New Addition to the SMN - The Technical Assistant

03 October 2013

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Upcoming Events

  • SMN Online - Technology Forum

    The next SMN Online event will take place from 10.00 BST on Thursday 10th September is now open for registrations.  

    Thanks to our presenters from SMS, CNOOC, Schlumberger and OMV for giving up their time to present.  Details are in the attached PDF.

    If you are an SMN member then please register free of charge. 

    Non members are subject to a £25 charge so please book online at 

    Open to: SMN Members

    Date: 10/09/2020
    Time: 10:00-12:00

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  • SMN Online - Technology Forum

    Details to follow 

    Open to: Public

    Date: 04/11/2020
    Time: 10:-12:

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  • SMN Technology Forum

    Details to follow 

    Open to: SMN Members

    Date: 21/01/2021
    Time: 09:-15:

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  • 9th Euroforum, in association with SPE Aberdeen

    Due to government guidelines and the ongoing pandemic we are postponing the date for the Euroforum to 16 - 18 March 2021 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.  We feel this will make for a more successful event, retaining the exhibition and networking elements of previous Euroforums.

    The pre conference workshop will take place on Tuesday 16 March and the main forum on 17 & 18 March 2021. We hope that the schedule will remain largely the same as previously advertised but will update you as soon as we can.

    For those who booked to attend, exhibit, sponsor or present you will be hearing from us very shortly.

    Open to: Public

    Date: 17/03/2021

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  • SMN Technology Forum

    Details to follow 

    Open to: SMN Members

    Date: 26/05/2021
    Time: 09:-15:

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The SMN Technical Assistant role

The Sand Management Network; Sand, Energy and Expertise

"Optimising Oil and Gas production on a Global scale through colloborative Network knowledge exchange and Interdisciplinary expertise; focusing on the total management of sand; research, development and practice"

John Thorburn -

As the newest addition to the Sand Management Network organisational structure, the Technical Assistant is responsible for the technical operations of the network.  A role which acts as the central point of contact for members of the Network.  Technical operations performed by the Technical Assistant include managing the Network Website, communicating news, leading events and projects. In addition to this, the day to day organising of the SMN collection of technical information, including event summaries, news, interactive discussion forums, and the technical database  maintenance.  Key aspects of Network communication involves liaising with participating companies through SMN activities and working closely with the SMN Technical Advisory Group and Network Manager on projects and events, such as the quarterly SMN technology forums where themes of interest to members are explored; and cover a diverse range of interconnected research, case studies, strategies and technologies applied in sand management.  Ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Network's technical operations enhances the flow of information throughout the Network, which in turn facilitates the themed meetings and information on sand management related topics, techniques and technologies to accenuate the resources available to members.

The SMN Technical Assistant is based in the IDEAS department of Robert Gordon University, which is located in the new garthdee campus situated by the River Dee in Aberdeen Scotland.  The facilities and working environment are supportive of the combination of scientific research, industry application and knowledge management. 

In an environment which supports the relationship between scientific research and industry application, it is a privilege to be working with an inspirational set of network members who share a common interest in tackling sand management issues, innovation and optimisation of this aspect of the Industry process. My academic background is from Geography and the Environment, where my interests lie in sustainable development.  My professional background is mostly from working abroad, in Europe and Asia, creating workshop and training courses for a range of industries.

The Sand Management Network is a diverse and expert group of Oil and Gas
related companies, Universities and Organisations that have come together to
tackle sand management related issues. My role of managing, facilitating and administrating the exchange of sand management knowledge is to benefit the study and practice of sand management, a significant specialism within the Industry.

My gratitude to the Sand Management Network founders in 2002 who have a vision.

I hope to be in regular contact with all participating members to explore the issues of sand management in the Oil and Gas Industry, both in the UK and worldwide, and to help the network achieve its goals.

Currently I have been busy organising the SMN Library and adding event summaries, news proposals and discussion prompts.  The new series of interactive workshops at the SMN technology forums will add to both the event and SMN collection of sand management information. 

John Thorburn, SMN Technical Assistant, October 2013


Sand Management network structure and Information system diagrams;

Figure 1. SMN Information System Diagram

Figure 2. SMN Management Structure


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