SPE-GCS February e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroleumETC

PetroleumETCPetroleumETC is the link between emerging technologies and industry through Events, Training, and Consulting.  Upcoming events include Fracturing, Multiphase Pumping, Metering, Well Control, and Hurricane Recovery.

Calendar Events for February 2009


The Critical Path to Success for Openhole Completions: Fluid Design and Execution
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Charles Svoboda, Director of Wellbore Productivity Business Development MI Swaco
Days: Tue 10-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston Texas 77060
Summary: Openhole completions have become a key component to efficient field development. There is a plethora of fluid options to drill and complete these wells. If careful testing and planning are not undertaken to...
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A Guide to Successful Backreaming - Real-Time Case Histories
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard May, Well Optimization and Technology Manager Schlumberger
Days: Wed 11-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club - Coastal Room 800 Bell Street, #4300 Houston TX 77002
Summary: Backreaming is the practice of pumping and rotating the drillstring while simultaneously pulling out of the hole. When reliable top drive drilling systems (TDS) on conventional drilling rigs were...
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Remediating Cusiana & Cupiagua - Fracturing Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Martin Rylance, 2008 - 2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, BP Exploration Co., LTD.
Days: Thu 12-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor - 800 Bell Street, Houston TX 77002
Summary: The Colombian Cusiana and Cupiagua developments, in the Llanos foothills of the Eastern cordillera of the Andes mountains, comprise a giant oilfield (Cusiana) and a giant retrograde gas-condensate field...
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PF&C: Optimization of the Exmar OPTI –EX Semisubmersible hull form for floating production application
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Harris Knecht, President Exmar Offshore Company
Days: Tue 17-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston Texas 77024
Summary: The presentation will be a discussion of the hull shape and structural configuration that created the unique OPTI hull form which optimizes the payload to hull steel ratio while minimizing motions and environmental forces.
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Permian Basin: Scale Inhibitor Applications in Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tony Smith, Permian and Rocky Mountain Region Technical Manager in Midland, Texas BJ Chemical Service
Days: Tue 17-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Westlake Club - 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston TX 77079
Summary: As the price of energy and services increase, even greater attention will be focused on all aspects of scale deposition. The detrimental impact of scale deposition continues to compel the industry to develop new technologies....
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S&E: Harmonizing Efforts to Evaluate Contractor HSE Performance: The API PIDX Revision of RP 76
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tom Knode, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) manager for Manufacturing, Halliburton
Days: Tue 17-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell, 43rd Floor Houston TX 77002
Summary: A key element in managing contractors is evaluating their policies, management system and statistical performance. Many companies use some form of questionnaire that is either submitted to the contractor directly or through an agent.
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Young Professionals: Managing, Developing & Empowering Young Professionals / Future Leaders in the Energy Industry
Sponsor: SPEGCS Young Professionals and Energy Search Associates
Speaker's Names: Panel of Speakers
Days: Wed 18-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43rd Floor, 800 Bell Houston TX 77002
Summary: This program will provide attendees with an insider view of what a career in the energy industry is all about. It will focus on what is necessary to succeed both inside and outside the workplace. Career development and experienced...
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Westside: The Application of Chemical Tracers in Enhanced Oil Recovery
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mahmoud Asadi, Intl Technology Mgr, ProTechnics
Days: Wed 18-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas 77079
Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of the application of chemical tracers in enhanced oil recovery operations. The presentation will include the use of chemical tracers in water-flood, gas-flood, and steam-flood...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 19-Feb-09 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 Houston Texas 77042
Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Please register so that we may have a proper head count for breakfast. Anyone is welcome to attend. ...
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Completion & Production: Surface Well Testing
Sponsor: Completion and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Nathan Waldman
Days: Thu 19-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: Since Cullender and Smith developed their WHP to BHP conversion program in the early 1950’s, surface pressures have been used to calculate bottomhole pressures on shallow, dry gas wells. If the original Cullender...
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Reservoir: Modeling Permeability in Tight Gas Sands Using Intelligent and Innovative Data Mining Techniques
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Liaqat Ali, Staff Reservoir Engineer, ConocoPhillips
Days: Thurs 26-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St. James 1885 St James Place HOUSTON TX 77056 USA
Summary: Evaluation of gas potential in low permeability reservoirs (< 0.1 md) generally referred to as Tight Gas reservoirs is not very straight forward as in conventional reservoirs. This study is focused on modeling permeability in the...
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Future Events


SPE Petroleum Reserves Estimation Workshop: Sharing the Vision
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Days: Tue 10-March-09 7:30 AM - Thur 12-March-09 5:00 PM ADT
Location: Windsor Barra, Av. Sernambetiba 2630 Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Summary: Members of the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee and industry experts will gather in an open forum to discuss the revised classification, definitions, and guidelines included in the 2007 SPE/WPC/AAPG/SPEE Petroleum Resources...
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Petro-Tech: LOGS - How They Are Generated and What They Tell Us !
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mr. David Hill, VP of Engineering, PPI Technology Services
Days: Tue 10-March-09 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON / Brookhollow Hwy 290 & I 610 W, 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092 USA
Summary: Petrophysicists, engineers, geologists and managers rely on paper logs and digital data to determine if there are hydrocarbons in a well. The calculations can be numerous, but ultimately a decision must be made to complete...
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Northside - Integrated Operations in Oilfields: Facts vs. fiction
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Gopal Amruthapuri and Amit Mehta, Pore pressure Specialist, Principal of Moblize Chevron, Moblize
Days: Tue 10-March-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: Real time collaboration is becoming a reality, however faced multitude of challenges on acceptance and adoption. Every company has different workflows from data to decisions; furthermore, challenges of bandwidth, new data...
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Drilling Study Group: Surpressing Drillstring Dynamics with Surface and Downhole Data: Recognizing Problems and Finding Solutions
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Paul Pastusek, Principal, Patusek and Associates
Days: Wed 11-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northpoint Drive, Houston TX 77060
Summary: Drill bit and bottom hole assembly vibration causes many drilling challenges. Without corrective action, a multitude of downhole failures can result, greatly increasing drilling costs. There are three primary modes of drill string vibration...
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Business Development: Capital Markets and 2009 A&D: When Will the Party Begin?
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Timothy S. Duncan, Senior VP – Business Development, Phoenix Exploration Company LP; Charles Yates, Senior Managing Director, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP; A. Stephen Kennedy, SVP/Manager - Energy Group, Amegy Bank NA
Days: Wed 11-Mar-09 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - 1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin, Houston Texas 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we hear from three distinguished speakers on how capital markets are expected to influence A&D activity in 2009 – from the view of both...
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Maximizin Oil Recovery Efficiency & Sequestration of CO2 with Next Generation CO2-EOR Technology
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Vello A. Kuuskraa, President, Advanced Resources International, Inc.
Days: Thu 12-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: This presentation reviews the current market demand for CO2 in the EOR industry, the outlook for this technology in the United States, and the next generation techniques for this evolving technology...
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Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Tue 7-Apr-09 - Wed 8-Apr-09
Location: Marriott Houston Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston TX 77042
Summary: The focus on Digital Oilfield initiatives has shifted from planning and testing to deployment. Key technologies have been tested and validated and continue to evolve. Challenges associated with managing sustainable strategies...
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2009 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Mon 20-Apr-09 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood, Kingwood TX 77339
Summary: You are cordially invited to attend the 36th Annual SPE Golf Tournament
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
Education in its many forms has been a primary mission of SPE for the 50+ years of its existence as a professional society. Technical conferences and forums have long been a mainstay of the organization. Peer-reviewed technical papersl...

Then and Now
Texas most southeasterly field is opened with discovery of gas condensate well south of Sabine Pass in an area just inshore from an oil slick in the gulf which had been noted by navigators since the days of the Spanish explorers...

Here’s Your Chance to Give Your Friends and Colleagues an Award!
Have you ever been really impressed by a friend or colleagues' technical or professional contributions to our industry and profession? Nominations are simple and open until February 15, 2009 for SPE Awards from the Gulf Coast Section.

2009-10 SPE-GCS Scholarships Applications
There is still time to submit the SPE-GCS scholarship application for the 2009-10 academic year. Each year, the Gulf Coast Section and the Houston SPE Auxiliary award one-year renewable scholarships to outstanding high school seniors planning...

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