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.
Oil prices seem to be on the rebound, employment statistics look promising, and the petroleum industry is slowly starting to flourish again. However, there has been a fundamental shift in the workforce since the beginning of the most recent downturn. Do Industry Young Professionals Risk Missing Out on the Opportunity To Understand Geomechanics and Its Value? Early identification of geomechanics-related problems is required to optimally drill, complete, stimulate, and produce from reservoirs. Academic institutes, the oil industry, and contribution from professional societies play a key role in recognizing geomechanics as an important discipline.
For technical innovation and skill progression for individuals and institutions, continual learning and exposure to new ideas is vital. SPE Certification provides an endorsement of an engineer’s technical skills and capabilities by a global organization that extends to anywhere you may travel or work—a highly desirable benefit given the global nature of oil and gas operations. For those who are in a job transition, networking enhances job search leads because it involves meeting new people and becoming reacquainted with industry colleagues. The Pay-It-Forward Networking Program offers industry tours, training, and panels to enable networking. This article features some of the SPE mentors who are currently accepting mentees, and they share their reasons for participating in the program.
The SPE eMentoring program can help boost your confidence about your next step in the industry and help achieve your career goals. Small plastic cups filled with different colors of sand. These elements may sound like items on a scavenger hunt list, but with Energy4me they can upcycle and help students track down a career in engineering. The SPE Women in Energy committee works to create opportunities for women to enable them to step into leadership roles and pursue their career goals. In an interview with TWA editors, 2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares tips on how to progress in career during periods of technology changes and ways young members can adapt to the cyclical nature of the industry.
Most drilling problems result from unseen forces in the subsurface. But the equipment involved can also be a source of problems, as can personnel. The integrity of drilling equipment and its maintenance are major factors in minimizing drilling problems. Given equal conditions during drilling/completion operations, personnel are the key to the success or failure of those operations. Overall well costs as a result of any drilling/completion problem can be extremely high; continuing education and training for personnel directly or indirectly involved is essential to successful drilling/completion practices.
Over the years, most leading organizations across the globe have realized that innovation is essential in the active pursuit of excellence. Which is why we continuously need to find new tools, as well as evolve current methods and breathe new life into the way we work. This paper provides a unique approach to using collective experiential knowledge to solving organizational challenges by brainstorming fresh and creative ideas, develop and accelerate their implementation, and ensure value delivery.
An approach that promotes cross functional collaboration to drive innovation in the way an idea is completely realized through employee empowerment. This approach ensures empowerment to the bright and talented employees there by increasing their engagement to the organization and its challenges. Problem solving in today's environment cannot be isolated to the management, but has to be cascaded down to the employees. Knowledge café approach promises to ensure alignment of the internal innovators to the organization's strategic challenges.
Knowledge Café is a brainstorming approach that brings together group of experienced employees on a collaborative platform to brainstorm and implement solutions to resolve identified challenges. The complete process has the following seven steps:
Identify challenges for the organization Candidate Selection Ideation Retreat - Innovation Brief, familiarize challenges, brainstorm, select Ideas and form project teams Project Charter with detailed scope, team, approach, plan, budget estimates, etc. Acceleration - sponsorship and resource allocation Implementation Realization - Idea implemented and value delivered
Identify challenges for the organization
Ideation Retreat - Innovation Brief, familiarize challenges, brainstorm, select Ideas and form project teams
Project Charter with detailed scope, team, approach, plan, budget estimates, etc.
Acceleration - sponsorship and resource allocation
Realization - Idea implemented and value delivered
This is supported by an online ideation platform, "Ideas Oasis", which helps to crowdsource ideas and turn them into reality. It helps us to manage the process from idea creation, evaluation and approval, to implementation and reward. The system also provides a reward store ‘Ibdaa Souq’, where employees can get rewarded and recognized instantaneously based on ‘Ibdaa Points’.
An important aspect of empowerment is the concept of "Innovation Reputation", which is a relative ranking based on your success an innovator within the organization. The higher your reputation ranking, the more privileged you are as an employee in the organization.
Empowering employees through knowledge cafes, ensures the use of organizations collective wisdom to be utilized for organizational improvement. Participation in the knowledge café ensures that employees are continuously developed to their fullest potential at a fast pace, honing their skillsets and competencies, increasing collaboration within group and motivating teams within the workplace. The knowledge café is a tool to utilize the tacit experiential knowledge of the employees to solving organizational challenges, what is in essence is creating a "leaning organization". Such a state constantly drives the organization to:
Enhance collaboration and motivate employees through empowerment Churn out fresh and more innovative ideas Develop and accelerate the implementation of these ideas Ensure its completion and value delivery
Enhance collaboration and motivate employees through empowerment
Churn out fresh and more innovative ideas
Develop and accelerate the implementation of these ideas
Ensure its completion and value delivery
Knowledge Sharing ePoster Sessions will feature a variety of technical posters covering a range of related technical disciplines. An ePoster is an electronic version of the traditional poster, presented on a large digital touch screen. The electronic format offers the added benefit of animation and video to enhance the visual experiences and provide greater interactivity between delegates and authors. During the ePoster Session, presenters will give short presentations in an informal setting and facilitate direct discussions with the delegates at designated ePoster stations. Attendees are encouraged to attend the sessions for more knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.
To originate a discussion, you may submit a comment to any paper that has been published in a current SPE peer-reviewed journal. Comments should be based on fact, not opinion. Comments are not peer reviewed. Authors are only allowed to submit a single discussion on a paper. Authors may not submit a comment to their own paper.
Speaker Source Speaker Source is an online directory of professionals who are willing to travel and share their knowledge by giving in-person presentations to SPE sections and student chapters. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge of the E&P industry as a speaker, create your profile today. Nonmembers as well as members of SPE may join Speaker Source, but the directory is searchable only by SPE section and student chapter leaders. You will need your SPE login and password. Join Speaker Source Note: Speakers in this directory are not vetted by SPE and have been given no authority to speak on behalf of the association.
The Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in petroleum engineering is supported by the SPE Foundation. Up to two awards are given in the amount of USD 5,000 each per year, for up to four years. Must be an SPE member at an official student chapter Must be at the Ph.D. level Must intend to pursue a career in academia If awarded, recipients must submit annual confirmation from advisor showing progress and a justification for renewal. After completing the nomination form, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Your nominee will be contacted by email with a link to complete an online application.