General Meeting: Why are Downturns always the Driver behind Innovation?

Speaker: Brian Skeels, Senior Technical Advisor,  TechnipFMC
Speaker Brian Skeels, Senior Technical Advisor, TechnipFMC
  Brian Skeels has 37 years’ experience in subsea completion and pipeline design and installation. He spent 5 years with Exxon Production Research Company working on Exxon’s famous SPS and UMC subsea systems, and the rest with FMC Technologies.  As a TechnipFMC Senior Technical Advisor, he serves as a technical ...

 


Brian Skeels has 37 years’ experience in subsea completion and pipeline design and installation. He spent 5 years with Exxon Production Research Company working on Exxon’s famous SPS and UMC subsea systems, and the rest with FMC Technologies.  As a TechnipFMC Senior Technical Advisor, he serves as a technical advocate for new technologies and strategic planning specialist for frontier technologies, HPHT, and remote well intervention, including efforts delving into riser-less light well intervention, ROV interfaces, remote robotics technology, and hydrate remediation programs.


Mr. Skeels has been part of API’s Upstream Standards for 32 years and currently serves on API Subcommittee 17 executive committee. He serves as task group chairman for 17G on subsea intervention systems, co-chair for 17D on subsea tree and wellhead equipment, and chairs 17TR8 for HPHT equipment design. Brian also on several Industry and Professional Society conference program boards.


He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.  He has won numerous professional awards and is an adjunct professor in subsea engineering at the University of Houston. 


 


 

Full Description

 

ABSTRACT of Presentation

 

In the current “lower-for-longer” oil and gas price environment, offshore and subsea petroleum prospects face significant cost hurdles to stay economically competitive with other hydrocarbon sources and lower risk areas.

During upturns and shortages in the petroleum industry, technology may take a back seat to production runs, delivery volumes and schedules, and installation schedules.

But when there is a downturn in the petroleum industry, everyone looks to new technology to be the savior. New technology is perceived as the mechanism to shift the paradigm.

This presentation will look at historical events and technology metrics from past upheavals in the petroleum industry to stimulate discussion to predict what might be next in our industry.

 

 

 

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Parking for this event
 
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
 
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
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The image above shows how to access the valet parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee for this valet parking is $15.
 
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
 
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $9.  Parking is also available via valet at the Louisiana Street entrance of the hotel.  Cost is $10. 
 
 
 
Organizer Barry Faulkner

Email: barryfaulkner@earthlink.net
Phone: (281) 627-8790 

When?

Thu, Mar. 9, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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Where?

PETROLEUM CLUB (NEW LOCATION), 35th Floor, TOTAL Building
1201 LOUISIANA STREET, 35th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
United States

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