The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications from graduate students for doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities at DOE national laboratories. The program provides supplemental awards for PhD students to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months. Applications are due 16 May 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis by providing supplemental funds for awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. SCGSR has identified six priority research areas for the SCGSR 2017 Solicitation 1 and applicants must be pursuing graduate research in an area aligned with one or more of these: advanced scientific and computing research, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics.
Roberts, Ruby (Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University) | Flin, Rhona (Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University) | Millar, David (Oil and Gas Technology Centre) | Corradi, Luca (Oil and Gas Technology Centre)
Innovation is critical to the future success of the oil and gas industry. Yet, the sector has a reputation for being conservative and reluctant to adopt new technology with companies sometimes referred to as "fast followers". Compared to other sectors, O&G has a set of unique characteristics that has the potential to hinder technology adoption. Research in other industries indicates that there is a range of sector, organizational and psychological factors that can hinder the introduction of new technologies. Evidence from O&G industry bodies indicate that the psychological factors play a key role in technology adoption; not surprisingly, as workers, managers, investors and regulators can all have a powerful influence on an organisation's receptivity to new technology. The psychological factors do not appear to be well understood but may include risk aversion (
This new research project is designed to examine how the particular attributes of the upstream oil and gas industry on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf interact with the underlying psychological processes that govern adoption and deployment decisions. The presentation will first outline what can be learned from about the psychological factors that influence technology innovation and adoption from the broader consumer behaviour and human factors literatures. Then the preliminary results of an interview study with stakeholders involved in technology innovation and adoption on the UKCS, will be reported. Roles include senior managers, innovation leads, and end users from a spectrum of established and new comer companies. A summary of the key themes identified will be discussed including personality (e.g. innovativeness), attitude (e.g. risk aversion), cognitive (e.g. risk perception), social (subjective norms) and organisational level factors (e.g. leadership and organisational culture). These results are being used to develop a preliminary framework of the psychological factors that influence technology adoption in O&G and to produce tools and guidelines on how to support the introduction of new technologies.
Open innovation, also referred to as external or network innovation, can accelerate new technology identification and adoption in the oil and gas industry. From trenchless construction for environmentally sensitive areas to heated pipelines which reduce associated upstream and downstream facilities, innovation in pipeline technology is improving operating efficiencies. Innovation occurs by thinking differently and creatively. What makes innovation commercial is its desirability to users, its viability in the marketplace, its economic soundness, and its basis in workable technology. Woodside Energy’s Ian Milne shares the sense of pride that professionals feel being part of oil and gas megaprojects, explaining how the combination of the available opportunities and a desire to work on technical challenges led him to the industry.
The complete paper presents and discusses the authors’ technology-development program regarding very-long oil-tieback architectures (50–100 km) and enabling technologies. When two engineers lost their jobs during the industry downturn, they used the misfortune as an opportunity to develop an innovative concept that aims to make it a lot easier to move subsea gas long distances.
Technology transfer in the oil business is too often discussed from a lens of bringing in outside innovations. But what happens when innovation escapes the industry’s orbit and finds a new home? What does it take to succeed in the new energy ecosystem? In this short video, experts including Charles McConnell, former US Assistant Secretary of Energy and Preben Strøm, Managing Director Subsea Valley share their views on why innovation and collaboration are critical. Coring is essential to offshore exploration programs—but sometimes cores are taken from the wrong formation or return to surface in poor condition.
The Journal of Petroleum Technology is the leading magazine for petroleum professionals in the global upstream oil and gas industry. Published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), every month JPT delivers editorial content covering the expansive breadth and depth of the upstream sector—from cutting-edge technology developments to practical applications--through feature articles, technical papers, interviews, guest columns, and news stories. Since 1949, JPT has been the industry’s most authoritative information source for upstream oil and gas technology. ROGTEC is Russia and the Caspian’s leading upstream and publication. ROGTEC Magazine achieved its position as the leading regional magazine by forging partnerships with the leading operators and industry associations.
SPE is looking for speakers for the 2020 North American Student Symposium: Data Sciences Transforming the Energy Industry. The Oil and Gas Industry faces an ever-evolving market. To keep up with today’s challenges, companies must improve on traditional techniques while embracing new technologies such as the wave of “Big Data.” Understanding Data Science and modern technology capable of handling the increasing flow of information is crucial for tomorrow’s engineers. NASS is dedicated to keeping SPE student members up-to-date on the latest advancements available. We are seeking student and professional speakers to present the latest in research and development of Oil and Gas Data ideas, methods, technologies, collaborations, and more.
New leadership aims to make positive, lasting changes at RPSEA. ADNOC and BP will collaborate to form an earth surface technology center in Abu Dhabi. ADNOC has also reformed its stage gate process for advancement of new technologies. For deepwater development, panelists at OTC emphasized the need for scalable technology, the standardization and simplification of projects, patient capital investment in innovation, greater collaboration, and new perspectives coming from outside the industry.
The Board of Directors is the policy-making and governing body of SPE. Its board committees oversee many of SPE's administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters, including any actions the board committees may take. Sami Alnuaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, where he has worked in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and at the upstream computer center. He currently serves as manager of the petroleum engineering application services department where he leads information technology support for all upstream operations, including exploration, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and facility design.
This regional flagship event has been a collaborative effort between SPE and IATMI since 1999. APOGCE is the premier upstream technical conference in the Asia Pacific region, covering the broadest range of disciplines involved in exploration and production activities. Over the past several years, the energy sector has had to navigate many hurdles across the entire value chain to respond to the new oil price environment. Many efforts were taken to contain costs and boost efficiencies. The new paradigm propelled companies into a shifting landscape to incorporate emerging technologies and digital advancement as enablers to improve operations, increase safety, efficiencies and speed of processes.