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Industry Forums Details

Industry Forums

BOPSS will be hosting three industry forums in the categories of LoadPass Permit System, Petroleum Engineering, and Well Site Facilities. The forums will provide valuable information from industry experts, experienced business leaders, technology researchers, and innovative product and service providers to help improve business activities and operations.


LoadPass Permit System Forum

The LoadPass Permit System Forum will feature the LoadPass Permit Program and provide training and a roundtable discussion about the program and online permit system.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

LoadPass Permits – System Training, Tips & Tricks

Sponsored by Black Powder Solutions

LoadPass Permits is the source for obtaining permits for overweight and oversized loads on county and township roads in western North Dakota. The LoadPass Permits administrators will present basic usage, advanced features and useful tips and tricks to help you be more efficient in requesting and managing your permits and other account details.

  • Permit Process Overview
  • Permit Types and Uses
    - Trip Permits
    - Rig Moves
    - Annual Overwidth
    - Harvest: 10% Over for Divisible Loads
    - Wintertime: 10% Over for Divisible Loads
  • GIS Routing: New Optional Routing Feature
  • Rig Move Permit Enhancements
    - Multiple Routes
    - Pre-approved Routes/Trip Permits
  • Restricted Road Notification System
    - Overview
    - E-Mail and Text Preferences
    - County Customization


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

LoadPass Permits – Roundtable Discussion

The LoadPass System Roundtable will include the system administrators, policy advisor and application developers. The panel will discuss upcoming feature enhancements, operational policies, and take input on feature enhancement requests.

The LoadPass team is interested in hearing from the user community about issues, concerns, enhancement ideas, and other feedback. Some defined areas of discussion include:

  • Permit Cancelation Requests – Enhanced Process
  • Permit Change Requests
    - Change Permit Dates in Bulk
    - Automate Change Requests in the System
  • Payment Method Access Management
  • Mobile App
    - Discussion of Need for Mobile App
    - Discussion of Potential Features
    -   Easier Access to Permits
    -   Navigation Integration
    -   Notifications
  • Notification System – Restricted Roads
    - Notification Version History
    - Notification Change Highlights
  • Permit Search Enhancements
  • Trip - Return Trip Permit


Petroleum Engineering Forum

Sponsored by Ramada Williston

The Petroleum Engineering Forum will feature six research project presentations from the UND Petroleum Engineering department. The presentations summarize research projects that have been defined together with industry to better understand the Bakken reservoir and improve oil and gas recovery in the Williston Basin. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of North Dakota – Petroleum Engineering Research Presentations

Optimizing Drilling Parameters using Machine Learning Techniques
Presented by Zifu Zhou

Lattice simulations of limited entry technique for hydraulic fracturing from perforations
Presented by Omar Akash

Optimal CO2 EOR and sequestration process: A thermodynamics and kinetics study using molecular dynamics simulation
Presented by Hyeonseok Lee

Simultaneous Capillary Pressure and Relative Permeability Determination for Tight Bakken Cores Using Imbibition Methods
Presented by Shaojie Zhang

New Experimental Setup for Simulating CO2 Storage and Huff-n-Puff Enhanced Recovery from Bakken Members
Presented by Ahmed Al-Metwally

Laboratory simulations of cuttings transportation for optimized hole cleaning in deviated wellbores
Presented by Foued Badrouchi


Well Site Facilities Forum

Sponsored by Troutman Welding

Well site operations have an ever-changing environment with equipment advancing, construction strategies, automation and IoT applications. This forum, sponsored by Troutman Welding & Fabrication, will focus on emerging solutions and strategies relevant to the Williston Basin. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Automating Wet Gas Measurement and Correction

Kim Lewis
Technical Engineer

Wet gas is a big issue in the Bakken and today manual samples are taken and sent to labs for analysis. These samples are taken at specific intervals based on how much gas is flowing through the line. Such sampling is time consuming, expensive and not very accurate.  Producers then take these results and apply corrections to the historical data.  This class discusses solutions for directly metering wet gas flow in real time – reducing testing costs and delays, improving the measurement, and automating the manual correction process


10:10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Beyond Automation to Intelligent Automation

Erik Waters
VP of Technology
SitePro, Inc.

The oil and gas industry has been increasingly implementing and automating well site and other facilities. Tank levels can be monitored, fluids can be measured and transferred, and numerous other activities can be monitored and automated. Going beyond the automation of routine tasks, the data collected by automation equipment is being consolidated and analyzed in ways operators and facility managers never thought possible. By allowing software to make sense of the data, managers are free from wasting time poring over pages of data and instead can lead their teams and make better operational decisions with greater confidence.


10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost, Time, and Resource Efficiencies of Modularizing and Prefabricating Facilities

Jeff Runyan
Director of Strategic Growth
Halker Consulting

This presentation will address the cost, schedule and resource benefits associated with modular design and construction.  Discussion will focus on upstream infrastructure and production facilities, and will address impacts on all project disciplines and functions.  Specific recent industry examples will be presented from the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford formations.

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