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1DAY

8 October 2012

SPE TODAY

The official show daily of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

From the Journal of Petroleum Technology

www.spe.org/atce

Scott Tinker, left, and marine engineer Talal al Tamimi

stand on an LNG fueling dock in Qatar in Switch, a

documentary film showing tonight. Credit: Arcos Films.

Switch Examines

Shifting Future

of Global Energy

Robin Beckwith, Senior Staff Writer

Switch, a new documentary film directed by Harry

Lynch and coproduced and featuring Scott Tinker

as narrator and interviewer, explores the question,

“What does the future of energy really hold?” A

special showing of the film for ATCE attendees is

being held this evening starting at 1930 at the Lila

Cockrell Theater.

According to Tinker, the choice of film as the medium

to explore the various types of energy and our evolving

energy mix “was the most powerful way to investigate

the subject.”

Tinker wears many hats. He is director of the Bureau

of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas.

And he is the acting associate dean for research and

a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the

Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of

Texas at Austin.

Harry Lynch, the film’s director, coproducer, and

cowriter, found it important to make the film “because

energy makes modern life possible.”

Tinker says what sets Switch apart from other

documentaries that explore the topic of energy is “We

PLEASE SEE SWITCH ON PAGE 3

Time To Reflect and Look Forward

Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President

elcome to San Antonio for the 2012 SPE

W Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

(ATCE). I am excited to share this important event

with you. It is time to reflect on the past year and

all that we have accomplished and to look forward

to what we want to achieve. This past year as your

president has affected my life in so many ways. SPE

is the foremost professional organization for those

working in the oil and gas industry. With its many

technical resources and a strong commitment to its

mission, SPE is here to help all of you achieve your

professional goals.

In January, SPE reached a significant milestone

by surpassing 100,000 members globally. With

the society doubling in size in just the past

10 years, it is now challenged with how to best

serve all of its members, who live and work all over

the world. This year, SPE has met the challenge

head on by offering more programs and services

to its members and to the industry. SPE has also

done a tremendous job in training and education

this year. It offered 120 courses globally, a 200%

increase over what it

offered just a couple of

years ago.

One of the most

valuable assets that

SPE offers is OnePetro,

a multisociety online

resource with more

than 130,000 technical

papers. There isn’t

a project that I work

on where I don’t

Thakur

use OnePetro. This

year, SPE has introduced a few new technical

resources. It started the development of

PetroWiki, a knowledge capture and sharing wiki

for the E&P industry, and launched Oil and Gas

Facilities, a bimonthly magazine, in response

to the needs of our members. I see even more

development opportunities as membership

continues to grow in developing countries and our

PLEASE SEE FORWARD ON PAGE 3

Conference Shows Largest Exhibition,

Highlights Best Practices, Innovation

John Donnelly, JPT Editor

This year’s SPE Annual Technical Conference

and Exhibition (ATCE) offers a host of technical

presentations, panel sessions, networking

opportunities, and events especially designed for

the exploration and production (E&P) professional.

By the close of the conference, more than 350

peer-selected papers will have been presented,

covering the latest technical advances, practical

case studies, and future trends, and 400-plus

exhibiting companies—the largest exhibition in ATCE

history—will have showcased the best and brightest

technologies and services.

For decades, ATCE has been the world’s leading

upstream technical conference, bringing together

thousands of executives, engineers, managers,

and scientists to share information on state-ofthe-art

technology, groundbreaking innovation,

and company best practices. This year promises to

be one of the most highly attended events in the

conference’s history.

The development of unconventional resources

plays a starring role at this year’s conference.

This morning’s Opening General Session,

titled “Making Unconventionals Conventional,”

will feature the perspectives of five industry

experts on the state of unconventional E&P.

PLEASE SEE CONFERENCE ON PAGE 4

Monday, October 8 Presentation Schedule—Live Stage Presentations Every 30 Minutes! Booth #2251

TIME

PRESENTATION

TIME

PRESENTATION

9:15 Evaluating Unconventional Reservoirs: Your Reservoir is 3D; Characterize It As Such

9:45 Drilling in Unconventional Resources: Optimize Your Drilling Performance

10:15 Completing Unconventional Plays: Choose the Right Solution for Your Well

10:45

Managing Your Water Issues: Know Your Water and Maximize Profits with

Proven Technologies

11:15

Producing Unconventional Reservoirs: Keep Your Production Flowing

Without Intervention

11:45 Assuring Flow in Deepwater Wells: Qualify Your Production Chemicals for Umbilical Use

12:15 Achieving a Step Change in Reservoir Modeling by Listening to Clients Like You

1:30

Optimizing Drilling in Deepwater: Detect, Diagnose, and Avoid Challenges

Before They Occur

2:00 Evaluating Unconventional Reservoirs: Your Reservoir is 3D; Characterize It As Such

2:30 Completing Unconventional Plays: Choose the Right Solution for Your Well

3:00

Managing Your Water Issues: Know Your Water and Maximize Profits with

Proven Technologies

3:30

Producing Unconventional Reservoirs: Keep Your Production Flowing

Without Intervention

4:00 Assuring Flow in Deepwater Wells: Qualify Your Production Chemicals for Umbilical Use

4:30

Optimizing Drilling in Deepwater: Detect, Diagnose, and Avoid Challenges

Before They Occur

5:00 Drilling in Unconventional Resources: Optimize Your Drilling Performance

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0700–0900 25-Year Club Breakfast

Room 006 A–C, River Level

0800–0900 Welcome Breakfast Social

Presidio A–C, Level 3, Grand Hyatt Hotel

0800–1700 Student PetroBowl

Room 001, River Level, and Room 103,

Street Level

0900–1000 Coffee Break on Exhibit Floor

0900–1300 International Student Paper

Contest: Undergraduate

Room 008B, River Level

0900–1700 International Student Paper

Contest: Master’s

Room 008A, River Level

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

1030–1200 Opening General Session

Grand Ballroom C1–C2, Grand Ballroom

Level

1215–1345 Keynote Luncheon

Grand Ballroom C3, Grand Ballroom Level

1300–1700 International Student Paper

Contest: PhD

Room 008B, River Level

1400–1700 Special Session: Partnering

With Communities in Order To

Maintain Our License To Operate

Room 210, Concourse Level

1515–1545 Coffee Break on Exhibit Floor

1700–1800 Reception on Exhibit Floor

1730–1900 College and University Alumni

Receptions

Grand Hyatt Hotel

1730–1900 Young Professionals Reception

Seguin A–B, Level 4, Grand Hyatt Hotel

1930–2200 Learnings from Facilities

Megaprojects Dinner

Room 006 A–C, River Level

1930–2200 Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics

Technical Section Reception

Iron Cactus Grill (off site)

1930–2200 Switch Documentary Screening

Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

FORWARD . . . CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

responsibility to educate young

professionals takes a clearer path

around the world.

This is also an important time for

SPE members to reflect on how they

can give back to the industry. Any

professional should give something

back to his or her organization or

profession. There are many ways

our members can give back, through

involvement in a technical section,

helping to create conferences or

summits that cover topics important to

our industry, editing and contributing

to peer-reviewed journals, and much

more. Regardless of how you give back,

choose something that aids a cause

that is important to you and that helps

you stay engaged in SPE.

This has been an exciting year for

SPE and for me. I am honored to have

the opportunity to serve you as your

president and give back to a society

that has given so much to me. The

future of our industry is bright, and I

encourage everyone to become active

and take a leadership role because

what we do is important and we

will be here for the next 50 years or

even longer.

Thank you again, and I look forward

to speaking with you this week.

Lyn Arscott Headlines 25-Year Club Breakfast

The SPE 25-Year Club will hold

a breakfast with a keynote

presentation from former SPE

President Lyn Arscott from 0700 to

0900 today in Room 006A/B/C of

the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention

Center. An event ticket purchase

is required.

The 25-Year Club, a special lounge

for SPE members with 25 years or

more of continuous membership, will

be open daily throughout this year’s

conference. The lounge is also open

to Century Club members, current

and former SPE Board officers and

directors, as well as this year’s SPE

International award winners and

Distinguished Lecturers.

Members of the club’s committee

oversee its operation and invite all

eligible members to stop by, relax,

catch up with old friends, and reconnect

with fellow members. The

club is located in Room 206B of the

convention center and will be open

from 0800 to 1600 on Monday and

Tuesday and from 0800 to 1400

on Wednesday.

SWITCH. . . CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

started with a question then went

out to find the answers, working

hard to remain unbiased and open to

new ideas.”

According to Lynch, the basic goal

is “to start a balanced … energy

conversation with this film.”

Going Where Few

Have Gone Before

Even for people who work in the

energy industry, the breadth and scope

of it eludes most.

The filmmakers drive deep into a

mountain in Norway and show us a

hydro project whose soaring ceiling

and art reminiscent of stained glass

make one think of the grandeur of

a cathedral.

They take us inside the virtually

impregnable walls of a nuclear facility,

to fields of sorghum and switch grass,

to the vast expanse of the world’s

largest coal mine, to an enormous

liquefied natural gas tanker in Qatar

with a protective cascade of water

falling over its hull, inside and up to

the top of a wind turbine in Denmark,

inside a steam plant in the oil sands

of northern Canada, to the Perdido

platform 200 miles offshore Texas,

to the steaming waters outside a

geothermal plant in Iceland.

They fly us over the Strait of Hormuz

in the Middle East to glimpse an

Iranian platform in the waters, and

across Roscoe, the world’s largest

wind farm, located in west Texas. We

see the crowded streets of India, the

shining arrays of solar panels in Spain,

the complex inner workings of an

electricity grid switching plant in Texas.

The Film’s Experts

Within one film, the viewer gets

a chance to learn why gasoline is

such an attractive fuel, how the US’s

electricity grid is an almost miraculous

interplay between supply and demand,

why nuclear energy might not be so

scary after all, how clean alternative

energy sources such as solar, wind,

geothermal, and hydro are rooted in

geology and location.

Fifty-three expert interviews were

conducted, 44 of which were included

in the film. The experts include

renewable energy specialists, fossil fuel

energy specialists, plant managers for

all energy types, many of the world’s

leading energy experts in government

and academia, and several chief

executive officers of international fossil

fuel and renewable energy companies.

Forecasting the Switch

According to Lynch, “If we’re going to

take viewers around the world and

investigate the pros, cons, and future

of different energy types, we’d better

show how it all fits together to form

our energy transition and exactly how

and when that could happen.”

About his energy forecast, Tinker

said, “Many find it hopeful in that, if

we work together, we can supply the

world’s growing demand for energy.

Others find it sobering in that the

Scott Tinker and Belle Ayr Mine Manager Shane Durgin, left, overlook a coal mine

in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin in Switch, showing tonight at the Lila Cockrell

Theater. Credit: Arcos Films.

switch doesn’t happen as fast as they

hoped it could.” He stressed, “What

each of us does, matters.”

The Switch Energy Project

Switch took 2 years to film and 1 year

to edit. It is being rolled out in a series

of screenings and is available to book

for private screenings. Find out more

about where you can see the film by

visiting www.switchenergyproject

.com/screenings.php.

The documentary film is part

of the Switch Energy Project

(www.switchenergyproject.com),

whose broad purpose is to provide a

source of information covering the full

spectrum of energy types. Almost 300

short interviews are available on the

site, covering the project’s wide range

of subjects, technologies, locales,

and experts.

In addition, by early 2013, the

Switch Energy Project will provide an

education program for US elementary,

middle, and high school curricula,

available free, with downloadable

guides for teachers.


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CONFERENCE . . . CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

The goal of the session is to arrive

at broad and practical ideas to

make unconventional resources

development mainstream.

Moderated by David Hobbs, chief

energy strategist of IHS CERA, the

panelists are Mark Albers, senior

vice president of ExxonMobil; Timothy

Dove, president and chief operating

officer of Pioneer Natural Resources;

Steve Holditch, director of the Texas

A&M Energy Institute; and David Lesar,

chairman of the board, president, and

chief executive officer of Halliburton.

Also highlighting today’s agenda is

the conference keynote address, which

will be given by Hobbs during a special

luncheon. His topic is “Energy Outlook:

At the Intersection of Geopolitics,

Macroeconomics, and Technology.”

Hobbs is an expert in energy

industry structure and strategies and

previously managed the IHS CERA’s

energy research activities. He is the

principal author of several major

IHS CERA studies, including “Fueling

North America’s Energy Future: The

Unconventional Natural Gas Revolution

and the Carbon Agenda” and “In

Search of Reasonable Certainty: Oil and

Gas Reserves Disclosures.”

Also in the spotlight this year is the

largely underappreciated projects,

facilities, and construction technical

discipline. Tonight, four expert

panelists will discuss the problems

overcome and lessons learned

in four challenging megaprojects

during the “Learnings from Facilities

Megaprojects Dinner.”

Hosted by Ken Arnold, a senior

technical adviser at WorleyParsons,

the panel consists of Abdulrahman

Al-Jarri, manager of the Production and

Facilities Development Department

at Saudi Aramco; Gordon Sterling,

consultant and retired from Shell;

Ivan Garcia Santos, manager of top

side engineering at Petrobras; and

Edward W. Merrow, president and

Reducing risk and uncertainty

in unconventional reservoirs.

Albers Hobbs Lesar

chief executive officer of Independent

Project Analysis.

In addition, several panel and

technical sessions this week will

focus on the projects, facilities, and

construction discipline, including

“Enhancement of Facilities Technology”

on Monday and “Challenges in Projects,

Facilities, and Construction” and

“Facilities Technology Applications”

on Tuesday.

ATCE 2012 features many special

sessions and topical events of broad

interest, as well as focused topics for

students, young professionals, and

technical interest groups.

The panel sessions and special

events include

• A special session on “Partnering

With Communities in Order To

Maintain Our License To Operate,”

featuring a discussion of how

the oil and gas industry should

work with local governments

and communities when

developing projects.

• A special session on “EOR—Out

of the Lab and Into the Field,”

exploring how well EOR has worked

in the field in pilot and full-field

applications.

• A new event titled “Cross-

Generational Teams Adding Value

to the Workplace.” The event will

bring together students, young

professionals, and midcareer and

seasoned professionals to solve

industry-related challenges.

Annual events also take center stage

this week, including

• The ATCE Annual Banquet, held

on Tuesday night, will recognize

individuals for their significant

contributions to the oil and gas

industry. Immediately before the

banquet, all banquet attendees are

invited to gather for a reception.

• The President’s Luncheon and

Annual Meeting of Members on

Wednesday will feature the “State

of the Society” address from 2012

SPE President Ganesh Thakur,

who will pass the presidential

gavel to 2013 SPE President

Egbert Imomoh.

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Technical Program Selects 350 Papers From 1,500 Proposals

Joel Parshall, JPT Features Editor

With more than 350 papers

and 120 ePosters slated for

presentation over 3 days, the technical

program for the 2012 SPE Annual

Technical Conference and Exhibition

(ATCE) “is very exciting,” said Luis

Baez of BG Group, Technical Program

Committee chairman. “I’ve been

reading a lot of the papers, and we’ve

got some really strong ones. The

papers chosen for the conference came

from almost 1,500 proposals, so the

process was very selective,” he said.

“This is the largest engineering

event in the world for petroleum

engineers and all of the engineering

functions in the industry. That’s what

makes the ATCE unique. It enables

professionals in every engineering

function in the oil and gas industry,

as well as geologists, petrophysicists,

and other technical professionals, to

be in the same place for 4 or 5 days

to learn and exchange ideas. And this

year’s location couldn’t be any better.

San Antonio is in the heart of one of

the biggest North American oil booms

in a long time. With the explosion of

activity in unconventional resources,

this is an exciting time to be in

the industry.”

The industry has a huge demand for

technical expertise, and companies are

striving to find the right people to meet

the needs of unconventional oil and

gas development, deepwater projects,

and a variety of other challenges. “The

major shift for the industry in recent

years has been a much greater reliance

on younger professionals and people

fresh out of school,” Baez said. “The

ATCE provides a good opportunity to

speed up that learning curve through

knowledge sharing.”

Students can find the conference

particularly beneficial. “Just this past

year, we hired two young people—one

from the University of Oklahoma and

one from Texas A&M—whom we met

at last year’s ATCE,” Baez said. “They

introduced themselves and expressed

interest in joining the industry. With

that initiative, we eventually extended

them job offers.”

One way that SPE annually maintains

a high caliber technical program at the

conference is by bringing a substantial

number of new individuals into the

program committee each year. “We

bring in new leadership to the chair

and vice chair positions annually as

well as slot in regular replacements

on each subcommittee,” said Tom Gee

of Weatherford, Technical Program

Committee vice chairman. “We keep

the program dynamic through this

rotation process. Our program does

not get stale because of the new

perspectives offered by the committee

every year.”

The following is a rundown of the

technical program:

Monday Afternoon

• Integrated Workflows in Challenging

Reservoirs

• Field Optimization and Artificial Lift

• Coiled Tubing and Downhole Tools

• Perforating Technology

• Drilling Operations

• Fracture Diagnostics Measurements

and Models To Evaluate Completion

Effectiveness

• Innovative Best Practices in Field

Management, Reserves Evaluation, and

Application of Risk and Uncertainty

• Well Testing and Advanced Wireline

Formation Testing

• Flow in Unconventional Reservoirs

• Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology

• Enhancement of Facilities Technology

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Tuesday Morning

• Single Well Solutions

• Completion Optimization in

Unconventional Reservoirs

• MWD/LWD

• Shale Case Study

• New Technologies in Characterization

of Unconventional Reservoirs

• Petrophysical Applications

• Advances in Flow Characterization

Technologies

• Reservoir Simulation Technologies

From Hardware to 4D Seismic

Tuesday Afternoon

• Facilities Technology Applications

• Downhole Inflow Monitoring

• Field Wide/Multiple Wells Solutions

• Completion Systems and Techniques

• Bits and Drilling Tools

• Well Performance

• Novel Solutions for Classical Reservoir

Engineering Issues

• Creating Value With Unconventional

• Thermal Recovery Methods and

Mechanisms for Heavy Oil Reservoirs

• Transient Pressure and Rate Analysis

for Reservoir Characterizations and

Well Performance Prediction

Wednesday Morning

• Conventional and Unconventional

Perspectives on Education, Training,

and Employee Development

• Digital Technology Enabled Workflow

Transformation and Integration

• Artificial Lift and Liquid Unloading

• Sand Control Technology

• Fluids and Tubulars

• Fluids Optimization

• Earth, Wind, and Fire ... and Water

• Reservoir Characterization

• Advances in Improved Recovery

Processes for Heterogeneous Systems

• Shale Gas and Oil Well Performance

Wednesday Afternoon

• Education, Recruiting, and Training for

the Unconventional World

• Flow Assurance and Multiphase Flow

• Remedial Operations and Shale

Reservoirs

• Production Enhancement Using Inflow

Control Devices

• Wellbore Stability

• Fracture Modeling

• Environmental Risk Assessment and

Operational Considerations

• New Technology and Methods for

Subsurface Formation Evaluation

• Phase Behavior of Reservoir Fluids

• Reservoir Case Studies


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Projects, Facilities, Construction Discipline Gets the Spotlight

John Donnelly, JPT Editor

Special events, panels, and technical

sessions will highlight the projects,

facilities, and construction technical

discipline during this year’s conference

as this increasingly important E&P

sector continues to gain stature.

The discipline has attracted more

attention as global oil and gas projects

have become more complex and

technically challenging, including

ultradeepwater developments, subsea

processing, unconventional gas,

stranded gas, remote locations, harsh

environments, and water handling

issues. SPE responded to the need

for more technical information and

knowledge sharing in the discipline by

expanding conference sessions and

workshops and launching the Oil and

Gas Facilities magazine earlier this year.

Tonight, experts will discuss some

of the largest and most innovative

projects in the oil and gas industry,

ones that have set the standard to

follow. The “Learnings From Facilities

Megaprojects” dinner and panel

session will take place beginning

at 1930 in Room 006 A-C, River

Level, of the convention center. Ken

Arnold, senior technical adviser

with WorleyParsons, will moderate

the session that includes panelists

Abdulrahman Al-Jarri, manager of

Production and Facilities Development

Department at Saudi Aramco; Gordon

Sterling, consultant and Shell retiree;

Ivan Garcia Santos, manager of

topside engineering at Petrobras; and

Edward W. Merrow, president and

chief executive officer of Independent

Project Analysis.

The projects to be discussed include

• Installation of massive production

facilities in a short time to handle

several million BOPD in Saudi

Arabia

• Large offshore facilities in Brazil

• Pioneering of deepwater projects

in the Gulf of Mexico

• Canadian oil sands projects in

Alberta

Tickets for the event will be available

for purchase in the Registration area

and at the door tonight.

This afternoon, a technical paper

session on “Enhancement of Facilities

Technology” will take place beginning

at 1400 in Room 205. Session

chairpersons are Hisham Saadawi of

ADCO and Ted Frankiewicz of SPEC

Services. Six papers will be presented

on various operator experiences

with enhancing the performance of

facilities using design optimization,

life extension of existing facilities, and

improved economics.

Two events will take place on

Tuesday. Beginning at 0830 in Room

212, a panel session on “Challenges in

Projects, Facilities, and Construction”

will be moderated by Jeff Sawchuk

of BP and Bob Hubbard of John M.

Campbell. The session will discuss

challenges that engineers and

managers will face over the next

several years in bringing projects to

completion on time and within budget.

Panelists are Dick Westney of Westney

Consulting Group, Cheryl Wiewiorowski

of BP, Mike Mileo of Chevron, and John

Walsh, formerly of Shell and now of

GHD Group.

Later in the day, a technical paper

session on “Facilities Technology

Applications” will take place beginning

at 1400 in Room 212. The session

will be chaired by Wael F. Ellaithy of

Arabian Oil and Walsh, who is also

SPE’s Technical Director for Projects,

Facilities, and Construction. Six

technical papers will be presented

on finding the right technology for a

particular field facility.

At 0830 on Wednesday, a special

session will focus on “Knowledge

Sharing on Separations.” The session

takes place in Room 210, Concourse

Level, of the convention center.

Moderator Robert Chin of Shell

will oversee the session that looks at

how reliable separation is becoming

an enabling technology in developing

remote location resources and for

difficult applications such as heavy oil,

produced water, and sand

disposal. The session will

cover separation topics

ranging from issues with

conventional separator

design to emerging

technology trends.

Speakers at the session

will be Ken Arnold,

senior technical adviser

at WorleyParsons;

Mark Bothamley, chief

engineer at John M.

Campbell; and Gary

Sams, research and development

director of oil products at Cameron.

A panel discussion on emerging

technology trends will be moderated by

Victor van Asperen, general manager

of Separation Systems Americas

at FMCTI, and Chris Buckingham,

program director of Mechanical

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SPE TODAY

Social Media Grows as Easy Way for Members To Connect

Anthony D. Darby, SPE Communications Specialist, Social Media

Social media is not a fad. Social

media is not just for the uberyoung.

Right now, many SPE members

are gaining valuable information,

connecting with like minds, and sharing

experiences globally through many

social media platforms.

Welcome to ATCE 2012. Whether it’s

to grow your professional expertise,

network, exhibit, or share, you

recognize the importance of being at a

place where you can benefit immensely

professionally. That is also the purpose

of SPE’s social media platforms.

Through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,

and YouTube, SPE members (you) are

privy to tailored, community-specific

information. A misconception many

have is that they must be an expert on

social media to take advantage of what

it has to offer. Not true. Each of the

platforms SPE employs is user friendly

and even has step-by-step guides

on specifics.

Want to discuss the latest industry

innovations and news? How about

keep up with the latest SPE Section

and Student Chapter news? Interested

in connecting with members on the

other side of the world about your

technical discipline? How about

sharing papers and takeaways from

events? Our platforms answer and

encompass all of these questions and

more. Whatever the case, we’ve got

you covered.

If you don’t understand the breadth

of social media, consider this: In just

2 years of existence, our Facebook

platform has more than 25,000

community members while LinkedIn

has more than 42,000. That’s globally—

and growing. Furthermore, these

platforms are not just “numbers.” SPE

staff monitors them closely to ensure

that the conversations revolve around

the industry and the professionals

who work in it. These platforms are

composed of seasoned industry

professionals, young professionals, and

students, all with experience in and

surrounding the petroleum industry, all

available at your fingertips.

Why should you connect on these

platforms? First, they are professionally

useful conversations, and, second,

because they are value-added

extensions of your membership.

In addition to section meetings,

publication subscriptions, networking

opportunities, and events, social media

gives you access to real-time, SPEspecific

and industry news, updates,

and the ability to connect and share

with like minds.

Don’t wait to connect with SPE

and its members on social media.

Now is as good a time as any. Use the

corresponding social media guide on

this page to find the platform that’s

best for you.

You can also take advantage of the

ATCE mobile app. There, you can view

the live Facebook and Twitter feeds to

see instantly what the communities are

talking about.

Join the conversation. Share your

ATCE experience, post a question for

SPE President Ganesh Thakur, leave

a comment about a technical session

or activity you attended, and make

professional and personal contacts

with others here in San Antonio

and around the world you normally

wouldn’t have the opportunity

to meet.

Happy connecting.

Have a question? Ready to get

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or at www.Twitter.com/MrADarby,

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SPE TODAY

Dining Opportunities in San Antonio Overflow the Riverwalk

Adam Wilson, SPE Today Editor

San Antonio is known as the

birthplace of Tex-Mex food, and

the restaurant offerings in the city

show why.

But Tex-Mex isn’t the only cuisine

that’s done well here. San Antonio is

home to one of the campuses of the

Culinary Institute of America, and

diners benefit. Steakhouses, Italian

bistros, and barbecue joints—many

along the Riverwalk—all contribute

to the wide offering of great

food available.

Here is just a sample of some of the

delicious dining opportunities available.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so

look around; you’re bound to stumble

upon a treasure.

Biga on the Banks (American)

www.biga.com

203 S. Saint Mary’s St.

(210) 225-0722

The chef at Biga on the Banks works

up a fresh menu every day in addition

to the restaurant’s standard meals,

such as grilled Ahi tuna and artichoke

roasted pork tenderloin. The daily

menu is a three-course meal complete

with appetizer, entrée, and dessert and

includes seasonal specials created from

local growers. If you’re looking to try a

bit of it all, the Chef’s Table is a five- to

seven-course sampling menu offered

to parties of eight or more.

Bohanan’s (Steak, Seafood)

www.bohanans.com

219 E. Houston St., Second Floor

(210) 472-2600

Bohanan’s is consistently at the top of

the list when it comes to steakhouses

in San Antonio. Bohanan’s serves

Akaushi beef. Akaushi cattle originated

in Japan and are raised with an

emphasis on a healthful diet and

humane treatment, producing tender,

juicy, and healthful beef. The elegant

restaurant also offers live jazz to go

with its cocktails and steaks from 1900

to 2230 Tuesday through Thursday.

County Line (Barbecue)

www.countyline.com

111 W. Crockett St.

(210) 229-1941

Down the Riverwalk, next to the Hard

Rock Café, sits The County Line, a

funky roadhouse-style barbecue joint.

Traditional Hill Country barbecue—ribs,

brisket, chicken, and sausage—have

been transplanted by this chain from

Austin. In addition to the tasty Texas

barbecue, The County Line may be the

perfect place to stop for a refreshing

afternoon margarita.

Boudro’s (Texas, Southwestern)

www.boudros.com

421 E. Commerce St.

(210) 224-8484

Boudro’s is a staple restaurant in

San Antonio, known far and wide for

its intimate atmosphere and southwestern

flavor, including smoked

shrimp enchiladas, blackened prime

rib, and seafood from the Gulf

of Mexico. Boudro’s is set up to

accommodate large parties or intimate

meals, either inside or on one of its

special river barges on the San

Antonio River.

Several restaurants offer meals on river boats so diners can enjoy more of the Riverwalk while they eat. Credit: SACVB

photo/Berne Broudy.

San Antonio is home to one of the campuses of the Culinary Institute of America.

As such, it is also home to some of the best cuisine Texas has to offer. Credit:

SACVB photo/David Swanson.

Acenar (Tex-Mex)

acenar.com

146 E. Houston St.

(210) 222-2362

An innovative and contemporary

Mexican restaurant and bar on the

Riverwalk, Acenar presents meals

“inspired by the history and heritage

of Mexico and Texas.” The restaurant’s

innovative design, both inside and on

the patio, matches its cuisine. And its

innovation continues up to its streetlevel

bar, Átomar.

Zuni Grill (Southwestern)

www.zunigrill.com

223 Losoya St.

(210) 227-0864

Zuni Grill, like many restaurants on

the Riverwalk, sits at a picturesque

bend in the river. Zuni’s spicy and

colorful cuisine (the restaurant touts

its fire-roasted salsa and Blue Corn

Chicken Enchiladas) make for a bright

dining experience. Zuni Grill is open for

breakfast, too.

Mi Tierra (Tex-Mex)

www.mitierracafe.com

205 E. Guenther St.

(210) 227-1061

Mi Tierra in Market Square is open 24

hours and keeps its Christmas lights

up all year, too. The loud, colorful

atmosphere is accented with strolling

musicians and good classic Tex-Mex.

Casa Rio (Tex-Mex)

www.casa-rio.com

430 E. Commerce St.

(210) 225-6718

Casa Rio opened in 1946 as the

first restaurant on the Riverwalk. In

addition to restaurant and patio dining,

Casa Rio offers river boat dining. The

boats can hold 20 people for dining

or 30 people for a cocktail cruise.

Reservations are required.

La Gloria (Mexican)

www.lagloriaicehouse.com

100 East Grayson St.

(210) 267-9040

At the edge of the Pearl Brewery, La

Gloria offers authentic Mexican street

foods, the kind you normally only find

from the street vendors and taquerias

in Mexico. Here, you will find tacos al

pastor like you would find in Mexico

City and tlayudas like you would get

in Oaxaca.

Rosarios (Mexican)

www.rosariossa.com

910 S. Alamo St.

(210) 223-1806

Rosario’s Mexican Café y Cantina,

where a colorful and loud environment

and vibrant Latino art collection set the

tone, is spicy all around. The door to

the restaurant’s fresh Mexican food is

opened by a sample of the restaurant’s

award-winning salsa, and the heat

continues throughout the meal.

Bella On the River (Mediterranean)

www.bellaontheriver.com

106 E. River Walk St.

(210) 404-2355

Bella’s small and intimate wine bar and

dining room reflect a small Spanish

bistro or Italian grotto, with natural

limestone walls and candle-lit tables.

The menu includes delicacies and

staples such as Eggplant Josephine,

Calamari Fritto, grilled lamb chops,

and Veal Scaloppini. This year, Bella on

the River was named the San Antonio

Express-News Critics’ Choice for Best

Riverwalk Restaurant.

Paesanos (Italian, Mediterranean)

www.paesanosriverwalk.com

111 W. Crockett St. #101

(210) 227-2782

Paesanos sits nestled on one of the

bends in the river. It has made a name

for itself with its Shrimp Paesano and

an extensive wine list to ensure that

the right wine is paired with any meal

on the menu. If the weather’s nice, take

your dinner al fresco and watch the

river and the world roll by.


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SPE TODAY

Contests, Sessions Aim to Engage Students, Young Professionals

Joel Parshall, JPT Features Editor

Student and young professional

(YP) members will find a slate of

events and sessions designed to meet

their interests and needs at the 2012

SPE Annual Technical Conference

and Exhibition.

In the PetroBowl, scheduled from

0800 to 1700 today, student chapter

teams will compete in a tournamentstyle

contest that tests knowledge

of the oil and gas exploration

and production industry and SPE.

Sponsored by PetroSkills, the event

is full of energy and enthusiasm and

is always popular. A reception for the

teams, sponsored by ExxonMobil, will

immediately follow the contest.

The international student paper

contest is slated from 0900 to 1700

today and will feature presenters

from around the world competing

in the undergraduate, master’s,

and PhD divisions. The winners will

be determined immediately after

the presentations.

The young professionals’ reception

will be held from 1730 to 1900 today.

The event is complimentary, but

tickets are required and are obtainable

at registration.

A new session, “Cross-Generational

Teams Adding Value to the Workplace,”

is scheduled from 0900 to 1445

Tuesday for students, YPs, and

professionals at all stages of their

careers. Participants will work within

a cross-generational team to solve an

industry-related challenge provided

in a case study. The facilitator for

the session will be C. Susan Howes,

reservoir management consultant

with Chevron.

The idea behind the session is

that, whether students, young

professionals, those in

midcareer, or seasoned

professionals, everyone

encounters challenges

in the workplace.

Overcoming those

challenges requires a

combination of technical

skills, soft skills, and

teamwork. The event

will allow participants

to practice these skills

by working within a

cross-generational team

to solve a challenge. Participants will

be given a case study, allowing them

to hone their skills in communication,

negotiation, and collaboration to

present a solution.

The session is sponsored by Aera

and is supported by the SPE Soft Skills

Council, the SPE Young Professionals

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technology.

Expect the Unconventional

Howes

Scott

Coordinating Committee, and the SPE

Talent Council.

A session for faculty advisors and

section student liaison officers is

slated from 1000 to 1200 Tuesday.

Participants will discuss how they can

work more effectively together, share

best practices, and identify better ways

to engage students as the professionals

of tomorrow.

Several student events were held

Sunday. The day opened with a

student meet-and-greet session,

sponsored by Newfield Exploration.

Following that was the student awards

luncheon, sponsored by BHP Billiton. It

marked the first time that the student

awards have been given at an event

specifically for students. Dan Scott,

senior technical adviser at Baker

Hughes, gave the keynote address.

The Gold Standard Achievement and

Outstanding Student chapters were

honored, along with scholarship

recipients and the regional paper

contest winners who are competing

in today’s international student

paper contest.

Also new to ATCE was the session

“Student Great Ideas—Hear Our Voice,”

sponsored by Getenergy. Students

competed in teams to create their own

technical or professional workshop on

a subject of their choosing. The winning

team earned the right to take its

concept to full design and production.

Getenergy will fly the team to London,

where the company will host the

workshop at its 2013 global conference.

In addition, the student chapter

officer workshop was held Sunday.

Training Department

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T

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oversaw the instruction of

12 courses on Saturday and

Sunday. Topics included hydraulic

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reservoir simulation.

Seven more training sessions will

be offered on Thursday at the Henry

B. Gonzalez Convention Center on the

River Level. Onsite registration will

open at 0700. Those interested can

also register by visiting the SPE main

registration center at the front of the

exhibit floor.

Post-conference training will cover

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well completions, and much more.

To find out more, visit the Training

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SPE TODAY

City’s Art and History Mix Vibrantly, Providing Much to See

Adam Wilson, SPE Today Editor

Welcome to San Antonio, deep

in the heart of Texas. Certainly,

visiting a city for a convention doesn’t

leave much time to explore; but, if

you find yourself with time to venture

outside of the convention, the city has

many gems to be discovered. Because

San Antonio is such a varied and vibrant

city, the following is just a sample of

things to do while you’re in town if you

have a bit more time. If nothing else,

take time to stroll down the Riverwalk

and mosey over to see the Alamo.

Paseo del Rio

The San Antonio River snakes through

the heart of the city, cutting through

the convention center where SPE’s

Annual Technical Convention and

Exhibition is being held. One floor

below street level, the Riverwalk winds

for approximately 5 miles, although

an expansion project will extend the

trail to 15 miles by 2013. The paths

along the river connect the convention

center and the Rivercenter Mall across

the street to many of the area’s hotels,

restaurants, and attractions.

Open-air boats ferry people up and

down the river, taking visitors on tours

of the area and stopping along the way

at restaurants, hotels, the convention

center, and the mall. Some of these

boats even double as places to dine. A

boat tour costs USD 8.25 for general

admission. The Rio Taxi service costs

USD 5 one way or USD 10 for a 24-hour

pass and USD 25 for a 3-day pass.

Tour boats drift gently down the San Antonio River. A tour costs USD 8.25 per person. Credit: SACVB Photo/Al Rendon.

Overview

The Pearl Brewery originally opened

as a brewery in 1881. It functioned as

a brewery until 2001, when it began

its transformation into the dining

and shopping center it is today. The

brewery is now home to several

restaurant and shops, giving visitors a

slice of San Antonio in one spot.

If you’re looking for more than just

a sample of the city, the Tower of the

Americas can show you the whole

enchilada. Rising 750 ft above the

convention center, the tower provides

full 360° view of the city. The Chart

House restaurant sits at the top of the

tower, slowly rotating so diners can

see the whole city without leaving

their tables. Tickets to the tower are

USD 10.95 and include access to the

observation deck.

History and Heritage

For those looking for an even broader

view, The Institute of Texan Cultures

showcases the diversity of culture

in Texas. The museum, which is

associated with the Smithsonian

Institution, is just across the street

from the Tower of the Americas. Built

along with the tower for the 1968

HemisFair, the museum now serves

as Texas’ center for multicultural

education, with exhibits designed to

entertain and educate.

San Antonio has plenty of

opportunities to get in touch with

its Spanish history. The Spanish

Governor’s Palace downtown near

City Hall was the seat of government

when San Antonio was the capital of

the Spanish Province of Texas. It is

open to the public and is next to the

A full moon shines over the Alamo, the most famous of San Antonio’s five

missions and site of the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

Credit: SACVB Photo.

San Fernando Cathedral, which houses

the nation’s oldest cathedral sanctuary;

construction began in 1731.

The city is also home to the Mission

Trail, a route dotted with remnants

of Spain’s conquest of the area. The

first mission was constructed around

1720. Ultimately, five missions were

constructed, and they still stand as

historical monuments. The missions are

open for visits from 0900 to 1730 and

give a glimpse of life when San Antonio

was the frontier.

The most famous of these missions

is the Alamo, originally known as

Mission San Antonio de Valero. The

Alamo was the first mission established

in San Antonio and was already 100

years old when it fell during the

Battle of the Alamo during the Texas

Revolution in 1836. Approximately 200

people, almost the entire population

of the mission, died defending the

mission against 1,500 Mexican troops

during that battle. To this day, Texans

remember the Alamo as a symbol of

struggle against insurmountable odds.

While the Alamo is the most famous

of San Antonio’s missions, Mission

Concepcion has been called the most

beautiful. Restoration and preservation

efforts ensure the mission looks almost

as it did more than 200 years ago.

More remote than its sister

missions, Mission Espada houses the

best-preserved part of the medieval

irrigation system used to water the

fields. Parts of the system remain in

use today.

Mission San Jose and Mission

San Juan complete the collection of

missions in and around San Antonio.

San Jose was established in 1720 and

has been called Queen of the Missions

because of its grand stone walls,

bastions, and church. San Juan has a

still-functioning, open bell tower and

includes a self-guided nature trail.

The Art of Texas

The San Antonio Museum of Art

is down the Riverwalk from the

convention center at Jones Avenue.

The museum is closed on Mondays

but is free on Tuesdays from 1600 to

2100. Current exhibitions are “Rostros

de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype

and Inspiration,” a look at how the

Virgin Mary has been portrayed in

art throughout the centuries; “Adad

Hannah: Intimate Encounters,” staged

photographs and video tableaux that

reinterpret historical art masterpieces;

“Love in Three Capitals,” prints from

the late 17th and early 18th centuries

that portray life in the three capitals

of Japan—Edo, Osaka, and Kyoto; and

“Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” a

collection of ancient Greek statues

and other representations centered

on Aphrodite.

The city also is dotted with eclectic

art districts. La Villita and Market

Square are two great collections of art

and culture. La Villita, “the little village,”

was one of San Antonio’s original

settlements, developed in the late 18th

century. Now, it is a haven for artists

and craftsmen selling jewelry, stained

glass, and other handcrafts, as well as

fashions from Mexico and Guatemala.

Dating to 1840, Market Square (El

Mercado) is the largest Mexican

marketplace north of the Rio Grande

and a great place to find mementos of

your visit to the Lone Star State.


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New Technical Section Focuses on Data-Driven Analytics

Robin Beckwith, Senior Staff Writer

If you’re interested in learning

more about the cutting-edge

subjects of data mining and predictive

analytics in oil and gas, tonight’s

reception to launch the new SPE

technical section Petroleum Data-

Driven Analytics (PD 2 A) might be

just what you’re looking for. It will

be held from 1930 to 2200 at the

Iron Cactus Grill on the San Antonio

Riverwalk. Speakers include Matthew

Denesuk, manager of natural resources

modeling and social analytics, IBM

Research Partner, IBM Venture Capital

Group, and Fareed AlSayed Abdulla,

SPE Regional Director, Middle East

Region, and senior vice president

(Bab & Gas) of Abu Dhabi Onshore

Oil Operations.

Abdulla said he is delighted with

the launching of the PD 2 A Technical

Section. “The appropriate use of

data has been historically one of the

greatest challenges of our industry,” he

said. “Now more than ever.”

“Our industry acquires and generates

an extraordinary amount of data every

day,” he said. “On its own, the task of

handling and warehousing this data

safely is significant. Even so, data in

and of itself has limited value. Only

when we use that data and turn it into

information and knowledge can we

benefit from it.”

“Paradoxically,” he continued, “the

very process of converting data into

knowledge generates its own data—or

metadata—that must also be analyzed,

classified, and understood to yield

further insight.”

Converting Data to Wisdom

Including 3D and 4D seismic data

generated during exploration and

data generated every second from

thousands of sensors during drilling

and operations, the oil and gas industry

is accumulating enormous amounts

of data. The challenge is converting

these data into insights that can be

used in decision-making, perhaps

even in some cases reaching a point

at which decision-making can be

fully automated.

The following are examples

that illustrate the breadth of the

opportunity PD 2 A technology has to

impact E&P decision-making processes:

Drilling and Completions—Data

mining, neural networks, and expert

systems can use data captured during

drilling to oversee the drilling operation

in real time, detect potential issues,

alarm and provide potential solutions,

or even take corrective action.

Health, Safety, Security,

Environment, and Social

Responsibility—Surrogate models

can be used to study air pollution

and water pollution dispersion

patterns. The application of such

technologies will help in predicting loss

of containment of hydrocarbons and

potential impact on the environment.

Management and Information—

Data mining, artificial intelligence,

and surrogate models can be used

to optimize how water injection is

distributed in a waterflooded reservoir.

This is a key factor in maximizing

the value of waterflooding in

upstream operations.

Projects, Facilities, and Construction—Intelligent

algorithms using

simple models can be used to optimize

the size of facilities, taking into account

the full field development life cycle.

Production and Operations—Making

no assumptions about the complex

physics or the geology of a field, large

quantities of easily obtained production

and operational data can be used to

identify wells that are candidates for

intervention, using diagnostic and

prognostic capabilities that indicate the

health of the well or facility.

Reservoir Description and

Dynamics—Production data can be

used to develop full-field reservoir

models to identify production and

injection infill locations faster and

complement existing reservoir

modeling to reduce uncertainty in

model results.

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According to the PD 2 A Technical

Section chairperson, Shawn Shirzadi,

program manager for the Data

Analytics Program in Field of the

Future Flagship at BP, the launch is an

auspicious occasion. “This is the first

time the technical section has been

introduced widely to SPE members,”

he said.

It could be an opportunity to become

involved in an important wave of the

future—PD 2 A—whose mission is “To

foster the application of data-driven

modeling, data mining, and predictive

analytics research, development, and

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to facilitate the development

and implementation of this

emerging technology by ensuring

it is appropriately represented

across all technical disciplines in

the society’s activities, including

Advanced Technology Workshops,

Forum Series events, Distinguished

Lecturer program, and conference

technical sessions. Key objectives

also include liaising with others in

the oil field and promoting activities

in SPE publications. The section will

support initiatives to communicate

the technology, standardize its

nomenclature, and help define its

value proposition. In addition, the

section will identify lessons learned

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accelerated uptake of ‘Data to Action’

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SPE Pavilion Offers Proceedings, Publications, and Answers

The SPE Pavilion, located at

Booth 3350, is a meeting

and educational resource for

all conference attendees. SPE

members and nonmembers can

pick up a copy of the conference

proceedings, conduct society

business, network with colleagues,

and find out about SPE’s books and

newest publications.

The Pavilion is an information station

where questions can be answered

about SPE member benefits, events,

publications, and products and

services. The following is available at

this year’s booth:

Proceedings

Pick up your ATCE 2012 technical

papers on CD. This CD contains all of

the technical papers presented at the

convention. Additional copies of the

proceedings are available for purchase

at the SPE Bookstore.

Member Services

Renew your membership or become

an SPE member. Customer service

representatives are available to answer

all your questions. Update your profile,

renew or reinstate your membership,

or become a new member. You can

also get information about benefits

and programs available only to

SPE members.

Publications

Get complimentary copies of SPE

publications, including SPE’s newest

magazine, Oil and Gas Facilities. Other

titles available include

• Journal of Petroleum

Technology

• The Way Ahead

• Journal of Canadian Petroleum

Technology

• SPE Drilling & Completion

• SPE Journal

• SPE Production & Operations

• SPE Reservoir Evaluation

& Engineering

Energy4me

Find ready-to-go resources to make

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preuniversity students. See easy-to-use

tools for members to give classroom

presentations on energy. Explore

resources including Energy4me Kit

materials available for download in

French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and

Russian. Preview samples of SPE’s Oil

and Natural Gas educational book,

including new versions in additional

languages. The book and printed

Energy4me Kit (in English) are available

for purchase in the SPE Bookstore.

SPE Bookstore

Buy onsite and save money on

shipping. Get the latest SPE-published

titles available in print, digital, and

CD, including

• Titles for all technical disciplines

• Technical papers from previous

ATCEs and other SPE events

• Textbooks including the Petroleum

Engineering Handbook series

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Visit the computer stand next to the

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and purchase titles now available in

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Regional Events, Products, and Services

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Information Station

Have questions? Get answers to

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2013. Also, find out what is new at SPE.

Alumni Receptions

Take Place Tonight

Many universities have scheduled

alumni receptions to coincide

with this year’s conference. The

receptions will be held from 1730 to

1900 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel unless

otherwise noted.

Cairo University: Travis D, Level 3

Calgary Section: Texas Salon C, Level 4

Colorado School of Mines:

Lone Star Salon C, Level 2

Imperial College London:

Travis C, Level 3

Indian School of Mines:

Offsite function, India Oven

Restaurant

Louisiana State University:

Lone Star Salon F, Level 2

Marietta College: Presidio B, Level 3

Mississippi State University:

Bowie C, Level 2

Missouri University of Science &

Technology: Bonham B, Level 3

Montana Tech: Offsite function,

Rio Rio Restaurant

New Mexico Tech (1800–2100):

Offsite function, SoHo Wine and

Martini Bar

Pennsylvania State University:

Lone Star Salon A, Level 2

Stanford University: Bonham D, Level 3

Texas A&M University:

Texas Salons A/B, Level 4

Texas Tech University:

Bonham C, Level 3

100

University of Kansas: Offsite function,

Casa Rio Restaurant

95

University of Oklahoma:

75Lone Star Salon E, Level 2

University of Southern California:

Bonham E, Level 3

University of Texas at Austin:

25

Texas Salon D, Level 4

University 5 of Tulsa:

Lone Star Salon D, Level 2

West 0 Virginia University:

Lone Star Salon B, Level 2


SPE TODAY

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Facilities Presentations Take Hard Look at Water Management

Gentry Braswell, JPT Online Technology Editor

Design optimization, extending the

lifetime of existing facilities, and

project development economics are

just a few of the topics that will be

discussed this afternoon in a technical

session on Enhancement of Facilities

Technology. The presentations, which

begin at 1400 in Room 205, will

feature several operators’ experiences

regarding water handling equipment,

gas development, decommissioning

and abandonment, subsea

processing, enhanced mature field

recovery, artificial neural networks,

solids control, and natural gas

network performance.

Among the six technical papers that

are being presented during the session

is one comparing produced water

treating systems in the North Sea and

deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

“The oil and gas industry produces

about four times more water than it

does oil,” said John Walsh of Shell,

the lead author of the paper and

SPE’s technical director for Projects,

Facilities, and Construction. “Good

water management requires water

treating expertise and understanding

of technical issues related to separation

of oil and water.

“Offshore facilities are designed

with a number of economic and

environmental constraints. The

paper focuses on the technical issues

related to design of offshore facilities,

in particular looking at the existing

design of water treating systems in two

parts of the world, to see what can be

learned about water treating design

strategies in general,” he said

If done properly, facilities design

ensures that environmental compliance

is met, which helps ensure “the license

to operate,” Walsh added.

“Water treating in general is

becoming an enabler technology

for the oil and gas industry due to

scarcity of availability in some parts

of the world. As the industry matures,

greater use is made of improved

and enhanced recovery methods,

which can involve the injection of

large amounts of water,” Walsh said.

“This injection water must be treated

to certain standards in order to

achieve higher ultimate recovery of

hydrocarbons and to achieve injection

volumes without impairment of

the reservoir. All of these activities

require a strong understanding and

competent application of water

treating fundaments.”

Generally, technical development

provides the opportunity to enhance

current performance of drilling

facilities, and there are numerous

arguments for enhancement, said

Statoil’s Bodil Aase, lead author of

“Critically Testing of Drilling Fluid

Solids Control Equipment,” another

of the papers to be discussed during

the session.

“The most obvious is the economical

arguments of more efficient

operations, which implies less time

spent and even higher success rate.

Enhancement of facilities also provides

improved safety in technical and

operational procedures, as safety has

an even higher focus today,” Aase said.

“The economical and environmental

“Water treating in general is becoming an

enabler technology for the oil and gas industry … .”

impact of decommissioning of old

drilling facilities and building new

facilities should be evaluated against

implementing new technology on older

facilities to improve performance and

extend the lifetime of the facility.”

The paper examines the performance

of five different shale shakers, assessed

as part of an ongoing rig modification

project in the North Sea, Aase said.

The shale shakers play a decisive role

in maintaining the desired properties

of the drilling fluid, which is vital

to drilling performance and well

control. Selection of the most suitable

shale shakers and good operational

—John Walsh, Shell

procedures are both important to

ensure good drilling fluid quality

and to minimize unnecessary waste

production, Aase said.

Another of the papers to be

discussed concerns the use of artificial

neural networks in predicting the

corrosion rate in gas pipelines.

Technology improperly applied could

compromise field integrity from a

corrosion mitigation standpoint, said

lead author Deden Supriyatman. The

use of artificial neural networks to

predict corrosion rate in gas pipelines

could help, he said. “Deep offshore and

high-pressure/high-temperature wells

development will widen our horizons

in term of new technologies such as

chemical injection, well treatment, well

intervention, and well stimulation.”

Regarding corrosion, there is interest

in subsea or deep offshore for cathodic

protection for carbon steel, and this

presents implications for materials

selections. Material degradation

properties and guidelines must be

considered, which has bearing on

the manufacturing methods of the

materials, Supriyatman said.

“Possibilities in the new technologies

are needed to be completely exercised

in various environments,” Supriyatman

said. “For produced water treating

system, I am more concerned

about the government or authority

regulations being presently applied

and which are continuously tougher

and tougher.”


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SPE TODAY

Session Connects Reserves Evaluation With Risk Assessment

Gentry Braswell, JPT Online Technology Editor

The complexities of reserves

evaluation and managing risk will

top the agenda in a technical session

this afternoon. The session “Innovative

Best Practices in Field Management,

Reserves Evaluation, and Application

of Risk and Uncertainty” will take place

at 1400 today in Room 214B, lead by

Marise Mikulis of Baker Hughes and

David Yaw of EnCana Oil and Gas.

“Reserves evaluation is key because,

as we all know, there is a huge problem

with public perception that we are

overstraining reserves,” Yaw said. “And

so using proper uncertainty analysis

techniques and proper risking helps

to mitigate some of those issues. As

things become a range of probabilities

rather than a value, applied risk and

uncertainty quantification is important.”

Most of the technical papers that

will be covered during the session deal

with portfolio optimization, Yaw said.

“The papers are primarily talking about

best practices for uncertainly and risk

management so that proper portfolio

optimization can be applied,” he

added. “Without that, it’s useless.”

John Lee, a reserves evaluation

expert and professor and holder

of the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz

Cullen Distinguished University Chair

at the University of Houston, will

discuss “New Guidelines Document

Assists with PRMS Applications.” The

Petroleum Resources Management

System (PRMS) provides definitions

for reserves and resources developed

and endorsed by SPE, the World

Petroleum Council, the American

Association of Petroleum Geologists,

the Society of Petroleum Evaluation

Engineers, and the Society of

Exploration Geophysicists.

Another paper focuses on

quantifying proved undeveloped

reserves in the Woodford shale.

Its lead author, Madhav Kulkarni of

Marathon Oil, said reserve analysis

for unconventional developments

is challenging because of the long

duration of transient flow and limited

long-term production.

Industry estimates are based on

limited performance data and are

complicated by completion differences

and producing strategies employed

by different operators, Kulkarni said.

“However, the resource estimation

for unconventional developments

is very important to the industry

in that it defines the quality of the

potential development with respect

to return on investment,” he said.

“Reliable reserves estimates are

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development in capital-intensive

unconventional developments.”

Unconventional resource plays

are well suited to the application of

statistical approaches, Kulkarni said.

In turn, statistical representations

of uncertainty can provide a more

consistent understanding of the

uncertainty attached to a specific

reserve volume, and, compared

with conventional developments,

capitalizing on this statistical

repeatability leads to higher initial

reserve bookings for a large program of

development wells, Kulkarni said.

“Clear understanding of the

statistical nature of resource plays is

required for any company involved in

these developments. Furthermore,

the reduction in risk achieved by

participating in many wells, albeit

with potentially lower interests,

further underscores the benefits

of favorable overall results due to

‘statistics at work,’” Kulkarni said.

“Once enough wells have been drilled

in the development to determine

its statistical repeatability, the

development tends to proceed at a

quicker pace.”

Also among the technical papers

being discussed during the session is

Portfolio Optimization in High and Low

Risk Environments. The oil industry is

being forced to develop increasingly

riskier new assets, and long gone

is the era of the big megafield with

shallow wells, primary-only depletion,

and onshore development, said Luis

Rodriguez, the paper’s lead author.

“Reserves evaluation is a key issue

because that is basically what we do as

an industry. We sell reserves. A good

analogy would be to say that reserves

are to the oil industry what inventories

are to the retail sales industry,”

Rodriguez said. “If you don’t know

what you have, you cannot make longterm

commitments and, therefore,

contracts to sell that product. There

are also a number of technical reasons

why you should evaluate reserves, but

anyone in the business will consider

those self-evident.”

Risk quantification allows for

targeting and management of your

assets in a way that can maximize

return while minimizing risk,

Rodriguez said.

“If you don’t do your homework, you

could end up targeting riskier assets

that will yield the same production

than a less-risky reservoir,” Rodriguez

said. “Even worse, you could end up

producing less, when you could have

produced a lot more with a different

combination of rig activity among your

reservoirs, all for the same price. Again,

if you want to succeed in the new

environment, you must understand risk

and uncertainty.”

Much of the reserves that are left

underground are there because of

poor asset management, Rodriguez

said. For example, new oil discoveries

yielding a lower recovery factor

because they were not flooded since

Day 1 and reservoirs that are not

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Around the Exhibit Floor

A roundup of technology being showcased at this year’s ATCE

New Schlumberger Scanner

Offers Continuous Logs Onsite

The Schlumberger Litho Scanner is the

latest member of the scanner family of

wireline tools providing formation and

reservoir data at the wellsite.

With its accurate mineralogical

description and total organic

carbon (TOC) determination,

the measurement is perfect for

evaluation of unconventional

reservoirs. Its standalone

quantitative determination of TOC

is independent of the environment

and the reservoir. Replacing

indeterminate TOC estimations

caused by variations in methodologies

and attempts to combine log and

laboratory information, the new

measurement provides a continuous

log at the wellsite of elemental

concentration as well as accurate

mineralogical determination.

Using sCore lithofacies classification,

operators can determine optimal

completion intervals from a

combination of mineralogy, TOC

concentration, and in-situ stress values.

Booth 1735.

Pheno Seal, Super-Sweep

Provide Wellbore Remedies

Forta Corporation’s Pheno Seal is a

lost-circulation material that is made

from waste-stream high-density

laminate. The seal flakes provide an

efficient shape and a hard, durable

backbone that functions as a bridging

agent to control fracture losses. It can

be used in all water, oil, and syntheticbased

fluids.

Forta’s Super-Sweep fiber is a

hole-cleaning agent for suspending

and transporting solids from the

wellbore. The fiber is an alternative

to conventional gels and polymers for

cleaning the cuttings or millings from

a wellbore when drilling or milling. A

small concentration of fiber added to

any drilling fluid will suspend, lift, and

collect wellbore debris. Booth 442.

Diffusion Bonding Strengthens

Mesh and Creates Laminates

G Bopp sintered (diffusion-bonded)

wire mesh sintering combines multiple

layers to provide structural strength

to an otherwise flimsy fine mesh

or to create laminates with specific

physical properties.

Sintering takes place in a controlledatmosphere

furnace with some

degree of isostatic pressure and

bonds all wire crossover points within

a single layer. Sintered wire cloths

produced this way yield fine filtration

results and are also resistant to

physical loading, thanks to the robust

mesh structure.

Bopp can sinter any combination

of mesh together to achieve physical

properties such as mechanical

strength, controlled permeability,

porosity, thickness, absolute aperture

size, filter fineness, flow rate, and

backwash properties. Booth 1334.

Weatherford Uses RFID

To Actuate Downhole Tools

Radio frequency identification (RFID)

technology has been used successfully

The RipTide RFID reamer is one

of the pieces of radio frequency

identification technology that

Weatherford has on display during

the exhibition. Photo courtesy of

Weatherford.

for many years. Weatherford was

an early pioneer of this technology

in common oilfield applications to

actuate downhole tools electronically.

With the recent acquisition of

Petrowell, the company has expanded

its portfolio of RFID capabilities

and has broad intellectual property

for the downhole application of

this technology.

RFID technology is used to activate

downhole tools, track assets, and

enhance completions operations. The

technology helps improve reservoir

management by optimizing well design

and performance. Additionally, RFID

allows multiple tools to be run in the

drillstring and activated or deactivated

on demand, providing opportunities

to improve borehole integrity to

planned depth.

Weatherford is displaying several

of its RFID-enabled technologies,

including the RipTide RFID reamer,

which has been applied in various

operations worldwide. Booth 1951.

XML-Based Standards Simplify

Upstream Data Management

The Energistics Consortium’s PRODML,

WITSML, and RESQML provide

standard XML-based data exchange

standards for upstream operations.

Production Markup Language

(PRODML) is the consortium’s initiative

for open, nonproprietary, standard

interfaces between software tools

used to monitor, manage, and optimize

hydrocarbon production in the modern

digital oilfield.

PRODML enables near-real-time

production optimization. It focuses

on the data from the reservoirwellbore

boundary to the custody

transfer point and integration with the

consortium’s other domain standards

such as Wellsite Information Transfer

Standard Markup Language (WITSML)

and the Reservoir Characterization

Markup Language (RESQML).

Booth 1421.

Ingrain Creates Digital Rock

for High-Tech Sample Analysis

Oil and gas exploration is becoming

increasingly dependent on rocks

such as complex carbonates and

shale. To better understand the inner

workings of these rocks, however, new

technologies are needed. Houstonbased

Ingrain can accurately determine

the static and dynamic rock physics

properties from reservoir rocks.

Ingrain can also provide information

from drill cuttings from wells not

cored, making full use of all available

data and allowing for nanometerscale

observations and better

reservoir characterization.

Using the latest X-ray computed

tomography technology, highresolution

3D pore space can be

imaged in reservoir rocks at a

multitude of scales. From these

digital rocks, static and dynamic rock

properties can be computed. As these

tests are not destructive, all of the

computations can be repeated on the

same rock sample. Booth 1353.

Swell Meter, Rheometers Face

High Pressures, Temperatures

Grace Instrument’s M4600 highpressure/high-temperature

(HP/HT)

linear swell meter is an automated

dual-core meter that measures

volumetric expansion (or contraction)

of a core/wafer sample under

simulated downhole conditions. As it

does this, it saturates the sample with

a drilling fluid.

The meter’s design allows core

samples to expand in only one

direction, allowing repeatable test

results. Quick sample loading and

hardware setup optimize the process. A

dual core/wafer compactor is available

so that drill cuttings or other solids can

be compressed into a self-adhering

core/wafer and tested.

Grace’s M5600 HP/HT rheometer

is a true-Couette, coaxial-cylinder,

rotational, HP/HT rheometer. It is also

available with an optional viscoelastic

module for performing viscoelasticity

tests to derive elastic (G′), viscous

(G″), and complex (G*) moduli and

phase angle.

The meter’s design provides direct

readings inside the pressure vessel

without bob shaft bearings for lower

maintenance costs and continuous

testing of corrosive samples. The

rheometer incorporates a direct

drive between the bob shaft and the

torque transducer, which eliminates

momentum-of-inertia errors

associated with magnetically coupled

torque transducers. This allows the

torque transducer to respond quickly

and consistently to changing bob

shaft torque.

The company’s M7500 Ultra

HP/HT rheometer is a coaxial

cylinder, rotational, HP/HT rheometer

engineered to measure various

properties of fluids (including American

Petroleum Institute HP/HT tests) to

30,000 psi and 600°F.

The meter has a thick-walled steel

pressure cell surrounded by a fail-safe

steel containment vessel to ensure

operator safety. It is designed for easy

test setup, sample loading, and posttest

cleaning. Booth 2021.

Reservoir Data Modeling

Suite Enlightens Drillers

Paradigm’s advanced SKUA, Geolog,

and Sysdrill applications together offer

geophysicists, geologists, and drilling

engineers increased efficiency, reduced

drilling uncertainty and risk, and

faster decision-making on the basis of

accurate and realistic models.

Geolog 7 is the next-generation

version of the Geolog Formation

Evaluation suite. Geolog is

customizable to specific user

requirements; the modular design

provides a flexible software

environment that can be scaled from

a single user on a laptop to a team

collaborating over the network. Version

7 combines the system’s technological

superiority with a modern, userfriendly

interface that is consistent

across multiple platforms and provides

enhanced efficiency and usability.

Geolog Geosteer enables the

geosteering expert to merge data

from existing wells and interpreted

surfaces to build 3D log property

models, which are used to forwardmodel

anticipated logging-whiledrilling

log responses along planned

high-angle or horizontal wellbore

paths. Correlation of the predicted logs

with actual logs acquired during drilling

allows the user to accurately determine

the stratigraphic position of the well.

Booth 1420.

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interface across multiple platforms. Photo courtesy of Paradigm.


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Around the Exhibit Floor

A roundup of technology being showcased at this year’s ATCE

Laboratory Focuses on

Downhole Perforating Systems

The Advanced Perforating Flow

Laboratory at Halliburton’s Jet

Research Center conducts tests

to help better understand actual

downhole conditions and perforating

system performance.

The laboratory has been expanded

with new cutting-edge technology and

vessels, which provide customers with

the most accurate information possible

about the effects of perforations in

various formations and environments.

The three new vessels include

a 50,000-psi vessel that allows

Halliburton to conduct tests at

pressure higher than any other testing

facility in the industry, a 25,000-psi

vessel that can rotate up to 180° and

enables studies about gravity-related

sanding to better understand the

effects of perforating and fracturing

in horizontal wells, and a 25,000-psi

high-temperature vessel that can flow

at temperatures reaching 204°C for

testing of perforating capabilities at

high temperatures. Booth 2235.

Satellite Imagery Provides

Sharp Eyes in the Sky

Spatial Energy’s satellite imagery is

available on demand from its archives,

which are composed of data from

satellites and aerial providers, its own

speculative collection, and its hosted

content of corporate imagery. The

Enterprise Remote Sensing Solutions

system provides one source for a full

range of remote sensing services. Its

data is tailored for use with geological,

geophysical, and other energy-specific

desktop applications.

Spatial offers high-resolution and

satellite imagery from all the major

commercial satellites: QuickBird,

WorldView 1 and 2, IKONOS, SPOT,

GeoEye-1, RapidEye, and Pleiades. The

company’s imagery can be viewed,

analyzed, shared, and combined with

other geographic data using leading

desktop and browser applications such

as Google Earth, Global Mapper, ESRI,

and Virtual Earth. Booth 2869.

High-Speed Reaming Systems

Fine Tune Completions

Deep Casing Tools’ Shalerunner is

a high-speed reaming system that

enables landing completions at correct

depth faster and less expensively. It

gives the completion team rotation

at the shoe without rotating the

completion, the company said.

Shalerunner’s design combines highspeed

rotational reaming with low

operation pressure and low flow rates.

The system connects directly to the

completion assembly and can be used

to ream open the hole and land the

completion on depth without any need

for additional wiper trips.

The company’s Turbocaser Express

is the first high-speed, drillable

motor and reamer system, enabling

drilling teams to land casings

and intermediate liners at target

depth. It provides the driller with a

circulation-powered reamer system

to get the casing through difficult hole

sections. Following normal cementing

Halliburton has expanded the Advanced Perforating Flow Laboratory at its Jet

Research Center. Photo courtesy of Halliburton.

operations, the whole system can be

drilled through in minutes with the

next bottomhole assembly, targeting

the next zone. Booth 3158.

System Tests Instruments, Tools,

Electronics for Harsh Conditions

Qualmark’s Typhoon Inferno is a highly

accelerated life test (HALT) system

configured for testing the durability

of instruments, tools, and electronics

that will face harsh environments such

as those encountered during oil and

gas exploration.

The Inferno can accommodate

extreme temperatures ranging from

−100 to +250°C, shock and vibration

of more than 60 G rms , and multiaxis

vibration with 6° of freedom vibration,

all in a matter of minutes. Rapidly

exposing products to such extremes

reveals design and manufacturing flaws

that are missed by traditional reliability

testing methods. Booth 708.

PetroLook E&P Software

Unlocks Power of Data

Aclaro Softworks’ PetroLook

applications provide a gateway to

upstream data through a simple

interface to browse and analyze

information from any part of a

company. Users can compare data

between different operations and track

changes to data over time.

The software is a Web-based

business intelligence system built

specifically to meet the needs of the oil

and gas industry.

PetroLook provides a common

interface to a company’s multiple

systems to provide a rich pool of data

for informed decision making. It has

been designed to allow comprehensive

data analysis, accessing multiple

data operations such as accounting

reserves, daily field production, land

economics, budgeting, and marketing

data. Once analyzed, the system

provides an array of reporting options

to share results.

PetroLook Reserves is a full

reserves management system by

which company reserves data from

multiple sources can be compiled and

rolled up to calculate total reserves,

reconcile differences, book changes,

and generate internal and external

reports. As a PetroLook component,

the reserves module makes use of the

application’s underlying architecture,

including Web-based navigation,

versioning, a security model, and

comprehensive reporting and charting.

PetroLook’s Portfolio Advisor

system is a full-featured portfolio

optimization solution and is the first

and only exploration and production

(E&P) software product that offers

true constrained multiobjective

optimization, the company said. The

key advantage of the portfolio advisor

is a technical breakthrough that

allows full constraint handling during

optimization. Booth 3151.

Sigma 3 Adds Companies

To Boost Data Services

Symphony Technology Group’s

Sigma 3 Integrated Reservoir Solutions

recently acquired Colorado-based

APEX Petroleum Engineering, APEX

HiPoint, and HiPoint Reservoir Imaging.

The moves are part of its strategy

to improve reservoir understanding,

optimize production, define risk, and

enhance return on investments

for its clients.

APEX Petroleum Engineering

provides consultation for hydraulic

fracturing engineering such as

onsite treatment supervision and

quality control, drilling, operations,

and well completions engineering.

APEX HiPoint provides real-time

microseismic fracture mapping,

wellbore seismic imaging, and reservoir

characterization technologies and

services. HiPoint Reservoir Imaging

provides microseismic and borehole

seismic data-processing analysis

and interpretation.

The new affiliates are recognized

leaders in their respective fields,

and the combination of their assets

with the Sigma 3 Earth modeling,

reservoir geophysics, geohazards and

geopressure, and continuous fracture

modeling capabilities creates a more

integrated package for Sigma 3 .

Booth 1863.

3D Programs Address

Development Uncertainties

ION’s ResSCAN 3D programs

encompass multiple industry

disciplines to address two key

uncertainties in unconventional

reservoirs: characterizing reservoir

quality and well completion for

optimal production. The programs

are developed and managed by ION’s

GeoVentures group and are imaged

by ION’s GX Technology group using

advanced data processing techniques.

Relying on upfront geological,

petrophysical, and rock physics

analysis, ResSCAN programs establish

what seismic attributes, from 3D single

or multicomponent seismic data,

provide the most predictive expression

of key reservoir properties for a

given shale play and, most important,

affect an operator’s drilling and well

completion engineering decisions

and parameters.

Five 3D programs encompassing

more than 900 square miles are

currently in various stages of the

ResSCAN workflow. All of these

programs incorporate multicomponent

acquisition, employ GX Technology’s

data processing technologies and

techniques, and rely on quantitative

interpretation to derive highly

optimized seismic attributes. These

customized attributes are obtained

from careful data processing followed

typically by seismic inversion and

shear-wave splitting analysis.

With this approach, a high resolution

estimate of formation density and

natural fracture intensity can be

determined, which generally cannot

be accurately estimated with P-wave

(single component) data alone.

Booth 129.

Sigma 3 recently acquired HiPoint Reservoir Imaging, which provides microseismic

and borehole seismic data-processing analysis. Photo courtesy of Sigma 3 .


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