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Adam Wilson

Special Publications Editor

Adam Wilson is SPE’s special publications editor, responsible for SPE’s online publications HSE Now and Data Science and Digital Engineering in Upstream Oil and Gas. He has been editing for SPE for more than 12 years, starting his tenure there working with peer-reviewed technical journals. Before joining SPE, Wilson spent more than a decade working for daily newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas.

  • Cube drilling was an exciting idea several years ago. Since then, the luster seems to have faded. Now, production software company Novi Labs says machine learning may bring life back to the concept.
  • Smaller and independent upstream companies often have limited resources for data management. Nonetheless, their data are valuable and must be managed for that value to be realized. Geologists may just be in the perfect position to do the job, if they can get the training.
  • The oil and gas industry has picked up on the benefits of digitization and artificial intelligence in its day-to-day activities, and the health, safety, and environment sector is no exception. While AI brings clear benefits, the risks that come with those benefits remain unclear.
  • The 2020 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability initially was planned to be held in Bogota, Colombia. The pandemic forced a last-minute change to virtual, but that did not slow down the networking or free flow of vital information.
  • Oil and gas are not the only things in the ground that can power our lives. Heat in the form of geothermal energy is rapidly taking its place alongside other sources of renewable energy, buoyed by the lessons learned from decades of drilling for oil.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge shift in how work is done. More people are working from home than ever, and this shift has opened new risks to cybersecurity.
  • Water is precious, and it is a factor in every aspect of oil production in the Permian Basin. It is used to produce the hydrocarbons, and it is produced with them. In the often-arid region of the Permian, finding a balance between water production and use can be a challenge.
  • For years, the oil and gas industry has stored its seismic data on tape. While that had been the best format for the time, it wasn’t very efficient. Now, a rapidly growing network of satellites, coupled with cloud storage, is set to neutralize that problem.
  • As operators feel the pinch of low oil prices, so, too, do their service providers.
  • The bow tie concept of safety was on display at a recent live podcast presented by SPE, where representatives from Equinor, NOV, SOS International, and the Energy Institute discussed efforts to keep offshore workers safe during the current pandemic.
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