What "is" an Equation of State?
Most petroleum engineers understand that engineering calculations involve the properties of fluids. “Fluid” is a term used to describe gases and liquids. An equation of state is nothing more than a fluid model.
Positive Energy, With Chevron’s Mike Wirth
In this Milken Institute podcast, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth talks about the company's mission, culture, and how it is adapting to the current COVID-19 pandemic and downturn.
Video: The Long "Bridge" of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology
A quick overview of CCS and the challenges in its application.
LinkedIn—Your Toolkit for Success
LinkedIn is not just for job hunting. If the person is using this platform in a right way, he/she can benefit from the many advantages listed in the article.
COVID-19 And Oil Price Catastrophes: How Can Industries Jointly Build Resilience?
What the oil and gas sector teaches us above all else is that the most important lessons are shaped by guiding principles, and if there is one guiding principle threaded throughout this industry’s history of confronting crises, it is this: we are all in it together.
Video Lectures: A Review of MATLAB and MATLAB Programming
A review of MATLAB and MATLAB programming by UT Austin Professor Matthew Balhoff.
The Role of Surveillance Plots in Diagnosing Waterfloods
The evaluation of waterfloods often is focused on issues at the well level. But each well is only one part of a bigger system. For this reason, it is important to diagnose a waterflood from multiple viewpoints: the field, pattern, and well levels.
A Recruiter’s Views From the Oil Patch
How COVID-19 and the oil price drop is affecting recruitment in the oil and gas industry.
Shell Reskills Workers in Artificial Intelligence as Part of Energy Transition
Shell has partnered with Udacity to provide its staff training in artificial intelligence.
Video: Protecting Privacy on Virtual Meetings
Check out these tips from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on how to improve the security of your virtual meetings.
Baker Hughes Retasks 3D Printers To Make Anti-Coronavirus Gear
Baker Hughes is joining the ranks of other manufacturers using spare 3D printers to make plastic face shields and other gear to protect healthcare workers from the deadly coronavirus.
WFH During Corona: What Works and What Doesn’t When WFH While Also Caring for Little Kids
Tips for young parents on how to make WFH work with young kids at home.
WFH During Corona: Six Quick Tips for Running a Great Virtual Meeting
Here are some tips for conducting a great virtual meeting.
Data Skills Gap is Costing Organizations Billions in Lost Productivity, Report Finds
Firms globally are still struggling to build teams that can capitalize on the true value of data.
Video: Coiled Tubing Drilling Wellsite Walk-Through
Learn the components of a coiled tubing drilling operation and how they all fit together.
Why is This Peter Thiel-Backed Startup Mining Bitcoin in West Texas?
The fast microprocessors used in bitcoin mining need cold temperatures. What brought this bitcoin company to west Texas, which suffers through 90-degree-plus days for nearly half the year?
Watching Polymers Self-Assemble at Oil-Water Interface
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee achieved a rare look at the inner workings of polymer self-assembly at an oil-water interface.
The Changing Face of the Oilfield: A Father Passes the Torch to His Petroleum Engineer Daughter
An oil industry veteran and his petroleum engineer daughter discuss how things have changed for women in the industry and what the future holds for the new generation of energy workers.
Why Procrastination Is About Managing Emotions, Not Time
Procrastination used to be thought of as a time management problem. Increasingly, psychologists are now looking at it as an emotion regulation issue.
How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor
Eight steps to find a mentor and establish a relationship.
Video: Building the Amazing Appomattox
The video shows some of the issues encountered while building the Appomattox and how the team drew on the knowledge of those outside of the oil and gas industry to overcome them.
Circular Economy: Getting Crude Oil Back Out of Plastic
OMV’s ReOil technology uses thermal cracking to transform plastic waste into gas and synthetic crude oil. The technology is expected to reach industrial scale by 2025.
Poets &Quants: Is an eMBA a Better Choice for a 28-Year-Old?
Though on the young side for an Executive MBA program, this young professional is seriously considering a part-time experience in an executive program where the average age of a new student is 35.
HBR: What It Takes to Give a Great Presentation
These tips are for business professionals who are already comfortable with giving presentations—and may even be admired for their skills—but who, nonetheless, want to excel.
Halliburton Presents Major Software Grant to King Abdulaziz University
Halliburton Landmark recently presented a software grant to King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, which provides students and faculty access to Landmark’s DecisionSpace enterprise software platform.
Women Offshore: Rosie the Driller
An assistant driller, Rosie has a wide range of responsibilities, from supervising the daily drilling activities, operating rig floor equipment, and performing downhole or well control calculations, to organizing the people and equipment needed for upcoming operations.
The Enterprisers Project: Digital Transformation—Who Should Lead? 8 Questions To Ask
Should that outside hotshot lead your digital transformation work–or an insider who knows more about the culture and customers?
McKinsey: How Women Can Fill the Oil and Gas Industry’s Talent Gap
The article identifies three inflection points where female participation falls off in oil and gas companies.
Ulterra Video: Life of a Drill Bit
From the field, to the customer, through engineering, CAM, and manufacturing then back to the field, each drilling bit's life is unique.
PwC: How Oil and Gas Companies Can Attract Investors
The oil and gas sector’s annual stock performance over the past 5 years has lagged behind the S&P 500. This article recommends ways the industry can recover investor confidence and capital by understanding the changing type of investors.
How To Prepare for 5 Important Career Moments, According to Experts at Kellogg School of Management
No one wants to be left struggling for an answer in front of a client or a boss, or stuck stammering in a job interview or networking event. Here's useful advice on how to be prepared for several common career situations
What is Hydrocarbon Accounting?
When oil and gas streams leave the production platform, they include production from different wells. Hydrocarbon accounting establishes how much of those came from each well.
Reuters: Low-Cost Fracking Offers Boon to Oil Producers, Headaches for Suppliers
A new technology called electric fracking, which is powered by natural gas instead of costly diesel fuel, promises to bring down fracturing costs, but building this system is much more expensive than conventional fleets.
HBR: Finding Balance as a Dual-Career Couple
Dual-career couples face a unique set of challenges and trade-offs. When both you and your partner have busy, demanding careers, how can you reap the benefits of being a dual-career couple and show up as your best self, at work and at home?
How Serious Are Oil and Gas Companies About the Energy Transition?
A quick look at how serious oil and gas companies are about decarbonization and who is doing most in the space.
EBN: Why Halliburton Broadened Paid Family Leave
Halliburton’s broadened paid family leave program offers eight weeks of bonding leave, which can be taken within 12 months from the date of childbirth or finalized adoption.
Shell’s van Beurden Ranked No.2 in CEOWorld 2019 Best CEOs List
Several oil and gas CEOs are ranked highly in CEOWorld's 2019 list of Best CEOs.
Calculating Frictional Pressure Loss in a Pipeline
A step-by-step procedure to calculate frictional pressure losses in a pipeline for single-phase incompressible flow using a hand calculation, and coding it in Excel VBA.
Cenovus Produces One Billionth Barrel From Northern Alberta Oil Sands
Cenovus Energy announced that it reached 1 billion bbl of cumulative production from its oil sands facilities in northern Alberta, becoming the first company to reach this milestone using SAGD technology.
Top Digital Applications in Upstream Oil and Gas
Digital oil and gas applications are expanding by leaps and bounds, providing insights and improving decision making and execution. Here are the top areas which could significantly improve business bottom line.
ConocoPhillips: From Triple Carbon Copies to Smartphones
Sandy Kusano worked through the cycles of oil prices, seeing it soar from $4.87/barrel in 1978 to $125/barrel in 2008, working at one company, ConocoPhillips.
Petrobras Runs Biggest Supercomputer in Latin America
Petrobras’s supercomputer Fênix is among the world’s 500 biggest computers and ranks first in Latin America.
Video: A Titan Signs Off
SPE Director of Academia, Ramona Graves, reflects on a 40-year career in petroleum engineering and at Colorado School of Mines.
ExxonMobil: Ashlika Persaud—A One-of-a-Kind Find in Guyana
It’s not often a geoscientist like me begins her career with a major discovery. It is even rarer to have that discovery take place in her country’s backyard. But my story is one of a kind.
Wood Mackenzie: LNG Confronts Its Demons
Several giant LNG developments earlier this decade suffered from runaway costs and delivery slippage. Can the industry deliver projects on time and on budget in this new investment cycle?
Why Porosity From Density Log is Preferred Over Neutron Log
Porosity from porosity log is never a measurement, it is a calculation, from what we think might represent the porosity of the rock. That being the case, these are the reasons why I prefer the neutron log.
CIO: Top 15 Data Science Professional Development Certificates
You don’t need to enroll in a four-year college to take advantage of the market for data science skills. Certificate programs can help get you up to speed on the latest data science concepts, techniques and tools.
Production to End-Use: The 2018 US Energy Consumption Infographic
The EIA chart tracks the various sources of energy production in the US for the year 2018 to its end-user sectors.
PVT Musings: Why I Started Using Python To Solve Petroleum Engineering Problems
As the oil and gas industry moves more into the machine learning space, Python-conversant petroleum domain specialists will prove to be increasingly valuable to organizations.
Bloomberg Video: Big Tech Pursues Big Oil
A quick look at big technology companies' interest in oil and gas.
Download: Contest Winning Poster on Data Wrangling Workflow To Standardize Drilling Data Cleaning Process
This poster describes a workflow executed and aims to achieve future standardization of the drilling data cleaning process to allow reproducibility.
Video Explaining the Differential Pressure Flow Measuring Principle
This video explains the principle behind measuring the differential pressure.
Wood Mackenzie: How Will 2019 Elections in Asia Pacific Impact the Energy Sector?
India, Indonesia, and Australia head to the polls this year. Who will win? How will the energy sector be impacted?
Inc.: It Pays to Know What You Don't Know
If they know and you know they know there's a case of knowledge asymmetry. How do you leverage that in a negotiation?
Women Offshore Podcast: Hear From a Mom Offshore
In this Women Offshore podcast, offshore professional Amanda Locke shares what it was like for her since her maternity leave ended and she headed back offshore to her job.
CMS Wire: Why AI Won’t Replace Your Manager
Although the headline that gets the clicks is “AI is taking our jobs,” the current reality is that “Automation is replacing some of our tasks.”
Houston Chronicle: As Energy World Focuses on Permian, Gulf Makes Its Own Comeback
The attention of the energy industry has focused in recent years on the Permian Basin. But as the Permian gathers the attention, another aging oil field is making its own comeback.
RMIT University: Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Coal
RMIT University researchers have used liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal, a breakthrough that could transform carbon capture and storage.
In-Depth Discussion: Baker Institute's "Oil and Gas Development in Guyana" Event Video
Guyana’s oil and gas prospects have the potential to transform both the country and the international oil companies developing these resources. First production from Guyana’s offshore Liza field is expected in 2020, and full development could yield 500,000 barrels per day.
Video: Cairn CEO Sudhir Mathur—Leadership Starts With Self
Others can only create opportunities. But to realize that the opportunity exists, it is important to realize "Do I see it or Not"
TED Talk: How To Get Back to Work After a Career Break
If you've taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should.
HBR: The Authenticity Paradox—Can Authenticity be Adaptive?
This HBR video explains how leaders can develop an “adaptively authentic” style of leadership.
Lloyds Register Video: Importance of Flow Assurance
Lloyds Register Senior Flow Assurance Engineer Oche Ameh explains what flow assurance is and the importance of this field in oil and gas extraction.
Spears Insights Video: The Next Bottleneck
Pipeline shortage in the Permian is well known by now and pipelines are being planned and built. But John and Richard Spears of Spears Associates are looking ahead to what happens when transportation ramps back up in 2020.
CNN, Davos 2019: Hess CEO on the Importance of Shale Oil
During a panel discussion at the recent Davos 2019, World Econominc Forum's Annual Meeting, Hess CEO John Hess summarized the importance of US shale production.
YPO: Say Yes to Saying No!
Saying no has become a business “no-no” but saying no thank you assertively and gracefully shows ourselves and others sincere and appropriate respect.
Toward Data Science: How To Build a Data Science Portfolio
While a résumé matters for getting a data science job, having a portfolio of public evidence of your data science skills can do wonders for your job prospects.
Forbes: Policies or Technology? The Key to a Sustainable Energy Future
Policies can be very effective at driving behavior, but they must work in concert with enabling technology to realize the outcomes we desire, including increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions.
Bloomberg Photostory: This Is Where Saudi Arabia Gets Its Oil
Saudi Aramco extracts crude, natural gas, and other oil liquids from the mountainous sand dunes of the Empty Quarter to the waters of the Gulf. Here’s a rare look behind the scenes.
Poets&Quants: What An MBA Is Worth: By The Numbers
A recent survey by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education analyzed the financial rewards of getting an MBA.
ORNL Research: Good Vibrations—Neutrons Lend Insight into Acoustic Fracking
A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using a combination of neutron and x-ray scattering to make the hydraulic fracturing safer and more efficient.
How Do You Approach Someone on LinkedIn or Other Social Media?
Here are some do's and don'ts.
Poster: Nothing Lasts Forever—Including “b>1” in Hyperbolic Decline Model
Due to its simplicity, the Arp's Hyperbolic Decline Model is used in unconventional resource plays. The poster mathematically proves and physically explains why "b>1" can't last forever.
Psychology Today: Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search
Hate the job search? You’re not alone. Here are some ways to coax your brain into liking the process.
The Journey of the Joule
A 2017 US energy consumption chart from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that a good percentage of the energy generated turns into wasted heat.
Microsoft Deploys Experimental Underwater Datacenter
Microsoft deployed a datacenter underwater near Scotland’s Orkney Islands, as part of a project to assess bringing datacenters closer to population centers.
Forbes: Why Retire? Former CEO of Oxy Aims To Be 'Low-Cost Provider' With New Oil Company
Retirement was boring for former Oxy CEO Steve Chazen. So he built a new company instead with bulletproof balance sheet.
Video Story: My 24-Million-Dollar Mistake
The author narrates an incident from his work experience to explain the importance of communication in technical work.
Poets&Quants Publishes Best & Brightest MBAs, Class of 2018
Poets&Quants, the online publication for graduate business education, released its annual list of the Best & Brightest MBAs for Class of 2018.
NNPC Aims To End Gas Flare in Two Years, Increase Gas Commercialization Instead
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced a three-point smart strategy aimed at ending gas flaring in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry in 2 years.
University Research: Innovations in EOR
Matt Balhoff, associate professor at the University of Texas Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, shares the latest advances in his research on enhanced oil recovery.
Shell CEO: The Future of Shell in an Electric Era
In his LinkedIn column, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden shares why he is confident of Shell's resilience in an electric era.
Government, the Oil Industry, and Climate Change
Climate Change has brought the oil industry face-to-face with the enormous challenge of providing the world with a source of efficient and reliable energy while at the same time ensuring that CO2 emissions are mitigated.
Lifehacker: Questions to Ask Yourself at Every Point in Your Career
If you’re ready for a bit of self-reflection, then check out these questions from that can help shape your career plans.
Starrfmonline: Meet Ghana’s First Female Offshore Production Technician Trainee
Defying all odds a petroleum engineer from Ghana becomes the first female offshore production technician trainee in her country.
Infographic: Today's Companies that Evolved From Standard Oil
Many of the major oil and gas companies of today evolved from Standard Oil.
Video: National University of Singapore Engineering's Hybrid UAV
NUS Engineering is working on a hybrid UAV, which combines the features of a helicopter and an airplane.
NextPittsburgh: What is the Center for Responsible Shale Development? Susan Legros, President and Executive Director Q&A
What is the Center for Responsible Shale Development?
TED: 9 Common-Sense Rules for Getting the Most Out of Meetings
Do you find that the meetings you organize sometimes drifts into a “topic slip” midway? Here are 9 steps to get the most out of your meetings.
Statoil’s Digital Roadmap: Q&A by Torbjørn F. Folgerø, Acting head of Digital Centre of Excellence
Statoil's Acting head of Digital Centre of Excellence shares the company's digital road map.
What Does It Take to Have a Career in Process Safety?
Experience working in operating plants at the start of the career can be important to building a successful career in process safety.
The BP Returnship Program and the Mom Project Aim To Bring Employees Back to the Industry
Returning to the workforce after a break for family or personal reasons is often a difficult transition. A new BP and The Mom Project Collaboration aims to make it easier for moms.
Visual Capitalist Infographic: The Clean Energy Race
Which countries are leading in renewables, and what power sources are being adopted the fastest?
Chevron CEO John Watson: How Learning Shapes Your Career
Chevron CEO John Watson says that to advance in business today, you need to build a strong foundation in the classroom and also embrace the idea of continuous learning.
My Experience as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Reservoir Engineering
SPE Distingushed Lecturer Dean Rietz shares his experience delivering his lecture on reservoir engineer at SPE sections around the world.
BCG: Five Ways Men Can Improve Gender Diversity at Work
When companies try to fix the gender diversity problem, they often center their efforts solely on women. Experience shows, however, that such a narrow focus essentially walls off the discussion as a women-only issue instead of positioning it as a broader topic between both genders.
HBR: Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?
A HBR article examines the importance of technical expertise in management roles.
Forbes: Six Ways Your University Can Still Help You Get A Job—Whether You Graduated Recently Or Years Ago
This Forbes article shares six ways your university can help your career – whether you graduated one year or one decade ago.
HBR: How to Return Home After an Assignment Abroad
A Harvard Business Review article explores the challenges of settling back into your own culture after returning from an assignment.
NPR: Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away
As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, the old-fashioned way of taking notes by hand still has advantages.
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