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PetroSkills Tech Tuesdays

PetroSkills is committed to providing our industry with valuable knowledge through a variety of options. In addition to public and in-house face-to-face training, virtual courses, e-learning, and simulation courses, we are proud to offer technical webinars free of charge.

Each Tuesday for the length of the series, PetroSkills will conduct a live webinar on a different technical topic. Attendees may attend live, or view the recording on-demand afterward. Make sure and check this list again in the future, as we are frequently adding new topics.

 

Pumping System Hydraulics and System Curve Development, or...

Don't buy the wrong pump and get into trouble with the boss!

Presented by Ron Frend

6 October 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

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So you spent $150,000 on a super duper centrifugal pump but now it vibrates like crazy and you are getting repeated seal failures and massive cavitation.  AARRGGHH.   In this webinar we will discuss how to easily analyze your piping system and so you can see why on earth you bought the wrong pump for the job.  Hopefully you watch this webinar BEFORE you buy the pump.

The webinar shows you how to figure out the system liquid friction losses and tie that in with suction and discharge elevation heads and associated pressure heads.  With this information you can quickly develop a system curve and carry out a sensitivity analysis to figure out what will happen to your pump as the process moves in the real world. More Information

 


Well Integrity: What are the Key Aspects for the Life of Well Cycle?

Tuesday, 3 November, 10:00am CDT (GMT - 6:00)

Presented by Santiago Mujica

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The goal of this seminar is to show and explain to Oil and Gas Operators the importance of the Integrity Process and the variables to be considered throughout the “Life of Well Cycle” as part of the assurance processes in Drilling, Completion, Intervention and Production Operations. There are considered the Well Engineering and Operational Fundamentals and the Oil & Gas Industry requirements to ensure that the Well Integrity Process is aligned with the current International Standard - ISO 16530-1 (Petroleum and natural gas Industries - Part 1).

A second objective is to explain how you can build and prepare the strategy to review the integrity status of the fields; what considerations should be taken into account when designing the wells; what are the critical drilling and completion equipment, problems that arise in producing wells and injectors; and what are the considerations of the barriers.

The importance of considering the different Technical and Multidisciplinary Teams, including Drilling, Production, Interventions, Reservoirs and Geology, to include the reservoir conditions, fluids, operations, formation problems and type of interventions before designing and drilling the well. This highlights the importance of including these variables in the initial well design and mitigating risks in the later phases of the well cycle such as annular pressures, isolation problems between zones and corrosion / erosion problems. Likewise, the most common problems that may be identified during the construction of the well and how they directly impact the different subsequent phases of the completion and production operations of the well. More information

 


Previous sessions...

 

Avoid Fires and Explosions! Introduction to Asset Integrity Management of Non-Rotating Equipment

Tuesday, 19 May, 12:00pm CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Presented by Ron Frend

This webinar will provide a review of the various aspects of mechanical integrity in refineries, oil & gas plants and petrochemical plants. Principal emphasis is placed on the primary means of achieving plant integrity, which is the prevention of loss of containment of pressure containing equipment. This webinar provides structured procedures and applicable methods for the mechanical design of process piping systems and pressure equipment.  More information

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Why You Need a Nodal Model Built for EVERY Flowing Conventional Well

 
Tuesday, 26 May, 9:00am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Presented by Mason Gomez

This webinar will provide an overview of nodal analysis, and its role in ensuring YOU are maximizing the value from YOUR stable of producing wells. The webinar underscores the importance of modelling the reservoir, near wellbore, and well components into one system, so that you have the informed ability to change – or not change – each component to maximize the value of this critical assert – your well.

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International Best Practices in Process Safety

Tuesday, 2 June, two sessions available:
14:00 Dubai, UAE time (GMT + 4:00) or
11:00 CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 

Presented by Andy Gibbins

This webinar will provide a review of the various options for effectively implementing and managing Process Safety Management. We will review and discuss various options ranging from the OSHA PSM standard to various risk-based strategies. The webinar underscores the importance of a holistic and risk-based approach to Process Safety and looks at the elements required to sustain a successful process safety approach in high-risk facilities.  More information

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"Clear as Mud?" How to Read a Mud Report, and what does it tell us?

Tuesday, 9 June, 9:00am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 
Presented by Kevin Cuyler
 
 

This webinar is designed for anyone who is involved in the drilling process, uses information obtained from a Mud Engineer’s daily report, or just wants to learn what information is included on a typical mud report.

We will discuss what information you can find on a mud report, changes that occur with the fluid properties and how they affect decision-making at the wellsite. We will highlight a handful of the most critical drilling fluid properties and why it is important to monitor these on a regular basis. We will briefly discuss chemical usage, mud volume accountability and generally what would be the expected changes in your mud properties after the chemical additions. More information

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How to Avoid Surprises During a Turnaround and Deliver Your Brownfield Project Successfully

Tuesday, 16 June, 10:00am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 
Presented by Pete Luan
 
 

Plant modification or brownfield projects have always been a challenge. These projects are subject to surprises during the construction phase. There are several techniques that can be used to minimize these surprises and help the project engineer or project manager deliver a successful project. More information

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Operations Crew Resource Management: The Next Step in Optimizing Safety and Efficiency

Tuesday, 23 June, 11:00am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 
Presented by Charles Holt
 
 

"Why do experienced and competent personnel make mistakes during the planning and implementation of operations?"

This webinar will introduce the 6 non-technical skills of Operations Crew Resource Management (OCRM); Teamwork, Communications, Situational Awareness, Decision Making, Personal Leadership, and Factors Effecting Human Performance. These skills are the cognitive social and personal resource skills that complement technical skills and contribute to safe and efficient task performance. Industry examples will underscore the value of OCRM in safely and efficiently implementing operations.

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Efficient and Safe Shift Operations in Reduced Staffing Situations

Tuesday, 30 June, two sessions available:
14:00 Dubai, UAE time (GMT + 4:00) or
11:00 CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 

Presented by Andy Gibbins

This webinar will help participants understand this issues that reduced staffing environments introduce for shift management. You will learn how to optimize shift management to fit alongside your Process Safety Management program, and you will gain an understanding of how to develop strategies to ensure your organisation avoids pitfalls.

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"To squeeze cement or not to squeeze cement?" That is the question...

Presented by Bob Sepulvado
 
Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 
 

This webinar will provide an overview on the rationale for performing a squeeze cement operation as well as the rationale not to. Myths about squeeze cementing will be discussed. Tools and concepts on how to identify if a well needs to be squeezed will be discussed. The various types of placement techniques along with the recommended downhole tools will be presented. Slurry designs to achieve a successful cement squeeze will be presented.

The webinar underscores the importance of practical engineering knowledge and experience in a given area while explaining why squeeze cementing can be as much an "art" as it is a "science."

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"The Perfect Well" - How to uncover invisible lost time in drilling operations by using physics-based models

Presented by Ford Brett

14 July 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

This webinar is designed for anyone who is involved in the drilling process who would like to understand the possibilities for improvement in drilling operations.
 
The webinar will introduce a patented approach that uses the mechanical specific energy drilling model, sonics logs, and other physical limits of the drilling process to determine - easily and in a matter of minutes - the fastest possible time a particular well could possibly be drilled. This ‘Perfect Well’ time can be used to identify invisible lost time and as a benchmark to measure drilling performance.

The approach can also be used to align the interests and efforts of all those involved in the drilling process: the operator’s drilling organization, its clients (Exploration and Production Management) and its suppliers (Drilling Contractor, Service companies).

Webinar attendees will be provided with the opportunity to download - at no cost - spreadsheet to perform the ‘Perfect Well Time’ calculations.

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Propane Refrigeration Basics

Presented by Dr. Mahmood Moshfeghian

21 July 2020, 09:30 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Propane refrigeration is the most common mechanical refrigeration process. It has a wide range of applications in the gas processing industry. The participant will be refreshed with mechanical refrigeration basics and gain practical understanding of the operation of a propane refrigeration system. The primary objective of the webinar is to describe the major components, how they work, and how to minimize the operating problems.

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TEG Dehydration: Process Principles and Key Performance Parameters

Presented by Kindra Snow-McGregor

28 July 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Dehydration is the process of removing water from a gas so that no condensed water will be present in the system. Water is the most common contaminant in produced natural gas, and is a source for not only hydrates, but corrosion and erosion problems. TEG dehydration is the most commonly used natural gas dehydration process, often used in compressor stations to prevent hydrates from forming in gathering systems, and in-plant facilities to meet a pipeline water dew point specification.   More information

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Why Does My Pump Keep Blowing Seals? - Getting longer life from pump mechanical seals

Presented by Ron Frend

4 August 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

The primary objective of the webinar is to identify how to improve reliability of mechanical seals.  Appropriate selection of seals and flush plans with an understanding of process implications should drastically reduce the number of seal failures.

Participants will gain up-to-date information and practical understanding of the operation of mechanical seals and appropriate flush plans.

Mechanical seals for pump applications will be addressed along with a review of API standard flush plans.  How and why to select the appropriate plan and why we get into trouble when the wrong plan and / or the wrong seal is selectedMore Information

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What's a Geoscientist to do in an Era of Unlimited Oil & No Exploration? Adding Value to Existing Fields...

Presented by Jon Sneider

11 August 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

This webinar discusses field development efficiency and finding additional opportunities in existing fields, based on geoscience analysis and models. Significant undiscovered/unrealized resources exist in most fields, but developing these resources is not always economically viable. Good geoscience models are critical to the evaluation process, but they must be developed in a cost-conscious way. Geoscience efforts should be strategically applied where they have the most chance to succeed, and the types of opportunities can change from field to field. Technology cannot find hydrocarbons where they don’t exist, so it needs to be applied in areas with greatest potential.

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Molecular Sieve Dehydration: How does it work and what could go wrong?

Presented by Harvey Malino & Kindra Snow-McGregor

18 August 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Molecular Sieve Dehydration is used almost exclusively for dehydrating natural gas that is going to be further processed at cryogenic conditions, either for deep NGL extraction, or for liquefaction. Due to the cryogenic operating temperatures (at or below -100oC, -156oF), the natural gas must be bone dry (<0.1 ppmv water) to prevent freezing and plugging of the equipment.

This webinar will discuss how molecular sieves work, the various types of molecular sieves available, and their typical process applications. The equipment and process flow of a molecular sieve dehydration unit will be summarized. The primary issues that can cause lack of performance from the dehydration beds will be discussed.   More Information

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Four Key Elements of Problem-Solving in Reservoir Geomechanics: An Overview for All Disciplines

Presented by Dr. Mehrdad Soltanzadeh

25 August 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Reservoir geomechanics addresses a variety of problems associated with different subsurface operations in both conventional reservoirs and unconventional plays. While the methodologies used for solving these problems seem somewhat different, a high-level problem-solving structure can be identified in many of these solutions.

This introductory webinar will present this structure and its four key elements: initial conditions, disturbing events, mechanisms of disturbance, and rock mechanical responses. These elements will be further explored through their roles in various geomechanical problems such as stress characterization of shale plays, reservoir compaction and field subsidence, and caprock integrity for in-situ thermal operations. The webinar will place emphasis on the value of integrating data, knowledge, and expertise from other disciplines such as geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling and reservoir engineering to improve the reliability and efficacy of geomechanical solutions.   MORE INFORMATION 

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are You Scared Of Vibrating Pipework? You should be...

Presented by Ron Frend

1 September 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

This webinar aims to convey an understanding of the causes of piping vibration and solutions to either stop the vibration or make a decision as to whether the vibration is acceptable or not.   The webinar discusses detection, location and diagnosis of vibrating pipework.  Calculation of pipe natural frequencies are discussed as well as forcing functions from rotating equipment, vortex induced vibration and acoustic frequencies.

The values of pipe deformation may be related to fatigue analysis and this can help in the decision to accept the situation or carry out a process or design change.    MORE INFORMATION 

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Black Oil Basics: An Introduction to PVT

Presented by Deborah Ryan
 
8 September 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 

This webinar is designed for anyone who is involved in subsurface and production that wants to understand the different types of reservoir fluid and how pressure and temperature changes impact the behaviour of fluids both in the subsurface and through surface facilities.

We will discuss what the differences between different gas and oil phase behavior and how you can classify the different fluids, as well as how the properties of the black oil vary with pressure and temperature. We will highlight how the subsurface and surface behaviour varies and go over some of the correlations that can be used to characterize oil. We will also outline some of the key laboratory tests that are done in order to characterize black oils.   MORE INFORMATION 

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Propane Refrigeration: Minimizing Power Requirements for Greenfield Projects With Economizers

Presented by Dr. Mahmood Moshfeghian

15 September 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)

Propane refrigeration is the most common mechanical refrigeration process. It has a wide range of applications in the gas processing industry. Given that propane refrigeration is an expensive utility to purchase, run and maintain, it is important to understand what options can be considered when selecting a unit to minimize the operating costs.

The participant will be refreshed with mechanical refrigeration basics and gain practical understanding of economizers, how they work and the different types that can be utilized. The primary objective of the webinar is to review a couple of options to minimize the compressor power requirements for new installations.   MORE INFORMATION 

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Recognizing Additional Productive Potential in Existing Fields - Do you Have underestimated Resources?

Presented by Jeff Hamman
 
22 September 2020, 10:00 am CDT (GMT - 5:00)
 

This webinar presents petrophysical log examples of typically underdeveloped conventional resources, conditions causing underestimation of potential, and introduces some methods that can significantly improve identification and volume quantification.

The hydrocarbon content of shaly sands and reservoir types with complexity at the pore scale is rarely adequately described with “conventional” petrophysical models and interpretations. Recognizing the existence of hydrocarbon reservoirs that warrant a more detailed investigation and how to assess these reservoirs are key to accessing additional resources. Another often-cited reason for underdevelopment is poor performance of previously attempted completions. The discrimination of low productivity from higher productivity reservoirs can be made using the tools and concepts proposed.   MORE INFORMATION 

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