Monday, June 16, 2014

Shale Insight 2014 Conference Technology Showcase September 23, 2014

SHALE INSIGHT™ 2014 Conference Technology Showcase
Sponsored by the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center
September 23, 2014 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The Marcellus Shale Coalition's (MSC) Research Collaborative is holding its annual Technology Showcase as a pre-conference event prior to SHALE  INSIGHT™ 2014 conference in Pittsburgh, PA to provide suppliers of emerging technologies an opportunity to showcase their innovation to the natural gas producer, midstream pipeline and service community. This year the Showcase will be sponsored by the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center who has helped coordinate the event since its inception. The pre-conference Technology Showcase presentations will be on September 23, 2014, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Immediately following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for presenters and attendees to network.

This year’s Technology Showcase will feature a keynote address by Kemal Anbarci, Vice President & Managing Executive of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies within Chevron. CTV identifies, acquires, tests, validates, and, if appropriate, helps integrate technologies into the company's core businesses. Currently 15 companies in the O&G space are in their investment portfolio.

The Research Collaborative is seeking applications from technology providers who are interested in presenting to the natural gas community their technology that is ready for “field test”. The technology should be ready for pilot testing, slip stream or full scale demonstration in the Marcellus shale, Utica shale or at a coal-bed methane or coal-mine methane site. Technologies relating to natural gas producing, pipeline and service companies are of interest. In a format similar to that of a venture capital fair, selected suppliers will be asked to deliver an 8-minute presentation followed by a 2-minute Q&A session at the September 23, 2014 showcase. Up to twelve applicants will be selected to present at the showcase. In the past two years, several technologies that were presented have established industry partnerships.

To be considered as a presenter, the application available at must be completed and submitted online by the deadline of July 25, 2014. A selection committee of MSC Research Collaborative members will review the applications and notify the selected presenters by August 15, 2014. A detailed event schedule will be provided by September 17, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your application. Below are the relevant deadlines:

Applications:                                       July 25, 2014                       

Presenter Materials Due:                                 August 29, 2014

Online training courses:

Crude Oil Origins – In this course we will discuss the formation of oil and review the theories of its origin. You will get comprehensive information about oil reservoirs including their structure, oil accumulation, as well as distribution, migration and transformation of reservoir fluids. We will cover classification and evaluation of reservoirs and estimation of fuel reserves. We will also review fuel reserves focusing on quality, quantity, patterns, and benefits. Drilling Techniques.
Shale Gas Development – The course provides an overview of modern shale gas development, as well as a summary of federal, state, and local regulations applicable to the natural gas production industry, and describes environmental considerations related to shale gas development. It describes the importance of shale gas in meeting the future energy needs of the United States including its role in alternative energy strategies and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The course is intended to serve as a technical summary document, including geologic information on the shale gas basins in the U.S. and the methods of shale gas development. By providing an overview of the regulatory framework and the environmental considerations associated with shale gas development, it will also help facilitate the minimization and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts. By so doing, the course can serve as an instrument to facilitate informed public discussions.
Environmental Concerns Hydraulic fracturing is done with surprising precision and with an eye on the environment, yet it is interesting how the public reacts to the practice in relation to other techniques used throughout the world. Valid points are made on both fronts. The major concern against fracking resides in the overall health and well-being of people close to a well site, as well as the land, water, and air that might be adversely affected. With proper examination and logic, this course was developed to provide insight and reason in a practice fueled by profit for some and by civil concern for others. We will explore the history, public and media perception, and environmental and economic impacts.
The online education courses are provided to help educate the community and professionals.  Courses are fee based, but a portion of the fee ultimately aids in groundwater education and outreach.    The portal also offers online training in renewables, biomass,  and other topics.

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