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AADE Houston FMG Virtual Meeting
Apr 15, 2021 @ 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Originally scheduled for Feb 18.
New date: April 15
(If previously registered for Feb 18, you will need to register again for Apr 15)
Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Cost: Member: Free to attend / Non-member: $15
Non-members have the option to join as a member or renew your registration at the time of registering, then the meeting cost will be free as well as all subsequent DTC meetings for 2021.
Program Topic: “Fluid Testing Automation At The Rig Site"
Fluids in general are a key and integral part of drilling, completion and stimulation of oil and gas wells. Fluids require frequent testing of physical and chemical properties to determine the condition of the fluid, decide if and when a treatment would happen. Current routine fluid checks are generally manual and may miss key events that happen during drilling if the fluid is not sampled frequent enough which is the key driver behind fluid testing automation at the rig site.
Fluid Testing automation so far has taken several forms by various companies with a focus on physical properties as a starting point then tackling chemical analysis. That said, there seems to be a need for a roadmap for automation of fluids testing as well as a need to quantify the value gained from automation from an operator and service company perspectives.
This event will include two presentations on fluid measurement automation at the rig site and Real Time hydraulics highlighting the value of Real Time Fluid Properties followed by a panel by representatives from both operators and service companies on what a fluid testing automation roadmap needs to look like and what is the future potential of such technologies.
1. Zafar Kamal (Chief Technology Officer, OFITE)
Presenting – “Field Operations Results and Experience with Inline Drilling Fluid Property Measurement”
In this presentation, OFITE will share their recent experience in capturing key drilling fluid properties, such as, mud weight, apparent viscosity, rheology profile, and emulsion stability without human intervention. We believe that this is a unique and possibly first of its kind endeavor where a combination of in-situ and ex-situ measurements of drilling fluid rheology have been made in the field. With this effort we have continuously collected data at a frequency relevant to critical operations and needs for predictive modeling. Our results are based on a live pilot, at multiple, multi-well pads, unconventional drilling operations in the United States. This system is physically integrated with the mud system, and electronically integrated with the rig data acquisition system. Data is made available to rig operations and to remote location(s) for surveillance, reporting and modeling. We will share our experience in validating data quality, establishing frequency of data collection as relevant to different measurements, and integration with modeling and predictive systems. We will conclude with lessons learned, future scalability and an open systems concept in support of operators, oil field services, OEMs and other entities in the drilling fluid ecosystem.
Zafar Kamal is the Chief Technology Officer at OFI Testing Equipment. He leads technology development, engineering, and commercialization of new products initiatives, and enhancing existing product portfolio. Bringing innovative and disruptive technology for measuring material properties in support of automation - drilling automation, process manufacturing, and risk mitigation.
His career focus has been strategic growth and commercialization. With expertise in general management, strategy, execution, and commercialization while leading change across global multidisciplinary teams to take open-ended / new initiatives to self-sustaining and profitable operations. Before joining OFI, Zafar founded an advisory practice, prior to that he was a senior leader with BP, at senior executive positions GE, ThermoFisher Scientific, and ABB. He worked as management consultant and as an Artificial Intelligence engineer M. W. Kellogg early in his career.
With over 30 publications, he has a BS and MS in Engineering, and a Doctorate in Operations with concentration in Applied AI and Systems Design, from the University of Houston.
2. Chris Schneider (Technical Sales Engineer, Corva)
Presenting – “Making the Case for Automation: Real-Time Hydraulics Modeling”
Corva is a cloud-based, drilling and completions optimization, analytics, and engineering platform. Corva consumes data from disparate, static and dynamic data sets and joins them into live-updating applications in a single, integrated platform. Corva hydraulics suite follows industry standard physics-based models. The hydraulics suite references mud reports, rig sensors, Pressure While Drilling (PWD) measurements, and mud property channels updated in the Electronic Data Recorder (EDR).
The examples illustrated in this presentation will demonstrate the differences between the hydraulics models from each of these sources versus the actual PWD measurements. We will also consider the practical applications and implications of this model’s confidence.
Chris Schneider is a Technical Sales Engineer for Corva where he works closely with customer’s Drilling Engineers on optimizing performance and automating their workflows. His professional interests include deepwater drilling optimization, flat-time benchmarking, pressure management, torque and drag, hydraulics, and process
His career began working as a Floorhand while pursuing his degree in 2003. His professional experience encompasses consultant upstream process design, primary and secondary recovery, and hazardous materials management from 2008 with Weston Solutions. In 2013, he joined Baker Hughes Drilling Services in deep-water conventional operations
in the Gulf of Mexico and unconventional operations in US Land. He completed the BHI Field Engineer program and assisted in product development, such as real-time fluid measurement, hole cleaning quantification, surface acquisition systems, and drilling analytics.
He authored and patented Apparatus and Methods for Determining Real-Time Hole Cleaning and Drilled Cuttings Density Quantification Using Nucleonic Densitometers in 2018. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas.
Chris will be accompanied by Curtis Cheatham (Senior Drilling Engineering Advisor, Corva) and Mohammadreza Kamyab (R&D Technical Lead, Corva) during the Q&A session.
Panel Discussion: "The future of automation in fluids testing"
Moderator: Fred Growcock
This panel will help the audience get answers to questions like:
Similarities and differences in automation of drilling, completion, cementing and frac fluids
Real time Monitoring challenges
Data quality, interpretation and decision making
Automated Fluid Treatments
Maintenance and reliability
When and what to automate...what makes sense
Fred Growcock was serving as Global Fluids Advisor at Occidental Oil & Gas Corp (Oxy) when he retired at the end of 2015. Prior to Oxy, he conducted research on coal liquefaction/gasification and nuclear reactor safety at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Labs; corrosion inhibition and foamed fracturing fluids at Dowell Schlumberger; and drilling fluids at Amoco Production Co. and M-I SWACO. Fred holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Physical Chemistry from New Mexico State University, and B.A. and B.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored almost 200 papers and holds a dozen patents on corrosion inhibitors, drilling fluid systems and completion fluid products. Fred served as SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009-2010.
Dr. Arthur Hale (Aramco Americas)
Dr. Arthur Hale began his career with IMCO, followed by a move to ARCO Chemical and then on to Shell where he worked as an employee or contractor close to 30 years. Currently he works for Aramco Services Company, a company dedicated to supporting Aramco in Saudi Arabia. Arthur has about 80 patents in fluids, zonal isolation and unconventional resources.
Paul Scott (ConocoPhillips)
Paul Scott is a Drilling & Completion Fluids SME for ConocoPhillips in Global Wells. He has 42 years of worldwide experience with all types of fluids and issues.
Paul graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Paul joined ConocoPhillips in January 2006 after 7 years Marathon Oil Company. Prior to Marathon, he worked for ARCO Oil and Gas after being with M-I Drilling Fluids (Magcobar) for 19 years with his final position at M-I being the Manager of Technical Services Engineering. He is active within industry organizations such as SPE, API, and AADE.
Ahmed S. Amer, PMP (Newpark Fluids Systems)
Ahmed Amer is Newpark's Product Line Director for Digital Solutions supporting software initiatives that enhance the customer experience by providing insights through analytics.
Ahmed’s career spans over 15 years during which he held field, operational, technical and R&D roles in fluids and pressure control domains with a focus on deepwater operations and lost circulation solutions.
He is also a member of API Subcommittee 13 and the Vice Chairman for AADE Fluids Management Group. At industry events, he has participated as a judge, steering committee member, session chair, reviewer, panelist and presenter. Ahmed has served as an advisor to two graduate university programs, holds IP, has authored 25 publications including classes to SPE regional chapters in the field of lost circulation and deepwater. Ahmed holds a BSc from Cairo University and is a certified Project Management Professional.