Permian Basin: What We Need From This Generation, and Steps to Help Them Achieve It

Speaker Fred Dupriest, retired Chief Drilling Engineer, ExxonMobil and Professor at TAMU
Fred Dupriest retired in 2012 as ExxonMobil’s Chief Drilling Engineer after 35 years in drilling operations, and he now teaches as a Professor of Engineering Practices at Texas A&M University.   He joined Exxon after graduating from A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and spent the following 35 ...

Fred Dupriest retired in 2012 as ExxonMobil’s Chief Drilling Engineer after 35 years in drilling operations, and he now teaches as a Professor of Engineering Practices at Texas A&M University.   He joined Exxon after graduating from A&M with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and spent the following 35 years working various projects around the world.  Fred has published 20 SPE papers on new drilling practices, ranging from the use of Mechanical Specific Energy in real time surveillance, Fracture Closure Stress practices for building integrity, the operational use of Hydrostatic Packers, stuck pipe avoidance practices, and the Fast DrillTM and Limiter RedesignTM workflows used to maximize drilling performance.


As Chief Engineer, Fred represented ExxonMobil in numerous industry engagements and professional societies.  Fred is an inductee in the AADE Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2012 SPE Drilling Engineering Award.


Since the big crew change began, Fred has been involved in the creation of strategies to develop competency in young engineers, and to teach new practices to experienced engineers and rig supervisors.  He delivered up to 400 classroom hours per year of training himself prior to retirement.  As a Professor at Texas A&M he continues to take every opportunity to teach, and particularly help the next generation get ready to go to work.

Full Description

The next generation has arrived, and they’ve been here for several years.  From a generational perspective, they are also becoming set in their ways.  It’s a good time for companies to take an objective look at the engineering philosophies and workflows they’re learning, and whether these will serve the company and the employee over the long term.   The next generation is now displacing mid-level management and they will institutionalize the way of thinking they bring to management for years to come.   If changes are needed they should be made now, and they must be made near the bottom of the organization. 

Because of the high level of activity, most companies have been focused on developing early competencies, and by doing this, the industry is succeeding in getting the work done.  But are we also succeeding at instilling the technical knowledge, effective engineering philosophies, and performance management perspectives that will serve the employee and employer over the long term?  We’ll discuss how those challenges are likely to change over time, the potential impact on business models, and some key principles and workflows that may help an employer to enhance the next generation’s capabilities in these areas. 

Organizer Amy Timmons, Weatherford

When?

Tue, Nov. 18, 2014
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Norris Conference Center – Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, Texas 77042
United States

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