Fort Worth Section


  • December Luncheon - Joseph Dancy - "Fly Me to the Moon: Drone Use and Regulations in the Oilfield"

    Thursday, December 20, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
    Bring a new, unwrapped toy (minimum $20 value) in lieu of your registration fee to contribute to the  COWBOY SANTAS  toy drive!  Regular payment will also be accepted.  If you plan to donate a toy, please use the "REGISTER NOW AND PAY LATER" option.  A toy wish list can be found at the COWBOY SANTAS website. "Fly Me to the Moon: Drone Use and Regulations in the Oilfield" Joseph Dancy University of Oklahoma College of Law Abstract Technological advances involving drilling and development have increased the value of properties by millions of dollars as operations become more efficient and profitable. Many of these technological advances have generated new legal, regulatory and strategic challenges.   The most recent technological advance in the oil field involves the use of drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) or unmanned aerial systems (“UASs”). Drones, or UAVs or UASs, are being utilized in the energy sector to address a number of tasks:   To inspect flare stacks, refinery towers, tanks, and equipment located in dangerous or hard to access areas   To survey well site and pipelines before commencing construction activity to document the extent of damage caused by the development or repair   To monitor methane, benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, or xylene (“BTEX”) emissions from oil field equipment   To investigate property for latent environmental defects, or for pre-existing damage, prior to conducting developmental activity   To survey leases, rights of way, or potential well site locations   To survey equipment, pipe lines, or gathering systems for corrosion, damage, leaks or spills   Applicable federal, state and local regulations will be discussed, as well as case studies and drone footage from Permian Basin operations. Best practices, as well as legal issues involved in the use of drones will be examined. Speaker Joseph Dancy is the Executive Director of the University of Oklahoma College of Law new Oil & Gas, Natural Resource, and Energy Center and teaches several courses on oil and gas law, energy law, environmental law and litigation and energy finance. He is a Texas Representative of the Oil & Gas Compact Commission and is also Adjunct Professor at the SMU Maguire Energy Institute and Faculty Advisor for the SMU Spindletop student managed portfolio. He has published numerous articles, discussing cybersecurity, operational, and regulatory issues involving the energy sector. He has a law, MBA, and Metallurgical Engineering / Mineral Processing degree.
    Fort Worth, TX, United States

  • January Luncheon - DISTINGUISHED LECTURER - Charles Pope - "Stop, Drop and Circulate, An Engineered

    Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
    "Stop, Drop and Circulate, An Engineered Approach to Coiled Tubing Intervention in Horizontal Wells" Charles Pope,  Complete Shale SPE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER In North America, the average cost of a coiled tubing intervention is $250,000. Experience shows that 30% of the wells will have cost overruns of more than $500,000. Additionally, 1 well in 16 has a stuck pipe event and consequently, the costs escalates to an average of $1.7 million per well. This talk will share how and where coiled tubing is used around the world. Historical practices are reviewed and the issues associated with them. Also, the need for engineering involvement to improve the coiled tubing intervention will be . This includes a road map for expected drag, detailed time modeling, fluid system planning and data capture. Planned short trips have been eliminated.  Low viscosity fluids are used to provide superior hole cleaning. When overpull is observed, operators should stop pulling out of the hole, drop down, and circulate until the debris is removed.   This engineered solution has been performed on over 75 coiled tubing interventons. These procedural improvements reduced time on location by 50%, reduced cost by 50% and prevented any stuck pipe. One take away: old, historical practices are not your friend in preventing stuck pipe. The solution: stop, drop and circulate. Charles Pope is the founder of Complete Shale, an international consulting firm specializing in drilling and completing horizontal wells.  Charles has spent more than 35 years working in the oilfield. He completed the first horizontal well in the Austin Chalk in the late 1980’s. Charles serves on the SPE ATCE Well Completions Committee and SPE Workshop: Application of Integrated Diagnostics for Unconventional Resource Development Committee.  He has authored multiple technical papers. While working at Devon, he was the Completions Technology Supervisor, where he led a team focused on optimizing coiled tubing interventions. He has held various positions with Sun, XTO Energy and Pinnacle Technology. Charles formed Complete Shale 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Charles will serve as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2019.
    Fort Worth, TX, United States

  • February Luncheon

    Thursday, February 21, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
    Speaker and topic to be announced soon!
    Fort Worth, TX, United States

  • March Luncheon

    Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
    Speaker and topic to be announced soon!
    Fort Worth, TX, United States

  • April Luncheon

    Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
    Speaker and topic to be announced soon!
    Fort Worth, TX, United States