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Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing (often referred to in the media as ‘fracking’) is a well stimulation process used to maximise the extraction of subsurface resources; including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water. In recent years the technology has come to be associated in the public eye with fears of widespread change to landscapes and communities in the vicinity of its use, and environmental and human health impacts. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an understanding of the technology from the perspective of engineers who work hard to design effective treatments that will deliver the increased well productivity that fracture stimulation is designed for, whilst also, as in all engineering design, managing and avoiding the relevant potential risks.
Christian Lange, Managing Director
Christian is an experienced executive within both the Australian and International resources industries, having spent over 25 years in executive and operational roles globally. He has held an executive position for 17 years with a global oil and gas services company engaged in operations management throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and the USA. Prior to establishing Condor Energy, Christian served for 5 years as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of an ASX listed global subsea services’ company. Elham is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer with more than 20 years of technical and operational experience. He has extensive global experience in the design and evaluation of stimulation treatments.
National Engineering Register
The National Engineering Register (NER) has been created by Engineers Australia to provide a means of presenting registered engineers and their services to the public. It also provides assurance to consumers that engineers engaged from the NER meet the high standards of professionalism expected in the engineering profession. The NER is available to everyone and allows consumers to search for a qualified engineering professional by name, area of practice and geographic location. The NER is available to everyone and allows consumers to search for a qualified engineering professional by name, area of practice and geographic location. This enhanced service replaces the National Professional Engineering Register (NPER), the National Engineering Technologists Register (NETR) and the National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR).
There is still time to nominate as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers. Engineers Australia and create magazine are compiling a list to be published in the July issue of create. The closing date for entries has been extended till 11 March, 2016 to cope with the high interest in the list. We are looking to recognise outstanding engineers who have made noteworthy contributions to the community, the industry, and the profession. Engineers can nominate themselves or be nominated by others and they do not need to be members of Engineers Australia. Nominations are open to all engineers working in Australia and Australian engineers working overseas. Any technology, project or product mentioned must have been developed, commenced or completed during the period 2014-2016.
There will be a number of different categories under which people can enter including Academia & Research, Building & Construction, Community, Consulting, Information & Communications Technology, Manufacturing, Mining, Utilities and General Industry. There will also be a Young Engineer category, for which entrants must be aged 35 or under on June 30, 2016. If you are concerned about nominating because of confidentiality issues, you can request that proprietary details of your innovation not be published and the information you provide can be broadly descriptive.
Aspiring professionals require role models and guidance
- Enhance your skills – The experience you gain by mentoring can facilitate your own professional growth, making you more of an asset to your organisation. Mentoring allows you to strengthen your coaching and leadership skills by working with individuals from different backgrounds and with different personality types. Your ability to manage people different from yourself is a valuable skill, especially as the workplace continues to become more diverse.
- Improve your performance – One of your roles as a mentor is to set a good example for your protégé. Mentoring can give you a fresh perspective on your own performance. One mentor discovered that the mentoring experience gave new insight into her job. “My mentee always asked ‘Why?’. Why do we do things a certain way and why do I think and act the way I do,” she said. “The questions helped me to take a critical look at how I was leading and what areas I needed to adjust for improvement.”
- Learn new things – It’s inevitable that young professionals will know more about new topics you’re less familiar with. For example, if you’re a Baby Boomer, perhaps taking on a Generation Y mentee can help you learn more about new technology or social media. Every generation has their strengths, and mentor relationships are a great way to learn from one another.
- Give back to your industry – Mentoring is an opportunity to help young professionals to become better engineers. Not only does it help your industry, but it can also bring personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
- Create a legacy – By becoming a mentor, you create a legacy that has a lasting impact on your protégé and the engineering profession. The knowledge you foster in your mentee can inspire new ideas for generations to come.
For a more in-depth look at mentoring and professional development, EEA offer some great courses to advance your knowledge.
White Paper promises dollars but engineers needed
The Australian Government has released its Defence White Paper promising an increase in defence spending of almost $30 billion over the next decade. Included in that funding is 12 new submarines as well as a continuous naval shipbuilding program commencing with nine future frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels. “This is the result of a very careful and methodical assessment of need into the future, matched with a revised force structure and that was commenced in 2014,” said Defence Minister Marise Payne. Minister Payne described the submarines as a very important capability. “We’re in the middle of a competitive evaluation process; the final bids for that were received at the end of November last year and in due course, the Department will provide advice to Government on those bids and we’ll make a decision then,” she said. She said the Government will invest $1.6 billion over 10 years in programs to build industry skills, drive competitiveness and export potential while harnessing Australian innovation and expertise and these will generate benefits beyond the Australian defence industrial base which flow into the rest of the economy, delivering jobs and encouraging innovation for regional businesses and communities across Australia. Engineers Australia Defence spokesperson Greg Walters said engineers are integral to effective Defence planning, procurement and operations.
“When making long-term decisions, the government needs to consider the skills needed to build and maintain assets and plan accordingly,” he said. “Engineers Australia would like to see engineering-intensive work performed in Australia, to the greatest extent possible.” Minister Payne said the Government was committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in acquisition and sustainment but would make no commitments until the completion of the competitive evaluation process. Greg Walters also said it was critical that Defence has sufficient engineering capability to be an informed buyer and to be self-sufficient in the sustainment and operation of its major assets. “The only way for that to occur is for Australian industry to be a central participant in the procurement, design and build process,” he said. “Without the combined efforts of engineers in both Defence and industry, it will not be possible to effectively manage the operational and sustainment phases of major assets, such as our future submarines, future frigates and offshore patrol vessels. The boom/bust cycle, or ‘valley of death’, in Defence acquisition is incompatible with consistent employment and maintaining the capability required to sustain major Defence equipment in Australia.”