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  • SPE/EAGE/ASSOMIN "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Award 2019 - Update

    Due to the situation linked to the diffusion of the Covid-19 virus in Italy, and particularly in the northern regions, MIlan included, we inform you that the Theses Award ceremony, planned to be the next 26th of March at the Milan Politecnico, has been postponed.

    We are provisionally looking to rearrange the event for late May/early June.

    Updates from SPE Italian Section will be posted whenever available

  • SPE Distinguished Lecture - Reservoir Engineering While Drilling

    Reservoir Engineering While Drilling

    When:  Feb 19th, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Italian Time), Sala Goliat - V Building Eni

    Associated with SPE Italian Section

    Coupling Downhole and Surface Fluid Measurements to Reveal Fluids Distribution While Drilling

    by Distinguished Lecturer Ilaria De Santo, Schlumberger



    Obtaining information on reservoir fluids distribution has always been of paramount importance for O&G Operator as this allows optimizing data acquisition and reducing uncertainties on well completion and field development. When production starts, being able to map differential depletion across the field becomes a complex task, as vertical and lateral reservoir heterogeneities and pressure support strategies might complicate the picture. Hence, complementing traditional pressure measurements with surface and downhole fluid analysis has become extremely important.

    Collecting information from hydrocarbon into drilling fluids is today a reliable way of early assess the type and distribution of reservoir bearing fluids, if hydrocarbons are extracted from drilling mud at constant and controllable thermodynamic conditions and once their concentration is calibrated for extraction efficiency. Advanced downhole fluid analysis technologies based on optical spectroscopy have been made available to be deployed while drilling, allowing to precisely characterize fluid composition in real time. The combination of the two technologies gives a continuous with depth fluid profile, which allows detecting potential compartmentalization, reveals presence of vertical or lateral heterogeneities that can explain differential depletion, and de-risks any additional reservoir fluid data acquisition. Additionally, this allows optimizing well placement, de-risks field development plans and finally maximizes the amount of reserves that can be accessed and recovered during the life of the field.



    Ilaria De Santo is based between Houston (USA) and Milan (IT), and she is a Reservoir Fluids Geodynamic Advisor and Surface Formation Evaluation & Reservoir Business Development Manager for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurements HQ. With 20+ years’ experience in the first service oil company in the world, she combines a strong engineering background with a deep knowledge of the worldwide energy market and a solid experience in operations, sales, marketing and product development. She joined Schlumberger in 1998 and has worked in different roles in Italy, France, Algeria, Nigeria, UK and USA. After an extensive experience in the Wireline Formation Testing business, she is now worldwide responsible for Surface Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Business in Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement HQ. In her role, she is in charge of short, medium and long-term planning and development of new technologies, as well as worldwide development of business involving technologies for the exploration and development of both conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources. Ilaria holds an MSc degree in Geology from University of Pavia (IT), an MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), a Global Executive MBA at Bocconi School of Management (Milan, IT), a Music Degree in Piano and a Music Degree in Harpsichord. She has co-authored 32 technical papers for major professional societies and 5 patents. Additionally, she was awarded several Gold and CEO & Schlumberger President Awards, as well as an SPE Formation Evaluation Regional Award (North Sea).

  • A new cover for our Technical Bulletin

    The SPE Italian Section Technical Bulletin 4/2019 is now available. With our new cover!

    The main contents of this issue are:

    - The Eni's exploration model - A story of success made of competences, technology, creativity & processes. Interview with Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer Eni SpA;
    - Exploration excellence and the challenges of decarbonisation by Matteo Bacchini, SPE Italy Chairman;
    Fast tracking exploration projects by proprietary seismic imaging technology;
    - The culture of data management and their growing importance in the energy industry;
    - Unveiling Reservoir event sponsored by Eni in collaboration with SPE Italian Section.

  • SPE Distinguished Lecture - Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    When:  Jan 20th, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Italian Time), Sala Goliat - V Building Eni

    Associated with SPE Italian Section

    Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    by Distinguished Lecturer Richard Meehan, Schlumberger



    Drilling automation is coming. Most Drilling Control System vendors have early commercial drilling automation solutions, and many are working on new and improved systems.  Forward looking Operators and Drilling Contractors are evaluating these offerings, and many are actively pursuing field tests.  Some Operators are even developing their own in-house methods. These systems will help exploit the capabilities offered by modern AC-VFD rigs, but many challenges remain. Automated systems are good at executing instructions – the key to improving performance is to make sure the instructions are suitable for the task in hand, and that they can be easily modified and improved based on actual outcomes.  Effective drilling decision management requires a combination of data driven offset well analysis, understanding of the capabilities of automated execution, and the ability to make the link between cause and effect in drilling processes and procedures. Effective decisions also need to consider the contractual and business relationships between the players involved, and the equitable spreading of risk and reward will be key to future progress. Drilling Automation could be a remarkable enabler for our industry.  The one key idea to take away from this presentation is that by working together and "focusing on a system approach" we can take advantage of this developing technology to make sustainable improvments to well construction.



    Richard Meehan is the Drilling Automation Program Manager for Schlumberger, based in Katy, Texas. After graduating in 1985, with a Master of Science Degree in Thermal Power from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom, Richard joined Schlumberger Cambridge Research where he worked as a Research Scientist. In 2000 he moved to Houston, to lead a team developing Drilling Engineering software applications for both internal Schlumberger and external commercial use.  Since then, Richard has held various drilling engineering related positions in Schlumberger in both the US and China, taking the lead role in Drilling Automation in 2013.

  • SPE/EAGE/ASSOMIN "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Award 2019

    The deadline for the submission of the abstracts for the 27th edition of the "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Award is now approaching.

    Anyone interested in the contest can access the award announcement and the application form at the following links:


    Application form

    Necessary information, details and contacts are included in the award announcement.
  • Support SPE Italian Section activities!

    SPE Italian Section relies only on support from members and supporters. This contribution is vital for the Italian Section and helps us to organize for you events and initiatives having a special focus in the energy sector.

    You can donate as an individual, or through a foundation, trust or company.

    Click here, thank you!
  • BtT Registrations for the Bucharest event are now open!

    After the success of the first edition, we hereby invite you to the Second Edition of the Beyond The Borders program, which will have its second Event hosted by SPE Romanian Section in Bucharest from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st September 2019, themed ‘Business Transformation for a Sustainable Future’. As usual, there will be interesting forums, conferences, business visits and cultural visits, all mixed with a lot of fun and opportunities to meet international peers and make new friends!

    Just click at the following google link: https://forms.gle/oiVZX3fcH6ss5EzC8

  • Election of the new Section Board 2019-2020

    Dear SPE member, 
    we are renewing the Section Board and below you find the link to view the detail of the proposed composition and to vote.
    There is time until July 18th at 5pm.


    Looking forward to see the results and to meet you at the New Board Kick Off on July 18th!