Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Austin
November 8-10, 2015

Educational Program

Tracks & Sessions

Our compelling educational program is led by a steering committee of experienced industry professionals. The steering committee is subdivided and assigned to support specific conference tracks in line with their areas of expertise. Conference tracks include; Drilling and Completions, Operations and Production, Facilities and Construction, Supply Chain and Business Intelligence.

If you’re interested in joining the UpTech steering committee or speaking at the summit please email oliverthomas@quartzevents.com

 

 

Keynote Presentations

The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

SPEAKERS

Chad Harris
Energy Advisor - Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation

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The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Energy in all forms is critical for economic growth, development and social welfare. From the most modern cities to the smallest communities in the developing world, reliable access to affordable energy is necessary to drive long-term economic and social progress. Global energy demand is expected to increase about 35 percent from 2010 to 2040, even as communities across the globe continue to focus on energy efficiency and greater diversification of energy supplies.

The Outlook for Energy highlights changes in global demand and how it will be met by various energy sources, including natural gas — predicted to be the world’s fastest-growing major energy source in future years.

HSE in a Tough Price Environment

HSE in a Tough Price Environment

This panel discussion will focus on innovative solutions and techniques of how oil and gas companies are continuing to keep a high standard of EHS in a price downturn environment. We will look to get perspectives and opinions from different areas i.e. producer, service company and regulator/standards.

Panel Line-up

  • Moderator - Jack Crook, V.P.  EHS, Atlas Energy,L.P. Jack will be the moderator and the panelists will be
  • Panelist - JD Holt, Manager - Corporate HSE, Anadarko
  • Panelist - Brandon Cremeans, Service Business Development Manager - North America – SimplexGrinnell
  • Panelist - Santos Gonzales, Assistant Director of Field Operations, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas

Breakout Presentations

Operating a Sustainable Oil & Gas Supply Chain in North America

Operating a Sustainable Oil & Gas Supply Chain in North America

Short lead times and unpredictable conditions in the Oil & Gas industry can create costly challenges in supply chains. By implementing a LEAN culture of continuous improvement you can eliminate waste, increase productivity and gain end-to-end visibility leading to a sustainable and well-oiled supply chain.

Drilling Optimization and Cost Control

SPEAKERS

Harold McGowen
President and CEO, Navidad Energy Partners, LLC

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Drilling Optimization and Cost Control

The current environment requires minimizing costs while maximizing performance.  Cutting costs by cutting corners can be counter-productive; there is no silver bullet.  Efficient implementation of sophisticated drilling techniques requires integrating all of the experience, knowledge, and creativity that already resides within your team.  This presentation will explore modern drilling project management techniques designed to unleash the productive potential of your team.

McGowen will be drawing upon more than a decade of research and a case study of the implementation of managed pressure drilling using oil based mud in a 1,400’ thick, highly fractured, carbonate formation under a highly sensitive shale.  McGowen will discuss the following:

  • Catalysts – Events and actions that enable your team to achieve excellence
  • Inhibitors – Processes and structures that throw up road blocks to positive change
  • Nourishers – Leadership techniques that nurture your teams creativity
  • Poisons – Ways that managers kill motivation and destroy momentum
Spectra Energy’s Path to Successful Commissioning and Start Up

SPEAKERS

Caroline Dayyani
Project Expansion Commissioning Manager, Spectra Energy

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Spectra Energy’s Path to Successful Commissioning and Start Up

This presentation provides Spectra Energy’s approach in commissioning and start-up of facilities and pipeline medium to large size projects.  Internal and external methodologies to run commissioning activities considering quality, safety, budget, and schedule will be reviewed. Consistency in performing activities from scoping, execution, to close out with early engagement of commissioning team in the projects will be discussed. 

  • Delivering high quality, safe, low cost and on schedule commissioning activities
  • Understanding why commissioning team is required and how the team is integrated in to the overall project team with early engagement
  • Comparing and contrasting the different models used by Spectra to plan and coordinate commissioning and start-ups internally and externally
  • Highlighting best practices in the scoping, execution, and close out phases of commissioning
Monetizing Oil & Gas with excellence through Facilities & Pipelines

SPEAKERS

Sarah Tamilarasan
VP of Oilfield Services, Petro Lucrum, Inc.

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Monetizing Oil & Gas with excellence through Facilities & Pipelines

Facilities and Pipelines essentially convert Oil and Gas into dollars. Operators tend to underestimate the contribution to the bottom line from this portion of the business. Sarah will draw on her experience with bigger and smaller E&P, discuss best practices / case studies from both and share proven solutions to implement:

  • Consider aspects of Production prior to installation of Facilities and Pipelines, for example ensure pipeline and Facilities are sized appropriately to reduce back pressure at the wells
  • Facilities design should be integrated with Reservoir /Production team thus reducing the possibility of bottle necking production. This practice increases margins on sales of Gas and Oil
  • With higher API crude, product needs to transported efficiently to sales, minimizing shrinkage
  • Equipment sales, vendors relations, etc should be managed with excellence to ensure construction details are met, thus minimizing the duration of Flow back on producing wells
  • Share solutions to keep Facility and Pipeline cost to $175k per well
How does hydrocarbon management and greenhouse gas reporting impact revenue and profit?

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Tam Vu
CEO, eDataViz LLC

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How does hydrocarbon management and greenhouse gas reporting impact revenue and profit?

If you count every cent, then why not count every molecule? By meticulously tracking all products from wellhead to sale point, an effective Hydrocarbon Accounting system allows oil and gas producers to control their operating costs, optimize production, and ensure thefair and proper allocation of all their resources.

  • Use hydrocarbon management software to control your operating costs, improve production, and ensure your company is getting its fair share
  • Make greenhouse gas tracking and reporting as part of your business model
  • Count hydrocarbon produced and released
  • Evaluate and assess the need for benefits of hydrocarbon management application software
Seismic and surface geochemical Interpretation  of the Arikaree Creek Field, Denver Basin, Lincoln County, Colorado, potential new play type in the Denver Basin

SPEAKERS

Dr. Steven Tedesco
President and CEO, Running Foxes Petroleum

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Seismic and surface geochemical Interpretation of the Arikaree Creek Field, Denver Basin, Lincoln County, Colorado, potential new play type in the Denver Basin

A fifteen square 3D seismic and surface geochemical survey led to the discovery of the Arikaree Creek Field in the Denver Basin. The field produce primarily from the Mississippian Spergen dolomites formed by secondary low temperature hydrothermal fluids and in conjunction with wrench faulting. The reservoir is similar to trap types to the highly productive brecciated dolomite reservoirs in the Michigan Basin and Ordovician rocks in the Cincinnati Arch area, Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Surface geochemistry and 3D seismic, integrated approach to exploration
  • New reservoir type in the Denver Basin
  • Significant conventional success
  • Wrench faulting and dolomitization form an optimal trap
Oil Market Outlook

SPEAKERS

Steven Ilkay
Oil & Gas Advisor,, Angle Cap

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Oil Market Outlook

As crude markets have now endured several months of depressed prices, operators, investors and all industry participants are trying to get a handle on how long the downturn will last and where the recovery will arrive.

  • Crude Price outlook and forecast
  • Discussion on current drilling activity
  • Data on reductions in service costs
  • Economic viability of top unconventional plays in the current pricing regime
Organizational Learning and Continuous Improvement

SPEAKERS

Harold McGowen
President and CEO, Navidad Energy Partners, LLC

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Organizational Learning and Continuous Improvement

Only the low cost producers will emerge victorious in the current environment and yet common practices make innovative cost reduction very difficult.  Many operators experience dramatic reductions in productivity and increased costs with the loss of a few key individuals.  Costly mistakes occur over and over again. Intellectual and technical innovations die on the vine.  Leaders resort to micro-management even when they don’t understand the problem at a microscopic level.  These are signs of organizations that are not learning, and without learning there can be no continuous improvement, and without continuous improvement the elusive goal of “low cost producer” can never be achieved.  In contrast, learning organizations leverage the knowledge and experience of the entire organization to adopt new techniques and procedures that get the job done more efficiently, effectively, and profitably.  This presentation will explore:

  • Impact of organizational learning on the bottom line
  • Methods to accelerate organizational learning and continuous improvement
  • Importance of Capturing Tribal Knowledge
  • Leveraging modern information technology to enhance organizational learning
     
National Oilwell Varco’s Optimized Salt Water Disposal Facility

SPEAKERS

Mark Wolf
Director Integrated Facilities-Onshore, NOV Completion and Production Solutions - Process and Flow Technologies

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National Oilwell Varco’s Optimized Salt Water Disposal Facility

NOV conducted a survey of over forty commercial and private salt water disposal facilities in Texas and Oklahoma.  This presentation will review observations, common operating issues, and an analysis of residual oil concentrations in the injected water from the surveyed facilities.

The presentation will also describe design features developed by NOV to reduce operational problems, improve oil recovery, and reduce oil and solid concentrations in disposal water to protect well injectivity and reduce overall operating cost for water disposal operations.
 

Realizing the Optimization of Oil Well Production Potential

SPEAKERS

Rik Kemper
President, World CPW & Petro

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Realizing the Optimization of Oil Well Production Potential

Pre-exploration well drilling requires accurate geological analyses using geomorphology studies and stratigraphic columnal data. 3D Imaging of pay zones then aid the accuracy of production and steer the well planning design process. Tailored Well head Designs need to take lithology factors into the drilling plans.

  • Plug back, deviated angle building directional drilling
  • Cluster and dual-lateral drilling with/w/o turbodrilling motors
  • Centralized Nuclear Power Plant or NGCC P/P for Steam Turbine Steam Drive for SAGD and CHOPS
  • WH4Q Proprietary Wellheads
Nanotechnology Applications in Upstream Oil & Gas

SPEAKERS

Bill Capdevielle
President & Founder, Oil Patch Engineering, PLLC

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Nanotechnology Applications in Upstream Oil & Gas

“Nanotechnology” is not a mere buzzword.  It is a very broad area of science and technology that studies phenomena at the atomic and subatomic scale.  Work at this scale brings all scientific disciplines together to make innovative discoveries.  The fields of medicine and electronics are well advanced in the successful application of nanoscience.  Many discoveries in these fields are ripe for commercialization in upstream oil & gas.  This presentation will cover:

  • A brief description and history of nanoscience
  • Significant applications in several technological fields
  • Potential applications in the upstream oil & gas industry
     
Mineable oil sands projects...... for the entry level player

SPEAKERS

Tim Wall
Vice President, Engineering, U.S. Oil Sands Inc.

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Mark Brown
Director, U.S. Oil Sands Inc.

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Mineable oil sands projects...... for the entry level player

In the past 30 years, mineable oil sands projects in Athabasca have been the exclusive domain of the major oil and mining companies, with few exceptions. The capital requirements of land acquisition, resource delineation, mine and plant construction, coupled with the required scale of projects employing traditional methods, have simply been too daunting for all but the industry’s largest players. One exception to this trend is US Oil Sands (USO), a company that has developed and patented a game-changing mineable oil sand extraction technology, coupled with a novel method of surface mining and concurrent reclamation. This exciting presentation will vividly describe the development of USO’s environmentally responsible extraction process, its many process attributes and recount the tumultuous engineering and project implementation history of the Company’s PR Spring Project in the oil sands of Utah, USA.

Modern Mentoring in a Millennium World

SPEAKERS

Cary Stockdell
Executive in Residence, Stringer Executive Search

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Modern Mentoring in a Millennium World

The cost of turnover has a high price in performance and morale. A well designed and implemented mentoring program can reduce or eliminate the loss of critical staff. Mentors and mentees form a strong and long lasting bond. With no investment except an hour or two a month this program will become a key retention factor for your company.

We will explore:

  1. How to get started – lessons learned
  2. The exceptional value to the company, leaders and participants
  3. Keys to a successful program
  4. Answer your questions
Accelerated Learning in the Field through Collaboration and Technology

Accelerated Learning in the Field through Collaboration and Technology

  • Augmented reality to enable learning
  • Virtual learning environment
  • Accelerated learning through mobile technology
  • Lessons learned process
  • Communities of practice
  • Virtual Peer assists
Vertical Integration of Lean and Six Sigma into the Oil & Gas Value Chain

SPEAKERS

Maria Milo
CEO & President, Variance Reduction International Inc.

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Vertical Integration of Lean and Six Sigma into the Oil & Gas Value Chain

In the changing face of the Oil and Gas industry, corporations are increasingly relying on development of the multibillion dollar technical and operationally demanding projects. The design, construction, and commissioning segments of these projects are notorious and often synonymous as being inefficient, behind schedule and over budget.

 

The proposed framework for the Vertical Integration of Lean Six Sigma (VILSS) into the Oil & Gas value chain shows how the strategic adoption of Lean Six Sigma principles can serve as the mechanism to regain budgetary control. In a climate where constraining both OpEx and CapEx can become a distinct competitive advantage the adoption of VILSS will build in strategic efficiencies designed to deliver improved revenues; through risk management, cost effectiveness, process efficiencies and create safer work environments.

It’s Not What You Think: How Feelings Impact Decision Making and At-Risk Behavior

It’s Not What You Think: How Feelings Impact Decision Making and At-Risk Behavior

What motivates your employees to choose risky behavior vs. a safer alternative? Are they even aware that they are making these decisions? In this session we’ll explore:

  • How the conscious and subconscious mind impact decision making
  • How understanding human motivational factors could be the key to further advancing the effectiveness of safety management practices
  • How organizations can more effectively manage day-to-day operations and help employees reduce risky behaviors
Unconventional Ways:  Using software to control costs, reduce overspending and manage capital more efficiently

SPEAKERS

Marsha Vigil
Technical Account Manager, Energy Navigator

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Unconventional Ways: Using software to control costs, reduce overspending and manage capital more efficiently

While other industries have adopted using software technology to automate and optimize business processes, the oil and gas industry is still decades behind. The intention of this presentation will be to discuss how oil and gas companies are using software technology to eliminate waste, identify areas of efficiencies and institute unconventional ways to control costs and overspending. 

In our current economic climate, there is no better time to evaluate your end-to-end business processes and implement new technologies to help oil and gas companies work smarter, not harder. Automate and optimize now in order to maximize time, productivity and manage your capital more efficiently in 2016.

GARP: Gas Assisted Rod Pump - A case study of a installing two artificial lift methods in a well to raise production rates and enhance reserves

SPEAKERS

Daryl Mazzanti
VP Operations,, Evolution Petroleum

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GARP: Gas Assisted Rod Pump - A case study of a installing two artificial lift methods in a well to raise production rates and enhance reserves

Conventional artificial  lift is inadequate in lifting liquids from deviated sections, deep or long perforated intervals, and high GLR wells. GARP allows the rod pump to remain at a shallower depth in the vertical portion of the well

to lower costs. GARP has two versions, GARP and GARP Lite. Inherent in both versions is a superior packer type gas separation system which allows higher production rates without gas interference in the pump. Additionally,

several solids trapping techniques are used to prevent solids from sticking the packer or the pump. GARP Lite may be installed initially on wells that have sufficient reservoir energy to lift the liquids up to the rod pump. This is accomplished

by a velocity string which efficiently lifts reservoir liquids a short distance up to the rod pump. When production rates decline due to natural reservoir pressure reduction, a full GARP installation may then be installed by merely adding

an additional tubing string in the well for gas lift; thereby providing additional energy to raise the reservoir liquids up to the rod pump.  Both GARP and GARP Lite allow the use of a more efficient continuous

chemical injection system for corrosion and scale control. Full GARP also provides the benefit of paraffin elimination or reduction since the heat of the compressed gas may raise the temperature of the rod pump tubing above the cloud point.

SmartMat Service:  Stop loosing your mats!

SPEAKERS

Steve Fisher
CEO, GEM Services & SmartMat

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SmartMat Service: Stop loosing your mats!

Inaccurate access mat reporting systems cost the Energy Construction Industry millions of dollars per year.  GEM Services guarantees accurate, auditable tracking and reporting of every SmartMat deployed.  Only the SmartMat Service uses RFID and GPS tracking to pinpoint exact mat locations and record deployment information that is available for analysis on intuitive dashboards and site map overlays.  SmartMat will provide auditable historical records of each individually tagged mat to mitigate liability issues from contamination and asset abandonment.

Join this session to understand how RFID and GPS can be integrated into field operations to:

  • Reduce project construction costs.
  • Save time, have all information at your finger tips.
  • Improve decision making through better information.


Come and see how GEM Services developed this new application of existing technologies to provide an automated and integrated construction project management service.