May 2015
Arrow 26/05/2015 SPE WA Lecture Series - May Lecture: Well Operations Crew Resource Management Training

After Macondo, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) (2014), commissioned research into Crew Resource Management training frameworks and their effectiveness in other high risk industries (e.g. aviation, nuclear, maritime and healthcare). To address this an innovative new training programme known as Well Operations Crew Resource Management (WOCRM), has been developed. In this presentation  we will discuss how WOCRM can be used to reduce human error and enhance productivity, team co-ordination and operational safety. There will be an introduction to the six non-technical skills, namely, leadership, situational awareness, decision-making, teamwork, communication and human factors that affect human error. Examples of  WOCRM programme conducted for various drilling contractors in off-shore Middle East and on-shore in the Caspian region will be shown.

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June 2015
Arrow 08/06/2015 Seminar: Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources

On June 8th and 9th, 2015 a two-day educational Seminar on “Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources”, is to be held in the Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth. The Seminar focuses on Western Australia but draws on the world-wide industry experience.

The Seminar is being organised jointly by:
• International Association of Hydrogeologists WA Branch (IAH-WA).
• Society of Petroleum Engineers WA Section (SPE-WA)
• Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists WA Branch (ASEG-WA)

The “Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources” Seminar has been designed to bring together water and petroleum industry professionals, educate them in tight and shale gas exploration and development and water and environmental management, through a structured educational Seminar, including case histories from Australia and overseas. The Seminar will provide a mutual learning and understanding about useful scientific and engineering knowledge of each other’s disciplines, risk management procedures and workflows, as well as the new WA Government Legislation and Regulations (Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012) and policies and intent behind the Regulations. The program and key speakers for the seminar are attached to this email.

Among other purposes, the Seminar is being designed in consultation with key industry practitioners and officers of the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and the Department of Water (DoW) to provide a comprehensive, balanced, focussed and guided educational program for water and petroleum industry professionals including ASEG members.
The Seminar website is open for registration for the Seminar.

To register, visit

Please do not use the SPE WA website to register.


Registration for the full two-day event is $550, with early bird discount to $480 available until 8 May 2015.

Single day registration is $415, with early bird discount to $370 available until 8 May 2015 (new date)

Members of IAH, SPE, or ASEG receive 10% off the registration prices.

Contact: Geoff Pettifer, Organising Committee Chair, IAH-WA / SPE-WA / ASEG Joint Seminar “Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources”