SPE London Evening Programme meeting

When:  Jan 30, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM (GMT)
Associated with  London Section

Dear members,
We would like to invite you and your colleagues to the January London Section evening meeting for lectures on Imperial College’s ground-breaking research into dynamic fluid connectivity; and well and reservoir optimization using acoustic sensing (SPE Distinguished Lecturer).

This event will be held at Imperial College; Royal School of Mines, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BP. The Royal School of Mines is about 15 minutes’ walk from South Kensington tube station via Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road.

You may know that SPE London supports the SPE Young Professionals; we wish now to ask our senior members what we might do to enhance the benefits of their membership. Please let me know if you have any suggestions by emailing me at tim.lines@oilfieldinternational.com

Please, read more about the agenda, the talk content, and the booking information below.


Tim Lines
SPE London Section - Programme Chairman
Email: tim.lines@oilfieldinternational.com


Time Talk and Speaker
5.00 pm  -
6.30 pm
Time:           5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Talk1:     Dynamic fluid connectivity during steady-state multiphase flow in a sandstone. Dr C Reynolds &  Dr S Jackson,  Imperial College
6.30 pm -
7.15 pm
7.15 pm -
8.45 pm
Time:           7.15 pm – 8.45 pm
Talk2:     Illuminating insights into well and reservoir optimisation using fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing. David Hill, Distinguished Lecturer, and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sintela Systems.

:  The event will be held at  the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

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Directions : Please note the main entrance to the Department is via the Royal School of Mines Building on Prince Consort Road, between 10 and 12 on the campus map

Booking:  All booking must be paid in advance and online please, via Eventbrite.
Email: katespe@aol.com

Cost £34 for SPE/PESGB/EI members, £44 non-members, £19 unemployed members. Non refundable £5 for students booking by Friday January 25 (£19 after). All tickets have an additional Eventbrite fee.

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm, Dynamic fluid connectivity during steady-state multiphase flow in a sandstone. Dr C Reynolds & Dr S Jackson, Imperial College
We will present the results of investigations into subsurface multiphase flow processes, including oil production, enhanced oil recovery, and CO2 storage, across the scales that can be observed in the laboratory. Within the pores of the rocks synchrotron and laboratory X-ray micro tomography, combined with pore scale numerical models, have been used to observe and characterise dynamic and equilibrium fluid displacement. At the centimeter scale conventional X-ray imaging and continuum scale models have been used to characterize the impact of rock heterogeneity on multiphase flow and residual trapping. Combined the results show the pervasive role of complex fluid dynamics and rock heterogeneity on macroscopic flow processes. They also provide insight into viable paths for incorporating this information into more rigorous models of multiphase flow in the subsurface. 
Catriona Reynolds is a consultant for the global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. Her recent work has focused on benchmarking upstream carbon emissions and value at risk in the oil and gas sector. She holds a PhD from Imperial College in multiphase fluid flow behaviour and relative permeability at the pore and core scales.
Dr S Jackson is a research associate at Imperial College London in the Flow and Reaction in Geologic Systems group. His research focuses on understanding the impact of rock heterogeneity across multiple length scales on fluid flow in the subsurface. Samuel obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, where he researched immiscible displacement in Hele-Shaw cells as an analogue to the flow in porous media. 

The Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College London hosts approximately 50 academic staff, 70 research and support staff and 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Academics in the Department are at the cutting edge of comprehending how Earth systems work and how natural resources and energy can be sustainably extracted and provided, using a combination of pure and applied research. Whether it is through undergraduate degrees in Geology and/or Geophysics, or our world leading Petroleum MSc courses, the commitment of staff to an excellence in teaching ensure that our students graduate with a range of skills that allow them to go on to senior positions in industry and in academia.

AFTER DINNER: 7.15 pm - 8.45pm:
7.15 pm – 8.45 pm, Illuminating insights into well and reservoir optimisation using fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing. David Hill, Distinguished Lecturer, and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sintela Systems.
In these times of low oil and gas prices, the drive to provide 'more for less' has never been greater. One key component in achieving this is the ability to accurately monitor the production rates along a wellbore and across a reservoir. Ideally a range of different measurements should be available on-demand from all points in all wells. Clearly conventional sensors such as downhole pressure and temperature gauges, flow meters, geophone arrays and production logging tools can provide part of the solution but the cost of all these different sensors limits their widespread deployment. Fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing, or DAS for short, is changing that. Using an optical fibre deployed in a cable from surface to the toe of a well DAS, often in combination with fibre-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS), provides a means of acquiring high resolution seismic, acoustic and temperature data at all points in real-time. Since the first downhole demonstrations of DAS technology in 2009 there has been rapid progress in developing the technology and applications, to the point where today it is being used to monitor the efficiency of hydraulic fracture treatments, provides continuous flow profiling across the entire wellbore and is used as a uniquely capable tool for borehole seismic acquisition. With optical fibre installed in your wells and DAS acquiring data, there is now the ability to cost effectively and continuously monitor wells and reservoirs to manage them in real-time in order to optimise production.   

David Hill is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sintela Systems. He has over 30 years of research and development experience in the field of acoustic sensing, 20 years of which have been spent developing fibre-optic based sensors. He holds a PhD in Physics, specializing in fibre-optic sensing, from the University of Kent in the UK and has filed over 30 patents and authored numerous papers. He has led the development and exploitation of fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) in the oil and gas industry, and in 2009 he was the first person to use fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) to acquire signals on a downhole fibre. Since then, he has continued to develop a range of downhole applications for the technology.