November 2018 | Volume 70, Number 11
Real Fractured Rock Is So Complex It’s Time for New Fracturing Models
A close look at hundreds of feet of fractured core samples suggest that new fracture models are needed to simulate complicated reality.
Can Machine Learning Mitigate Frac Hits?
BHGE is developing an analytics and machine-learning approach that offers descriptive and predictive insights on frac hits, with the aim of eventually offering a real-time monitoring capability to be deployed during frac jobs.
Digital Drilling Disruption—Understand Downhole, Gain Control
The shift toward lower prices in the industry has resulted in the necessity for more wells to be drilled at lower cost. Numerous other industries have shown that they are able to constantly reduce cost per unit. Where do we stand today and what will the future possibly look like?
An Inside Look at Anadarko Petroleum’s Digital Transformation
Meet the group advancing digital technology adoption within one of the largest oil and gas producers in the US. Its aim is to cross-pollinate reservoir engineers with data scientists to create a 21st century workforce.
Liquids-Rich Permian Showcased as a Model Basin
The SPE Liquids-Rich Basin Conference in Midland, Texas, merged topics that have dominated recent industry discussions: technologies centered on big data, interwell communication, and Permian Basin production.
Data, Digital Energy Take Center Stage at Annual Conference
The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry dominated discussion at the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in late September in Dallas.
SPE ENGenious Symposium Spotlights the Role of Digital Tech in Industry
Earlier this year in Aberdeen many of the oil and gas industry’s innovation champions met to discuss the developments that are driving the digital transformations within operators and service providers alike.
Fracturing Wells in Pairs Creates Strong Links
Fracturing two or more wells at the same time creates connections. While fracturing fluids reach out further, those ties create a stronger link, though not forever.
New SPE President Offers a Vision of Oil and Gas Sustainability
2019 SPE President Sami Alnuaim will spend the next year forging new relationships to promote the industry’s role in addressing environmental issues.
Changing the Mix: A New Approach to Polymers for Offshore EOR
Researchers from Chevron are looking into a new approach to understand the drivers of polymer hydration. How might this affect the design of mixing systems in the field, and could it affect offshore EOR applications?
Imagine Fracture Modeling Based on Actual Fractures
By measuring which tests best predicted the fractures observed at the Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site, Laredo Petroleum developed a method it hopes will improve fracture modeling in other places.
Upstream Data Can Be “a Rat’s Nest of a Mess”
Companies such as Google, Schlumberger, Shell, and Encana are working to turn the industry’s rat’s nest of data into a goldmine of insight, analysis, and technology.
Culture Change Needed To Realize Full Value of Digital
What does industry need to create successful ecosystems in a new digital reality? While companies identify and implement new technologies to streamline their operations, a greater focus on new cultures, skill sets, and mindsets may be necessary.
Life is Complicated and Uncertain: Why Not Just Focus on Drilling Faster?
Predicting the trajectory of a satellite, or a well, requires sophisticated analysis to reduce the huge uncertainties. That adds to the many things drillers should be thinking about, which can be overwhelming.
Panel Highlights Challenges, Successes in Digital Transformation
Strides made in data analytics over the past few years have been huge. But the complexity of data, and understanding how to use them, can delay the advantages to be gained. If the benefits and methodology of data acquisition are not better explained to engineers, might implementation suffer?
What Happens When Facebook Technology Meets Oil Well Records
The same tools that make it fun and easy for you to see a friend's updates online are also pretty good at tying together unconnected databases holding valuable well information.
AI Aims To Predict Operational Behaviors, Alert of Potential Hazards
Unstructured data, such as process logs, safety reports, and public records, make up the bulk of data produced from the oil field. Emerging NLP technology has been designed to help make sense of this data, enabling better insights into near-accidents.
The Company That Slipped Into the Permian “Under The Cover of Darkness”
WPX Energy COO Clay Gaspar discusses his company’s timely transformation into a Permian player and the challenges that lie ahead in the basin.
BP and Baker Hughes Go Live with Big Analytics on All Gulf of Mexico Platforms
What do 60,000 sensors on 1,200 pieces of equipment add up to? Hopefully, hundreds of millions of dollars in savings.
Optimizing Well Productivity: Horizontal Logs Unlock Critical Geologic Knowledge
With drilling on the rise, US oil production is expected to continue to increase. However, many industry professionals are concerned that the “brute force” model, which has seen a massive influx of capital flow into completion and hydraulic fracturing operations, is not economically sustainable.
Antonio (Tony) Fernandez
04 October 2018
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US Now Top Global Oil Producer But its Limits Are Showing
The US has “likely surpassed” Russia as the world’s largest oil producer, according to a US Energy Information Administration report.
Study Detected Methane in Water Wells But Not From Booming Oil Drilling Nearby
When methane is found in water wells near an unconventional well, fingers point to facturing as the liklely suspect. But a study of wells in the Utica Shale named other sources.
Production From ‘Supergiant’ Zohr Field Off Egypt Hits 2 Bcf/D
The benchmark comes as operator Eni solidifies concession agreements and ramps up exploration and development in the North African country.
Oil Production Secrets Betrayed from Space
Advances in space sensing allow direct measuring of gas flaring, opening a window into production trends.
ExxonMobil, Guyana “Hit the Jackpot”
ExxonMobil’s ninth discovery offshore Guyana solidifies the area as a premium offshore basin.
Badrul Mohamed Jan
Researcher and Lecturer, University of Malaya
Drilling and Completion Fluids
It is no secret that drilling fluid is crucial in drilling operations. The main function of drilling fluids is to transport drill cuttings from the bottom of the hole up to the surface. Drill cuttings then will be separated on the surface before being recycled back for further drilling.
President, DrillScan US
Horizontal and Complex-Trajectory Wells
With the arrival and development of rotary steerable systems in the late 1990s, the industry thought that drilling a perfectly smooth and controlled trajectory would not be an issue. Two decades later, we’re still talking about wellbore quality, especially with long and complex horizontal wells.
Scott J. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Ryder Scott
Senior Consultant, Dino Engineering
Offshore Production and Flow Assurance
Offshore production assurance continues to drive new production technology applications and approaches. The three papers highlighted here focus on developing analytical tools and performing root-cause analyses while providing safe, cost-effective, and reliable operations.
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