Drilling: Annual Technical Symposium: Automation, Does it Bring Value?

Speaker: Keynote/Moderator: Richard Spears, Managing Director, Spears & Associates
Speaker Keynote/Moderator: Richard Spears, Managing Director, Spears & Associates
With an engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and graduate work in industrial engineering, Richard Spears has worked in the upstream oil and gas industry since 1979, starting as a field engineer for Halliburton. Today, Richard is one of the managing directors of Spears & Associates, an oilfield market research ...

With an engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and graduate work in industrial engineering, Richard Spears has worked in the upstream oil and gas industry since 1979, starting as a field engineer for Halliburton. Today, Richard is one of the managing directors of Spears & Associates, an oilfield market research firm founded in 1965. The firm has 500 clients worldwide, including all major oil companies, all major service companies and over one hundred private and institutional investors. Richard has been with the firm since 1985. 


In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman of the Board of Abrado International, Richard is on the board of directors of several additional oilfield service companies: Varel International, a global drill bit manufacturer; Federal, a subsea connector manufacturer; Allied Wireline, an openhole and cased hole logging company; and W-Technology, a manufacturer of MWD components.  Board responsibilities include Audit, Compliance, Compensation and Strategy.  Richard is a 25 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers


Richard and his wife Carol have three grown children and live in Tulsa.

Full Description

Automation has become a big part of our industry. As we work to bring on new technologies, data, and related management tools, does it bring value?  Is it driving us toward improved efficiency, less NPD, and reduced HSE events?  How are we using automation effectively and how can we grow this technology to help us with challenges on the horizon? Our Technology Talk Presenters will highlight how they have impacted the industry with Automation technology. The operator panel will weigh in with their perspectives, and we will open up for panel discussion facilitated by Richard Spears.

Schedule of events:

7:30 - 8:30 am: Registration, Coffee, and Conversation

Keynote/Kick-Off: Richard Spears - Spears & Associates

Technology Talks

Technology Talk 1: “Evaluation of Closed Loop Downhole Automation Performance and the Potential Economic Benefits of this System”—Tony Pink, National Oilwell Varco
Technology Talk 2: “Developments in Architecture for Drilling Automation”—Clinton Chapman, Schlumberger
Technology Talk 3: “Data Informed and Engineering Guided Autonomous Downhole Drilling System”—Robello Samuel, Halliburton
Technology Talk 4: “Design Aid for Charting a Drilling Automation Roadmap” —Mario Zamora, M-I Swaco
Technology Talk 5: “Subsea Sealing at the Touch of a Button”—Ben van Bilderbek, Plexus
Technology Talk 6: “From Mechanization to Automation: What’s Still Missing?” —Andreas Sadlier, Nabors

Lunch Presentation

“3-D Communications Technology and Oilfield Automation”—Oliver Diaz, Fuel FX

Operator Perspectives

Darren Pais - ExxonMobil
John Willis - Oxy
Matthew Isbel - HESS
Mark Sundland - Anadarko
Patrick Johnson - Shell

Operator Panel Discussion Facilitated by Richard Spears

3:30 pm: Close

Organizer Joe Tison

When?

Wed, Apr. 30, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. America/Chicago

How Much?

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Where?

Petroleum Club of Houston
800 Bell St, 43rd Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
United States

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