Partnerships with big tech, tech startups, and innovative service companies--and the merging of their data, cloud, and software applications--are proving essential for operators in the scaling phase of digital deployment. Equinor has been among the first of many international oil companies to actively seek out and form such alliances. The Norwegian operator is in the process of leveraging its massive collection of data by making it accessible both inside and outside the company to improve its next generation of upstream projects--a task so big that it certainly cannot go it alone. "The challenge is not what data to share but to define the rules of the game for how to share [the data]," said Anders Opedal, Equinor executive vice president of technology, projects, and drilling, during the recent Halliburton Landmark Innovation Forum and Expo (LIFE 2019) in Houston. To overcome the industry's inclination toward data protectionism, Equinor became a founding member of the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) initiative, a global collaboration between most of the world's largest operators and service firms to define standards for an open-data architecture for subsurface data.
Schlumberger's North America recruiting team hosted a selection of universities, including Rice University, Texas A&M, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin for a 1-day Engagement Workshop at its Sugar Land Campus facility located in Sugar Land, Texas. The participants took a tour of some of the different facilities housed at the campus, and Leila Otoso, a field engineering recruiter at Schlumberger, led the sessions. Freshmen to junior level students from several engineering backgrounds participated in the workshop and were able to see firsthand Schlumberger's technologies and equipment. The students were also able to engage with experts and discuss potential future career paths with them. "As a recruiter, I have the opportunity to change people's lives. I'm able to informally coach these students and help them understand how they can better develop themselves. Programs like these workshops allow me to get to know these outstanding people and expose them to different experiences all while uncovering their hidden skills. I'm also able to help guide them to their perfect fit when it comes to their career choices," said Otoso.
SPE Webinars is hosting a 4-day webinar series on "Programming for Engineers" during 19–22 September. The webinars will review fundamental computer science and programming concepts in the context of writing Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) "macros" to automate Microsoft Excel. Participants will build simple automated tools for common oil and gas tasks while covering algorithms, data structures, program design, and debugging. The Excel automation API, the limitations of the Excel/VBA environment, and some topics for future self-directed learning will also be discussed. Each session runs 60 minutes and registering participants are automatically signed up for all four parts of this series.
The winner of the 2016 SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Drillbotics competition, West Virgina University (WVU), will present its fully automated drilling rig at the DSATS Symposium at ATCE on 25 September. The WVU team drilled a fully vertical wellbore in a 10.5-in thick rock sample in 27 minutes using the automated drilling rig that they designed and built. They included interactive drilloff tests to select optimal drilling parameters in near real time. Members of the team are Tawfik Elshehabi, Zachary Cox, Gbolahan "Bugzy" Idowu, Cody Smith, and Rachael Richard. Ilkin Bilgesu is the faculty advisor.
Note from the TWA Student Focus Section Editors: In this new "Student Chapter Spotlight" series, we aim to highlight the activities of SPE student chapters from around the world. We hope that these student chapter profiles will inspire the SPE community across the globe. If you are interested in featuring your chapter in this series, please contact us at email@example.com. Since its establishment in 2006, the Northeast Petroleum University Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (NEPU-SPE) experienced significant growth, from having a handful of members to a well-structured student organization led by core leadership and multiple committees. The NEPU-SPE chapter hosts academic exchanges and activities and various international conferences, which actively promote inquiry, involvement, and innovation in cutting-edge petroleum science and technology.
Today, the buzzword in drilling is about drilling a well autonomously. This focus led the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) to establish the Drillbotics Competition 3 years ago. Last year, seven universities participated in the competition for the opportunity to design and deploy a rig that must drill hands-free. The seven schools utilized their multidisciplinary teams to build a miniature automated robotic drilling rig in the laboratory and then used it to drill a test formation provided by the DSATS judges. The DSATS committee evaluated the results and four schools were awarded prizes based on the scope of the design, its applications, and performance.
More than 400 students from 20 SPE student chapters across the US, Mexico, and Canada gathered at the annual SPE North America Student Symposium (NASS) held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge during 21–24 February. This year's symposium focused on data analytics and called upon a range of industry professionals to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of today's digital age. More than 25 SPE student members from 15 universities organized various events that honed in on the digital aspect of the oil and gas industry. Co-directors for the event included Abdul Homran (LSU), Adam Larson (Penn State University), and Bryan McDowell (Colorado School of Mines). Discussions at the symposium addressed the new wave of technology that's emerging in oil and gas--Big Data.
Under the banner of SPECares the SPE Indian Institute of Technology Indian School of Mines [IIT (ISM)], Dhanbad, Student Chapter in India has joined hands with Sarthak, a unique mentoring program tailored to the needs of children from low income communities. In the pursuit of empowering millennials for a better tomorrow, the program started in February with 12 enthusiastic volunteers from the chapter as the leading change makers. Sarthak is a program initiated by the Aanandam Society for Sustainable Development, a non-profit social organization started by an IIT(ISM) Dhanbad alumnus in the Indian state of Bihar. A key motive of the group is to align mentoring as a lifelong learning tool. Sarthak works with many local educational initiatives in India that assist talented candidates each year from economically backward sections of the society and trains them for the IIT entrance exam, which has an acceptance rate of less than 1%.