Drilling: Annual Drilling Symposium - Enhancements to Well Control for Offshore and Deepwater Environments

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

Location: Petroleum Club of Houston
800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor
Houston , Texas 77002

Date: April 26, 2012, 8:15 a.m. - April 26, 2012, 3 p.m.