March 2015
Arrow 03/03/2015 PESA/SPE WA Branch: Horizontal Drilling Workshop
Towards the Perfect Horizontal Well: Navigating bumps along the way
Please do not register for this workshop on the SPE WA website. Please register  online at the PESA website here:
KC Oren (HSI – Horizontal Solutions International)
Workshop Overview

The personalities of Engineers and Geoscientists are often very different. When it comes to Corporate Risk Assessments and company incentives, the rewards for these individuals are often counter to the overall goals of superior Intellectual Property and stand-out well performance amongst peers. For example, drilling team metrics and operating personnel objectives are often counter to the geological target objectives of ‘staying in the zone’ to realize maximum possible production. Such divergent drivers can cause conflicts between individuals; the overarching goal should be professional teamwork driving towards Company Success.

Technological advances in recent years (i.e. drilling further and faster than ever before) now have many Operating Companies questioning whether their horizontal wells are being drilled too fast for their own good. An understanding of Cost vs Accuracy trade-offs is critical for the best drilling decisions to be made, and for the maximum benefits to be drawn from unconventional resources.

This Introductory Level course will compare and contrast ‘staying in the target zone’ via geo-steering and monitoring along the way with ‘drilling ahead for maximum rate-of-penetration’ (which equates to less ‘non-productive’ time). This course will lay the foundation for a greater understanding between the disciplines and in particular address the Operational issues that make the Drilling Team ‘uncomfortable’.

Proudly presented by both PESA and SPE in Western Australia, this course is suitable and highly recommended for both Geologists and Engineers.

Presenter: KC Oren

KC Oren has been in the drilling and geoscience sectors of the Oil and Gas E&P Industry for over 30 years. Early in his career Oren was a technical trainer for directional drilling and sub-surface surveying at Eastman-Whipstock. He then held various technical and management positions with Smith International, Teleco and Halliburton before turning his hand at technical sales for both drilling tools and steerable systems, and later marketing E&P software solutions at Munro-Garrett International, GeoGraphix, Landmark and Halliburton.

He now resides in Frisco, Colorado and is employed by Horizontal Solutions Int’l (HSI) as Vice President for Sales and Marketing of HSI’s TrueTime™ Solutions in the Northern North America and Internationally.

Catering: Morning/Afternoon Tea & Lunch provided

Please do not register on the SPE WA website. Please register  online at the PESA website here:

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Arrow 12/03/2015 SPE YP Trivia Night!

Dear YPs of the petroleum industry,

SPEWA YP are hosting a trivia night!! Come on down to the Universal Bar on Thursday, 12th March after work (5.30 - 7.30) and join in on the quest for the knowledge king/queen of Perth's petroleum industry! Questions will be range from technical questions to social questions and on a whole range of interesting topics.

Drinks will be available at the bar and finger-food provided (both inclusive of the ticket price).

If you would like to sit with your mates, shoot an email to with your preferences. Each team has six people. If you don't have a preference then you will have the opportunity to mingle with other industry professionals.

So get in quick, grab some friends and buy some tickets! It's sure to be a fun night for all.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Woodside, Shell, Schlumberger, Black Gold Solutions, Apache, and Add Energy.

From the SPEWA YP team!

Arrow 18/03/2015 March Distinguished Lecturer - Design of Experiment as a Vehicle for Reservoir Studies – Lessons and Best Practices

Design of Experiment as a Vehicle for Reservoir Studies – Lessons and Best Practices

From its humble beginnings in an agricultural research station near London in the 1920s, the Design of Experiment has found universal industrial applications. It is, today, recognized as the most efficient way to conduct an experiment because it offers a structured way to gain the most information about a system from the least number of experimental runs. A search of the library indicates that the reservoir management community started embracing the Design of Experiment method in reservoir studies in the 1990s. This is evidenced by the surfeit of published materials that describe the workflow and benefits of experimental design applications in diverse reservoir studies. Unfortunately, not much is written about the growing pains and practical challenges of applying this technique in a reservoir study.

This presentation addresses this shortcoming by using lessons and best practices at each stage of a design of experiment workflow to describe how to correctly navigate the many twists and turns encountered in a typical reservoir study.

Arrow 31/03/2015 SPE WA Lecture Series:Using Integrated Asset Modelling to Improve Oil and Gas Planning Decisions in a Volatile Market

Using Integrated Asset Modelling to Improve Oil and Gas Planning Decisions in a Volatile Market

Crude Oil has been our primary energy driver for a number of decades and the current fluctuation in oil price puts many operators’ future investments in limbo.  Natural gas exploration, production and distribution however, have increased tremendously in recent years. Oil production primarily focuses on maximizing liquid hydrocarbon recovery and minimizing gas production, whereas gas production is typically driven by long term contracts generating both opportunities and challenges in optimizing reservoir production.

Integrated asset models provide a pathway for planners and engineers to combine their views from often conflicting objectives.  IAM tools enable optimal hydrocarbon resources to be recovered by oil and gas companies. The details required for building an asset model depend on the type of optimization problem we strive to address. It is common practice for E&P companies to use the same tools for optimizing different types of reservoirs; however gas reservoirs are significantly different to manage when compared to oil reservoirs.

Asset management teams in E&P companies, joint venture partners and Government regulatory authorities rely upon the Integrated Asset Models for making informed decisions.  

There are a number of applications for IAMs and this presentation will focus on:

  • How IAM is important as a corporate planning tool
  • How market based models provide robust optimization for oil and natural gas exploration and production
  • Facility representation in IAM – how much detail is optimal and for what purpose
  • How to find system bottlenecks and enforce facility constraints for field development optimization
  • Good forecasting models – how they aid exploring challenging fields (High CO2, H2S etc)


Presenter - Dr Andrew Wadsley

Dr Andrew Wadsley has more that thirty-nine years’ experience in the petroleum industry - starting as a well-site petroleum engineer with Shell International in 1975, and has been a consultant petroleum engineer for over twenty-five years.

Dr Wadsley is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Stochastic Simulation Limited, an unlisted public company founded in 2008; he was adjunct Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the Curtin University of Technology; he was Chief Scientist for Paradigm Geophysical; and was Reservoir Engineering Expert on the Gorgon CO2 Sequestration Review Committee for Department of Industry and Resources, Western Australia.
Dr Wadsley has been Umpire for resolution of a Gas Reserves Dispute, and has been called as an Expert Witness in cases ranging from reservoir engineering, the mercury content of natural gas, to gas production operations.
He is a member of SPE and EAGE, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  He received a Bsc (Hons), University Medal in Mathematics from the Australian National University in 1970, an MSc in 1972, and a PhD (Mathematics) from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1974.