Upcoming Division Talks

Canadian Well Identifier System, what does it mean for you?

Floy Baird/ President, Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society
Sue Carr/ Past-President, Calgary Geoscience Managers Society | Katalyst Data Management.

February 20th, 2019 | 12:00 noon 
geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary

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Canadian Well Identification System (CWIS), is an identifier whose time has come.  CWIS is planned to be implemented by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in the near future. This talk breaks down the concepts behind it and explains how it can be a valuable tool for you.  CWIS addresses the limitations of the UWI, while not replacing it.  Yes, your UWI is safe!  Our industry is one of constant change, driven by the need to address our environmental footprint, reduce our cost, and embrace new technologies.  We no longer predominately drill just single vertical boreholes, and the management of the data of wells need new tools like CWIS to address these changes.  De-mystifying the CWIS, walking through examples of CWIS, and talking in practical terms about the benefits will all be discussed in this talk.  

Floy Baird – with 37 years experience in managing Canadian, International, and US well data, change has been a constant in her career. Floy excels at bringing technology to the table to solve some of the most complex and pervasive issues in well data management.  With practical and applied knowledge across disciplines spanning from regulatory compliance, sitting a drill site, field work and programming her knowledge base spans across most aspects of geoscience, engineering and land.  Floy has held key roles in over 10 data management projects. Floy believes in giving back to her community of data managers by volunteering on the PPDM – Regulatory Committee and as the President of the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society.  Floy feels she has been fortunate to work in the area of her passion.

Sue Carr, Manager Consulting Services, Katalyst Data Management. 
Sue is a passionate Oil and Gas Information Management Professional with more than 35 years of industry experience. An organizer and planner, she is known to continuously improve processes to create tangible results by empowering people with technology. Sues ‘experience as an IT Leader and Subsurface Information Manager has given her a unique skill set to bridge the gap between business requirements and IT policy. Her subsurface data management experience includes seismic, wells, interpretation projects and applications. 
Sue is currently focused on building a Data Management Consultants team to help solve E&P companies’ data challenges.  

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Division talks are held monthly. They are free of charge. No registration is required, and talks are open to the public. There will be a door prize, light snacks and coffee provided by sponsors. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. 

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Operations Geology is an important sub-discipline of the practice of geology. As it pertains to petroleum geology, we include any geoscientist managing drilling operations from the office/home (including planning wells) and geosteerers. Operations geologists are uniquely involved in the drilling of a well from the initial planning stages to long after TD and the data have been properly distributed to stakeholders and/or lookbacks have been held.

Knowledge of one’s geological targets (conventional, heavy, or unconventional) is more important than it has ever been for well placement optimization, especially considering the introduction of new technology, such as horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracture stimulation. Beyond the typical geological capacity and experience, knowledge of stakeholder management, regulatory process and approvals, well planning, drilling processes, reservoir engineering, petrophysics, production, wellbore analysis technology, etc are also vital to the role of the operations geologist. These disciplines are commonly in conflict during drilling so prioritization and compromise of the well's objectives is also a skill.

Communication is another vital skill set of the Operations Geologist. Not only does the Operations Geologist communicate with their drilling engineer, directional driller, wellsite geologist (if present), and geosteerer (if present), but communication with their subsurface team, logging team, internal and external regulatory groups, as well as other internal and external stakeholders are also critical to drilling success. A common misperception is that Operations Geology is not its own discipline, the above paragraphs prove that while the Operations Geologist is truly a generalist, there are skillsets that are unique to the Operations Geologist beyond taking well calls in the middle of the night.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
● The role of an Operations Geologist in safety.
● Questions to ask your wellsite geologist to aid in your collective interpretation of well data.
● Reading/interpreting striplogs, cuttings, cuttings technology
● Basic training/discussion of geosteering software
● Critical Regulatory knowledge (ie: D56)
● Best practices: dealing with unforeseen events, stuck pipe, collapsed hole, etc.
● Logging technologies, open hole, mwd, lwd
● Communication with drillers, directional hands, etc
● Drilling technologies
● Stakeholder management
● Geohazards-identification, mitigation, avoidance
● Data QC/QA - is that well really sour?
● Pore Pressure/Fracture Gradient prediction
● H2S Analysis and Regulatory Requirements for sour wells
● Data management and reporting

Committee Members

Division Chair: Kurt Armbruster, P. Geol. | email: kurt.eh@gmail.com


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