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What is Monte Carlo Integration? Monte Carlo, is in fact, the name of the world-famous casino located in the eponymous district of the principality of Monaco on the world-famous French Riviera. It turns out that the casino inspired the minds of famous scientists to devise an intriguing mathematical technique for solving complex problems in statistics, numerical computing, and system simulation. One of the first and most famous uses of this technique was during the Manhattan Project when the chain-reaction dynamics in highly enriched uranium presented an unimaginably complex theoretical calculation to the scientists. Even the genius minds such as John Von Neumann, Stanislaw Ulam, and Nicholas Metropolis could not tackle it in the traditional way.
Canada’s methane emissions from the oil and gas sector in Alberta and Saskatchewan are almost twice as high as had been previously reported, according to a new study by federal government scientists. The study, published online in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, says the scientists measured methane in the atmosphere at four spots in the western provinces from 2010 to 2017. That’s almost double the sector’s annual average of 1.6 megatonnes as reported by the government’s yearly tally of national greenhouse gas emissions, the study says. Because methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, this difference equates to an extra 35 megatonnes of carbon dioxide pollution each year, the study says, using the same conversion ratio as the government. The study was done by scientists in the same department that releases this annual emissions “inventory.”
Since its establishment, the SPE Baghdad Section has been keen to focus on empowering young professionals (YPs) by organizing local and international technical events that allow them to be aware of new technologies in the upstream oil and gas industry. As part of the many opportunities the section provides the students and YPs of the section, eight YPs were provided with a free-total pass for participating in the “XVI International Forum-Contest of Students and Young Researchers: Topical Issues for the Rational Use of Natural Resources.” Held 17-19 June, the event was organized by the St. Petersburg Mining University and the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education, under the auspices of UNESCO in Russia. As with most of the events these days, the meetings and presentations were held via web with outstanding participation by students, postgraduates, and young scientists from Russian and foreign universities, and employees of mining, geological, oil and gas, energy, engineering, and metallurgical companies, among others. Migrating the event to a web platform due to COVID-19 demonstrated to improve the success of the forum in both the number of contestants (up to a record of more than 800 people) and the number of attendees (up to 2000 people).
Despite the downturn in oil and gas industry, the recruitment of young engineers continues to ensure the succession of workforce pipeline. The need of building their competency is critical and hence a systematic training program is required with the emphasis of agility to adapt to any business condition leveraging with the latest technology.
One of the most important skillsets to any graduating engineers and scientists entering the oil & gas industry is to understand fluid flow from the reservoir up to the sales point, starting from a basic well productivity driven by reservoir characterization to surface facilities equipment functionality and specifications. Digital technology has been one of the main enablers of the link to efficiently develop an oil/gas field. An interactive training program is built to combine the theory and practical in a modular format. The program is designed to deliver a practical graduate engineer within 30 to 36 months of hire. The program consists of combination of on the job (OJT), web-based training (WBT), classroom and hands on practical training. One of the main modules is designed to mimic an oil field condition using state of the art digital technology to simulate both subsurface and surface condition. This module is designed to enable engineers to learn actual data, associated with field problems that lead to decision making process in the field.
The overall training experience allows the use of a real facility equipment with minimum HSE risk. The simultaneous reservoir/production model proved that is powerful exposure to build quick basic to intermediate production, reservoir and operation competencies in a controlled training environment.
Is a New Treaty Governing Ocean Biodiversity on the Horizon? A new treaty governing biodiversity and the use of nearly 50% of the world’s oceans is inching closer to realization. Your chopped-off locks could help clean up oil spills in oceans, according to scientists who suggest that human hair waste from salons may be a valuable asset to remediate maritime disasters.
Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to create the Oil Spill Recovery Vessel Group to offer a complete oil-spill-response solution. Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is cracking down on smaller violations in the crude oil, petroleum, and hazardous liquid industries to combat a slow rise in the number of pipeline accidents. Natural source zone depletion (NSZD) is the new technical term for naturally occurring biodegradation processes that reduce petroleum, nonaqueous-phase liquids (NAPL) from the subsurface. The appeals court ruled that, while regrettable, the fact that the spill occurred does not mean that ExxonMobil violated pipeline integrity regulations for risk assessment.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved the conversion of the Lena compliant tower platform into an artificial reef under the bureau’s Rigs to Reefs program. The memorandum of understanding with Microsoft follows a conditional investment decision made in May by Equinor, Shell, and Total. Pending Norwegian government approval, the final investment decision for the project is expected in late 2020 with startup expected in 2024. Plugging and cleaning up the open oil and gas wells in Texas could cost companies and taxpayers as much as $117 billion, according to a new report. The oil major said it will now work with Global Thermostat on technology that would remove carbon dioxide directly from the air. The Trump administration has shelved plans to offer nearly 350,000 acres for oil and gas leasing in Wyoming, according to documents seen by Reuters, citing protections for a threatened Western bird. Just one orphaned site in California could have emitted more than 30 tons of methane. There are millions more like it.
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All professionals--scientist, engineers, etc.--must write. This includes those annoying reports, proposals, and all their cousins, most of which do not receive proper external editing and many of which barely satisfy their audiences. In addition, many professionals must publish. Here the audiences are more diffuse-- the next office, next floor, next building, cross town, cross the country, or cross the world--and here, again, many of these documents barely satisfy or fall short of satisfying their audiences. Simply, work not published is work not recognized and credit not received. Through a unique and nontraditional approach, this course gives participants the tools of effective writing that in turn gives them the impetus to recognize and address the shortcomings in their writing, improve their writing, and publish their work.
The announcement came from Austin, Texas, where the studio will have its first physical location. According to Shell, Studio X will begin with three initial offerings focused on exploration and discovery. Xeek will enable crowdsourcing of geoscience ideas by uniting data scientists and geoscientists from all over the world in a community dedicated to tackling complex problems. XCover is a global talent network for virtual exploration projects that functions by matching specialized geoscience talent to a variety of exploration projects run from state-of-the-art virtual workstations, enabling projects to be executed from anywhere in the world at any time. Descriptions of open projects in need of skilled participants are listed, interested people contact XCover to join projects and discuss the position with the project lead and team, and remote work is enabled by data and software provided from the project sponsors.