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Introduction Petroleum data analytics is a solid engineering application of data science in petroleum-engineering-related problems. The engineering application of data science is defined as the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to model physical phenomena purely based on facts (e.g., field measurements and data). The main objective of this technology is the complete avoidance of assumptions, simplifications, preconceived notions, and biases. One of the major characteristics of petroleum data analytics is its incorporation of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI). While using actual field measurements as the main building blocks of modeling physical phenomena, petroleum data analytics incorporates several types of machine-learning algorithms, including artificial neural networks, fuzzy set theory, and evolutionary computing.
After decades of work on seeking alternative materials to build oilfield hardware, Saudi Aramco has formed a joint venture (JV) with Baker Hughes to begin using the materials. The company, known as Novel Non-Metallic Solutions Manufacturing (Novel), will begin by producing pipe from reinforced thermoplastic. The JV is hoping to expand the limits of a commercial product Baker Hughes has been manufacturing in a factory in Midland, Texas. Aramco has been researching and writing about the material in SPE papers going back to 2002. Plastic promises to be a lighter, highly corrosion-resistant, and longer-lasting alternative to steel and offer significant savings at installation and over time.
John Bearden has published 19 papers and holds 16 patents on the topic of electric submersible pumps (ESPs). He has worked on the SPE task groups that developed Recommended Practices on ESPs, authored the ESP chapter in the new edition of the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, and served on the committee that developed the ISO Standard for ESPs. After earning BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, Bearden joined the Borg- Warner Ingersoll Research Center, which was Centrilift's corporate research facility. While there, he worked on various projects studying the effects of gas on downhole pumps, which resulted in the development of Centrilift's Rotary Gas Separator prototype. He transferred to Centrilift's Byron-Jackson Pump Department in 1976 as a project engineer and, after Baker Hughes acquired Centrilift, he worked his way up to the position of director of R&D systems engineering for Baker Hughes' artificial lift product line.
As you may remember, SPE adopted a new Strategic Plan in March 2013. Since then, the Board committees and several Board-level work groups have been examining high-priority initiatives in each of these areas. Many of these were discussed at the recent Board of Directors meeting in Yangon, Myanmar. I would like to share with you updates on some of these important initiatives. Our industry will continue to undergo a significant demographic shift over the next decade.
The Way Ahead Interview invites senior figures who shape our E&P industry to share their wisdom, experience, and deep knowledge with the young E&P professional community. Please join us for an inspiring conversation with Stuart Ferguson, chief technology officer, Weatherford--an interview that reveals the joys of a technical career in our industry. At university, I had been captivated by the oil industry because of its scale, the impact that it seemed to have on world politics, and some ill-defined, romantic notions of a wild frontier. I wish I could say it was better thought out. Consequently, I only applied for jobs in upstream oil and gas. I had my interviews at the depth of the crash in 1986, when there were hardly any jobs available.
This is the second installment in a two-part series on how to write an SPE technical paper. The first installment was published in TWA Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2011. The previous installment of SPE 101 focused on how to write a high-quality SPE paper--what makes a worthy topic, what preparation is required, and what authors can do to make their papers shine. This article focuses on the value proposition, explaining how papers provide documentation of technology from its infancy to its widespread acceptance. For an author, publishing and presenting a paper may feel like the end of a finite block of work.
The chief asset of SPE is the knowledge of its members, which is documented primarily in the technical papers they write. SPE members derive tremendous benefits from papers--both from reading them and from writing them. Authoring papers is a way to share knowledge with the industry and to gain public recognition for one's work. Presenters of technical papers at conferences have the chance to share their findings with peers at an industry event (possibly held in an interesting new place!). The networking benefits for authors at these SPE events often lead to additional paths of study or learning.
At the end of a presentation on BP's annual energy outlook last year, a petroleum engineering student from Greece asked, "Is a job as a petroleum engineer a good idea for the next decade?" Then BP CEO Bob Dudley responded by saying, "A job or training as an engineer of any kind is so important. There is going to be a huge need for that as you can see from Spencer's outlook." He was referring to the presentation made by Spencer Dale, group chief economist for BP, whose outlook showed oil demand likely growing until 2030, and remaining around 100 million B/D through 2050 while natural gas demand continues to rise. But they never said how many oilfield engineers would be working in the decades ahead.
As I have mentioned before in my introductions to OGF's technical synopses, one of the advantages of being the technical paper editor is that it encourages me to read at least one or two SPE papers every week. Only in doing so can I select papers for this section, but in the process I am learning about all kinds of things. And hopefully, by presenting you with synopses of various technical papers, I encourage you to do the same: read and learn. SPE has a great tool to help you do just that: OnePetro. It gives you access to all SPE papers (as well as those of numerous other organizations) and it can also be a very cost-effective way to attend a conference when you are unable to attend.
I have been approached by a non-SPE magazine about publishing a version of my SPE meeting paper. I would like to agree. What do I need to do to obtain permission from SPE? Whether they plan to publish a shortened version or the full paper, the process is the same. If your paper is currently being peer-reviewed by any SPE journal, you can contact email@example.com You should then locate the paper in OnePetro and follow the link "Rights & Permission".