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better than ever for 2017!

September 18 – 20 | Houston

Speaker Faculty

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Aaron Reyna
VP Completions MidCon: Completion Advisor Lower 48
BP

Aaron Reyna is a vice president at BP’s U.S. Lower 48 onshore business in charge of completions and facilities for the Midcontinent business unit, which manages the company’s oil and gas activities in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. He also serves as lead completions advisor for the entire Lower 48 business. With 34 years of industry experience, Reyna has worked across a variety of basins and reservoir types in the U.S. and western Canada. He specializes in deep, high-pressure, horizontal well stimulation innovation and multi-lateral well and completion designs. Prior to joining BP in 2015, Reyna held various roles for Kerr McGee, Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge Energy.  

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

09:10 | Executive Panel Discussion: Balancing Critical Completions Variables to Drive Overall Value through Production Increases & Cost Reduction

08:50 | Scene-Setter Keynote Presentation: The Impact of Innovation on Unconventional Completions during the Downturn to Decrease Costs, Improve Production Flows & the EUR

Malcolm Smith
Director of Completions and Reservoir Engineering
EQT

Malcolm is Manager, Reservoir Optimization at EQT Production in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His core focus is the creation of value through Completions and Reservoir Engineering optimization in unconventional shale development.  Malcolm has worked in the industry since 2006 and has held a variety of technical and managerial roles in both the service and E&P space.  His background includes broad experience in completions engineering, reservoir engineering and petrophysical modeling.  Malcolm holds a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

14:30 | Panel Discussion: Integration of Multidisciplinary Teams including Reservoir Engineering & Subsurface to Plan & Design Optimal Completions

Danny Durham
Director Global Upstream Chemicals
Apache

  • Currently Director of Global Upstream Chemical for Apache - Directing technical and commercial aspects of upstream chemistry and chemical spend
  • Active globally in management roles in multiple technical and commercial disciplines in upstream technology and chemical industry from 1974 to present - 42 years - Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Dresser Industries, Amoco
  • 35 year SPE member, distinguished lecturer, author / NACE corrosion engineer, instructor, author
  • Founding chairman of the ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable.
  • Active with SPE, NACE, Rice University, API, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, ACS, The Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Global patents / publications in the areas of water clarifiers, emulsion breakers, Wax + Asphaltene, Corrosion, Scale, LDHI,  Deepwater + Flow Assurance, UC Shale frac chemicals, Defoamers, EOR,  Environmentally friendly hydraulic fracturing + production additives

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

13:00 | Exploring the Evolution of Chemical & Fluid Selection across Major Basins in the US for Cost vs Production Increases

Matthew Mullison
Lead Unconventional Completion Engineer
Apache Corporation

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

11:30 | Panel Discussion: Collaboration to Share Drilling & Completions Information & Scheduling in Basins with Operator Overlap

Mark Peavy
Vice President, Operations
Windy Cove Energy

Larry Phillips
SVP Reservoir Engineering
Eagle Energy Exploration

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

14:30 | Panel Discussion: Integration of Multidisciplinary Teams including Reservoir Engineering & Subsurface to Plan & Design Optimal Completions

14:00 | Practical Applications of Analyzing Well Drilling, Completion & Production Data for More Accurate EURs & Field Development Planning

08:40 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

09:00 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

James Rodgerson
James Rodgerson, Former Senior Hydraulic Fracturing Specialist, BP and Completion Engineering Advisor
Rodgerson Completions Consulting

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

09:10 | Unconventional Fracture Growth and Fracture Optimization

Jesse Williams- Kovacs
Reservoir Engineering Specialist
TAQA

Jesse Williams-Kovacs is a Reservoir Engineering Specialist at TAQA North Ltd.  At TAQA Jesse completes reservoir-related work in a variety of different plays including both conventional and unconventional oil and gas as well as EOR.  Jesse is also completing a PhD at the University of Calgary focusing on quantitative flowback analysis in industry applications.  

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

11:20 | Adjusting Your Stimulation during a given Drilling Season Rather Than Waiting for Field Data through Gaining Insight on Fracture Conductivity & Half Length

Ernesto Fonseca
Senior Production Technologist Unconventional Gas R&D
Shell

Ernesto Fonseca is the Commercial Opportunity Manager for Deepwater and Wells technology commercialization. This position focus on the development and realization of commercialization value from technologies. Previously he was the Arctic capability manager accountable for making the plans for successful exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons from the Arctic.  Previous assignments include:

  • Team leader of Completion and Stimulation R&D for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil (UGTO). This is a subsurface multidisciplinary team dedicated to discover and develop new technologies to improve the financial and environmental performance of stimulation and recovery methods for UGTO. This includes managing collaborative research with external parties (academia, contractors and independent inventors).
  • Lead production technologist for thermal heavy oil recovery pilots and technical contributor to completion developments and field testing for downhole heating technology and thermal completions.
Ernesto has over 15 years of industry experience that started with Shell Venezuela in Lake Maracaibo performing deep well stimulation, asphaltenes flow assurance and surveillance of cold heavy oil production. Ernesto graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, completed his masters in petroleum technology from Curtin University and has an Executive Certificate of Management & Leadership from MIT. He is a member of SPE and is a lead inventor/key contributor to more than 20 publications and patent applications.  

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

16:20 | Case Study: Simultaneous Drilling & Fracing to Eliminate Limitations of the Completions System

Kiran Somanchi
Consulting Engineer
Shell

Kiran Somanchi is a Production Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in Unconventionals development. He started with Shell Canada as a Completions Engineer and then progressed through various field and office based advisory roles. He is currently an in-house consultant at Shell Canada focused on application of diagnostic technologies like fiber-optics to optimize completions and field development design. He has presented at multiple SPE conferences, with the most recent one being hydraulic fracturing technology conference in Houston. In his spare time, he is a champion for the arts in Calgary and sits on the City of Calgary Public Art Board of Directors.

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

14:30 | Panel Discussion: Integration of Multidisciplinary Teams including Reservoir Engineering & Subsurface to Plan & Design Optimal Completions

Phil Martin
CEO
New Century Exploration

Phil Martin is President and CEO of New Century Exploration, an active Eagle Ford development company with an accomplished team that has introduced new technology and raised the bar for operations in the Eastern Eagle Ford trend.  The company shares its success with financial partner and New York private capital firm Talara Capital Management. Phil began his career at Union Texas Petroleum before becoming an Independent Operator and has managed numerous successful exploration, development and production programs for over 30 years.  He has also presented before many industry groups, with an emphasis on unconventional resources. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from LSU and UL.  Phil is a member of various professional organizations including Houston Producers Forum, Houston Energy Finance Group, ADAM Houston, IPAA and TIPRO, AAPL, AAPG, SIPES and the LSU Foundation. He is involved with various community and charitable organization and serves on the boards of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts and the Centrum Art League.

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

09:10 | Executive Panel Discussion: Balancing Critical Completions Variables to Drive Overall Value through Production Increases & Cost Reduction

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

13:30 | Refracing Planning & Design: Identifying Where More Intense & Better Stimulation Design Will Yield Best Results on Existing Producing Wells

Bill Fairhurst
President
Riverford Exploration

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

09:40 | Drilling & Completions Analytics to Define Superior Economic Results

Leo Pirela
Founder, President and CEO
VPLUS ENERGY

Executive Leader with more than 24 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and an MBA from Imperial College, London on Entrepreneurship & Innovation. A strategic minded leader who combines deep technical knowledge with his business acumen to develop and manage O&G assets of diverse nature and challenges. Leo’s most recent roles include; VP for Shell, Global Director for BHI, Director for Denbury and CEO for VPlus Energy.

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

10:50 | Case Study: Applying Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Public Data to unveil Optimal Completion Design for the Wolfcamp targets in the Delaware Basin

Amit Singh
Well Stimulation Advisor
Chevron

Amit Singh serves as technical expert in Productivity Enhancement technologies at Chevron Energy Technology Company with more than 17 years’ experience. He joined Chevron in 2012 in his current role and his focus is to solve the technical challenges for Chevron’s business worldwide in area of Well Stimulation technology to produce energy in a safe, efficient, environmentally responsible manner. He champions development and implementation of new technology and strategy for completion and stimulation optimization. Amit began his career in India in 2000 as Assistant Executive Engineer at the R&D facility of ONGC Ltd. Before taking his current position with Chevron, he served several technical roles of technology development and field operation for Well Stimulation and Sand Control completions with various organizations in USA and India, including the BJ Services and the Baker Hughes. Amit graduated from the Indian School of Mines, India with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. He has published over 20 technical papers in well stimulation and completion technology areas. He is a member of the SPE and technical editor for SPE Journals.

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

15:50 | Case Study: Comparing Economics of Multi-Stage Fracture Methods & Unconventional Completion Optimization in the Antelope Shale

Sean Campbell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stage Completions

Mr. Campbell is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Stage Completions Inc. With more than 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Campbell is driving the company forward to be the leading innovator in single-point entry fracturing technology. Mr. Campbell is an expert in the engineering and design of completion tools, including downhole liner packer systems used in essentially all horizontal well multi-stage fracturing completions. Mr. Campbell has previously served as VP and Founder of Suretech Completions Ltd., a subsidiary of a major international oil and gas service company. Prior to that, he was President and founder of Suretech Tool Services Inc., a private company specializing in innovative and leading edge downhole tool design.

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

12:20 | Unconventional Completions Technology: Where We're Today and Where We’re Headed

Dan Mueller
Director, Natural Gas Exploration and Production
Environmental Defense Fund

Dan Mueller is EDF’s Director, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production with his efforts focused on evaluating and developing strategies for addressing environmental impacts of natural gas upstream operations including well drilling and construction, hydraulic fracturing, surface infrastructure, and water and waste management.  Dan is a registered professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the environmental field.  He has applied his background and experience to a wide-range environmental issues including: water resources evaluation and management; industrial waste management and disposal; and contaminant fate and transport in surface water, groundwater, soil, and sediment.

Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Monday September 18 2017

13:30 | Workshop B: Produced Water Treatment: Advances in Regulations, Technologies, Cost Efficiency & Management for Reuse

George Vassilellis
Independent Consultant

George has over 30 years of experience in geology, reservoir engineering and oil and gas field operations at both operating and consulting companies. He specializes in unconventional resource assets and thermal EOR and has also contributed to the commercialization of major upstream projects globally. Additionally, he has published over 25 technical papers and co-authored textbook materials in unconventional resource exploitation and development. Prior to his current endeavours, George spent 4 years at Repsol as a senior technical advisor of the US based Technology Hub, a bridge between strategic research and field operations, developing leading technology in the challenging mid-continent. Previously he was a senior manager with Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA) that was acquired by Baker Hughes in 2008. George has been a key technical contributor at Baker Hughes where he was named a Shale Engineering/Reservoir Subject Matter Expert. Before that he was with SI International (presently MHA Petroleum Consultants) in California and before that with Richardson Operating Company, an independent based in Denver, Colorado. George earned a BSc in Geology from Aristotle University in Greece and a MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and he is a registered Professional Engineer (Petroleum) since 2003. Since mid 2016 he is a Managing Director of NITEC Pegasus LLC, a niche consultancy focusing on implementing predictive models into the appraisal of unconventional resources.

Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Monday September 18 2017

10:00 | Workshop A: Innovations in Well Design Selection and Adjusting to Real-World Operational Constraints

Day Two

Wednesday September 20 2017

14:30 | Workshop: Innovations in Well Design Selection and Adjusting to Real-World Operational Constraints

Berna Hascakir
Assistant Professor
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Berna Hascakir is an assistant professor and the holder of Stephen A. Holditch Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University in the Petroleum Engineering Department. She pursued postdoctoral studies at Stanford University in the Energy Resource Engineering Department and worked for Schlumberger in Venezuela, UK, and Colombia as a senior Heavy Oil Reservoir Engineer. Her research interests include thermal enhanced oil recovery, flow insurance problems due to asphaltenes precipitation or emulsion formation, environmental impact of oil extraction from unconventional reserves, and water-rock interaction. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Dokuz Eylul University in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree from Middle East Technical University in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. She has authored and coauthored more than 100 technical papers. She is the receipt of the International SPE Junior Faculty Research Grant in 2014 and the International SPE Innovative Teaching Award in 2015.

Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Monday September 18 2017

13:30 | Workshop B: Produced Water Treatment: Advances in Regulations, Technologies, Cost Efficiency & Management for Reuse

Kan Wu
Assistant Professor
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Day One

Tuesday September 19 2017

11:30 | Panel Discussion: Collaboration to Share Drilling & Completions Information & Scheduling in Basins with Operator Overlap

11:00 | Minimizing the Impact of Well Placement & Stimulation on Surrounding Wells in the Formation