RPSEA Resource V10N1 2015





Discover RPSEA Today

President’s Perspective

Welcome New RPSEA Members

Unconventional Resources and Small Producers Program Highlights

Ultra-Deepwater Program Highlights

RPSEA 2015 Schedule of Events




It has been some time since we have had the pleasure to discuss RPSEA, our ongoing projects and our joint industry partnerships, some of which are highlighted below. Additionally, we have a number of upcoming events such as workshops, field trips and technology conferences.

RPSEA offers a variety of ways to work with industry peers and research experts. By being a part of the RPSEA member organization - universities, independents, major operators, service companies, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, state agencies, public and private research organizations - you are able to stay abreast of those new technologies being developed to unlock the oil and gas resources that will power America into the future.

RPSEA member benefits include:

  • Access to networking opportunities with a broad spectrum of industry related personnel at the decision making level within all stakeholder groups of the oil and gas industry
  • Eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and direct the future of RPSEA
  • Participation on advisory committees to focus research priorities
  • Access to technical forums, workshops, membership meetings and other activities
  • Development of opportunities to leverage research capability across many entities instead of using organization funds on specific and possibly redundant research
  • Advance information and updates, as well as full access to reports, including operational research, e-mails, publications, newsletters and the members-only pages of the website
  • Access to research for organizations that don't have internal research capability, which is especially important for independents and small producers
  • Invitations to give presentations at forums, meetings and conferences
  • Invitations to showcase research project developments in RPSEA's booth at tradeshows and major conferences and exhibitions such as SPE, OTC, AAPG and SEG
  • Opportunities to network and form strategic alliances and collaborations within the RPSEA network

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and catching up on the latest RPSEA news and direction for the future. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

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RPSEA President, James Pappas


Dear members:

It's hard to believe that eight months have passed since the most recent RPEA newsletter went out! Over the past half year our team has continued to transition out of the Section 999 Project Management roles and into Technical Coordination roles. What that means is that we've turned over the subcontract approval and acceptance authority to new project managers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) offices and have assumed the positions of intermediaries who recommend actions to be taken.

In practice our jobs require us to oversee the technical aspects of each project, review the deliverable materials for accuracy and legibility, gather the various volunteer committees and groups to recommend actions, and otherwise provide advice or assistance to anyone along the program chain who might require it. Our goal is to ensure that all contractual deliverable items are met and that documentation is of the highest quality for the benefit of our members.

RPSEA will continue to have invoice request authority to the Federal government through the remainder of the 999 program. Following relative project invoice submittals and approval by NETL, RPSEA is charged with consolidating 999 program invoices into one single monthly request from the Federal government. Once it is processed we disburse the funds to the projects, just as we have done in the past.

Your RPSEA staff continues to work on other projects. For example, we recently acted as scribes for two Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) Forums: Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration, and Blowouts in Shallow-Water. We are also part of a team led by Bjorn Paulsson that was awarded a grant titled: Injection and Tracking of Micro Seismic Emitters to Optimize UOG Development, which you can read more about in this newsletter. And speaking of Dr. Paulsson, we are in a joint industry partnership (JIP) project, spun off from an earlier Section 999 project, led by the Bureau of Economic Geology, Chevron, and Paulsson titled: 200-Level Drill Pipe Deployed Fiber Optic 3C Receiver Array for Deep Boreholes. It is also described in more detail in this newsletter.

RPSEA is active in developing other projects and participating in other programs that will continue to place your organization at the forefront of new technology development. JIP opportunities include: Marine seismic air gun substitution prototype trials, and proposed Mammal "Harassment Safety Zone" tests with Battelle Memorial Institute; Methane Emissions along with the Colorado School of Mines, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Gas Technology Institute; and two Bastion Technologies JIP's -- the IntrSeptr intervention separator system and the Pyro-Accumulator instant access emergency high energy pressure accumulator system.

We continue working with other groups to play active roles in several programs. For example a DOE request for proposals for a university coalition R&D program may provide RPSEA with an opportunity to influence R&D project selection and offer funding advice to whichever university group chooses to compete in Offshore O&G related research. Similarly, we hope to be selected as the Offshore Safety Consultant for another program. In both of these cases, as well as others, RPSEA can leverage one of its core strengths, its subject matter expertise through its members and its Technical and Program Advisory Committees, to provide guidance and direction to future technology developments. Our aim continues to be to improve operations of the oil and gas industry through technology while reducing associated risks, in a logical, consistent, and effective manner.

All of these efforts are meant to continue to provide first class service to our members. It is you, the representatives of our member companies, universities, and labs, who must see and extract value to keep RPSEA relevant. We recognize that in low product price environments such as this one, additional pressures are placed on everyone to reduce costs - this fact is not lost on us. However, the associated pause that industry inevitably sees at times like today provides opportunities to concentrate on inefficiencies and technology gaps, and to redouble efforts to shore them up.

RPSEA will be hosting or otherwise involved in several upcoming events throughout the remainder of the year. Below is a listing. We hope to see you there.

9-Sep-15 10-Sep-15 RPSEA UDW Technology Conference Marriott Westchase CC Houston, TX
27-Sep-15 30-Sep-15 Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Conference & Exhibition* G. R. Brown CC Houston, TX
18-Oct-15 23-Oct-15 Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exhibition and 85th Annual Meeting* Earnest Morial CC New Orleans, LA
27-Oct-15 28-Oct-15 RPSEA Pittsburgh Area Onshore Workshop & Field Trip Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe Canonsburg, PA/Morgantown, WV
4-Nov-15 4-Nov-15 RPSEA Houston Area Onshore Workshop Marriott Hobby Houston, TX

Legend: * booth at exhibition

I will close by thanking you for your continued support in our programs, and trust in us to provide the service that has made us successful. Although we gratefully acknowledge the achievements made under RPSEA, we must remain humble and recognize that it is you, our members who are the life blood of this organization and provide the necessary expertise. You realize that you only get out of a program what you willingly put into it. You are able now to take advantage of the advancements that have been made, as well as lessoned learned.

And finally, a quote from John Akers will remind me of what we are and where we are going: Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.

Till next time,


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We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new member, Northwestern University. We are pleased that they have chosen to join our organization and we appreciate the commitment to continue supporting the efforts of our Research and Development community.

Membership affords you the access to technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, participation in various conferences throughout the year and instant access to the "members only" area of our website. The website includes a listing of our 150 plus members, program information and informational updates.

To view a list of all RPSEA members, click here, www.rpsea.org.

In addition to the benefits listed above, membership affords select members of your organization the eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors and direct the future of RPSEA; participate on advisory committees to focus research priorities; access to technical forum information and results, workshops, member meetings and receptions as well as Semi-annual newsletters, e-mails, and reports.

We look forward to working with you in the future and once more thank you for your membership and support!

Northwestern University www.northwestern.edu

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RPSEA Onshore Program - Unconventional Resources and Small Producers

The RPSEA onshore program continues to address issues of importance to the producing community actively developing the U.S. shale resource. Additionally the Small Producer program is addressing challenges brought on by today's oil and gas prices. Of particular focus are the environmental hurdles that have arisen along with the growth of shale development. These issues include water usage, emissions, wellbore integrity and induced seismicity amongst others.

These challenges are of particular importance when we consider the future and the number of wells that need to be drilled. If the U.S. is to take full advantage of the shale resource opportunity and the benefits it brings, many new wells will be required. Studies by EIA and others suggest that well numbers approaching 80,000 per year will be needed to continuously increase production from low k shale formations. If significant push back from the public and environmental organizations is significant at current well drilling levels; think about it at double that number!

Current and Project Well Drilling Required for Full Access to the U.S. Shale Resource

Ongoing research on environmentally sensitive topics will be required to maintain a license to operate in the many shale basins across the U.S. As an example of research ongoing in one of these areas a RPSEA project highlight is provided.

Project Highlight

A recently completed project addresses the issue of induced seismicity. The project: "Relationships between Induced Seismicity and Fluid Injection: Development of Strategies to Manage Fluid Disposal in Shale Hydrocarbon Plays" by the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas concluded the following:

  • In the Fort Worth Basin 67 seismic events were identified during the 2009 -2011 survey period, of which only eight were reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Of these 67 events, all the reliably located events occurred in eight clusters, and each cluster was situated within 3.2 km of one or more high volume injection disposal wells.
  • This suggests that higher volume injection wells in the Fort Worth Basin did trigger the events.
  • However, there were numerous such high volume wells that did not have earthquakes nearby. Thus it is unclear why the events occurred near some high volume wells and not others.

All of the events are small and did not damage nor posed any threat

Current and Project Well Drilling Required for Full Access to the U.S. Shale Resource

Seismicity can be of particular concern to the public given the consequences of strong earthquakes. To date all seismic events attributable to shale development are of the non-damaging category. Full understanding of this issue however and transparent dissemination to the public is required.

Regarding technology dissemination RPSEA continues these efforts for all of the research projects.

Technology Dissemination

As part of an effort to transfer recent results RPSEA planned three onshore technology transfer workshops during 2015. The first was held in Denver, August 11-12, 2015; the second will be held in Canonsburg, PA October 27-28 and the third will be held in Houston November 4th.

Topics for each include:

  • Denver Topic - Environmental Issues in the DJ Basin including Emissions and Water Management; included a field trip to water management facilities in the DJ Basin.
  • Canonsburg Topic - Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus and Utica Shale Formations; including an anticipated field trip to view field activities in the Morgantown area.
  • Houston Topic - Issues surrounding Induced Seismicity and Shale Development.

Additional details for these upcoming workshops can be found on the RPSEA website at www.rpsea.org.

RPSEA Joint Industry Projects Onshore Program

The U.S. shale oil and gas resource is a national energy endowment that will significantly impact the future of U.S. energy supply; possibly providing the foundation for long sought energy independence.

RPSEA recently received over 100 research proposals addressing unconventional onshore resources. This represented over $200 million of proposed research from a combined group of proposers numbering over 420 entities.

Due to budget reductions as a result of the Ryan-Murray budget bill passed in December of 2013 only 4 projects were funded. This leaves a large number of research proposals including many valuable projects unfunded. As a result RPSEA is pursuing funding for some of the unfunded projects via a Joint Industry Project (JIP) mechanism.

Proposed projects fall into the following 9 Topics:
( ) represents # of proposals received for each topic
  1. Wellbore Integrity (8)
  2. Shale Oil Resource Characterization (6)
  3. Shale Oil Research at the Small Pore Scale for Enhanced Recovery (11)
  4. Hydraulic Fracturing - Alternatives to Water (10)
  5. Hydraulic Fracturing - Other Water Sources (14)
  6. Unconventional Resources Well Completions (9)
  7. CH4 Emissions - Flare Mitigation Research (17)
  8. Induced Seismic & Seismic Events (9)
  9. Enhanced Shale Oil Recovery (14)

Quantitative scoring for each of the research proposals was performed by approximately 40 industry reviewers and all proposals ranked by score for each of the topics noted above. Each of the proposals was then reviewed and discussed by the RPSEA Unconventional Resource Project Advisors and a recommendation developed for funding.

This Effort:

It is RPSEA's goal to raise approximately $10 million of funding for a set of the unfunded proposals that is of most interest and value to industry, and thus capture the value of the extensive R&D planning process and industry-driven evaluation effort that has been undertaken to this point.


Participants will include the E&P Industry, in particular those with operations in Unconventional oil and gas resources. This includes exploration and service companies.

Next Steps:

RPSEA is initiating an effort to organize a group of participants for developing, guiding and further funding this effort. Participants will be sought from the sectors noted above.

RPSEA will utilize its Board of Directors and other advisory groups to assist with this effort and will reach out to its current membership of over 150 companies for support.

Overall RPSEA has established a goal of forming and implementing an approximately $10 million research portfolio to be selected from the set of recent research proposals.

Specific steps include:

  1. Input and advice from the Unconventional Resources Advisory Group.
  2. Discussions with interested E&P companies to vet the concept.
  3. Informational meetings or conference calls to discuss the proposal and answer questions.
  4. Development of a draft JIP agreement or document based on Industry input; Identify Projects and fund the effort.

New RPSEA Research Reports

During the first half of 2015 several Onshore project final and other reports were completed, and their Technical Reports can be found on our website:

  • 11122-27: Final Report: Relationships between Induced Seismicity and Fluid Injection: Development of Strategies to Manage Fluid Disposal in Shale Hydrocarbon Plays, led by Schlumberger led by Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin.
  • 11122-42: Interim Report: Development of Methods to Prohibit and Remediate Loss of Annular Isolation in Shale Gas Wells: Prevention and Remediation of Sustained Casing Pressure and other Isolation Breaches, led by CSI Technologies LLC.
  • 11122-57: Interim Report: Advanced Treatment of Shale Gas Fracturing Water to Produce NPDES Quality Water, led by Southern Research Institute.
  • 11122-60: Interim Report: Cost-Effective Treatment of Flowback and Produced Waters via an Integrated Precipitative Supercritical Process, led by Ohio University.
  • 11122-73: Quarterly Progress Reports and Project Overview Presentation: Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin, led by Battelle Memorial Institute.
  • 12122-15: Progress Report: Measurement of Hydrocarbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Uncharacterized Area Sources, led by Utah State University
  • 11123-03: Progress Report: Operational Expenditure (OPEX) of the Humidification- Dehumidification Unit, led by New Mexico Tech.
  • 11123-23: Final Report: Field Demonstration of Eco-Friendly Creation of Propped Hydraulic Fractures, led by Danimer Scientific LLC.
  • 12123-18: Interim Report: Water Treatment System for Effective Acid Mine Drainage Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing, led by PPG Industries.


Kent Perry

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by Bill Head

RPSEA's Annual Ultra-Deepwater conference will take place this year at the Marriott Westchase in Houston. It is located at 2900 Briarpark Dr., Beltway 8 and Westheimer. The dates are September 9 and 10. Registration is available on our web site, www.rpsea.org/events/483. Cost is $100 for members of RPSEA or SPE-GCS, and $500 for non-members.

Conference topics include RPSEA projects on safety, risers, cement practice, floaters, FPSO's, Pore Pressure, Human Factors, intelligent BOP's, topsides explosion mitigation, Metocean, DOE research, and an invited paper from SPE. The agenda is available in pdf download on our web site.
Each day there will be continental breakfast, and a really good lunch.

Wednesday afternoon RPSEA and the SPE-GCS will host a reception with cocktail bar. Tickets provided with registration.



JIP: Deepwater build 200 level pipe deployed tool/Phase 2 of 09121-3700

Over the past several years RPSEA/NETL/DOE have funded over $11MM for fundamental and applied research into creating a subsurface seismic tool that could record ultra-high frequencies for reservoir evaluations, yet record extremely low frequencies for microseismic applications to frac detection and monitoring induced seismicity concerns. We believe we have found an industry game changer in a rugged down-hole fiber optic application. A 2013 prototype recorded frequencies above 5500 Hz and lower than 2 Hz. The frequency bandwidth allowed seismicity detection of less than -2.6M and stratigraphic resolution of better than 1 foot vertically. Signal like this could give superior seismic inversion for reservoir fluid properties, and directionality so precise as to watch a frac grow.

RPSEA and Paulsson, Inc. have a proposal for a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to build and test a 200 level, modular, fiber optic 3C vector-sensor array for deep and horizontal boreholes. A CA or pre-agreement is not needed. Estimated funding requirement is $4MM. 


JIP: Test the fiber optic broadband VSP tool for comparison to the Sercel Maxiwave. Test at the Hondo, Devine site, participants; BEG [Bob Hardage], Chevron, RPSEA, others;

Funding for an intended Phase 2 prototype field test offshore of the 200 level tool was not available under the original 999 program. Falling oil prices along with reluctance of first testing a new wellbore technology even onshore has been precluded at this time. The Bureau of Economic Geology [BEG] of Texas [Univ. Texas] stepped up to provide their Hondo-Devine test site free to the project and included other service providers. The Sercel tool was tested there, and that data is available to the project.

Additional amounts totaling $240,000 plus existing contributions from RPSEA, Paulsson, Inc., the BEG, and Chevron should provide for a minimal, but effective test of the latest generation prototype, fiber optic, vector hi-res, pipe deployed tool.

Devine Test wells, Hondo, Texas


JIP: New Marine Vibrator designs, airgun energy substitutions, and their measured effects on Marine Life. 

RPSEA is seeking assistance in evaluating the effect on marine wildlife of newly-developed marine vibrators (vibroseis) for use in offshore oil and gas seismic exploration. We plan to build and test a design by Steve Chelminski, the inventor of the Air-gun, and a modified PGS/GeoKinetics design for OBC work.

Offshore seismic surveys have traditionally used air gun energy sources towed behind ships to obtain information about oil and gas deposits buried beneath the seabed. Concern about possible adverse effects on marine mammals has led to the recent development of marine vibrator alternatives that are expected to be more environmentally-friendly and result in increased efficiencies compared to traditional air gun seismic sources. RPSEA has partnered with Battelle to evaluate the potential for effects on marine life from the prototype marine vibrators during demonstration testing. A suggested scope of work and estimated cost for the study is outlined below.

Task 1: Build the Chelminski tuned marine vibrator as a large scale prototype.
Task 2: Comprehensive State-of-the-Science Review of Methods, Equipment, and Technologies Available for Marine Mammal Detection and Tracking
Task 3: Pre-Test Analysis of Acoustic Signal Intensity for Air Gun and Marine Vibrator Devices
Task 4: Acoustic Measurements at Seneca Lake
Task 5: Acoustic Measurements and Marine Mammal Detection and Tracking at Galveston Bay

We anticipate that the first two tasks could be completed in approximately 9 months. Project life is 3 years. Total project cost should be about $2.5 MM.


JIP: RPSEA and Texas A&M are proposing a JIP to study risk mitigation of close proximity of ships while performing hazardous functions. The Naval Architect's Society has advanced $25K for this project.

A New Analysis Method Combing Model Testing and Numerical Hydrodynamics to Predict Hydrodynamic Forces and Moments; Application of Advanced System ID to improve hydrodynamic force prediction; Jeffrey Falzarano, Texas A&M Civil (Ocean) Engineering

This project will apply advanced system identification techniques to extract detailed hydrodynamic force and moment data from model test results. This extracted force and moment details can then be combined with state of the art radiation diffraction force and moment predictions in order improve the overall accuracy of the design motions and load predictions. This is particularly needed for multi-body interaction where important details of the coupled forces and moments may not be accurately captured using state of the art radiation diffraction computer programs. Important practical applications of multi- body interactions are side by side off-loading of FLNG vessels by shuttle tanker and TLP/SPAR interactions with Tender Assisted Drilling Unit (TAD). This can also be used when model test results indicate that a change in configuration is required to improve response.

Dr. Falzarano's research group at TEXAS A&M is particularly well qualified for this project since the group has experience is applying advanced system identification techniques to analyze the wave induced hydrodynamic forces and moments experienced by a large semi-submersible at transit draft from model test results. In addition the group has undertaken several multi-body floating structure research projects for US Navy sponsors. Additional funding of $250,000 is needed.




JIP: Bastion Technologies and RPSEA are forming a JIP to build and test two very important ideas our TAC choose from our requests for CTR's, but remained unfunded by DOE. First, the IntrSeptr, and intelligent complimentary riser post-BOP. You can activate it based on sensor data, and then open it back up once any concerns have been addressed.

The second idea is the PYRO-Accumulator. It not only provides a significant safety tool, but can also create power from casing gas right off your wellhead.

RPSEA and Bastion Technologies are soliciting JIP support. Bastion experts will be at the upcoming RPSEA UDW Conference in Houston, Sept 9 and 10.

DOE GRANT: Injection and Tracking of Micro-Seismic Emitters to Optimize Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) Development Paulsson, Inc., Fluidion SAS, Southwest Energy, RPSEA, NETL/DOE. March 2, 2015; DOE/NETL Award DE-FE0024360.

The project is to verify that the latest generation VSP fiber optic tool will be adequate to meet the goals of the new award, that is, will it be able to detect the low energy micro-emitters inside an ongoing frac program.

The first of these technologies is Fluidon's Acoustic Micro Emitters (AME's) that can be mixed with proppant in small concentrations and injected into the newly created fractures concurrent with the proppant. The second enabling technology is an ultra-sensitive large-bandwidth large-aperture fiber optic based borehole seismic vector sensor array that is deployable in both vertical and horizontal wells. Micro seismic signals will allow us to track the actual location of the proppant and monitor the width and radial extent of the fractures. To monitor the data from the micro seismic emitters we are building a drill pipe deployed fiber optic, ultra-large, ultra-dense, spatial sampling borehole seismic vector array using technology developed by Paulsson, Inc. The borehole seismic system built under this program will have 100 3C sensor pods spaced 25 ft. apart making the array section 2,500 ft. long. The array section will be attached to an existing 15,000 ft. fiber cable allowing the array to be deployed in a vertical or horizontal well to a drilled depth of over 17,000 ft. The array can operate at a temperature up to 500ºF and at pressures up to 30,000 psi.

Bill Head, Director UDW Program




by James Pappas

The Ultra-Deepwater Program element continues to be quite active. We are currently overseeing 22 active projects in our portfolio. Our Working Project Groups are meeting with project investigators regularly. Our Technical Advisory Committees have held project progress meetings in January, May, and June. Also, our UDW Program Advisory Committee has been active in reviewing and recommending project expansions and additional funding for several projects.

We were quite active as a supporting organization and on the Program Committee in this year's Offshore Technical Conference. Through the Marine Technology Society RPSEA sponsored two full sessions of seven papers each. And two additional project papers were provided outside of our sessions.

During the first half of 2015 several Ultra-Deepwater project final reports were completed, and their Technical Reports can be found on our website:

Other Publications since the last newsletter include the following:

In addition the following new documents are exclusively available to RPSEA members:

  • Embry, C., M. Hardy, B. Nickerson, N. Manning, D. Richardson, and J. Pappas, "High-Resolution 3D Laser Imaging for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations," OTC-24107, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, USA, 6-9 May, 2013
  • PRESENTATION: Embry, C., M. Hardy, B. Nickerson, N. Manning, D. Richardson, and J. Pappas, "High-Resolution 3D Laser Imaging for Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations," OTC-24107, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, USA, 6-9 May, 2013
  • Salimi, A., M. Kalman, L. Yu, J. Liu, and R. Joshi, "Qualification of Flexible Fiber-Reinforced Pipe for Ultra-deepwater Applications - Update on Phase 1 Engineering and Phase 2 Prototype Testing," OTC-25084-MS, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX, 5-8 May, 2014
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "Final Regulatory Assessment Report, by ABSG Consulting Inc., Low Cost Flexible Production System for Remote Ultra Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Field Development," Document No.: 10121-4404-03.20, 19 Nov., 2014
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "Phase 2 Project Recommendations, Low Cost Flexible Production System for Remote Ultra Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Field Development," Document No.: 10121-4404-03.24, 22 Aug., 2014
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, and Scott Ray, "Final of Process and Utilities Preliminary Sizing for All Concepts with HYSIS Report, Low Cost Flexible Production System for Remote Ultra Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Field Development," Document No.: 10121-4404-03.14, 3 Jul., 2013
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "Final Preliminary Topside Layout Report, Low Cost Flexible Production System for Remote Ultra Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Field Development," Document No.: 10121-4404-03.16, 16 Jul., 2014
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "Technology Status Report, Low Cost Flexible Production System for Remote Ultra Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Field Development," Document No.: 10121-4404-03.03, 15 May, 2013
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "10121-4404-03 - Final HAZID Report on findings of the Hazid workshop and regulator assessment workshop," RPSEA, 2 Feb., 2015
  • Vidic-Perunovic, Jelena, "10121-4404-03 - Phase 2 Project Recommendation including cost and schedule," RPSEA, 26 Feb., 2015
  • Ayers, Ray R., and Cesar J. Del Vecchio, Paul V. Devlin, and William Head, "Effects of Fiber Rope - Seabed Contact On Subsequent Rope Integrity," OTC 25136-MS, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX, 5-8 May, 2014
  • PRESENTATION: Ayers, Ray R., and Cesar J. Del Vecchio, Paul V. Devlin, and William Head, "Effects of Fiber Rope - Seabed Contact On Subsequent Rope Integrity," OTC 25136-MS, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX, 5-8 May, 2014
  • Done, J. M. C. L Bruyère, and G. J. Holland, "Future Changes in Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Impacts," OTC 25671-MS, Offshore Technology Conference 2015, 4-7 May, 2015
  • PRESENTATION: Done, J. M. C. L Bruyère, and G. J. Holland, "Future Changes in Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Impacts," OTC 25671-MS, Offshore Technology Conference 2015, 5 May, 2015
  • St. John, M. F., "Developing a Set of Human Factors Barriers for Deepwater Drilling Trident: A Human Factors Database and Audit Tool for Deepwater Drilling Risk Assessment," OTC-25765-MS, Offshore Technology Conference 2015, Houston, TX, 54-8 May, 2015
  • PRESENTATION: St. John, Mark, "Trident: A Human Factors Database and Audit Tool for Deepwater Drilling," OTC-25765-MS, Offshore Technology Conference 2015, Houston, TX, 5 May, 2015
  • Guzzo, Judith A., "11121-5402-01 - Statement of Requirements Report," RPSEA 12 Feb., 2015
  • Guzzo, Judith A., "11121-5402-01 - Generic Riser Life-Cycle Reliability Model Report Acceptance," 12 Feb., 2015
  • Guzzo, Judith A., "11121-5402-01 - Phase 1 Final Presentation Materials," RPSEA 18 Feb., 2015
  • Guzzo, Judith, Shaopeng Liu, and Uttara Dani, "Sub-Scale Rig Design Validity Testing and Analysis Report Riser Lifecycle Monitoring System for Integrity Management, RPSEA 11121-5402-01," 6 May, 2015
  • Antony, A., V. Vinayan, S. Holmes, D. Spernjak, S. J. Kim, and J. Halkyard, "VIM Study for Deep Draft Column Stabilized Floaters," OTC-25837-MS, 2015, Offshore Technology Conference 2015, Houston, Texas, USA, 4-7 May 2015
  • Fehler, M., "Technology Status Assessment for Pressure Prediction and Hazard Avoidance Through Improved Seismic Imaging, 12121-6002-02," RPSEA, March, 2015
  • Zhang, Jeff, "PRESENTATION: Preliminary Subsea Produced Water Discharge Sensor Technical Requirements," RPSEA UDW Subsea Systems TAC Meeting, Sugar Land, TX, 20 Jan., 2015
  • Chen, Qin, "Preliminary Subsea HVDC Connectors Technical Requirements," RPSEA, Jan. 2015

We participated in several events:

  • Winter UDW Technical Advisory Committee Meetings in Houston and Sugar Land
  • Subsea Tieback Forum in New Orleans
  • Ocean Energy Safety Institute Human Factors Forum in Houston
  • Ocean Energy Safety Institute Blowouts in Shallow-Waters Forum in Houston
  • Deep Space - Deep Ocean Conference in The Woodlands
  • Offshore Technology Conference in Houston
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver
  • Spring RPSEA Technical Advisory Committee Meetings in Sugar Land

We plan to hold our annual UDW Technology Conference on September 9 and 10 at the Westchase Marriott in Houston. This year the Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Section will co-sponsor the event. More information can be found about this event in this newsletter and on the RPSEA online calendar.

Till next time,



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Please watch for the following 2015 events at which RPSEA will participate and or sponsor.

Ultra-Deepwater Technology Conference
September 9-10, 2015
Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive
Houston, Texas 77042
Includes 29 presentations on technology developments in the offshore ultra-deepwater along with a general luncheon meeting for SPE - Gulf Coast Section on "Energy Markets and Uncertainty: What Does the Future Hold?"

Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
September 28-30, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
Please visit RPSEA at booth 3919

Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and Annual Meeting
October 18-23, 2015
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Please visit RPSEA at booth 1910

RPSEA Onshore Technology Workshop/Field Trip Focusing on Hydraulic Fracturing
October 27-28, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 15317
Workshop with field trip to Northeast Energy wellsite in the Morgantown area.

RPSEA Onshore Technology Workshop Focusing on Induced Seismicity
November 4, 2015
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway
Houston, Texas 77017

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