April 26, 2012


Annual Drilling Symposium – Agenda
Enhancements to Well Control for Offshore and Deepwater Environments
April 26, 2012
Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor
Houston, TX
8:00 am   –   8:20 am        Registration and Light Breakfast

8:20 am   –   8:25 am        Welcome and opening remarks – Jack Colborn, SPE Drilling Study Group Chair

8:25 am   –   8:55 am        Keynote Speaker - John Rogers Smith, P.E., Ph.D.
                                               Associate Professor and holder of Campanile Professorship 
                                               Louisiana State University
                                               Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering
Enhancing well control for offshore and deepwater operations is an opportunity that I expect we all would like to realize.   The incentives include protecting our offshore personnel’s lives, our shareholders’ investments, the most productive coastal environment in our country, the livelihoods of people on the Gulf Coast, and the reputation of our profession and industry.  The challenges to realizing this opportunity range from providing effective, relevant training for our personnel to developing plans to prevent, detect, and control failures in deepwater systems that are still being developed to insuring our organizations really contribute to consistent operational success despite the uncertainties and complications involved.  This talk is intended to facilitate the process of identifying the challenges that must be addressed, raising the questions that must be answered, and finding relevant, practical answers that lead to systems, procedures, and organizations that will achieve ever more effective well control in our future deepwater operations.

9:00 am   –   9:30 am        Technology Talk:  Dave Savelle, Halliburton
API recommended practice 96 for deepwater well design is currently under review and may become law in the near future.  In accordance with this practice, Halliburton is developing a solution that will allow operators to monitor barriers and better ensure compliance with RP 96.  While RP 96 is targeted toward the Gulf of Mexico, many operators are interested in its implementation for global best practice deployment.   This presentation also will discuss the change management aspects of implementing new best practices and what Halliburton is doing to assist with this.
9:35 am   – 10:05 am        Technology Talk:  Alan Clarke, NOV & SPE Distinguished Lecturer
For many years the industry has been controlling bottom hoe and surface wellbore pressures through a range of techniques. Today more than ever the challenges in managed pressure drilling has escalated, as we enter new frontiers of technology and reservoir conditions.
The new limits required for equipment and expertise has not been well defined and with so many available choices it is up to the industry to specify needs and display the obstacles at hand so that technology and engineering can build to suit the market needs.
This presentation will discuss some of the obstacles and current technology offerings that potentially could suit the market appropriately.

10:05 am – 10:20 am       Networking Break
10:20 am – 10:50 am       Technology Talk: Neil Cardy,  Baker Hughes
Real-time pressure prediction has become a vital service to assist drilling, particularly in challenging exploratory environments. Moreover, ever-increasing global compliance regulations to ensure safe drilling execution have resulted in the need to adopt best-in-class practices for real-time pore pressure prediction services, including a stronger integration with pre-drill modeling and workflows. The way forward is to adopt a holistic approach that gives a better understanding of the overpressure-generating mechanisms. Creating a detailed pre-drill model, applying the appropriate methodologies, and using more reliable input data help provide a more constrained prediction of pore fluid pressure and a truer reflection of the inherent uncertainties. Another area of improvement is to ensure that the correct logging-while-drilling measurements are used in real-time pore pressure prediction as determined by the pre-drill geomechanical model.
10:55 am – 11:25 am       Technology Talk:  Paul Fredericks, Balance (a Schlumberger company)
ECD Management and Pore Pressure Determination with MPD Improves Efficiency in GoM

11:30 am – 12:00 pm       Technology Talk:  Jim McKay, BP
Abstract  (from SPE paper 151182)
As every motorist knows, a vehicle’s dashboard is an important interface that alerts the driver of real-time changes regarding certain car engine “health” metrics and alerts the driver that the engine may need to be serviced. While not a diagnostic tool in and of itself, the dashboard serves to alert the driver that a performance or health issue may exist.  Blowout Preventer (BOP) equipment is designed to secure the well and a BOP’s health is critical to ensuring that it works as designed.  A real-time BOP dashboard can improve communication between operations personnel, rig contractor subsea engineers and the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to assess potential BOP health issues.
12:00 pm –   1:00 pm       Lunch and Networking

1:10 pm   –   2:55 pm       Operator Perspectives – short presentations followed by Q&A session
Moderated by John Rogers Smith
Panelists: Marco Op de Weegh, Shell
Uno Holm Rognli, Statoil
Allen Kelly, Chevron
Thomas Gillis, Anadarko  
2:55 pm  –   3:00 pm        Wrap up discussion - Kevin Brady, Publicity Chair

3:00 pm                                Adjourn

Featured Speakers

Speaker John Rogers Smith, P.E., Ph.D.; Dave Savelle, Halliburton; Alan Clarke, NOV; Neil Cardy, Baker Hughe

Key Note Speaker: John Rogers Smith, P.E., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and holder of Campanile Professorship

Louisiana State University

Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering


John Rogers Smith, SPE, is an Associate Professor and holder of a Campanile Professorship at …

Key Note Speaker: John Rogers Smith, P.E., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and holder of Campanile Professorship

Louisiana State University

Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering


John Rogers Smith, SPE, is an Associate Professor and holder of a Campanile Professorship at Louisiana State University.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.  His teaching and research interests are focused on drilling and well control.  Consequently, he became involved in the Macondo incident providing explanations to the news media, peer assistance to BP and the DOE, and consulting services to the Joint Investigation and the Oil Spill Commission.  He previously worked for 23 years at Amoco Production Co. in a variety of engineering, supervisory, and research assignments.  Smith is a life member of SPE and has served previously SPE as a distinguished lecturer, a member of the R&D Committee, a technical editor for SPE Drilling and Completion and an LSU liaison to the Delta Section Board of Directors. 



Dave Savelle, Halliburton

Dave Savelle is currently the Technology Director for Halliburton’s Digital Asset organization. He has been in the upstream oil and gas technology business for 27 years, with particular emphasis on drilling solutions. He has been involved in all aspects of technology development and deployment, including running large development teams and managing enterprise solution implementations.  Savelle has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario, and currently resides in Houston.


Alan Clarke, NOV & SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Alan Clarke graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with  a BSc in Earth Sciences in 1999. Since this time he has published numerous papers within the industry, and formed a career in vibration management and drilling optimization. Having worked as a MWD Engineer and a Directional Driller, Alan has been exposed to numerous applications for applying and testing vibration mitigation  theories. He later developed internal and external vibration training programs for several  service companies, became a subject matter expert in the field of vibration optimization, and developed successful product lines to tackle the challenges of drilling optimization. In 2011 he was SPE distinguished lecturer on the topic of drilling vibration management. Alan recently held the position as the Director for National Oilwell Varco's  Strategic Drilling technologies group, and recently was named to Director of Pressure Drilling Systems. In this position he is responsible for developing technologies and expertise required to bring optimized projects into the managed pressure while drilling applications. 


Neil Cardy, Baker Hughes

Neil Cardy, Product Manager Wellbore Integrity Solutions & Advanced Logging Services,has over 27 years of industry experience including mud logging, pore pressure, MWD/LWD and drilling optimisation working in the North Sea, Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and Australia. Currently he is responsible for managing the global development of Baker Hughes realtime pore pressure services.


Paul Fredericks, Balance (a Schlumberger Co.)


Jim McKay, BP

Jim McKay, a Drilling Engineer with BP, has 11 years industry experience working in US Land, offshore Equatorial Guinea, and offshore Angola in both drilling and completions.  Since joining BP in 2005 he has worked in drilling technology on projects related to unconventional gas, drilling optimization, and real-time advisory systems.  Currently he is working on BOP health monitoring and recently presented at the 2012 IADC conference SPE paper 151182 on the BOP dashboard pilot in Brazil.  Jim has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.


Marco Op de Weegh, Shell

Marco op de Weegh is currently a Well Control & Design Integrity Team Lead for Shell UA (Americas). Responsible for regional implementation of pressure control and casing-tubing design standards for wells. Implementation efforts include eWCAT (electronic Well Control Assurance Tool).  Prior to his current function, Marco was a Staff Drilling Engineer for the Magnolia asset, Haynesville Shale, North Louisiana, HPHT Unconventional shale gas, having responsibilities for Nabors 102 & F06.  Marco has 20 years in the oil & gas industry, including 10 years with Shell; he holds a MSc. in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen (UK), and an ing. (Engineering degree) from the Institute for Petroleum & Gas Technology  “Noorder Haaks”, in Den Helder (NL).



Uno Holm Rognli, Statoil

Uno Holm Rognli is VP Drilling and Well for US Offshore with Statoil and is based in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Rognli was transferred to his current position in August 2011. He has 31 years of experience from the petroleum industry, 28 years with Statoil in different positions in Norway and internationally. He has several years in management positions heading up drilling operations for productions well, ERD wells and exploration wells. Mr. Rognli has recently headed up Drilling Technology for Statoil.  Mr. Rognli has a degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Stavanger.


Allen Kelly, Chevron



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