Oct. 13, 2009


Description

The ups and downs of the oil and gas industry are not advantageous to the continuity and availability of key engineering skills, in particular in drilling operations and well engineering. Historically, each dip in the cost per barrel of oil has resulted in operators, drilling contractors and service companies alike shedding staff, many of them highly skilled and many also leaving the industry and not returning when the oil price cycled up again.
 
The 2009 reversal of fortunes may, or may not; have the same effect as previous downturns. This time the full breadth of the economy is affected and other branches of industry may not so readily absorb our engineers. Nevertheless, the industry was in near panic about the lack of skilled staff during the spurt of activity from 2006 – 2008 and is still faced with the loss of many skilled staff as the graying of our industry continues. In addition, the net loss of skilled staff is likely to widen due to the abrupt halt of recruitment during 2009.
 
Given the above scenario, the need for more effective training that truly enhances staffs’ ability to competently do their job, be that designing wells, operating equipment or supervising operations is more than ever essential for both existing staff and new intake that will be required when activity once again picks up.
 
The purpose of this presentation is to reinforce the case for competence based learning and to discuss some novel approaches that are emerging in other industries to ensure that new skills are readily and effectively learned.
Please register prior to the event to facilitate improved planning and admission. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come/ first serve basis as space allows.
 
If you have special dietary needs, please email the event coordinator with your requests PRIOR to arrival at the event.
 
Thank you.
 
Parking: Use Contract Entrance. Push button on kiosk and tell security that you are with the SPE Northside Study Group in the Greenspoint Club.

Featured Speakers

Speaker Ian Davidson
VP for Training and Marketing Blade Energy After working for Shell International for 34 years, Ian recently joined Blade Energy Partners. Ian has filled several operational positions from floorman to Rig Superintendent in land and offshore operations. He also has held leadership positions and has broad experience in well engineering …

VP for Training and Marketing
Blade Energy
After working for Shell International for 34 years, Ian recently joined Blade Energy Partners. Ian has filled several operational positions from floorman to Rig Superintendent in land and offshore operations. He also has held leadership positions and has broad experience in well engineering project work and technology development and implementation. This experience includes well control, reservoir  impairment control, coiled tubing drilling and underbalanced drilling and most recently the development of new drilling concepts and methodologies for unconventional resources as manager of Shell’s Well Manufacturing System team.





Ian has a passion for the transfer of learning. He has an extensive background in training and staff development including management and operation of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschapij’s “SIMWELL”, where he and his team developed the industry recognized “Combined Volumetric Stripping” well control method. He subsequently spent 4 years at Shell’s International Training Centre in the Netherlands, where he managed ntermediate and senior level well engineering courses and lectured on a wide range of well engineering subjects. During this period he initiated and co-developed a drilling operations training simulator, which has proved a great success in stimulating and improving the learning of trainees. He also lectured in drilling techniques at the Technical University of Delft.



Ian was a member of Petroleum Development Oman’s Well Engineering management team in the role of Head of Staff Development and Planning. In this role he was responsible for company staff planning, learning and competence development.

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Organizer

Bernard Franklin


Date and Time

Tue, Oct. 13, 2009

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Location

Greenspoint Club

16925 Northchase Dr.
Houston, TX 77060