Efficiency and uptime are key across all industries, but especially so in E&P where safe and secure operations are critical. Increasingly more of those operations utilize hardware and software solutions to communicate between the field and office. This increased application use coupled with high volume of server requests place an increased burden on shared storage resources that adversely impact application performance. One way to overcome these storage bottlenecks that degrade application performance in virtual environments is through the use of high speed server resources like flash storage. By putting storage performance on the server tier, companies can accelerate virtual workloads while extending the life of existing storage assets. 

This webinar will present how KBR, a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company, has embarked on a corporate travel strategic optimization initiative with the support of TCG Consulting to deliver $15-20M in spend reduction while also enhancing spend visibility, improving the user experience and maintaining infrastructure scalability to enable quick response to changing market conditions.

The global shipping industry is under increasing political pressure to reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. For several years, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working on tightening regulations controlling air pollutant emissions from shipping – regulations in Annex VI of the Marpol Convention. IFQC invited Donald Gregory, Director of the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) to give an overview of the exhaust gas cleaning systems as well as developments and operating experience with them. This Webinar will provide you insight into the marine scrubber technology and help you understand what role it will play meeting the future marine challenges - perfect also for busy executives who do not have time to follow developments on a daily basis! The following questions are answered: What technologies exist to tackle marine emissions? How do these technologies differ? What is the payback period for the scrubber systems? What are the existing challenges for these technologies? What is their operating experience? The Webinar consists of a 30 minute presentation by Gregory and a 30 minute Q&A session. More on the Annex VI of the Marpol Convention: A revised Annex VI was formally approved by IMO in October 2008, and entered into force on July 1, 2010. Its main changes are tighter controls on sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions (via fuel sulfur limits), and on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. The first impact is that the sulfur limit for marine fuels used in designated SOx Emission Control Areas (ECAs) was lowered to 1.00 wt% July 2010. Beyond 2010, Annex VI will further tighten sulfur limits both globally and in SOx ECAs. In all cases, abatement measures (such as exhaust gas scrubbing) are permitted as an alternative to using compliant fuels. More on the EGCSA: Member companies of the EGCSA are involved in the development, design and final installed configuration and design approval and acceptance of turnkey exhaust gas cleaning systems to meet the current and future emissions regulations of IMO and where applicable additional regulations introduced by regional and national authorities.

Argentina’s Neuquén Basin holds a wealth of tight gas and shale reservoirs, and companies are launching drilling programs to assess these resources. Explorers are targeting the thick and rich Vaca Muerta and Los Molles shales, two well-known, world-class source rocks that are receiving new attention. A discovery by Repsol YPF in the oil-prone portion of the Vaca Muerta could hold 150 million barrels of recoverable oil, and the company has already kicked off a major development project. Operators are also testing unconventional gas prospects in both shales, and in tight-gas sands. In addition to its attractive geology, the Neuquén Basin has other attributes that favor unconventional development. It has a long history of oil and gas operations, is home to an established, thriving service sector, and has excellent access to markets.

This webinar will explore automation, intelligence and innovation in Upstream Oil and Gas Land Management and acquisition and divestiture (A&D) transactions. Advanced text analytic capabilities are now available to automatically understand, identify and extract key elements, provisions and events from leases. Upstream operators and non-operators can leverage these new technologies to lower G&A, reduce risk during acquisitions, and provide a clear and accurate picture to buyers during a divestiture.


In September 2009, the aviation industry lauded the successful passage of a brand-new specification by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that certifies the use of alternative jet fuels in aircraft. ASTM D7566 creates a framework for all alternatives and immediately qualifies 50% blends of Fischer-Tropsch synthetic jet fuel with conventional Jet A from multiple feedstocks including coal, biomass, natural gas and all combinations thereof. This framework will enable the passage of a range of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuels, which are biofuels for aircraft made from a variety of feedstocks.

This specification represented the first aviation fuel qualification in nearly 20 years. So a year-and-a-half later, where are we? How far have efforts come in the commercialization of alternative jet fuels? And what are some of the challenges producers and end-users going to face?

Hart Energy’s International Fuel Quality Center and Global Biofuels Center present in partnership with FUEL magazine and Ethanol & Biofuels News a two-part series exploring the current state of the aviation biofuels industry and what’s ahead.

Session 1Setting the Stage 
•    The past, present and future for aviation biofuels
•    Challenges ahead
•    Achieving commercialization
•    Policies and incentives

Session 2Growing the Industry 
•    Biofuel producers
     o    what they need to provide
     o    progress they have made
     o    technical developments and challenges
     o    reaching commercialization
•    Airline buyers
     o    what they need from producers
     o    industry demands
     o    supply chain strategies

How 3-D image-based petrophysical properties such as porosity, permeability and wettability impact recovery and contribute to the faster development of a more accurate reservoir model.

When lab results and log measurements are inconsistent, inconclusive or conflicting, it can be an ‘all hands on deck’ exercise to unravel the data and get to the truth.  However, in many cases the necessary data points such as wettability, capillary pressure and relative permeability can be months, if not years, away from input to the reservoir model.  Guesstimates can lead to over- or under-inflated evaluations of recoverable hydrocarbons and can greatly impact production predictions – ultimately compromising decision-making that effects CAPEX investments in downstream infrastructure.
Digital rock is a relatively new discipline that advances traditional core analysis by using high-resolution microscopy imaging systems and 3-D visualization techniques to analyze the microstructural rock features of core samples. Using process- or image-based modeling, digital rock creates an accurate representation of the pore-scale internal rock architecture in 3-D by incorporating micro- and nano-scale structures such as grain size, contact angles, pore network connectivity, mineralogy, and clay content (to name a few). The models can be used to generate multi-phase fluid flow simulations that provide advanced rock and fluid properties in less time than traditional measurements – a first look at the dynamics contributing to ultimate recovery.
In this webinar, you will: 
•    Learn about digital rock modeling and how simulated multi-phase flow properties can deliver answers faster and with greater insight than traditional measurements.
•    Discover the many instances where digital rock analysis can provide answers which are either difficult or impossible to obtain by more conventional methods.
•    Understand how the combination of imaging and pore-scale modelling can lead to more accurate estimates of properties like residual hydrocarbon saturations.


‘Night Dragon’ and ‘Stuxnet’ attacks have unleashed a flurry of media coverage. In the face of these advanced and persistent threats to your real-time systems and intellectual property do you need to think and act differently than you have in the past?

As cyber security threats escalate and the level of process automation increases, the oil and gas industry is taking lessons from downstream plants and the utility industry. Nation state attackers are the biggest threat to the industry, but many unknown threats also exist worldwide. If your corporate reputation and profitability are paramount, you must take control of cyber risks by implementing an actionable plan that closes gaps, meets standards and delivers the financial and organizational efficiencies and brand impact you seek.

During this live webcast, you'll learn to:

  • Adapt your security thinking to contemporary risks and attacker strategies
  • Define an architecture to mitigate cyber security risks — from the oil rig to the boardroom
  • Establish a stable baseline and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of core cyber security operations
  • Refocus limited internal resources from operational functions to more strategic priorities
  • Confidently outsource your security functions, while maintaining real-time visibility

Join us to hear best practices from other Process Industries that are proactively addressing regulatory mandates, protecting the most sensitive enterprise data and industrial controls — through a cost effective and efficient approach.  Learn how they are responding to U.S. government requirements and cyber security initiatives and how you can work with DHS more effectively.

This 3-panel session brings you a collection of 7 Industry Leaders discussing the following topics. Panel 1: Bakken and Three Forks/Sanish Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources What you will learn: Production and capacity in the Bakken Oil vs. gas production growth in the region Why the U.S. is now less dependant on foreign imports and the value of infrastructure Jim Volker, Chairman, President & CEO, Whiting Petroleum What you will learn: Rate of return based on well costs and production profile Future pipeline expansion and take-away capacity increases Previous equipment deployment and success ratios by distance Panel 2: Geochemistry, Geology & Geophysics of Oil-prone Shales Shale-oil Systems, Their Main Characteristics and Distribution Daniel M. Jarvie, President, Worldwide Geochemistry What you will learn: The benefits of using geochemistry on shale oil vs. shale gas A better understanding of the different types of shale oil systems Why fractured oil shales have the highest potential The Bakken: What We Know and What it Tells Us about Analogs Steve Sonnenberg, Professor, Colorado School of Mines What you will learn: Factors related to tight oil production Source bed plays Tight oil play examples (Bakken/Three Forks, Niobrara) Seismic Applications in Oil Shales Chris M. Friedemann, Sr. Vice President-Corporate Marketing, ION Geophysical Corporation What you will learn: The difference between gas and oil shales from a seismic perspective Methods to image shale plays Emerging technologies and techniques Panel 3: Bakken, Niobrara and Mowry Peter Dea, President and CEO, Cirque Resources LP What you will learn: Risk management in oil resource plays Recovery of OOIP, what are the drivers? Paleogeography of specific formations including the Bakken, Niobrara and Mowry Peter Loeffler, VP of Exploration and Development, American Oil & Gas Inc. What you will learn: Commercializing shale through advances in technology and revisiting previously malined areas Largest U.S. oil fields by capacity over the last century Proppant placement issues and challenges in the Bakken

This A&D panel brings you Wall Street's view of the Bakken and other oily shales. 

Where the money is, the investors will follow. The Bakken and Monterey shales have given us inspired hopes,
but where do we look next for future investments?

In this session you will hear views from Wall Street, as well as an A&D inside look on the oily shales

Wall Street's View of the Bakken and Oily Shales
Subash Chandra, Managing Director-Senior Exploration & Production Analyst, Jefferies & Company

What you will learn:

  1. How to find a financial edge through ‘well-watching’
  2. Why there is economic merit in frac-stages
  3. How the Street views NAV, acreage, production and rig counts

An A&D View on Oily Shales From an Industry Insider
Dan K. Eberhart, CEO, Frontier Wellhead and Supply Inc.

What you will learn:

  1. Challenges that investors and Bakken-focused E&P companies face
  2. Which factors facilitate the best drilling results in the Bakken
  3. Practical considerations of running an operation in the region


Oil and Gas Investor's editor-in-chief Leslie Haines'  Q&A with Subash Chandra



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Current economics, both in terms of unconventional development and on a global, macroeconomic scale, are supportive to domestic oil and gas players. Three experts discuss global markets and their interrelationship with crude oil prices, the trend of improving results in shale-gas wells, and the possibility of LNG exports from North America.

The global scene for unconventional resources has great potential, but challenges will be amplified compared with the North American story. Four leading analysts provide an inside look at some of the world’s best opportunities for unconventional resource development. The international experience will not be the same as the North American experience for unconventional gas. Although in-place resources are tremendous, such factors as equipment availability, operational efficiency, and existing infrastructure that aided the vast growth of North American unconventional production will not be as favorable overseas. Add resource estimates, market dynamics and fiscal regimes to the mix, and the challenges are considerable. Learn the latest thinking on global development of resource plays.