservoir engineering. Kabir earned an MS degree in chemical engineering from the U. of Calgary.

Daryl Kellingray
Cementing - Planning for Success for the Life of Well (PDF)

The cost of unsuccessful first-time cementing operations, while thought to be huge, is rarely measured by operators because of a technical disconnect that can occur between drilling and production staff. This lecture details some of the generally agreed best practices for prevention of drilling nonproductive time related to setting cement plugs and fluid migration after cementing. Issues impacting long-term zonal isolation, minimum engineering design requirements, and balance between good drilling fluid performance- successful primary cementing will be presented.

Daryl S. Kellingray is a Drilling Specialist in the drilling technology unit of BP E&P Technology Group. He is BP’s Global Cementing Specialist. Kellingray’s career began in the BP Research Center in London in the area of gas migration/cement shrinkage and mixing energy effects on cement slurries. He later became involved in cementing operations in the U.K. sector of the North Sea.

M. Rashid Khan
Crude Quality & Value Enhancement: An Opportunity for Innovation (PDF) 

Achieving a reduction in sulfur, accomplished by various upgrading processes, can have a profound impact in terms of crude price. Conversion of high-sulfur crude is becoming increasingly more attractive. This presentation offers an overview of crude quality issues and heavy-oil upgrading technologies to improve crude quality. Discussion will cover compelling and innovative options and examples of opportunities, some of which can possibly be applied within E&P, in improving crude quality while addressing traditional production issues.

Rashid Khan is an Intellectual Property Specialist and Energy Technologist for Saudi Aramco providing leadership to capture, develop, and commercialize intellectual properties upstream and downstream. Considered an international expert in hydrocarbon processing, he has served as a technical advisor to the U.S. White House. Khan earned an MS in energy and fuels engineering from Pennsylvania State U. and an MS in environmental engineering from Oregon State U. He also earned a PhD in energy and fuels engineering from Pennsylvania State U.

Michael J. King
Upgridding and Upscaling: Current Trends and Future Directions (PDF)

Upscaling describes the range of techniques used to develop the properties coarser, simpler models. Current best practice has moved away from “local” calculations to “extended-local” and “global” techniques that take advantage of the adjacent portions of the detailed reservoir description to develop more robust effective properties. Upgridding describes techniques used to design the spatial resolution of the coarser model. Examples from North America and the North Sea will be used to demonstrate the power of combining these approaches.

Michael J. King, a Senior Reservoir Engineer for BP, has shaped the company’s global reservoir modeling strategy as a technology network leader, technology advisor, and R&D project manager with expertise in heterogeneity modeling and upscaling of geologic models. He continues active research in modeling strategy. King earned a PhD from Syracuse U. with post-doctoral studies in nuclear and particle physics.

M.L. Litvak
Innovative Integrated Modelling Technology (PDF)

Innovative integrated reservoir modeling technology based on latest achievements in seismic processing, rock physics, integrated reservoir/facility modeling, and production optimization is presented. Significant business value has been added with the new technology applications for the optimization of infill drilling, waterflood, and facility modification programs that are supported by reservoir studies in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and North Sea oil/gas fields.

Michael L. Litvak, a Reservoir Engineering Advisor for BP, has 34 years of petroleum industry experience. He has developed innovative technology for integrated reservoir/facility modeling and production optimization in the commercial reservoir simulator. Litvak earned MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Moscow Oil and Gas University and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Academy Sciences of USSR.

David J. Mack
A Cementing Paradigm Shift and Design Innovation Saves Time and Money (PDF)

Using knowledge of available cements and compressive strength enhancing agents, a new cement blend was developed that could get higher compressive strengths and better acoustical impedance in a shorter time frame while maintaining the cement density at 12 ppg and slurry-process economics. Examples of pre- and post-solution cement bond logs and economics related to non-productive time over a large drilling program will be presented.

David Mack is an Advanced Senior Production Engineer in the Reservoir and Well Performance Group with Marathon Oil. Having received a Petroleum Engineer.degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, he has held various research and operational positions with pressure pumping companies in north Texas, the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, and Appalachian Basin.

Colin J. Mason
Wellbore Quality Characterization for Drilling and Casing Running in Challenging Wells (PDF)

The recent maturing of 3D rotary steerable systems has generated renewed interest in understanding wellbore quality and its impact. The term wellbore quality is not particularly well defined, its context often misunderstood and is usually considered too complex to quantify. This talk will offer an overview of issues relating to wellbore quality, explain the issues in quantifying it, and discuss the implications of having a common industry definition.

Colin Mason, a Senior Drilling Engineering Specialist based in BP’s E&P Technology Group, began his career as an academic at the U. of Southampton and later became a network analyst for a major oil and gas distribution company and a pipeline design engineer for an international engineering consultancy. He joined BP’s Technology Center in 1997, providing engineering support to extended-reach drilling operations at Wytch Farm.

Phillip D. Pattillo
Recent Advances in Complex Well Design (PDF)

Batch drilling, in combination with high spread rates, dictates that well failures be kept to a minimum. This goal is reinforced by the extreme consequences of a hydrocarbon release at the mudline. The current presentation reviews the context, success, and developmental failures of a variety of recently introduced design advances, using specific well examples to reinforce key points.

Phillip D. Pattillo is a Distinguished Advisor with BP America in E&P technology. Since 1972, he has worked in the areas of multiphase flow and tubular and rock mechanics. Pattillo earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering and an MS degree in engineering science from Louisiana State U. and MS and PhD degrees in engineering science from the U. of Notre Dame.

Carlos Alberto Pedroso
Frac-pack in Ultra Deep Water: Lessons Learned in a Hundred of Well Succeed Operations (PDF)

Sand control is mandatory in most Campos Basin reservoirs. Since the first frac-pack job was performed in 1996, many challenges related to three areas have been overcome—best practices, unconsolidated high-permeability rock fracturing. And design and pumping questions posed due to ultra-high permeability. This presentation poses both answers and questions about frac-packs in soft rocks in deep water.

Carlos A. Pedroso, a Completion Engineer for Petrobras, is a technical advisor in sand control and stimulation. He earned a degree in chemical engineering and petroleum engineering from Federal U. of Paraná and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Campinas U.

Mark A. Proett
Formation Testing in the Dynamic Drilling Environment (PDF)

The most recent form of testing, formation testing while drilling (FTWD), introduces new capabilities to the drilling environment. While still in its infancy, FTWD enables new pressure transient analysis techniques to determine properties of interest to drilling, such as filtrate loss rate and depth of invasion. This talk highlights applications that have been developed, applied, and successfully demonstrated.

Mark A. Proett is a Senior Scientific Advisor for Halliburton Energy Services in the Strategic Research group. He received a BSME degree from the U. of Maryland and an MS degree from Johns Hopkins. Proett has published extensively in the area of well testing and fluid flow analysis methods.

Charles Svoboda
The Critical Path to Success for Openhole Completions - Fluid Design and Execution (PDF)

Openhole completions have become a key component to efficient field development. Given the large number of fluid options to drill and complete these wells, careful testing and planning become paramount. Problems that can arise include invasion of solids, creation of scales or emulsions, plugging of completion assemblies, or incompatibilities of sequential fluid treatments.

Charles Svoboda, the Reservoir Drill-In Fluid Technical Manager at M-I SWACO, has 23 years of experience in drilling fluids, reservoir drilling fluid, and completions. He earned a BS in civil engineering from the U. of Illinois. Svoboda’s operational and technical positions have included Technical Manager for M-I SWACO’s European Technical Center in Stavanger.

Marina Voskanian
Challenges and opportunities for Operating in Environmentally Sensitive Basins Learning from the California Experience (PDF)

Smaller operators, who serve as stewards of resources in environmentally sensitive areas, have profited greatly from the benefits of advanced technologies in managing oilfields in sensitive environments. Using new technology from existing infrastructure combined with cooperative efforts between government agencies and operators, it has been demonstrated that successful development can be achieve with no or mitigateable environmental impact.

Marina Voskanian, Chief of Planning and Development with the California State Lands Commission, previously worked for Exxon, Southern California Gas Co., Aminoil, and Phillips Petroleum. She earned graduate degrees in petroleum engineering from the U. of Southern California.

Tommy M. Warren
Drilling with Casing - What it Can and Can't Do for an Asset (PDF)

Drilling with casing, an emerging technology for simultaneously drilling and casing a well, is gaining increasing acceptance in onshore applications where entire wells are drilled with casing and offshore applications where it is used to drill selected intervals. This talk reviews the current status and advantages/disadvantages in drilling more than 1,000 intervals ranging from shallow surface holes using 20-in. casing to greater than 15,000 ft with 3-½-in. casing.

Tommy M. Warren is Director of Casing Drilling Research and Engineering for Tesco. He spent 26 years with Amoco serving in operations and drilling research. Warren earned BS and MS degrees in mineral engineering from the U. of Alabama and was selected as a U. of Alabama Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 1994.


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