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Improving People’s Lives Hope is not a strategy….but without hope there is no strategy(1). A great benefit of being SPE President is the chance to interact with students and young professionals around the world. Many are anxious about the future, but not panicked. I have been asked if this is the worst time ever in […]

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There are many definitions of sustainability, but the 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission’s remains a standard. “Meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED 1987) Some think oil and gas have little role in a sustainable future; global realities suggest otherwise. How is it that […]

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The first brief flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 did not immediately make the Wright brothers famous; however, within 5 years, enthusiasm for the new technology began to spread around the world. Louis Blériot won a prize for flying over the English Channel in a heavier-than-air craft in 1909, and Charles Lindbergh won the USD […]

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Originally published as http://spe.org/jpt/article/10176-presidents-column-36/ As 2016 SPE President I often speak of Baker Hughes’ purpose. In this post I would like to talk about the mission of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)? Why do we collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge? There are plenty of reasons why such activities are valuable. Our mission statement […]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog post was originally a white paper by H.C. Freitag and his team at Baker Hughes. STEP 1. SCREEN AND SELECT CANDIDATE WELLS Selecting rejuvenation candidates with the best risk/reward ratio from an operator’s hundreds—or even thousands—of wells […]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog entry was originally published as a white paper by Baker Hughes and was authored by H. C. Freitag and his team. ABSTRACT In the North American shale plays, the most popular approach to developing assets is built […]

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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ In our last blog post we looked at the various flow mechanisms potentially associated with ultra-low […]

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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled “Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development” covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available in the next few months at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ As reservoir engineers, we can analyze most conventional oil and […]

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  Ethical dilemmas associated with Data and Image Manipulation “Manipulation—that term sounds so negative…” Image Manipulation Long before the days of Photoshop® or even personal computers(1), I had my first experience with image manipulation and ethics. A friend of mine and I spent a summer together at an honors program for high school students. My […]

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Risks and opportunities associated with shale plays as unconventional projects go global. (Part 5/5) Some of this material was prepared for presentation at the ADIPEC 2013 Technical Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10-13 November 2013 in a presentation titled “A Consistent Approach to Source Rock Resource Evaluation and Optimization.” This is the fifth and final in […]

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