Speaker Presentations

Broadcasted talks

SPE Calgary is pleased to introduce our Livestream library. 

For the past 2 years, we have been working with Livestream to produce and broadcast a few select technical sessions to other SPE sections in Canada. We are piloting this project to determine its viability and value for other SPE members that may not be able to visit Calgary to attend our many high-quality technical luncheons and breakfasts. We hope to build a library accessible to our members. We would appreciate any feedback to contactus@specalgary.com!


Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies Breakfast Series


Using Reservoir Engineering Insight to Guide Oil and Gas Investment Decisions. 
Presented by David Anderson,Director
November 3, 2016

Abstract.  Ever wonder why some operators seem to consistently perform better than others? Does it make you nervous to spend millions of dollars drilling, completing and stimulating wells without being able to predict how they will perform, much better than simply rolling the dice? These and other similar questions are not always front and center in the investment community, but are critical to profitability in the oil patch. The answers are elusive, but to even get close requires some insight into the reservoir and what drives production. There is a sea of oil and gas data that is used to generate research reports and investor materials. Conclusions that are reached from analyzing this data may appear logical, but are often incorrect. This presentation focuses on using reservoir engineering insight to sort through the noise, identify common fallacies and find hidden gems using publically available oil and gas data. 

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Petrophysicists & Completions Engineers Working Together to Better Predict Fracture Properties.
Presented by Adam Staruiala , MSc, G.I.T.
November 10, 2016

Abstract.  Understanding how a specific completion and treatment design will interact with a specific reservoir is a critical step in achieving an optimized field development program. This cannot be done without a close coupling of petrophysics and fracture modeling. Unfortunately, the role of the geoscientist and completion engineer are often siloed in the oil and gas business. Hydraulic fracture modeling is often performed by completion engineers without understanding the underlying geology. This presentation focuses on building an integrated workflow, combining geoscience and hydraulic fracturing disciplines, whose purpose is to characterize the fracture system created by the completion. Once the fracture system and its effectiveness is understood in a practical way, field development can then be optimized for the next generation of wells drilled.

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How Rate Transient Analysis Has Revolutionized Our Understanding of Unconventional Reservoirs. 
Presented by John Thompson, Senior Reservoir Engineer 
November 17, 2016

Abstract.   For decades, RTA has been used by reservoir engineers to understand well performance drivers and quantify reserves. More recently, RTA has firmly established itself as a core component of an integrated reservoir study. The reason for this is simple:  when coupling its results with those from other subsurface sciences, RTA has been repeatedly demonstrated to greatly reduce uncertainty surrounding reservoir and fracture properties; properties which must be understood to optimize a field development program. This presentation demonstrates the latest applications of RTA, by itself and as part of an integrated workflow. Case studies featuring examples from the Bone Spring, Spraberry, Wolfcamp, Meramec, Cardium and Montney are showcased.

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How New Technology Will Drive the Oil and Gas Industry Forward.
Presented by David Anderson, Director 
November 24, 2016

Abstract.  Technology has delayed the once -considered-inevitable “peak oil” and its subsequent decline, allowing the commercialization of oil and gas resources that were previously thought to be unrecoverable. This, of course enabled the shale boom in North America, leading to oversupply and ultimately contributing to the collapse of the global oil market. So, has technology brought us from $120 to $40 oil? In a way, yes, but technology will also pave the way for an abundant and inexpensive supply of hydrocarbons many years into the future, which is good for everyone. Completions technology has been and will continue to be at the forefront of this trend, enabling an more efficient, predictable and scalable connection between the wellbore and the reservoir. This presentation focuses on evolving completion technology and how it will benefit the oilfields of the future.

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Fluid Displacement and EOR Mechanisms
Presented by Rob Lavoie, RPS Energy 
 January 21,

The presentation will describe the factors which control the movement of fluids in a hydrocarbon reservoir and ultimately production and reserves, explaining the roles of viscous, capillary and gravitational forces. This will be used to explain how different recovery mechanisms can be used to optimize recovery, including conventional waterflooding and other Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) processes (i.e. miscible, chemical, and thermal methods).


Understanding Type Curve Complexities and Analytic Techniques
Presented by Bertrand Groulx, Verdazo Information Systems
(formerly Visage) 
December 1, 2015

Type-well curves are a foundation of reserves evaluations, development planning, production performance comparisons and completion optimization analysis. The dangers of not understanding the complexities of type curves, and failing to communicate how they were designed/developed, can result in large statistical variability, inconsistent information used in development decisions, and unattainable economic plans (especially in the unforgiving times of  low commodity prices). This presentation will focus on essential type curve considerations and analytic techniques that should be part of their development and use.



Coiled Tubing Industry in a Major Downtown: Challenges and Solutions 
Presented by Silviu Livescu & Tom Watkins, Baker Hughes 
January 19, 2016

Coiled tubing has been developed for its ability to perform remedial work on a live well. For more than 50 years, coiled tubing has mainly been an intervention technology used to maintain or increase production. It has evolved from a challenging engineering solution to a mature technology with a global market share of more than $5.4 billion in 2014, including the North America unconventional oil and gas market where coiled tubing is part of the well completion operations.In prior cycles, declines in rig activity have not affected the coiled tubing market immediately. However, the last year downturn has seen a dramatic change in the commodity business model of well interventions, in general, and coiled tubing applications, in particular. The coiled tubing industry, similarly to all other oil and gas sectors, is responding to the new market conditions through technical innovation. Recently developed intelligent coiled tubing systems combine real-time downhole data monitoring with additional capabilities to simultaneously provide downhole power, significantly improving operational efficiency and accelerating well recovery in all types of coiled tubing operations. From milling, stimulation, and well cleanouts to gas lifting, camera services, logging and perforating operations, these novel systems can provide accurate, real-time downhole monitoring of high-resolution depth correlation, differential pressure, and temperature data. The knowledge and confidence gained by using these intelligent coiled tubing systems drive the coiled tubing industry further.

Are you a Supporter of Oil and Gas?
Presented by Tim McMillan, President & CEO
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) 
November 3, 2015

Did you know that 42 per cent of Canadians identify themselves as supporters of the oil and gas industry – but the industry’s opponents are 3 times as likely to speak out against it?  This is just one of the reasons CAPP created the Canada’s Energy Citizens program.   Energy Citizens are like-minded Canadians who are proud to proclaim their support for the oil and gas industry.  Through the program, we provide them with factual information they can share with their Facebook friends, tweet about or use around the dinner table.   The intent is to help balance a debate that has for far too long been extremely one-sided.   Canada’s energy industry employs more than 550,000 people and the $18 billion it contributes to governments across the nation helps pay for the important services – public education and healthcare, social programs and policing – that make our country the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family.

Join Tim McMillan, President and CEO of CAPP on Nov. 3 at the Calgary Petroleum Club as he explains what we all need to do, to ensure our industry can continue to benefit our communities, our province, and our country.



Statistical Approach to Forecasting Gas-Oil Ratios and Solution Gas Production for Shale Volatile Oil Reservoirs
Presented by Dr. John Lee, Energy Navigator 
December 6, 2016

This presentation will discuss a novel method of forecasting oil and gas production from liquid-rich (volatile oil) shale reservoirs using a statistical technique, “Principal Components Methodology (PCM).”

Various factors, most notably multi-phase flow effects, have plagued the task of forecasting production from liquid-rich shale reservoirs. Neither traditional nor more recent decline curve analysis (DCA) methods have been completely adequate. The PCM method enables us to obtain the production decline structure that best captures the variance in the data from the representative wells considered. This new technique eliminates the need for parameters like the Arps’ hyperbolic decline exponents (b values) and the task of switching from one DCA model to another when flow regimes change. It also allows us to forecast production without necessarily using diagnostic plots. With PCM, we have been able to forecast oil and gas production from shale reservoirs with reasonable accuracy.

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Interested in producing a Livestream presentation?

Producing high-quality technical talks are a great way to gain credibility and engage with a wide membership of technical experts. Some advantages of the benefits include: posting on your website to attract potential clients, sharing the live link with clients around the world, presenting to a knowledgeable audience interested in the topic, and more! Please reach out to us at contactus@specalgary.com for more details.

Livestream Stats

In our first 5 pilot Livestreams, we had 157 viewers. Our second phase, a 4-part breakfast series in partnership with Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies, drew in 142 viewers.

Our Livestream sessions were broadcast live to various SPE sections, including: Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, Vancouver and St. John's. This service is also broadcast to our Student Chapters, including: Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.



Previous Presentations

May 2018 Breakfast Series:
Analytics Breakfast Series: May 31 - Machine Learning: Practical Examples in Upstream Oil & Gas by Tyler Schlosser, Chief Data Scientist at Verdazo
Analytics Breakfast Series: May 17 - Visualizations in the Analysis Workflow by Thomas Speidel, Data Scientist at Suncor Energy
Analytics Breakfast Series: May 10 - Using Data to Define Models by Jerry Jensen, Professor at the University of Calgary

March 2018:
Heavy Oil SIG Luncheon: 31 Ways THAI is Superior to SAGD by Dr. Conrad Ayasse
Breakfast Series: The Future of Hydrocarbon Management, 3esi - Enersight and GLJ - Speakers: Michael Morgan, Director of Analytics for GLJ; Wayne Sim, CEO of 3esi-Enersight
Distinguished Lecturer: Minimizing Environmental and Safety Risks to Sustain Resource Recovery - A Case Study by Marina Voskanian, California State Lands Commission

February 2018:

Breakfast Series: AER - Integrated Decision Approach by Mark Taylor, EVP Operations
SIG Luncheon: Does Flowing Pressure Matter? Speaker: Dylan Lougheed, IHS Markit

January 2018
Breakfast Series: Encana's Transformation: Powerful Leadership, Pragmatism & Pollinatio
SIG Luncheon: Meeting the Methane Challenge Speakers: Kevin Heal, B. Comm and Brian Sloof, B. Sc., P. Eng

November, 2017 
Breakfast Series: Geomechanical Characterization Lecture Series: Stress Characterization- Patrick M. Collins
Breakfast Series: Geomechanical Characterization Lecture Series: Borehole Image Log Interpretation for Geomechanical Applications - Kris Vickerman

June, 2017 
General Interest: Orphan Well Association: Dealing with Oil and Gas Orphans in Alberta - Patricia Payne 
REPO: Comparison of Numerical vs Analytical Models for EUR Calculation and Optimization in Unconventional Reservoirs - Dr. Jim Erdle
Women of SPE:  
Women In Technical Careers & Work Life Balance - Teresa Pena-Bastidas

May, 2017 
Women of SPE: Awareness and Mentoring - Dr. Josephine Mary Hill
Breakfast Series: How to Get the Most Out of Your Multi-Stage Unconventional Fracture Design - Bob F Shelley
Technology in the Permian: Microseismic-based Reservoir Simulation Helps Determine Wellbore Spacing - Carl W. Neuhaus
Intersociety SPE/ICOTA: Coiled Tubing Extended Reach - Silviu Livescu

April, 2017 
Breakfast Series: Peer Reviews and Stage Gates - Bob Pearson
Business Breakfast Series: 
Forecasting is Hard - Tyler Schlosser
PFC: Rapid Chemical Analysis for Control Measurements - Ken Schmidt

March, 2017 
Back to Basics: How Much Can We Export? National Energy Board Resource Assessments - Mike Johnson
Breakfast Series:  
Fundamentals & Hedging - Melissa Schuster

February, 2017
Back to Basics: How to Market Your Strongest Asset - You, Today and Throughout Your Career - Rahul Pandey
REPO: Overview of SPE SPEE Monograph 4 - Mike Verney

January, 2017 
PFC: Decision Support For Optimizing Unconventional Early Asset Development Planning - Kevin Seel
Geomechanics: Unconventional Resource Development and Induced Seismicity in Western Canada - David Eaton
Business Breakfast: When Every Dime Counts! - David W. Maffitt

December, 2016
REPO: Statistical Approach to Forecasting Gas-Oil Ratios and Solution Gas Production for Shale Oil Reservoirs - W. John Lee

November, 2016
REPO: Downhole Flow Conditioning to Improve Well Production Economics - Jeff Saponja

October, 2016
DL: Fooled By Randomness, Improving Decision Making with Limited Data - Jim Gouveia
PFC: Western Canadian Natural Gas, Crude Oil, and NGL Business in a Low Price World - Gerry Goobie

June, 2016
REPO: Analysis of Short-term and Long-tern Production Data from Low-Permeability Black Oil/Gas Condensate Reservoirs Using Analytical Methods - C.R. Clarkson

May, 2016 
Breakfast: Innovations in Production Prediction, Completions, and Well Spacing Decisions - Doris Ross

April, 2016 
HOHW: Hope for Oil Sands - Novel In-Situ Recover Methods - Tom Harding
Breakfast Series: Demystifying Geophysics - David Grey
Business Breakfast: Introduction to Western Canadian Mines and Minerals Ownership - Michelle Radomski
Breakfast: A Critical Point: Geophysics, Economics, and Resource Plays - Lee Hunt

March, 2016 
Back to Basics: Petrochemicals - Michel Berghmans
Breakfast: Type Curves 101- Chad Lemke 
REPO: Hollow-Glass Spheres Application in Drilling Fluids: Case Study - B. Friess, F.Shirkavand, B. Hucik, F. Angyal, S. Servinski, T. Pena-Bastidas, A. Minhas, B. Ross
Business Breakfast: NI 51-101 and Reserves Classifications - Andrew Dabisza
Business Breakfast: Valuation of Oil and Gas Assets - Understanding Future Cash Flows - Miles Hughes
HOHW: Oil Respect - Standing Up for Canada's Oil and Gas Industry - Mark Scholz
Business Breakfast: Crude Oil Marketing - David Maffitt

February, 2016 
Breakfast: Effectiveness of Isolation Using Solid Body Packers to Dramatically Affect Ultimate Recoveries - Dan Themig
SPE-CSPG: Using Continuous Real-Time Compositional Gas Data for Horizontal Drilling and Detection of Natural Gas Liquids - Bill Nagel

January, 2016 
Breakfast: Applied Reservoir Engineering Series, Part 2, Geomodelling - Thomas Jerome
ICOTA/SPE: Coiled Tubing in a Major Downturn: Challenges and Solutions - Silviu Livescu
Geomechanics: Fluid Displacements and EOR Mechanisms - Rob Lavoie
DL: LNG Basics for Petroleum Engineers - Michael Choi
Breakfast: Evaluation of Shale Reserves and Resources in US Acquisitions - Dwayne Purvis and Dr. Curtis Whitson
YP: Refracturing: Candidate Selections & Potential Solutions - Tim Stephenson & Dawn Nagazina

December, 2015 
REPO: Understanding Type Curve Complexities & Analytic Techniques- Bertrand Groulx

May, 2015
AGM Keynote: The Encana Story: Repositioning for Success - Brendan McCracken

April, 2015
HOHW TT+: Extraction of Bitumen from Grosmont by Injecting Steam: Experience and Open Questions - Daniel Yang & Jose Alvarez
HOHW TT+: Shell Grosmont De-Risking - Hong Yang 
REPO: The Value and the Danger of Complex Reservoir Simulations - Daniel Yang
BtoB: Risk Based Well Integrity Management Emmanuel Giry 
HOHW: In Situ Upgrading, an Alternative Solution to the Inefficient Combination of SAGD and Dilution - Prof. Pedro Pereira-Almao 

March, 2015  
PE: Reporting the "Whole Enchilada" - Going Beyond Reserves - John Etherington
YP Luncheon: Type Well Curve Process - Geoff Beatson
HOHW Talk: ICD Use in SAGD... An Overview - Harris Naseer
Back to Basics: All You Need is Darcy's Equation for EOR Success of Failure - Dr. S.M. Farouq Ali
International Business Development: Mexico's Opening - Opportunities and Challenges - Steve Trammel 

February, 2015
PF&C: Solutions Powering Industry: Genalta Power - Paul Miller
Inter-Society:Trials & Tribulations of Developing Geomechanical Models - Patrick M. Collins, P.Eng
Trials & Tribulations of Developing Geomechanical Models - Amy Fox, PhD

January, 2015
IBD - Oil Price Plunge - Global Regime Analysis - Pual Douglas 
HOHW - SAGD & CSS In Situ Facilities - Measurement Design and Operations - Bill Cheung
PF&C - Common Reasons for Project Failure - Roberto Rodriguez

December, 2014
Inter-Society - Preparing for LNG: A Montney Gas Field Optimization Workflow - Richard Holst 
Back to Basics -
Hydraulic Fracturing and Energized Fluids - Murray Reynolds 
YP Luncheon - The Shift in World Oil Dynamics (OPEC vs. "New" Producers) - Ian Van Staalduinen

November, 2014
Distinguished Lecturer - LNG - A Time of Change - John Morgan 
YP Luncheon - Geology for Non-Geologists - A Virtual Geology Trip - Jon Noad 
PF&C - Water Management Challenges Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing - Roberta Wasylishen 
REPO - Optimizing Fracture Fluid Selection - Murray Reynolds 

October, 2014 

Heavy Oil & Horizontal Wells - Considerations for the Addition of NCGs to Steam in the SAGD Process - Dr. Harding 
Inter-Society with CSEG - Seismic-Driven Inter-Well Geomechanical Properties for Oil Sands and Shales - David Gray
PF&C - SolTech Engineering Cavern Solutions SPE Presentation - Ian Squires 

September, 2014
Tech Talk+ on MIC - An Overview of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of Oil Transmission Pipelines - Dr. Y. Frank Cheng
Petroleum Economics - The Maximization of the Net Present Value of In-Situ Oil Sands - Craig T. Frenette 
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - Sproule's Cardium Type Cruve Process, Geoffrey W. Beatson

May, 2014 

Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - Development Planning Workflow, Chad Holowatuk
Back to Basics Tech Talk + - A Workflow to Assess Multi-Staged Horizontal Well Plays, Bob Bachman

April 2014
YP Technical Seminar - Multi-Staged Fractured Horizontal Wells Flow Regime Identification to Evaluations
Petroleum Economics SIG - Exports of LNG and LPG's Why Now?
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization SIG - The Ever Increasing Importance of Reservoir Geomechanics

March 2014
Projects, Facilities and Construction SIG - In Situ Pad Development
Back to Basics - Wealth Management Essentials for Oil and Gas Professionals

February 2014
Distinguished Lecturer -  Characterizing Shale Plays - The Importance of Recognizing What You Don't Know
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - The AER - An Unconventional Framework

January 2014
Heavy Oil and Horizontal Well SIG - The Plugging Mechanisms of Sand Control Media in Thermal Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Operations
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - The Use of Data Mining in Well Test Interpretation

October 2013 
Inter-Society SIG - Considering the Full Production History of Five Key Resource Plays - What has History Taught Us?
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization -

Using real time automated optimization and diagnosis to manage an artificially lifted reservoir - A case study

June 2013 
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization -  Avoiding Pitfalls with Measurement Uncertainties in Production Optimization Outcomes

May 2013 
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - A Global Perspective for IOR and Primary in Unconventional Tight Oil and Gas Reservoirs 
Petroleum Economics - The Status of the Current Oil & Natural Gas M&A Market

April 2013
Back to Basics - " Evaluating cement quality from bond logs and some of the latest challenges with cap rock integrity and SCVF's
Distinguished Lecturer - Non-conventional Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources

March 2013 
International Business Development - State Owned Enterprises (SOE's) in The Canadian Energy Industry

February 2013 
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - "IRP 24: Fracture Stimulation Interwellbore Communication"
"The Challenges of Pumping Horizontal Fractured Wells (Cardium, Bakken, etc.)"
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - " Production Performance Unique Type Curve for Horizontal, Multi-Stage Frac'd Gas Well: Why, How and When"
Back to Basics - "If Vertical Wells could Talk"

January 2013
Petroleum Economics - "Crude on Rail...Panacea or Purgatory...???"
Back to Basics - Oil and Gas Valuation Methods with a Focus on Monte Carlo Analysis Video

December 2012
Distinguished Lecturer - "Smart Water - Flooding in Carbonates and Sandstones: A New Chemical Understanding of the EOR-potential"  pdf to accompany this presentation here.
Distinguished Lecturer - "Smart Water - Flooding in Carbonates and Sandstones: A New Chemical Understanding of the EOR-potential"  pdf to accompany this presentation here.

November 2012 
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - "A Practical Guide to Unconventional Petroleum Evaluation"
Back to Basics - " Hydraulic Fracturing; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

October 2012
International Business Development -  "Accelerating the Pace of Environmental Performance Improvement"
Petroleum Economics- "Monte Carlo Approach to Exploration Portfolio Valuation"

September 2012
Back to Basics - Mechanistic Flow Modelling in Pipes
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - "Common Pitfalls of Mini-frac Analysis"

April 2012
Back to Basics - " Everything you always wanted to know about Pickett Plots"
Inter-Society - "Evaluating Resource Plays In Western Canada"

February 2012
International Business Development- " Risks Assumed in Drilling Contracts - Global Comparisons"
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - " Under-balanced well bore cleanout and production evaluation technology"
Back to Basics - "Waterless Fracturing Technology - Making the Most of Your Reservoir"

January 2012 
Petroleum Economics - "Renewables vs. Hydrocarbons - The Energy Reality"
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization- "Decoupling reservoir and completion effects in multi-stage fractured horizontal wells'
Heavy Oil & Horizontal Well - " Canadian Oil Sands: Canada's Energy Advantage"

November 2011
International Business Development - "North American Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids Markets"
Reservoir Evaluation & Production Optimization - " Technology and Intelligence: Converting Tight Resources into Reserves"

September 2011
Back to Basics -"NGL Extraction" Ed Wichert