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.
For years, an unresolved question for those drilling horizontal wells has been: Does it matter if it is toe-up or toe-down? Horizontal wells generally follow an up or down slope following the most productive rock with some large changes in elevation from the heel--the curve from vertical to horizontal--to the toe. Results from modeling did not settle the matter. Recently, Devon Energy offered its response based on the performance of more than 300 similar wells drilled in the Cana-Woodford Shale in Oklahoma. The comparison was possible because the company had mass-produced similar wells, giving it a large sample of wells to study with 4,800-ft laterals where it fractured 10 stages with 40 perforation clusters using 3.5 million lb of proppant located in a compact area with similar geology in the three depths studied.
The 2016 edition of the SPE student members quiz competition, PetroBowl, will be held at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai on 26 September. Out of the 125 SPE student chapter teams that participated in regional qualifiers, 36 teams have been selected for competing in the championship. Selected teams from each region are listed here. Debuted in 2002 by the SPE Gulf Coast Section, PetroBowl has grown in participation and popularity among students. Beginning last year, it is organized as an international event with regional qualifiers held in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, South America and Caribbean, Middle East, and North America SPE regions.
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.
The Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) SPE Student Chapter team won the 2016 PetroBowl Championship held at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Dubai on 26 September. UFRJ becomes the first South American team to have won the championship. One hundred twenty-five student chapter teams participated in the six regional qualifiers held for this fast-paced quiz-like competition and the 36 teams selected competed in the championship round held at ATCE.
SPE members from the SPE student chapter at Maharashtra Institute of Technology in Pune, India, recently hosted three Energy4me workshops in local schools. Their presentations benefitted 450 high school students from the region, and helped them learn more about the career options available in the oil and gas industry. Each of the sessions began with an introduction about the importance of energy--oil and gas in particular--and presented the benefits of being a petroleum engineer. Following the speaker sessions, the Energy4me volunteers helped the students conduct hands-on experiments illustrating some of the concepts the students had just learned: porosity, permeability, density, viscosity, and perforated casings. Attending teachers also found the experiments interesting and participated alongside the students.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Chevron Corporation has committed USD 800,000 over 4 years to support SPE's programs that are dedicated to increasing student participation and advancing energy education Chevron will be the sole sponsor of the student dues program, which provides support for college students to join SPE's global network of student chapters. SPE has nearly 69,000 student members in 130 countries. Also, Chevron will support the Energy4me program in which teachers and students gain invaluable knowledge about the oil and gas industry. Students learn skills on how to think, problem solve and adapt to changing conditions--competencies required to be a successful engineer. The program also educates teachers on using hands-on activities to illustrate technical aspects of engineering.