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Ranking of SPE 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer Speakers

The votes are in!!

 Listed below are the compiled rankings for the 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer Series.  This ranking will be sent to SPE, and they will decide which 3 speakers will visit us in the upcoming year.  

 Thanks to all who voted, and stay tuned for more DL Series info!

Ranking Lecturer Affiliation Topic
1 Duane A. McVay Texas A&M University The Value of Assessing Uncertainty (What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You)
2 Sameeh Batarseh Saudi Aramco Laser Technology in Petroleum Engineering-It is Time to Bring Lab Success Downhole
3 John Turley Marathon Oil Company Assessing and Applying Petroleum Engineering Data From the 2010 Macondo Blowout
4 Mark Knackstedt Lithicon  From 3D Pore Scale Imaging to Reservoir Inputs: Next Generation Reservoir Characterization and Description   
5 Daniel Tormey Envrion Corporation First-Ever Comprehensive Environmental Characterization of  Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Oil and Gas Production
6 Dyan M. Gibbens Trumbull Unmanned How to Save Time, Money, and Reduce Personnel Exposure  Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems
7 Jason Pitcher Cameron Increasing Production with Better Well Placement in Unconventional Shale Reservoirs - Challenges and Solutions 
8 William (Scott) Meddaugh Midwestern State University Optimism in Reservoir Production Forecasting – Impact of Geology, Heterogeneity, Geostatistics, Res Modeling, and Uncertainty
9 Xiao-Hui Wu ExxonMobil Upstream Research  How to Predict Reservoir Performance with Subsurface Uncertainty at Multiple Scales?
10 Jenn-Tai Liang Texas A&M University Think Outside of the Box - Nano Drug Delivery Technologies  for Oil Recovery Applications
11 Pete Naylor BG Group Making Better Appraisal & Development Decisions: Using Decision Risk Analysis & Value of Information
12 Nicola Bona ENI e&p Innovative Laboratory Tools and Methodologies  for Quicker and More Accurate Reserves Assessment
13 Michael Choi ConocoPhillips LNG Basics for Petroleum Engineers     
14 Andrew Martin Schlumberger Modern Perforating Techniques: Key to Unlocking Reservoir Potential
15 Brun Hilbert Exponent  Well Design and Integrity: Importance, Risk and Scientific Certainty
16 Dr. Murtaza Ziauddin Schlumberger Carbonate Matrix Stimulation: A Poorly Understood & Often Under-Optimized Technique
17 Robert (Trey) Lowe Devon Energy Fiber Optic Sensing Improves Unconventional Reservoir Development
18 Rajan Chokshi Weatherford Artificial Lift Applications in Unconventional & Tight Reservoirs 
19 Donald Purvis Marathon Oil Corporation Cement Testing:  Are We Looking at The Right Things The Wrong Way?
20 Randal LaFollette Baker Hughes Lessons Learned From Data Mining in Unconventional Reservoirs
21 Eve Sprunt Eve Sprunt and Associates Managing Dual Careers -Work-Life Integration in a 24/7 World
22 David R. Spain BP Beyond Volumetrics: Unconventional Petrophysics for Efficient Resource Appraisal 
23 Rodolfo Camacho-Velazquez Pemex E&P Advances and Challenges in Dynamic Characterization of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
24 Mary Van Domelen Continental Resources Bridging the Gap between Drilling and Completions:  Challenges and Solutions in Horizontal Wells
25 Pankaj (P. K.) Pande Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Shale Resource Assessment & Development — Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach
26 Anil Ambastha Chevron Nigeria Limited Uncertainty Assessment Using Reservoir Simulation Models - Practical Guides
27 Robert Sutton Robert P. Sutton Consulting Understanding Liquid Loading Will Improve Well Performance
28 Maricel Marquez Chevron Completion Scorecard: The Importance of Scoring High
29 Warren Hubler, CSP Helmerich & Payne International Drilling  Making Safety Personal in the Oil & Gas Industry
30 Dr. Hisham Saadawi  Ringstone Petroleum Consultants Is the Oil Industry Paying Enough Attention to Process Safety? 
31 Peng Ray Chevron Is There a Holistic Approach to Sand Production and Sand Management
32 Robert Shelley StrataGen Optimization of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Completions; A New Industry Challenge



SPE Distinguished Lecturer Event

Shale Sweet Spot Detection with Surface Seismic

Brian E. Toelle, Schlumberger


When: 10:30am-11:30am, April 27, 2015

Where: Schlumberger-Doll Research, One Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


One of the greatest revolutions in the history of the oil and gas industry has taken place over the past decade. This revolution is the rise of the shale reservoirs. First drilled in the 1820s these reservoirs did not attract serious attention due to their economics until the late 1990s when the Barnett Shale emerged as an industry “game changer”. Numerous other shales rapidly attracted the attention of the industry until today dozens of shales are currently being drilled throughout North America. This revolution is rapidly spreading to many locations throughout the world. Initially these shales were developed using statistical drilling methods in which a large number of horizontal boreholes are drilled throughout the play. Until recently gas prices supported the economics of this approach. But due to their success, an abundance of gas has caused a decrease in gas price and a new economic paradigm has emerged, shale sweet spot drilling. Production from numerous shale plays indicates the existence of these sweet spots. These result from certain geologic conditions, such as increased matrix porosity or TOC, increased micro-fractures and areas with increased brittleness. These reservoir characteristics affect the physical rock properties which, in turn, affect a passing seismic signal. Recent advances in seismic interpretation have demonstrated that these shale reservoir sweet spots can be detected prior to drilling. The ability to locate these sweet spots before drilling significantly impacts the economics associated with these plays. During this presentation a number of these seismic interpretation methodologies will be discussed.

SPE Award

The SPE-NYNE board is excited to announce that Alyssa Charsky has received the Regional SPE 2014 Distinguished Young Member Award.  Alyssa has recently enrolled at Colorado School of Mines to pursue a PhD in Geology through the Chevron Center of Research Excellence (CoRE) program.  Prior to this, Alyssa has worked as a Research Engineer and Experimentalist in the Petro Labs at Schlumberger - Doll Research in Cambridge, MA.  In this position she was responsible for the processing, analysis and interpretation of dual-range Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRFT-IR) mineralogy data in support of Schlumberger’s elemental spectroscopy Wireline tools.  Additionally, she was a co-developer of DRIFTS for rapid quantification of mineralogy and kerogen on cuttings or cores, a technology targeted at the unconventional market.  Alyssa also served as the Young Professionals Chair and Internet Chair of the NYNE Section of SPE.  We all thank Alyssa for her time and efforts on the SPE board, and wish her the best of luck and skiing in Colorado.



SPE Distinguished Lecturer Event

Hydraulic Fracture Complexity in Shale Gas and Tight Oil Plays: Insights from Geology, Modeling and Physical Experiments

Prof. Jon E. Olson, The University of Texas at Austin


When: 10:30am, Nov 5, 2014
Where: Schlumberger-Doll Research, One Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

The shale gas revolution has demonstrated the potential of multi-frac horizontal wells.  A close companion with hydraulic fracture placement technology was fracture diagnostic technology, and this illustrated that hydraulic fractures were not as simple as we once thought.  The ideas around hydraulic fracture complexity had been brewing for a long time, but really exploded with widespread application of micro-seismic monitoring.  Yet, with all the incredible insight gained from micro-seismic mapping, there is still a significant gap in our level of observation.  This talk utilizes natural fracture examples as analogs for what hydraulic fracture complexity might look like, and then create possible realizations of complex fracture geometries using numerical fracture propagation modeling and scaled laboratory experiments.  

RSVP is required. SPE members need to login to SPE for RSVP. If you need any help in RSVP, send an email to Bilgin at


Some of you may remember our joint YCEI and SPE  symposium on unconventionals last year at Yale University (Here). The symposium was concluded by a panel session moderated by John Deutsch in which Richard Liroff, John  Nolon and Hannah Wiseman discussed the best practices in development of unconventional resources.

Here is an hour long YouTube
video of this panel session containing the discussions on government regulations on shale gas exploration and production, best management practices, investments, and risks.

We will share the videos of the presentations once we get the permission from the speakers.


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