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Wednesday Conference Program Detail

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Opening Night Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast - Floral Ballroom
 

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary Session - Moody Ballroom

ALL REGISTERED ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING PLENARY SESSION!

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Mark Peters, Vice President and Publisher, Offshore

CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
Alec Johnson, Advisory Board Chairman,
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Petrobras America Inc.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Sheila Moore, Associate Director Analyst in the Capital Costs Research Group; IHS

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
COFFEE BREAK

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Session 1

PROJECT EXECUTION/UPDATES - Moody Ballroom
CHAIR: Murray Burns, Consultant
CO-CHAIR: Nathan Davidson, Business Development, Williams

PLUG REMEDIATION ON AN OFFSHORE FACILITY
George Bonin, Production Superintendent, Petrobras

The presentation will discuss the methods and constraints that were used to unplug a pig that was lodged in a 6-inch 15k piggable loop pipeline for more than two years.

George Bonin, Production Superintendent, Petrobras was the on-location person in charge of the operation during the time of remediation of the plug of this flowline.

RAISING OF OFFSHORE PLATFORMS/LIMA FACILITY
John Greeves, Director of Technology, Versabar

Greeves will provide a presentation on the raising of three (3) topsides, two flair structures and all interconnecting bridges 4 meters in one synchronous operation off the coast of Jakarta. Dr. Greeves will address the challenges presented: Low clearances, maintaining lateral stability, keeping platforms in a storm safe condition, equipment location on crowed platforms and bridges.

John Greeves is the Technical Director and a shareholder of the Versabar Group of Companies. He holds a PhD in civil/structural engineering and is a UK registered chartered engineer. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years including 10 years for Shell International in a variety of positions from design engineer to project manager on projects around the world. He currently provides oversight and business guidance in conjunction with the company’s model of seeking innovative solutions and technical innovations for energy sector challenges both domestically and internationally.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE WEIGHT AND CENTER OF GRAVITY CALCULATIONS
Taylor Gulotta, Project Engineer, Audubon Engineering Solutions

Regardless of whether you are on a greenfield or brownfield project, accurate topsides weight and center of gravity calculations are essential to the successful operation of any floating facility. This presentation will discuss the methods and requirements for weight and center of gravity calculations and reporting, including those used on the Delta House FPS.  

Taylor Persac Gulotta, PE is a Project Engineer at Audubon Engineering Solutions and has over seven years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  She has worked as a civil/structural engineer on a wide range of upstream and petrochemical projects, including multiple offshore platforms. Gulotta served as weight control engineer for the LLOG Delta House Project. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

11:15 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.
Lunch - Floral Ballroom
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12:45 – 2:15 P.M.
Session 2
LESSONS LEARNED - Moody Ballroom
CHAIR: Jonathan Brewer, Senior Associate, Stress Engineering Services
CO-CHAIR: Jeff Dice, Consultant

FLARE GAS PIPING VIBRATION
Gyorgy Szasz, Staff Consultant, Stress Engineering

A flare gas piping vibration problem that was holding back production on the Petrobras P-58 FPSO will be discussed in this presentation. The vibration was measured and studied by a team of engineers, and a temporary solution was implemented. Recommendations for a permanent solution were also provided.

Dr. Szasz is a Staff Consultant at Stress Engineering Services, Inc. He has more than 18 years of experience in vibration testing and analysis, instrumentation and signal processing. He is a certified category IV vibration analyst.

CHALLENGES OF DESIGNING, FABRICATING, AND INSTALLING DEEPWATER FIXED JACKETS
Gary Epperson, Structural Engineer, Oil Field Development Engineering

The Walter Oil & Gas Ewing Bank 834 development consisted of a fixed platform in 1,186 feet of water. While considering existing technology, this was the deepest fixed jacket installed in the Gulf for many years. This presentation will discuss some of the inherent challenges in design, fabrication, and installation for this type of development. Also examined will be the under and/or over-reliance on lessons learned.

Gary Epperson is a Structural Engineer and Project Manager for Oil Field Development Engineering, LLC in Houston. He has more than 25 years of experience in the structural design of offshore structures. He earned his B.S degree from Texas A&M University and his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois. In addition to the structural engineering, he managed the interfaces between design, fabrication, and installation for the Walter Oil & Gas project.

COMPARISONS BETWEEN COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS AND
WIND TUNNEL TESTING FOR MODUS

Jorge Martinez, President, JLMLLM Consulting

Wind Tunnel Testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) are two tools that can be used to obtain wind loads in MODUS. A comparison of the tools, their advantages and disadvantages together with some lessons learned is being presented.

Jorge Martinez, President of JLMLLM Consulting has 30 years’ experience in low speed wind tunnel testing. As the Director of the wind tunnel facility, Martinez helped developed test procedures for the wind load evaluation in MODUS. Since his retirement, he has continued his work and is working with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in the proposed new guidelines for wind tunnel testing. The work with SNAME includes the understanding and comparison of CFD to wind tunnel results.

2:15 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall

3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Session 3
TRACK 1: TOPSIDES DESIGN
– Moody Ballroom
CHAIR: William “Butch” Taggart, Manager – Field Development, Murphy E&P
CO-CHAIR: Kevin Raatz, Offshore Business Development Manager, Technip

IMPACT LOAD ESTIMATION AT DRILLING RIG TIE-DOWN CLAMPS
Ali Ok, Associate II, Stress Engineering Services

API SPEC 4F requires that the presence of gaps be taken into account when determining tie-down loads. These gaps are a concern because of the impact loads from possible relative movement of the drilling rig. However, the specification does not provide guidance on how the loads are to be calculated. The paper provides efficient analysis methodologies for computing impact loads due to gaps in tie-down systems and an indication of the conservatism included in loads computed using hand calculation methods versus a simplified time domain analysis.

Ali Ok graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s of Science in Engineering Mechanics in 2007. He began working full-time for Stress Engineering Services in 2007 as a Mechanical Engineer in the floating systems group. He has been working on projects related to global performance of the floating systems as well as analysis and design of the components. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

CRUDE OIL SEPARATORS, LATE LIFE DEBOTTLENECKING

Wally Georgie, Principal Consultant, Maxoil Solutions Inc

Poor performance of crude oil systems with field maturity has been experienced over the years with many facilities offshore. The failure to improve the performance of the system in many cases has been due to the lack of understanding of the root cause of the initial problem. Without defining the root cause, separator upgrades are often applied to those facilities and consequently the outcome of the upgrades is a disappointment in many cases. It is essential to assess the root cause of oil water separation problems by first carrying out a systematic and holistic approach of the facilities. As a field matures, increased water rates, gas rates or sand production can have an impact on the performance. The configuration of the separator internals should be assessed in order to ensure the design does not impact performance with field maturity. Instrumentation and operating practices should also be part of the assessment. Additionally, understanding the nature of the fluid that is processed through the facilities greatly helps to develop the optimum picture of the issues associated with the poor separation performance. This includes any issues related to solid production such as sand and the use of production chemicals. The presentation will address all these aspects and the way forward to improve the design of separators with field maturity.

Wally has 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, mainly in oil and gas processing, flow assurance and fluid separation offshore and onshore, namely; operation trouble-shooting, de-bottlenecking, oil water separation and slugging problems, process verification, and all other fluid and gas handling issues. He primarily worked with the service sector in the USA, UK and ME from 1979 to 1987, followed by a career with Statoil in Norway from 1987 to 1999 as a senior staff engineer, and later as a technical advisor addressing daily operation and project operation support, plants troubleshooting of oil and gas facilities and all aspects of production chemistry applications. He has worked as a consultant since March 1999 in the areas of separation trouble shooting, operation assurance, produced water management, gas handling problems, flow assurance, system integrities and production chemistry.

GAS SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE LOADS IN EXISTING FACILITIES
Dag Kvamsdal, Engineer Principal Sr, Cameron

New gas separation internals allow up to 100% more gas load in existing separators without loss of performance or external changes to the separator. The internals performance has been tested at real flow conditions. The technology and the results from the performance testing will be presented.

Dag Kvamsdal has more than 20 years of experience with separator internals design. He currently holds several patents for gas scrubber internals. The presentation here will involve the latest developments within high performance internals for gas scrubbers. The newest gas scrubber internals presented at this conference has been successfully retrofitted, and the results from the testing and the retrofits will be presented and discussed.

Alternate:
HIGH PRESSURE WATER INJECTION PUMP DESIGN AND OPERATION

Martin Uere, Engineering Director, Sulzer

Sulzer has qualified 9000 psi API BB5 pumps since 2002 that are in operation in the GOM. Further R&D and engineering activities that took place in recent years identified the technical challenges needed to provide solutions for applications up to 14500 psi working pressure. This presentation will provide an overview about the development activities and achievements to deliver topside solutions.

Martin Uere, Engineering Director at Sulzer Pumps Equipment UK, worked within the Sulzer Pumps division since 2008 in Switzerland, Brazil and UK. During this time he was responsible for pump development projects on O&G upstream products like water injection systems and seawater lift pumps. He previously worked in the German Navy as an operational officer and studied mechanical engineering with the focus on turbomachinery.

4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.
Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall
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3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Session 3
TRACK 2: RISERS
– Moody Ballroom
CHAIR: Carlos Mastrangelo, Sr. Vice President, Projects and Technical Development, SBM Offshore
CO-CHAIR: Ross Hancock, Topsides Facilities GOM, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

RISERS FOR FPSO IN HARSH ENVIRONMENT
Sherry Xiang, Principal Lead Engineer, SBM Offshore USA, Inc

The presentation shares the SBM’s experience supporting the design, interfaces and operating FPSOs with SLWRs. The presentation will also address the riser design challenges and the impact of riser design for FPSOs in harsh environment. A case study of the Steel Lazy Wave Riser (SLWR) solution for turret permanently moored FPSO in harsh North Sea applications will be presented.

Sherry Xiang graduated from Texas A&M University majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Ph.D in 2000. She has 15 years of design and execution experience in deep water oil and gas development, specializing in the riser and tendon system. She has been working as the principal lead engineer in the Mooring & Riser System group in SBM offshore during the past 11 years.

DEEPSTAR® QUALIFICATION PROGRAM OF SLWR TECHNOLOGY
Peimin Cao, Manager, Mooring & Riser Systems, SBM Offshore

Steel Lazy Wave Riser (SLWR) technology extends the feasibility and benefits of SCR technology. However, it has limited field experience and qualification test with uneven technology readiness level among operators. Recently, a model test campaign has been designed and successfully completed in an offshore model basin. The model test results are being evaluated to further validate the design procedure and mature SLWR technology.

Peimin Cao is currently the Manager of Mooring & Riser Systems for SBM Offshore, where he is responsible for the development, design and delivery of mooring and riser systems. He is also SBM Group Technical Authority of steel riser and tendon systems. Cao has over 20 years of design and execution experience in deepwater oil and gas developments, and has previously held key positions with McDermott and SparTEC. Peimin holds a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A& M University, a M.S. and B.S. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Texas registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published numerous technical papers and patents.

PHILOSOPHY OF RISER CONCEPT SELECTION FOR AN FPSO APPLICATION:
AN OPERATOR’S PERSPECTIVE

Dr. Ruxin (Rex) Song, Staff Riser Engineer, ConocoPhillips

This presentation will provide an overview on the impact of mooring and motion characteristics of an FPSO on a riser concept.

Dr. Ruxin (Rex) Song is currently the staff riser engineer with ConocoPhillips in Houston. Prior to that, he was with Technip for 13 years as riser lead and riser department manager. He has nearly 20 years of offshore experience with a focus on risers and pipelines. He has been involved with a few high profile EPCI projects as lead or engineering manager, such as Thunder Horse, Cascade & Chinook. He is currently responsible for technical support to ConocoPhillips projects worldwide as a riser expert.

 

4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.
Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall
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