Special Session "Technical Leadership in the Era of Change”


Supported by:SPD-eng

"We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth" believes Vernor Vinge, American mathematician and science fiction author. This is the era of a transitioning world, with industry leaders being established together with the world-scale leaders. Technical leadership today will yield enormous advantages for companies in future.

Top experts of Shell, Gazprom Neft and Salym Petroleum will share their views on:

  • how the new technologies are shaping the landscape of the oil industry today;
  • what's in store for tomorrow and the day after;
  • how fundamental science is helping to develop the business;
  • when the ASP technology of oil enhancement will create a new segment in the oil and chemical industry;
  • which drilling and operating technologies are coming to Russia in the next decade.

These are only a few of the topics that we will be covering. Exciting presentations, live interaction with the audience, virtual reality, a special guest and much more at the special session supported by Salym Petroleum.

SPE expresses gratitude to Salym Petroleum for assistance in the preparation of this session and its extensive support of SPE activities in the region. SPE congratulates Salym Petroleum on its 15-year anniversary.

Session Programme Preview

  • Session Opening. Michael Collins, SPD CEO
  • Visionary Presentation: The World of Oil in Times of Change — Today, Tomorrow, and the Day After
  • SciencEngineering: from Theory to Practice. Alexander Sitnikov, Deputy CEO for Geology and Field Development, Gazpromneft STC
  • TED Talk: Why Do Oilmen Need Mathematicians and Physicists? Alexey Pustovskikh, Head of Integrated Development Design, Gazpromneft STC
  • TED Talk: Game Changing Technologies in Shell Projects. Shell representative
  • R&D. Shell representative
  • Oil Battle: Oil Industry Dead or Alive
  • Machines Stand for Routines, Engineers Stand for Art. Yaroslav Gorbachev, Chief Geologist, SPD
  • Real Investment: ASP as the Oil Start-Up. Yakov Volokitin, SPD Petroleum Engineering Manager
  • Headliner and Session Closing

Round Table "Challenges and Solutions of Slim Wells Drilling”


The era of easily reachable hydrocarbon resources is coming to an end, and with it requirements to production and well construction technologies are growing. Current conditions of industrial competition require from companies construction of more effective, technological and, accordingly, complex wells. To improve efficiency of field development, various approaches are used, that allow increasing the drainage zone of one well; for example, drilling of extended horizontal and multi-lateral wells, sidetracking in existing wells. Drilling of such wells is often associated with the need to work in small diameter holes and limited availability of solutions and increased risks in drilling. The greatest difficulties arise when drilling intervals with a diameter of less than 140 mm, which is associated with high pressures at the bottom during circulation and limited range of effective and reliable downhole equipment of small diameter. The high pressure in the open hole, which arises from the small annular gap between BHA and borehole, significantly increases the risks of mud losses, differential sticking and reduced drill-in quality of reservoirs. To resolve these problems requires a comprehensive approach, including the use of downhole motors and telemetry of small diameters, special drilling fluids that reduce equivalent circulation density (ECD), optimization and application of new technologies. Effective solutions that significantly reduce fluctuations of ECD while drilling of small diameter wells are technologies of coil- tubing drilling and managed pressure drilling with a reduced drilling fluid density.

Within the framework of the round table it is supposed to show different approaches to resolving problems of drilling small-diameter intervals and discuss the effectiveness and prospects of the proposed solutions.

Round Table "Oilfield Testing and EOR Methods Application in Practice"


Moderators: Alexander Shandrygin, DeGolyer and MacNaughton, Sergey Kolbikov, NOVATEK

At the present time modern enhanced oil recovery methods (EOR) application is one of the most top-priority ways of production increase and recoverable reserves increment in the world. Increasingly larger role of EOR in the world petroleum production is coming from both new oil reserves deterioration and huge amounts of remaining oil in place, and from technological factors: enhancing oil reservoir stimulation and creation of new impact working agents.

Meanwhile EOR efficiency is determined in accordance with many factors, especially with appropriate selection of EOR technology for concrete field geological conditions of the object. In this regard particular role belongs to oilfield testing on chosen field alongside with analytical and laboratory research on EOR application substantiating.

During this round table we will discuss wide range of issues devoted to EOR application experience in Russia and abroad, participants will also discuss perspectives and problems of different EOR type development, factors contributing and preventing EOR application on fields.

Confirmed and invited speakers: Ana Todosijevic, Wintershall; Aron Behr, Wintershall; Andrey Groman, Gazpromneft STC; Maksim Shuster, Salym Petroleum Development; Aleksey Cheremisin, Skoltech; RN-UfaNIPIneft; LUKOIL-Engineering.

Round Table "Knowledge Management System: In-House Dissemination, Storage and Use of Knowledge”


Knowledge Management concept has appeared recently but has already become pretty popular among professionals. Knowledge is one of the most important part of the company intellectual capital. Each major company operations are impossible without diligent collection, transfer and storage of knowledge. Small companies also encounter this task due to multiple responsibilities of each employee who will need to transfer his or her wealth of knowledge and experience before resigning or retiring. In this case companies create knowledge management systems and also peer groups which allow employees who specialize in one topic to communicate, share cases and address questions to more experienced colleagues.

During this round table we will closely discuss problems of creating, promoting and using of knowledge management systems.

Confirmed and invited speakers: Rosneft, Gazpromneft STC, LUKOIL-Engineering, Salym Petroleum Development, Tatneft, Schlumberger, Fluor etc.

Round Table "Problems and Challenges of Oil and Gas Local Software Development”


Moderators: Natalya Zavyalova, MIPT; Sergey Stishenko, Geosteering Technologies

Russia is one of the world's leaders in the oil and gas production and export abroad. All the leading industry companies use only the most advanced equipment and the latest developments, including the software. However, almost all software products used by Russian oil and gas companies are of foreign origin. The development of Russian software is progressing, but it is not moving at a pace preferred by both developer-companies and direct users.

During the round table the following challenges will be addressed by the developer-companies:

  • Market size. How to survive an independent player in the conditions of a limited pool of potential buyers and the availability of their own IT departments within the companies?
  • Localization challenges. How to go beyond the Russian market? The process of software development which can be presented not only in Russia, but all over the world.
  • Does the localization tendency help the development of local software developers?
  • BIG DATA – is it a real trend that is applicable to the oil and gas industry or just a hype?

Round Table: Machine Learning and Why It Does Not Work



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Nowadays, the resource base of vertically integrated petroleum companies largely consists of hard-to-recover reserves, and it becomes increasingly difficult to use conventional physical and mathematical methods of petroleum engineering while developing this type of reservoirs. Besides, the long time that needs to be spent to develop deterministic models of new assets (up to 3-5 years) does not allow the business to promptly solve operational tasks, and the obstacles faced by petroleum engineers when adapting these lumpish models to real assets make it necessary to create and introduce new modeling methods.

One of the most highly demanded technologies is the machine learning methods. These technologies help decision making when there is a lack of information or mathematical models, and they also help reduce manual data processing. However, these technologies are not a magic wand capable of solving any problem. If the machine learning methods are to produce any meaningful effect, one should revise the data handling paradigm and the whole decision making workflow.

The round table discussion will focus on the key problems and most typical mistakes faced by petroleum engineers when using intelligent data analysis technologies.


  • The Concept of a Universal Data Analysis Tool for Oil Engineers Maksim Simonov, Leading Specialist, Gazpromneft STC
  • Application of Machine Learning in Research Projects: Experience of Schlumberger Moscow Research Center Ivan Yakimchuk, Project Manager, Schlumberger Moscow Research Center
  • Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Equipment Failure Analysis Danis Maganov, CEO, ALMA Services Company
  • Integration and Analysis of Data Registered by a Large Set of Sensors on an Off-Shore Platform in Order to Monitor and Intellectually Advise Operators Anton Aristov, Principal at Energy Practice Group, The Boston Consulting Group

Young Professionals Round Table "Collaboration of Oil Companies and Universities: Modern Operating Experiences"


Moderators: Konstantin Fedorov, Tyumen State University; Rim Valiullin, Bashkir State University

Personnel training and development is the main focus and one of the most important elements of successful companyoperations. Particularly staff training and development processes assure formation and support of talent capacity at the required level relevant to time challenges, predetermine the company's competitive ability.

Modern experience shows that oil companies run up against many difficulties and tasks while recruiting recent graduates. Such problems occurrence is based not only on different requirements to graduates (knowledge of international standards; foreign language proficiency; ability to work in international teams) and geopolitical environment in the world, but also discrepancy between level of educational services and employer needs, and also lack of dedicated experts in key areas.

Obviously these tasks will stand over without strong partnership between oil companies and universities, without companies focused work and participation in educational programmes and standards, without arranging externships and internships for students.

During this round table we will discuss internships and efforts of operating and service companies working with universities, companies expectations regards to graduates competences and professional skills, existing «gaps» in these dimensions and companies plans on their amendment during future specialists education.

Confirmed and invited speakers: Natalia Kurchakova, Gazpromneft STC; Konstantin Mazayev, Schlumberger; Rena Martyanova, Baker Hughes; NOVATEK; Rosneft; VNIIneft, etc.