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The Biggest Takeaways from SPE ATCE: Four Presenters Tell All

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Did you attend SPE ATCE 2018? Did you watch activities from afar on your computer screen? Are you still recovering from sensory overload from all of show floor booths? Or are we making zero sense because you have no idea what we’re talking about?

No worries, we’re happy to share: Every year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) hosts their Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) for three days of learning, networking, and collaborating on the collective goals of the E&P industry. This year, more than 8,100 professionals gathered in Dallas for the event, and we were fortunate enough to bring several presenters to the event to share the latest innovations happening to the Modern Energy Workplace.

As the luck would have it, we were able to touch base with our presenters following the conference to hear about:

  • their biggest takeaway from the event,
  • the most interesting part of their presentations,
  • the one thing they hope attendees will remember, and
  • their favorite part of the conference.

Here’s what they had to say…

The Light Bulb Moment of Reporting

First, we spoke to Senior Product Marketing Manager Matthew Lewis, who hosted a lunch & learn to show attendees how they can remove the most frustrating complexities of accessing and reporting on data.

  1. What did you learn from other attendees and speakers throughout ATCE?

    Matthew (M): The need to exfiltrate data from its silos and make it available to the enterprise is top of mind for many in the oil and gas space.
  2. What part of your presentation do you think resonated the most with the audience? Why?

    M: Our latest innovation, myQuorum Data Hub, resonates with everyone in the energy industry because it puts data into a usable and understandable format and makes it easy to access and gain insight.

    Going back to what I mentioned earlier about collaborating with different businesses to create an even more robust solution, myQuorum Data Hub is plugged into existing or emerging BI strategies to deliver the clean and simple data that our customers rightfully expect to receive.
  3. If there’s one thing you hope attendees took away from your presentation, what would it be?

    M: You can’t just identify the business application you want to use in a silo. Remember, that application must be part of a workplace that prioritizes breaking down silos to make enterprise-wide data accessibility a reality. Yes, this can be done securely.

    This moves a company beyond a territorial view of the business and propels it towards building the future the entire organization needs. The first step in reimagining the oil and gas company of today is just that, taking a step, and making that effort pay off by looking to a partner that prioritizes the long term and not the short term.
  4. What was your favorite part of the conference?

    M: There was a light bulb moment with one of the audience members who I was talking to after my presentation. I was a first-hand witness to the eureka effect that took place when he realized that it was now possible for the business user to actually focus on the business and not chasing down data.
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Have your own "light bulb" moment

 

Drilling & Completion: Oh How Far We’ve Come…

Next, we spoke to our Business Analyst, Kyle LeGrand. Kyle traveled to the conference to demonstrate to attendees how they could “Improve Non-Productive Time Tracking for Drilling & Completion Operations,” and his audience couldn’t help but reflect on how much has changed for engineers over the years.

  1. What did you learn from other attendees and speakers throughout ATCE?

    Kyle (KL): So many of the “old school guys” that visited our booth and watched our presentations said that out of all the different industries that have adopted and developed new technology, it’s the innovation in oil and gas over the past 3-5 years that has been the most staggering.

    One gentleman mentioned that when he first attended this show several years ago, the big “advancement” at the time was new downhole sensors and data, and that this year, it’s moved to using AI to process that sensor data.
  2. What part of your presentation do you think resonated the most with the audience? Why?

    KL: Truthfully, I think that just about every person doing any level of well lifecycle operations had something to take away from the presentation, but the piece that really seemed to stick with people was the WellEz On Demand customer success model which gives users a true partner in getting NPT data that is relevant to their operations specifically.

    I can’t say it enough, but one size does not fit all, and being able to call an account manager and alter your inputs or create a new report really saves our operators a lot of time in generating actionable data. 
  3. If there’s one thing you hope attendees took away from your presentation, what would it be?

    K: In today’s data rich oil and gas environment, storing data in a single Excel spreadsheet is no longer a viable option for operators. You need a system to capture that data and that same baseline of data needs to be accessible in the cloud, and consumable from anywhere.

    Quorum’s WellEz On Demand product, as part of its Integrated Upstream offering, focuses on all phases of an effective NPT tracking workflow from Data Capture to Quality Control and Reporting. This frees up operators to focus on the actions that create more efficiency and repeatability in well construction.
  4. What was your favorite part of the conference?

    KL: Across the board, I really enjoyed getting to view some of technological advancements in AI, and every time I go to a conference where we have a presence, I like getting to see our MOSAIC and IAN products in action!
drilling and completion

See our well lifecycle solution in action

 

Kick Back, Relax, and Optimize Production Operations

Next, we spoke with Hannah Little, one of our Product Managers who spoke to audiences about the endless possibilities of Quorum’s Productions Operations solution. She showed attendees how a single source of truth for facility diagrams and allocation schematics can simplify an operator’s daily routine, and return time to his/her schedule to focus on other tasks.

  1. What part of your presentation do you think resonated the most with the audience? Why?

    Hannah (H): Data has a big impact on performance. Quorum’s Production Operations seamlessly combine cloud software, technology, and domain expertise, which translates big data into clear business results.
  2. If there’s one thing you hope attendees took away from your presentation, what would it be?

    H: Through my presentation, I hope I was able to demonstrate how Quorum’s Production Operations technology can be leveraged by operators to collect and transform data. Software should give users confidence in their decisions, and our solutions are also helping teams improve safety, efficiency, and environmental compliance.
  3. What was your favorite part of the conference?

    H: This is an exciting time for the industry, and I enjoyed observing how businesses are transforming how we utilize Big Data.
optimize production operations

Witness the impact of Quorum’s Production Operations solution

 

A PSA to Engineers: Reporting Doesn’t Have to be Painful

Last, but certainly not least, we synced with Karen Akremzede, Quorum’s Senior Technical Sales Analyst. Her presentation, “Data Alchemy: How Engineers Can Turn Corporate Information into Black Gold,” went deep into helping engineers drive greater data insights from project performance.

  1. What did you learn from other attendees and speakers throughout ATCE?

    Karen (KA): While I wasn’t able to attend any of the technical events, I certainly left with a stronger grasp of all of the innovative activity happening in our space, and it provided me with a good opportunity to discuss integration opportunities and client/market environments.
  2. What part of your presentation do you think resonated the most with the audience? Why?

    KA: Across the board, it became clear that we’ve reached a point where audiences understand that a single system can contain the information needed to create type curves, schedule projects, analyze alternatives and track actual progress.
  3. If there’s one thing you hope attendees took away from your presentation, what would it be?

    KA: Our Reserves & Economics solution (MOSAIC) is a very powerful system that combines multiple workflows in one place and reduces the effort that engineers have to put into collecting information.

    If that doesn’t sound valuable at first glance, I’ll tell you I’ve seen first-hand how this workflow has given users back hours of their time to focus on real analysis of the information they’re capturing.
  4. What was your favorite part of the conference?

    KA: Personally, I always enjoy meeting with attendees and discussing the product with them as well as interacting with employees from other offices.
Turn corporate information into black gold

See what she means

 

Whether you were able to attend SPE ATCE, or if this blog post was your first introduction to the event, we hope you enjoyed hearing about what our presenters consider the essential components of the Modern Energy Workplace.