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4 Dec 2017

RESERVOIR STUDY GROUP | Diversion - Be careful what you ask for

When: Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 11:30 am

Where: SLB offices 1675 S Broadway, 7th floor, Denver CO 80202

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Abstract: Success of a fracture stimulation treatment depends upon complete coverage of all targeted intervals.  Diversion techniques are being applied in new well completions to achieve greater cluster treatment efficiency and to access additional rock. The objective of this study is to characterize diversion and to utilize near-wellbore diagnostics to determine the effectiveness of diversion. Multiple basins are included in this study, incorporating a variety of drilling and completion practices.


Proppant tracing and temperature logging provide near-wellbore diagnostics to evaluate the new rock contacted as a result of diversion. Tracers injected during the treatment at various intervals before and after diversion can be used to determine cluster efficiency as well as the overall changes to a stage as a result of the diversion. Temperature logging is used to determine cooling effects of the treatment and is correlated back to the near-wellbore proppant coverage. The combination of multiple diagnostics provides additional confirmation of the treatment coverage or in some cases the lack thereof.


The results of this study show examples of both effective and ineffective diversion. Effective near-wellbore diversion is defined as diversion that results in accessing clusters that were previously not stimulated or under-stimulated.  In many cases the surface treating pressure response due to diversion does not correlate to its effectiveness. Optimizing the design and deployment of the diversion process often results in improvement of treatment effectiveness. The results of this study are grouped by Anadarko Basin, Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, and Williston Basin and show the effectiveness of a variety of diversion techniques.


Speaker Bio : Claudio Ramos will be presenting SPE-187045-MS “Diversion- Be Careful What You Ask For” paper. Claudio is currently the region engineer advisor for ProTechnics based in Denver. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and for the last decade his work experience includes multiple positions in Cementing, Fracturing and Tracing Services.

 

13 Dec 2017 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Using Water Hammer Characteristics as a Fracture Treatment Diagnostic

When: December 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204

Who: Jessica Iriarte

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Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, December 11th

17 Jan 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Fracturing without a Drop of Water - Lessons Learned Fracturing with LPG

When: January 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204

SPE Distinguished Lecturer: Robert Lestz

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Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, January 11th


20 Feb 2018 REGISTER

CONT. ED. | Applied Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics for Reservoir Performance and Analysis

Date: Tuesday, Febuary 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM

Location: Liberty Oilfield Services 950 17th Street, Floor 24 
Denver, Colorado 80202

Description

There is a growing trend towards the use of statistical modeling and data analytics for analyzing the performance of petroleum reservoirs.  The goal is to “mine the data” and develop data-driven insights to understand and optimize reservoir response.  The process involves: (1) acquiring and managing data in large volumes, of different varieties, and at high velocities, and (2) using statistical techniques to discover hidden patterns of association and relationships in these large, complex, multivariate datasets.  However, the subject remains a mystery to most petroleum engineers and geoscientists because of the statistics-heavy jargon and the use of complex algorithms.

This workshop will provide an introduction to statistical modeling and data analytics for reservoir performance analysis by focusing on: (a) easy-to-understand descriptions of the commonly-used concepts and techniques, and (b) case studies demonstrating the value-added proposition for these methods. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along the exercises in the workshop.  Topics to be covered include:

-Terminology and basic concepts of statistical modeling and data analytics

-Multivariate data reduction and clustering (for finding sub-groups of data that have similar attributes)

-Machine learning for regression and classification (for developing data-driven input-output models from production data as an   alternative to physics-based models)

-Proxy construction using experimental design (for building fast statistical surrogate models of reservoir performance from simulator   outputs for history matching and uncertainty analysis)

-Uncertainty quantification for performance forecasting

 

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

 

Course Length

1 Day

 

Why You Should Attend

As “big data” becomes more common place, it will be necessary to extract as much intelligence from our ever-expanding trove of dynamic data from petroleum reservoir to improve operational efficiencies and make better decisions. This course provides the background to understand and apply fundamental concepts of classical statistics, as well as emerging concepts from data analytics, in the analysis of reservoir performance related datasets.  This will petroleum engineers/geoscientists to efficiently interact with data scientists and develop practical data-driven applications for their assets (without getting lost in the math).

 

Who Should Attend

This course is for designed for petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and managers interested in becoming smart users of statistical modeling and data analytics.

 

CEUs

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page: https://www.spe.org/training/catalog.php.

 

Instructor

Dr. Srikanta Mishra is an Institute Fellow and Chief Scientist (Energy) at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest independent contract R&D organization.  He is responsible for developing and managing a geoscience-oriented technology portfolio related to computational modeling and data analytics for geological carbon storage, shale gas development and improved oil recovery projects.  Dr. Mishra has taught short courses on uncertainty quantification, statistical modeling and data analytics at various professional conferences and client locations in the US, China, Spain, Japan, Finland, Belgium and Switzerland.  He is author of a forthcoming book on statistical modeling and data analytics for the petroleum geosciences to be published by Elsevier, as well as ~200 technical publications.  He holds a PhD degree from Stanford University, an MS degree from University of Texas and a BTech degree from Indian School of Mines – all in Petroleum Engineering.

6 Mar 2018 REGISTER

CONT. ED. | Re-Fracturing - Candidate Selection and Design

Dates: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 8:00 AM 

Location: Schlumberger Training Room - 1625 Broadway Suite 1300 Denver, CO 80202

Instructor: Michael B. Smith, President of NSI Technologies

Cost: Member $750, Non-member $850

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 2-day course.

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:00 PM


Description

If I want to re-frac a well “just because” – maybe I am disappointed in the production – that is most likely a BAD idea. This course discusses how I can go about selecting a candidate (there are no really “good” candidates since having to re-frac indicates original fracs were not adequate) that will benefit from such a workover. Then, what extra considerations are involved in a treatment design.

  • What makes a good (or NOT) re-frac candidate
  • How does depletion affect the re-fracture for good or bad
  • What might be different about re-fracture treatment design

Learning Level

Intermediate (Useful to be familiar with fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing)

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

If you are considering the possibilities of re-fracturing operations, it is critical to understand all the various conditions that must be considered. These include: geomechanics of how production from this and offset wells may have changed in situ stresses, how proppant from the original frac may impact fracture propagation for the re-frac, and understanding specifically what must be accomplished by the re-fracture treatment (make longer fractures, inject stronger proppant to restore kfw, fracture new rock, …).

Who Should Attend

This course is of interest to petroleum engineers involved (directly or indirectly) in candidate selection, design and evaluation of re-fracturing treatments. It would be beneficial for participants to have a basic understanding of hydraulic fracturing and well completion concepts. However, the course is also of interest/value for reservoir engineering and management to understand what potentially can (and cannot) be achieved with re-fracturing.

CEUs

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page: https://www.spe.org/training/catalog.php.

Instructor

Michael B. Smith is president and founder of NSI Technologies, a consulting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has more than 20 years of experience in rock mechanics, well completions, and hydraulic fracturing. Smith has written more than 35 technical papers and holds six patents. He also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and wrote two chapters in the SPE Monograph, Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing. Smith recently received the Lester C. Uren Award for his technical contributions to hydraulic fracturing.

17 Nov 2017

Mentoring Program Meeting

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Where: 1310 Washington Ave, Golden, CO


Enjoy some drinks & appetizers while you mingle with students, YPs, and mentors of the SPE Mentorship Program! Everyone Welcome!

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16 Nov 2017

SPE Evening Event | Activity & Market Outlook for US Onshore Basins

Speaker – Dave Pursell – Managing Director and Head of Research at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Dave is responsible for analysis of global oil and gas markets, including inventory and price forecasts, supply/demand modeling and rig counts/production relations. Many of us enjoy reading his comments in the TPH daily newsletter!

 

Date – November 16th

 

Time – 5-7 PM with drinks and appetizers

 

Venue – Denver Athletic Club

 

Cost - $20 members, $25 non-members

 

Come hear an update on the industry outlook for onshore basins and mingle and network over drinks and appetizers!

15 Nov 2017

GENERAL MEETING | Ethane-Based EOR: An Innovative and Profitable Opportunity

When: November 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204

Who: Patrick L. McGuire

Ethane-Based EOR: An Innovative and Profitable Opportunity
for a Low Oil-Price Environment
Patrick L. McGuire
International Reservoir Technologies, Inc.


Abstract
After decades of research and field application, the use of CO2 as an EOR injectant has proven to be very successful. However, there are limited supplies of low cost CO2 available, and there are also significant drawbacks, especially corrosion, involving its use. Both simulation data and field examples demonstrate that ethane is an excellent EOR injectant. The rich gasses and volatile oils developed in the U.S. shale reservoirs have brought about an enormous increase in ethane production. In the U.S., ethane is no longer priced as a petrochemical feedstock, but is priced as fuel, and substantial quantities of ethane are being flared. Ethane-based EOR can supplement the very successful CO2-based EOR industry. There simply isn’t enough low-cost CO2 available to undertake all of the potential gas EOR projects in the U.S. The current abundance of low-cost ethane presents a significant opportunity to add new gas EOR projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. The ethane-based EOR opportunity can be summarized as;


CO2-based EOR works well, and is well understood.
Ethane is better than CO2 for EOR.
Ethane is simpler than CO2 for EOR.


Ethane is now abundant and inexpensive in the U.S. This increases ethane availability and lowers ethane costs elsewhere.
Recent additions to the growing ethane infrastructure now deliver ethane to locations where ethane-based EOR targets are plentiful.
The take-home message: "Ethane-based EOR is a viable option in many areas, with a robust combination of low costs and high incremental recovery."



Biography
Patrick L. McGuire is a reservoir engineer with over 40 years of experience. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering. He is a noted expert on Enhanced Oil Recovery and has worked on gas injection and low salinity EOR opportunities across the globe. He worked for many years for ARCO and BP on the North Slope of Alaska, which is home to some of the world's largest EOR projects. He authored numerous technical papers on EOR, and holds seven U. S. patents. Mr. McGuire previously served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and has addressed over 30 SPE Sections.

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Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, November 13th

13 Nov 2017

RESERVOIR STUDY GROUP | Logging and Perforation Systems and Methodologies

Date: Monday November 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM

Location: 1125 17th Street, Denver CO 80202

Speaker: Gary Fisher, Pioneer Wireline Services

Lunch provided by Pioneer Wireline Services!

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Technical Talk Agenda: 

-History

-Explosive materials, specifications, and limitations

-Perforating shaped charge theory and design

-EBW vs. hot wire detonators

-Gun systems, switches, and common problems

-Charge and gun system selection considerations

-Jet cutters vs. chemical cutters vs. cutting torches, specifications and limitations


 

Speaker Bio: Gary Fisher holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and started in the oilfield with Schlumberger as an OH/CH wireline field engineer in 1991.  After leaving Schlumberger, he moved on to other wireline opportunities with Numar and ProTechnics, gaining offshore, overseas, memory logging, and managerial experience. He joined Phoenix Surveys, a small independent OH logging company in 2001, which was later acquired by Pioneer Wireline Services.  He is currently the Wireline Training Manager for Pioneer Services based out of San Antonio.

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