The Upstream Professional Development Center (UPDC): The Continuing Evolution of E&P Professional Development at Saudi Aramco
- Tamir Aggour (Saudi Aramco) | Salam Phillip Salamy (Saudi Aramco) | David G. Kersey (Saudi Aramco) | Abdullatif A. Al-Ghanim (Saudi Aramco)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 30 October-2 November, Denver, Colorado, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.7 Pressure Management, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 5.1.5 Geologic Modeling, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 5.7.2 Recovery Factors, 2.3 Completion Monitoring Systems/Intelligent Wells
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This paper presents details of the development and implementation of a new upstream professional development initiative in Saudi Aramco. In response to quickly changing business and demographic environments, the approach to technical training has evolved to ensure a competent workforce that can effectively manage the technical challenges faced in exploration and production operations. The paper presents the business drivers leading to the establishment of a new state-of-the-art training facility and a new upstream training organization, along with details of the implementation of this new initiative. The result is a dynamic training organization that is responsive to evolving business needs, and accelerates the development of young professionals. In addition, experienced engineers and geoscientists benefit from receiving a structured professional development roadmap that spans their entire careers. By incorporating instructional design concepts, advanced training technologies and formal competency assurance, the Upstream Professional Development Center provides engaging, effective and efficient training that accelerates the achievement of competency and improves job performance.
The oil and gas industry as a whole is undergoing significant changes and challenges on many fronts. The rapidly changing demographic of industry professionals has been a hot topic for several years. Companies that were proactive in their preparations for the "crew change?? find themselves positioned to continue successful operations, but they are now faced with the challenge of developing the "new crew?? effectively and efficiently to ensure a smooth transition of personnel with no disruptions to operations. This requires developing large numbers of inexperienced professionals who have different learning styles than previous generations. The companies that have not adequately prepared for this challenge now find themselves scrambling to address it and risk a drop in the efficiency of operations.
Technology advancements such as real-time data acquisition and smart wells are also changing how the business is run, providing opportunities for enhanced collaborative work leading to optimized decision making but requiring training in the new ways of doing business. As tools and technologies continue to progress, industry professionals must learn how to leverage these advancements into improved performance.
In mature producing areas, there is a drive to increase recovery factors using enhanced oil recovery methods, and technologies related to this effort continue to evolve. Companies dealing with mature but still bountiful reservoirs must ensure that they have the technical competencies needed to produce as much oil as possible from these resources.
Unconventional resources are quickly becoming an industry-wide topic of interest, with many producing regions that previously were not pursuing these resources now becoming interested in them. While some companies already have significant experience and expertise in this area, those that are just now initiating unconventional resource exploration and production activities must quickly develop the required in-house competencies.
As the quest for acquiring new reserves continues around the world, new frontiers are being targeted. In some cases these are areas that have previously not been tested industry-wide, and will require a new learning curve and the development of new tools and technologies. The industry has demonstrated its ability to meet these challenges, with the evolution of shallow to deep to ultra-deep offshore technology being a prime example. Arctic exploration and production is an example of an industry-wide new frontier. In other cases, individual companies are venturing out into operational areas that are new to them but where the technology and know-how exists elsewhere in the industry. Their challenge is to acquire and develop the internal knowledge base and skills needed to succeed in their endeavors, capitalizing on the lessons learned and best practices from other industry players.
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