• Save the Date: SPE-GGS 4th Meeting - January 2021 with SPE Distinguished Lecturer Derrick O'Keeffe

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! We hope you're all safe and healthy as we prepare to celebrate the end of 2020 and welcome 2021! We're excited to announce our first meeting of 2021 with SPE Distinguished Lecturer Derrick O'Keeffe!

    Title: In Relentless Pursuit of Offshore Safety: A Privileged Perspective
    When: Wednesday, 20 January 2020 4PM Pacific Time
    Where: Online via Zoom
    Registration: Zoom Registration - SPEGGS January 2021 Meeting


    Offshore worker occupational safety may be improving, but less frequent, high consequence events and leading indicators – like major gas releases – are proving stubbornly difficult to drive down. Getting the right information is key to understanding the risks and the available controls for effective risk management. Is there an over-focus on bad-outcome events, and insufficient attention paid to “weak signals”? Are opportunities in data analytics being missed?

     The concept of “Privileged Perspectives” is introduced; the idea that industry players, stakeholders and governments have access to quantitative and qualitative information in different ways, and can apply this for their specific organisational goals. Perhaps the most powerful use of a regulators’ Privileged Perspective is to influence improved safety outcomes.

     Australia became the world’s largest exporter of LNG in 2019 in a technology-led growth. It also has facilities from the 1960s. Against this diverse backdrop, its offshore regulator provides examples of how it has developed and uses its Privileged Perspective, working with industry, to promote risk awareness and control measures. A single event that narrowly avoided a diving fatality led, through a “big data” approach to a global opportunity to reduce risk across countless dynamically positioned vessels. A 500 well study on barrier failures revealed interesting opportunities in consistent, simple reporting and prediction. The way forward? Commitment at the leadership level to greater pooling – at a global level - of Privileged Perspectives derived from safety information, to drive opportunities for safe offshore work.

    About the Speaker

    Derrick O’Keeffe is the Head of Safety and Integrity for NOPSEMA, Australia’s independent offshore regulator. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. He has 37 years’ engineering, commercial, management and Director experience in oil and gas in Australia, Iran, UAE, Bangladesh, Africa, USA and the UK. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, life member and past President of the Petroleum Club of Western Australia, where he contributes to short-courses on petroleum. He is a regular witness at Australian government parliamentary senate hearings and inquiries.

  • SPE-GGS Third General Meeting - Dr. Samaa Morsy

    When: Wednesday, 4 November 2020 11AM Pacific Time
    Where: Online via Zoom

    We are excited to announce the third meeting of the 2020-2021 season. As you know, our meetings are virtual while we all deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. The meeting will be on Wednesday November 4, 2020 starting at 11:00 am. Our speaker will be Chevron’s Dr. Samaa Morsy and the title of her talk is: Optimized Development Strategy Workflow for Unconventional Reservoirs.


    A comprehensive workflow to support short and long-term development strategy for the unconventional Wolfcamp formation in the Midland and Delaware Basins is presented. The workflow is applied to every new pad to ensure child wells are targeting more of the virgin rock. The developed workflow considers pressure and stress changes around parent wells, landing strategy, completion optimization, and frac order design. A 3-D reservoir model was developed to estimate the depletion and induced stress changes around the parent wells. Hydraulic fracture modeling is coupled with the flow simulation model to assess the child wells fracture propagation under different scenarios. Different landing strategies were investigated to reduce depletion effects on child wells. Certain technologies were successfully utilized to change the pressure and stress around the existing wells to properly alter Child well fracture propagation towards virgin rock. Frac order was adjusted accordingly to benefit from the induced changes in reservoir pressure and stress around parent wells. Results show the effectiveness of the developed workflow to maintain Basin development performance.

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Morsy is a reservoir engineer in Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico group. She has sixteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry working in both conventional and unconventional assets. She has experience in in shaly sand petrophysics, EOR, IOR, Well Testing, Hydraulic Fracturing, Deepwater productivity decline, acidizing, competitor intelligence, reservoir simulation, completion and development strategy optimization, and strategic planning. Dr. Morsy has 25 published papers and four pending patents. She has B.Sc, M.S., and PhD degrees all in Petroleum Engineering.
  • Save the date: October 2020 General Meeting (Monday 19 Oct 2020)!

    We hope you can join us, and make the most of SPE Distinguished Lecturer– Dr. Leen Weijers’ virtual visit to our section. The title of his talk is Fracture Model Calibration for Conventional and Unconventional rocks. 

    SPE Distinguished Lecturers are industry experts and outstanding speakers, nominated by their peers, to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest industry trends and technologies with SPE members throughout the world through visits to local sections. 

    Monday, 19 Oct 2020
    Online, via Zoom

    Fracture growth modeling has seen two dramatic changes over the last two decades.  First, the completions industry found a way to economically stimulate unconventional rocks. Second, fracture modelers “got their eyes” through commercial development and proliferation of direct fracture diagnostics such as micro-seismic fracture mapping.

    Direct observations from fracture mapping enabled calibration of fracture models, resulting in a "roller coaster ride" of changes to frac modelers’ understanding of how fractures grow.  To explain these observations, modelers incorporated new physical mechanisms – simultaneous growth of multiple fractures, fracture tip effects and composite layering effects – into their models.

    What I would like members to take away from this lecture is that model calibration has become a vital part of the fracture modeling process, creating ever more realistic fracture growth predictions.  Calibration has made fracture models more valuable as tools to evaluate economic tradeoffs, making fracture models more practical tools than ever before.

    Speaker Bio
    Dr. Leen Weijers is VP of Engineering at Liberty Oilfield Services and served as its Business Manager at Liberty’s founding. Leen worked at Pinnacle Technologies from 1995 to 2011, where he oversaw development of a commercial fracture growth simulator, FracproPT. Leen has authored dozens of publications, and completed his doctoral research at the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

  • Join us today for our first meeting with Dr. Behrooz Fattahi!

    Please join us for our first meeting of the 2020-2021 year where 2010 SPE President Dr. Behrooz Fattahi will be presenting a talk on "A Leadership Approach to Management" via Zoom!

    When: Tuesday 15 Sept 2020 12:00PM PT
    Where: Online via Zoom
  • Save the date: 2020-2021 First General Meeting!

    Join us on 15 Sept 2020 at 12:00 PT where 2010 SPE President Dr. Behrooz Fattahi will be presenting a talk on "A Leadership Approach to Management" online via Zoom!