- Computer Science
- Geology & Geological
- Institute for Energy Studies
- Prospective Students
- Current Students
- Slurry Loop Project
- Drillbotics Project
- Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GSCP)
- The BIG Challenge
- Industry Seminar Series
- Leadership & Entrepreneurship Courses
Industry Seminar Series
A series of industry presentations are planned to start from October 2017 on a monthly basis to provide the business skills and management of establishing and running new companies. The seminars will be presented by people from industry who will be sharing with students their success and failure stories in starting their business. The total of 7 short courses listed in Table below, each about 2 hours long, are complementing each other to present a wide range of skills and knowledge for leadership and business development. Certificate of completion will be presented to those who attend the compete series of these short courses.
The content of the 7 modules is as followings:
- Startup ventures or product development in key strategic areas like Sensors, Biomedical Devices, Big Data, Cyber security, but not limited to these.
- Current business opportunities and challenges
- Different types of product development and marketing challenges, and how to leverage them for developing new transformative business ideas
- Different startup opportunities; Critical and transformative areas for business development
- Challenging and transformative ideas for business development
- How to pitch venture ideas; interactions with CEO and CTO from a daily and engineering perspective
- How to write a successful business plan; a review or personal experience about the growth of different startups
Petroleum Engineering Department Presents
Oil and Gas Law Short Course
Date: April 10-11
Venue: Collaborative Energy Complex Building, Training Room-Second Floor; 2844 Centennial Drive, Grand Forks
Presenters: Hogan Lovells US LLP
Our two day short course will be presented in three modules.
First, we will discuss drill and spacing in the oil field, and related concepts of unitization and communitization. "Spacing" is government regulation of the placement of wells, designed to assure responsible oil and gas development, protection of correlative rights of mineral owners, and the prevention of waste of the resource. The course will provide a review of the regulations of the North Dakota Industrial Commission related to spacing, and also to "pooling," which is required when a spacing unit includes lands owns or lease by more than one company. We will discuss the use of pooling clauses in oil and gas leases, and also the process for requiring a party to be pooled through a compulsory pooling process. We will address the laws in other states for comparative purposes. Finally, we will discuss unitization and communitization, which allows for the efficient development of a large, geologically connected reservoir or mineral reserve. We will also review the special rules that apply to the unitization or communitization of federal and tribal lands.
Second, we will review the environmental regulations that apply to oil and gas operations. Again, we will use North Dakota law as a starting point, but will draw on examples from other states. We will discuss the relationship between federal statutes and state statutes and regulations, and the notion of cooperative federalism. We will then provide a general overview of the key environmental statutes, and their specific application to oil and gas operations, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act (especially the regulation of Underground Injection Control wells.) Finally, we will discuss the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in some detail, including some of the legal and political challenges to that technology.
Finally, we will provide an overview of disputes and litigation that commonly arise in the oil patch. We will talk about commercial disputes between oil and gas companies, and their commercial partners, and how to draft agreements to allow for efficient and effective dispute resolution. We will address challenges that might be brought by land owners, surface owners, and environmental groups, including citizen's suits. We will discuss steps that a company can take to minimize the risk of litigation and enforcement actions, including the development on internal compliance and auditing policies. Finally, we will review what happens when a dispute arises, including the requirement to retain documents, the process of discovery, and how the legal privileges may or may not protect information from disclosure.