PARTICLE SIZE ANALYSIS: Drilling Applications

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Who Should Attend??
Operators, Drilling Contractors, Mud Engineers, Laboratory Personnel, R&D
Managers, Drilling Fluid Vendors, Solids Control Vendors, Waste Management
Vendors, and Field Engineers...Anyone concerned about particle size information!!!

Why: To gain information and understanding of the preferred method of particle
size measurement - laser light scattering and imaging. Not sales oriented, but a
technical presentation addressing issues such as:
* Methods Used for Particle Size Analyses
* Advantages of Laser Light Scattering and Imaging for Drilling Fluids & Solids
* How Particle Size Analysis is used to Increase Drilling Efficiency and Reduce Cost
* Imaging Analyses of Drill Solids (Both 2D and 3D)
* Future of Particle Size Analyses for Drilling - On-Line Measurements
A Microtrac S3500 and SI Image Analyzer will be available after the seminar for
those wishing to see the latest approach to light scattering instrumentation.

When & Where?
Location: DoubleTree Houston
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Intercontinental Airport
Time: 9:00AM
15747 JFK Boulevard
Breakfast will be served
Houston, TX 77032
at 8:15 AM
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Dr. Philip Plantz, Microtrac Applications Manager
Dr. Plantz is a graduate of Drexel University and the Pennsylvania State University and has published widely on the subject
of light scattering particle size measurements. He has been associated with Microtrac products for more then 20 years. Dr.
Plantz is currently Applications Manager, Microtrac Inc. and is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at St. Petersburg College
both located in Florida.

Mr. Thomas Freeman, Synergy Fluid Services: A graduate of Oklahoma State University and member of Society of
Petroleum Engineers, Mr. Freeman began his career in drilling fluids. His experience includes creation and oversight of
technical programs for both operators and service companies. Mr. Freeman specializes in the relationship between particle
size, drilling fluids, and solids control efficiency. Since founding Synergy Fluid Services, Mr. Freeman provides tailored
solutions for all technical, operational, and analytical facets of total fluid management.

Mr. Terje Jorgensen AnaTec AS: Works as international Manager of AnaTec AS in Norway, and before that he worked at
Norsk Hydro ASA Research Center for process developments of fertilizer production, with speciality of granulation
technology and sieving. He has been project manager for development of particle image analyzer in Norsk Hydro ASA.

Preliminary Schedule:

9:00 am - Dr. Plantz,
Current Particle Sizing

10:00 am - Mr. Freeman,
Particle Size Analysis in

11:00 am - Mr. Jorgenson,
Particle Size by Image
Dr. Phil Plantz will cover the fundamentals of particle size methods and a review of the advantages and disadvantages of differing
technologies. The discussion will focus on static light scattering but also review briefly dynamic light scattering and discuss how this is
limited to particle size of nano-sized materials. The discussion then will describe image analyses of both wet and dry materials and
review the advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Plantz will also discuss zeta-potential and streaming-potential techniques are
becoming an important topic in solids dispersion in drilling fluids. Dr. Plantz will discuss plans for future development that would
include in-line, real-time particle size analyses of drilling fluids.

A summary of how laser light diffraction has already been applied to the drilling industry will be presented by Thomas Freeman of
Cimarron Collective. He will discuss particle size analyses as it applies to drilling fluids, solids control, and waste management as well
as its correlation with drilling efficiency. He will then give a few specific examples of data showing particle size trends followed by the
interpretations applied and actions taken as a result of these trends. Mr. Freeman will then describe how operators are able to
leverage knowledge of their particle size distribution to maximize the efficiency of solids control equipment and, thus, maintain the
condition of drilling mud. Finally, Thomas will present the value associated with introducing particle size analysis into a drilling
program to significantly reduce cost, days on well, and footprint on drilling projects, thus, bringing significant value to the operator.

Terje Jorgensen of Anatec AS will focus on how the image analyses has been used for the real time analyses of drill cuttings. This
session will describe how dry image analyses has been used in other industry. The first On-line installation was in 1987 and he will
review several On-line installations that have been running for up to more than 15 years. Then, Mr. Jorgensen will describe progress
in adapting in-line imaging processing to drill cutting. Examples of adapting 3D imaging techniques will be provided and the
advantages of these to the drilling industry will be discussed.

Following the presentations, we will demonstrate the Microtrac S3500 and SI Imaging system, as well as a software demo of our dry
imaging. We can also answer any questions that current users might have about their systems. The seminar and demonstration will
conclude around 12:30 PM.
Reservations, please print and return this completed form by FAX to 215-619-9932 or E-Mail the requested information below to
Judi Engel [email protected] Please put "Houston Seminar" in the subject line of your e-mail so that it is not mistaken for
something else. Further information please contact Judi Engel at 972-989-5464 or Steve Rapp at 214-769-8498.
Seating is limited, so please register as early as possible.

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