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Monthly Lunch & Learn - Houston, Tx

At these regular monthly events, networking and lunch are followed by a concise, topical technical presentation. With an emphasis on case studies, this bite-size event consistently provides members and their guests with a look at the latest and greatest that the industry has achieved.   These events are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Notifications will go out if one is postponed or cancelled.

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Lunch & Learn Schedule - Houston, Texas

November 7, 2017 

Topic: Improving Intervention Efficiency with Downhole X-ray Diagnostics 
Presented by Melissa Spannuth, Senior Physicist, Visuray  

Norris Conference Center [map]
816 Town & Country Blvd
Houston, TX 77024 

Lunch will be available starting at 11:30am with the presentation following at or around noon.  

During well intervention activities, one of the biggest challenges faced is uncertainty about the downhole hardware. Carrying out interventions without understanding the status of downhole equipment can be time-consuming, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful. Downhole X-ray diagnostics offer clear, quick, and reliable insight into what is happening in the well. The primary advantage of X-ray diagnostics is that the radiation can penetrate materials that are opaque to visible light, such as well fluids like oil and brine and some solid materials like cement and sediments.

This presentation will discuss the principles of the technique and how the X-ray diagnostic service is performed. To demonstrate its capabilities, we will provide case studies from wells in the North Sea, Middle East and North America involving diagnosing a malfunctioning downhole safety valve, milling whipstock, and fishing various hardware. In each case, the X-ray diagnosis resulted in more efficient interventions by providing the understanding necessary to choose the most appropriate course of action.

Melissa Spannuth, Visuray
Melissa Spannuth is a Senior Physicist and Answer Product Team Lead at Visuray. She develops revolutionary downhole X-ray tools that are challenging conventional ideas about borehole imaging and inspection. Her work covers all stages of product development from idea generation, fundamental research and proof-of-concept through engineering to creating the final product for clients and field testing. Prior to joining Visuray, Dr. Spannuth earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Yale University and conducted postdoctoral research in Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston.


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Upcoming Luncheons in Houston, TX

We are always accepting abstracts for presentation. Contact us if you are interested.  Dates for 2017 are below (pending speaker confirmation). 

November 7th
Topic Improving Intervention Efficiency with Downhole X-ray Diagnostics by Visuray
Norris Conference Center, Houston

December 12th
Topic: Ball Seat Milling Using Combined Tractor Milling Technology by Welltec
Norris Conference Center, Houston

We are always accepting abstracts for presentation. Contact us if you are interested.  

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