The 3D geological model is an important tool, which is used for decision-making process at each step of reservoir lifecycle. In turn the quality of the model as well as field operating efficiency is directly dependent on the geologist's expertise level and requires continuous improvement of professional skills. In the digital technology era the software functions continuously enhance leading to increased number of trainings in order to implement new algorithms in the working process. The aim of the paper is to share the best practices of geological and petrophysical modelling on-job trainings applied in Scientific Technology Centre.
There are several web-resources used in the company in order to store operational regulations, corporate educational trainings, original workflows, created plug-ins etc. By dint of special module in the working software the above mentioned data sources were implemented into the integrated knowledge platform. Now new software functions can be explored on-the-job and without any charges for external trainings. The module affords the development of interactive training cases for new functions study. The results of case accomplishment can be saved and available for competency assesment. Another key aspect of the module is the automatization of model quality control provided by application of guided workflows. Additionally, the solutions for some cases can be found during the crossfunctional co-operation among geologists, petrophysicists and petroleum engineers in online question platform, which is the part of the professional groups.
The unique integrated approach for increasing the quality of geological models through training and education, which is developed and successfully implemented in Scientific Technology Centre, will be beneficial not only for other companies, which plan to create and apply the equivalent employee training system, but also for oil and gas industry in general.
Digital Transformation in oil and gas is bringing a new wave of opportunities that will transform the industry. In operations, these technologies can lead to new Ways of Working and deliver next generation Integrated Operations Centers (IOCs); empowering them to be the digital watering holes at the center of world-class operations. Several companies have publicized the effectiveness of their IOC initiatives in terms of cost savings, reduced losses and increased production. However, the success of Integrated Operations initiatives is not guaranteed; many IOCs have been deployed that have failed to live up to expectations.
Based on decades of experience delivering IOCs, this paper will explore the underlying principles that should be behind every IOC program, as well as the key program elements and delivery methodology that, while not guaranteeing success, go a long way to addressing the issues common to unsuccessful projects.
The principles proposed as the drivers behind an IOC initiative all support the philosophy that delivering an IOC is a long-distance race, not a sprint that ends when the center opens. The consequence of this is that any IO program should think of the center as a capability that should be delivered as manageable chunks into an operations culture that embraces evolution and change. To support these principles, the paper discusses eight key elements to include as part of the delivery program. These elements do more than support the delivery program, they also ensure the sustainability of the IOC capability. Finally, the paper discusses the advantages of adopting a delivery methodology from software development that has been shown to significantly improve the delivery of value, the engagement of stakeholders and the programs ability to cope with evolving changes.
The SPE San Joaquin Valley Section's young professionals (YPs) have continued to contribute to the learning of their peers through a series of events that give YPs the opportunity to benefit from experts. Recently, they got together to learn more about continuing education and online education offered by top schools in the region. The YPs held a safety and leadership event at which participants talked with Gaurdie Banister, chief executive officer of Aera Energy. Banister shared his career journey in the oil and gas industry along with his personal experiences that have influenced his career. Representatives of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) answered questions from YPs in an information session in Bakersfield, California.
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