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Sand Management Network Technology and R&D Forum on 27th May 2014; From sandface to separator

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL, Scotland, UK  



The event Programme included a new session focusing on research and development within sand management, alongside posters and an interactive group workshop (where the discussion summaries were recorded and have been transcribed and uploaded to this website).  A SMN business update message from the SMN Chair Babs Oyeneyin was well received as we draw towards a new phase of the Sand Management Network; SMN Phase 7 begins in August 2014.


Rediscover the presentations and workshop here.


Details of the upcoming SMN technology forum on Challenging fields: Deepwater and heavy oil, with a call for abstracts is available on-line.


Presentations were given by representatives of ClampOn, SMS, Maxoil, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Weatherford, Chevron, with ITF, NEL, RESMAN, University of Cambridge, Robert Gordon University and 3M.  And all speakers offered an opportunity for questions & answers.


R&D presentations were given as 10 minute talks with Q&A.  The workshop was held for 60 minutes with a focus on technology gaps and R&D focus in sand management, where a poster was created and ‘mini’ presentation to summarise the group discussions provided by each group.


We thank those who attended, participated, and offered quality technical sessions.  The Event registration started at 08.30 and ended at approximately 16.30 (after an extended networking and drinks reception).


Attendance was good and after the safety announcement and an introduction from Chairman of TAG, Christian Capderou of Chevron, the first R&D presenter was welcomed and provided an overview of typical R&D processes as applied by ITF.  ITF, NEL, RESMAN and University of Cambridge provided 10 minute presentations of their R&D focus, with Robert Gordon University and 3M also providing posters.


The first session on R&D was chaired by Colin Jones of Chevron.  This session led onto a lively workshop facilitated by SMN Technical Assistant John Thorburn. 


Session 2 was chaired by Andrew Robertson of NOV Merpro with the presentation section of the event kicked off by Aasmund Bakke from ClampOn who spoke about the Operational window of acoustic sand monitors.  Chris Burke of SMS followed up his theme from the 6th SPE SMN European Sand management forum with his presentation on Why intrusive erosion probes don't work.   Q&A followed.


Lunch was taken at midday.  The set-up at the AECC was that two rooms were allocated to the technology and R&D forum due to the large attendance.  Room one was the location of the presentations and workshop, with an adjacent room hosting refreshments, lunch and poster displays. 


After lunch there was an adaptation to the published programme with Shell unfortunately being unable to present.  SMN Chair Babs Oyeneyin of RGU gave a business update and thanked the network for its contribution to Phase 6 of the SMN.  Next Maxoil presented a Field experience in optimising the performance of existing sand removal and clean up facilities, and Frederic Felten from Halliburton discussed Erosion Modeling of Screen and Inflow Control Device.


After a refreshment break, the concluding session of the day was chaired by Christian Capderou of Chevron.  Rajesh Chanpura from Schlumberger explained the State of the Science in Standalone Screen Selection.  Tracey Ballard and Steve Beare from Weatherford discussed developing screen aperture selection criteria from sand retention tests and David Underdown of Chevron engaged discussion by Unraveling some of the 'mysteries' behind the performance of sand control screens       Q&A followed each presentation.  


To wrap up the well-attended event, TAG Chairman Christian Capderou took the opportunity to update delegates on SMN activities and opened discussion with a Q&A as the floor were invited to comment on topical subjects regarding the network.


A big thank you to the all the speakers and attendees of this event for the quality technical presentations and sand management related talking points provided.


For event summaries, please log-in to the members zone library.




Sand Management Network



Technology and R&D Forum, 27 May 2014





Welcome and introduction

Christian Capderou


Session 1: Research & Development

Chairman Colin Jones, Chevron


Overview of ITF

Will Davies, ITF


Performance Testing of Sand Monitor Systems over a range of Flow Conditions

Tariq Boussouara , NEL


An integrated screen with autonomous water reducing capabilities

Anne Dalager Dyrli, RESMAN


Sand production in methane hydrate bearing sediments

Ningjun Jiang, University of Cambridge


Refreshment break



Research & Development Workshop

John Thorburn, SMN Technical Assistant


Session 2: Sand Monitoring

Chairman Andrew Robertson, NOV Merpro


Operational window, acoustic sand monitors

Aasmund Bakke,  ClampOn


Why intrusive erosion probes don't work

Chris Burke, SMS





SMN Update and Report

Professor Babs Oyeneyin, SMN Chairman


Field experience in optimising the performance of existing sand removal and clean up facilities

Steven Tulloch, Maxoil


The Sand Management Philosophy on an HPHT field

Mark Carolan, Shell


Refreshment break



Session 3: Screen Selection

Chairman Christian Capderou, Chevron


Erosion Modeling of Screen and Inflow Control Device

Frederic Felten, Halliburton


State of the Science in Standalone Screen Selection

Rajesh A. Chanpura, Schlumberger


Developing screen aperture selection criteria from sand retention tests

Tracey Ballard, Weatherford


Unraveling some of the 'mysteries' behind the performance of sand control screens

David Underdown, Chevron


Networking reception




Posters displayed in refreshment area:

Ceramic sand screens: Advanced sand control technology. Richard Jackson and Samuel Joly, 3M

CFD modelling of liquid-sand flow distribution in horizontal pipeline. Roland Tebowei, Mamdud Hossain, Sheikh Islam, Gbenga Oluyemi, Robert Gordon University

Performance Testing of Sand Monitor Systems over a range of Flow Conditions. Tariq Boussouara, NEL

An integrated screen with autonomous water reducing capabilities. Anne Dalager Dyrli, RESMAN

Sand production in methane hydrate bearing sediments. Ningjun Jiang, University of Cambridge


The weather in Aberdeen was fresh and nice, and a special thank you to the AECC for providing the room, equipment, wifi,  refreshments, coffee and lunch.


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