24 Jun 2021

SPE MIT | Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage as a Transition for Oil & Gas Professionals

When: Thursday June 24, 2021| 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: Zoom


Presenter: Steven M. Carpenter, Ph.D., 

Director - Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming

About the talk

Join us for an overview of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and how oil & gas professionals can engage and find new opportunities for continued career success.

About the speaker

Dr. Steven M. Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is a seasoned executive with 30+ years of experience in the energy and CCUS space. He is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS), climate change, carbon, and risk management issues. Dr. Carpenter is the Head of Delegation and Chair of the United States Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee TC-265: Carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage; and the Chair of the American National Standards Institute’s Technical Committee CSA/ANSI ISO 27916:19 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage — Carbon dioxide storage using enhanced oil recovery.

Dr. Carpenter is the Chair of the CSA Groups Strategic Steering Committee on Natural Resources; a Trustee with the Energy Mineral Law Foundation; a Trustee with the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference at Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; and received a lifetime appointment to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore.

Dr. Carpenter holds degrees in physics, environmental public policy, and transdisciplinary approaches to CO2-EOR & CCUS.

25 May 2021

COMPLETIONS STUDY GROUP| A New Approach to Sealing Unwanted Casing/Liner Perfs, Breaches and Leaks

When: Tuesday May 25, 2021 | 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


Presenter/Author: Dale Larsen, Business Development Manager, New Well Tech, LLC

Abstract:

A Sealant Material to Fix Wellbore Leaks, Breaches, Unwanted Perforations and Water Flows

Objectives/Scope: Shale wells often drop to sub-economic levels in a relatively short period of time due to rapid production decline, water production, or wellbore interference issues. To salvage these wellbores, it requires a reliable method to fix their leaks and breaches or to block the unwanted fractures and perforations that already exist from the original completion.

A sealant material has been developed which is liquid on surface, then cures to form a pliable solid that can seal unwanted perforations or fracture openings.

Field tests were performed on a vertical well that had been fractured in two stages. The sealant material was bullheaded into both perf clusters simultaneously. It was then squeezed into the formation while slightly under displacing. After the material cured to a solid, the excess remaining in the wellbore was drilled out. Pressure tests were done on both intervals to see how much differential pressure the sealant could hold.

Results/Conclusions: After cleaning out past the top perforation cluster, the zone was pressure-tested up to the maximum allowable wellhead pressure. After holding for 25 minutes, the pressure was released and drilling was resumed on the sealing material that covered the lower interval.

Applications/Significance: This sealant material gives a cost effective and relatively low risk alternative to repair the well. The sealant material requires relatively small volumes and hence is cost effective. Lab and field test showed that the reaction can be controlled, which minimizes the risk that this sealant may set up too early or too late. Field tests also showed that it was easy to drill out the residue left in wellbore. It leaves original wellbore ID intact and it seals off not only the wellbore opening, but also near wellbore pathways, such as multiple fractures, cement channeling, and the open hole annulus of a sliding sleeve completion. With this material as a tool to increase the production of declining shale wells, the need for new replacement drilling may be averted saving money to the operator and decreasing the environmental impact.

Bio:

		SPE Denver  May Completion Study Group imageDale graduated with a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 39 years spending several years with The Western Company of North America, BJ Services and Calfrac Well Services. He served as a Production Engineer for EP Production and Westport Resources and as a Production Superintendent for Questar E&P. He has worked extensively in Colorado, Utah and South Texas. Dale has written three Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) papers while serving in many leadership roles for SPE. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Denver Petroleum Club and Ministry Architecture, a charitable architectural ministry working in SE Asia, Africa and South America. Dale spent several years serving on the Board of Advisors with Western Energy Alliance (WEA) and the Legislative, Legal and Regulatory Committee for Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA). Dale is the 2017 recipient of the WEA Roustabout Award which recognizes Distinguished Career Achievement in the Service Sector of Oil and Gas.Dale worked from 2016 – 2019 as the Industry Advocate for Calfrac defending our industry in the public arena. He has spoken in many venues informing and advocating groups about Hydraulic Fracturing including Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA); Department of Energy (DOE) Analytical Services Program; Energy Fellows Institute; 2018 ICoTA Conference (San Antonio); 2019 Refracturing Conference (Houston) among others.Dale is currently employed by New Well Tech, a Houston-based company, that promotes a new refracturing science.

20 May 2021

SPE MIT | Facing the Energy Transition: Some Choices and Actions for Oil & Gas Industry

When: Thursday May 20, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


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Speaker: Dr. Raymond Franssen of Synergeo LLC.

The energy transition imposes fundamental changes and unparalleled short- and long-range challenges to the oil and gas industry. Concerns about stranding assets and financial risks abound. The presentation briefly introduces our energy system and the related climate crisis and sketches possible GHG emissions scenarios and the related energy-demand curves till midcentury. Actions in the oil supply chain that reduce CO2 - and methane emissions and the introduction of emissions tracking & reporting standards are required. We will also briefly look at the role Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) may play in the energy transition.

Bio:

Raymond joined the upstream oil and gas industry 32 years ago as a geologist. He has worked in Europe, Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, North Africa and SE Asia for Shell and its Joint Ventures. A successful global explorer with multiple commercial oil and gas discoveries in different basins he developed a wide perspective on energy issues. Leadership roles include developing and implementing a global transformational change project for Shell global exploration. He earned a B.Sc. from Leiden University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 

19 May 2021

SPE General Meeting | Rethinking an Industry Recommended Practice....

When: Wednesday May 19, 2021| 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


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Title: "Rethinking an Industry Recommended Practice: Lessons being learned from Monograph 5 (Type Well Profiles)"

Abstract:

The purpose of the upcoming SPEE Monograph 5 is to be a recommended practices guideline for the evaluation engineer to perform type well analysis, focusing first on public or easily obtained data, and then enhancing the reliability by supplementing detailed or proprietary data as necessary. The monograph gives due consideration to the “fit for purpose” confidence level to be achieved. Secondly, this monograph serves as a guideline for assessing the reliability of type well profiles. This presentation will highlight current efforts to develop industry recommended practices related to development of Type Well Profiles and review the Type Well Profile workflow, highlighting key specific elements. We will also discuss key considerations when integrating new workflows or industry recommended practices.

Speaker Bio:

		SPE Denver May General Meeting imageJennifer Fitzgerald is currently Vice President, Corporate Reserves at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, following the recent acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Prior to joining Anadarko in 2014, Jennifer worked at Ryder Scott Company and ExxonMobil Corporation. She has extensive experience evaluating a variety of conventional and unconventional assets in basins around the world. Jennifer is an industry expert in SEC and SPE-PRMS reserves definitions.

Jennifer earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. She is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, currently serving as Chair for Monograph 5 committee and a Past President. She is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

19 May 2021

SPE Denver Volunteering| Girls Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (GESTEM)

When: Wednesday May 19, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


Title: "Girls Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (GESTEM) presented by Society of Women Engineers     (SWE)"

Registration:  Contact SWE directly at gestem.guide@gmail.com
Alternatively, contact Hilary Moore at hilary.moore@chevron.com

About: 

The Society of Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Sections holds an annual GESTEM event with the goal of empowering girls by introducing them to the exciting possibilities of STEM careers.  This year the event will be held virtually and there will only be 3 workshops (instead of the 40+ normally held).  As event hosting is limited, SPE volunteers will participate as Group Guides.  Each Group Guide will lead ~5 girls through the event, and interact with them one-on-one all day.   Each guide will receive a kit two weeks in advance with materials, view an advance training prepared by the workshop presenter on how to put together the kit, and be prepared to help their group of girls through the activity.

For more information about GESTEM:

Visit this website: SWE RMS GESTEM - SWE Rocky Mountain Section (swe-rms.org)

For more information about volunteering for GESTEM:

Visit this website: SWE RMS GESTEM Volunteers - SWE Rocky Mountain Section (swe-rms.org).

6 May 2021

SPE MIT | The Era of Drone Geoscience

When: Thursday May 6, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


Registration Link

About:

This will be a webinar with Dr. Ronald Bell of International Geophysical Services, LLC.
For some geoscientists and engineers, the application of drones has become the status quo while for others the door has just opened with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to improving how the earth and its processes are measured.  Measurements with laser light scanners achieve amazing accuracy and precision, others map the lateral variations of the earth’s magnetic field to precisely locate legacy oil and gas wells and map geology.  The detail achievable with drone geoscientific data is dwarfed only by the volume of data that must somehow be managed, processed, and boiled down to useable and useful information.  During the coming decade, there will be much to be accomplished as the geoscientific community dives headlong into the era of drone geoscience.Ron has conducted, processed, visualized, and interpreted numerous commercial drone magnetic surveys for a variety of objectives including but not limited to resource exploration (i.e. minerals, groundwater, & O&G) and environmental subsurface site characterization. He is presently conducting field trials of two shallow looking electromagnetic (EM) system and plans for several other geophysical systems adapted for use with a drone.  Ron began applying drones for geoscientific mapping in 2014. In 2018, he became the only living geoDRONEologist, (pronounced geo-DRONE-ologist) on the planet Earth. He is known globally as an energetic advocate for the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) to the autonomous collection of geophysical and remotely sensing data. He holds a BS in Applied Geophysics from Michigan Technological University.

21 Apr 2021

CSM SPE Joint Session | Climate Change & Energy Suply: Are you an Ostrich or an Eagle?

When: Wednesday April 21, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


Speaker: Mr. Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE President

Abstract:

One of the most passionate points of argument among global members of SPE is that of Climate Change.  It is polarizing, passionate and persistent.  There are few clear answers and the amount of time wasted in the the debate has been colossal.  As energy professionals, we can choose to wade into the debate or move ahead with solutions that are pragmatic, practical, and help the world solve it’s energy needs in an efficient manner.  We are Engineers, not political science majors.  It’s about doing, not debating! This talk will address some practical issues such as energy poverty, production efficiency, fugitive emissions, and how we can “get our head out of the sand” and provide energy, infrastructure, and food supply to a never ending group of consumers – even in Colorado!

Bio:

Darcy Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. Spady, who is managing director at Carbon Connect International, has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region. Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in its wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, and Atlantic Canada. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. He is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies, Crestwynd Exploration, and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals, and Poplar Point Exploration. Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.

Event cost for Professionals: Members $10 / Non-members $20

Funds go towards scholarships for the students

This is a virtual event, thus food will NOT be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Chiang Cheng Siew at cchengsiew@mymail.mines.edu or Tugce Calisgan at tcalisga@mymail.mines.edu

21 Apr 2021

CSM SPE Joint Session | Climate Change.... "Registration for Students Only"

When: Wednesday April 21, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


 

Speaker: Mr. Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE President

Abstract:

One of the most passionate points of argument among global members of SPE is that of Climate Change.  It is polarizing, passionate and persistent.  There are few clear answers and the amount of time wasted in the the debate has been colossal.  As energy professionals, we can choose to wade into the debate or move ahead with solutions that are pragmatic, practical, and help the world solve it’s energy needs in an efficient manner.  We are Engineers, not political science majors.  It’s about doing, not debating! This talk will address some practical issues such as energy poverty, production efficiency, fugitive emissions, and how we can “get our head out of the sand” and provide energy, infrastructure, and food supply to a never ending group of consumers – even in Colorado!

Bio:

Darcy Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. Spady, who is managing director at Carbon Connect International, has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region. Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in its wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, and Atlantic Canada. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. He is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies, Crestwynd Exploration, and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals, and Poplar Point Exploration. Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.

Event cost for Professionals: Members $10 / Non-members $20

Funds go towards scholarships for the students

This is a virtual event, thus food will NOT be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Chiang Cheng Siew at cchengsiew@mymail.mines.edu or Tugce Calisgan at tcalisga@mymail.mines.edu

7 Apr 2021

GENERAL MEETING | Completion Design Using Artificial Intelligence...

When: Wednesday April 7, 2021 | 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom


Title:"Completion Design Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – Case Histories"

Registration Link 

Abstract: 

Over the life of a well field, operators are tasked with designing completions for new wells; however, impediments to reservoir and completion understanding can result in less than optimum well performance. Use of a completion design process facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can overcome these limitations by providing new insight about how to improve completion effectiveness.  This type of approach has facilitated the development of well fields that were previously uneconomic. The vertical and horizontal wellbore case studies presented have resulted in up to twice the production/recovery and in some cases a significant reduction in completion cost. This presentation will show how AI facilitated data evaluation studies have been used to enhance understanding about the complex interaction between reservoir strata, the wellbore and completion design.  Case history examples from the Granite Wash, Bakken and Marcellus are included in this presentation.

Bio: 

Robert F (Bob) Shelley has over 20 years of experience with the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to well completion design, execution and evaluation.  Currently he is President of RF Shelley LLC, Well Performance Evaluation based in Houston.  During his 42 year career, he has authored 30+ SPE papers and 8 patents in the areas of well completion, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir evaluation.  Bob holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in Texas and Colorado. Prior to starting his own consulting entity, Bob worked for Halliburton, RTA LLC, Landmark and StrataGen.

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