The PWS Seminar

PWS Seminar 2016: Jan 26-28 - Omni Westside - Houston

Strategies and Options for Water Treatment in a Low Dollar Environment

The theme of this meeting will be reducing the cost of operations. Best Practices, new technology, and strategies for reducing the manpower requirements, chemical costs, downtime of operations, service costs will be presented covering developments for onshore and offshore facilities and conventional and unconventional operations. On the final day of the seminar, there will be a Best Practices Workshop that will involve presentations and open discussion with industry leaders.


Delegate Rate


Speaker Rate


Single Day Pass




2016 Sponsors

2016 Exhibitors


2016 Speakers

Josh Adler, SourceWater

Michiel Arnoldy, Brilliant Water Solutions

Gary Bartman, Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments

Nicholas Bertrand, Environmental Enterprises, USA

Naeem Bhola, Jorin

Steve Bolman, Shell

Dustin Brownlow, Texas Water Solutions Management Group

George Chase, University of Akron

Supriyo Das, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Jason Dionne, FloDesign Sonics Inc.

Naggs Nagghappan, Veolia

David Essman, Coil Chem

Jon Fabri, Polymer Ventures

Robert Fortenberry, Ultimate EOR & Water Standard

Joe Ferguson, Schlumberger

Duane Germenis, Advanced Sensors

Bob Goltz, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Jorge Herrera, PEMEX

Tyler Kirkmann, Cerahelix

Tim Lanthrop/Brian Wrenn, PureLine

Rick McCurdy, Chesapeake Energy

Hank Rawlins, Eprocess Tech

Branden Ruyle, Weatherford

Emily Sappington, University of Houston

Maayan Sarig, IDE Technologies - Israel

Dan Shannon, Cameron

Ramesh Sharma, Conoco Phillips

John Tintera, Texas Water Recycling Association

Emily Tummons, Michigan State University

John Veil, Veil Environmental

Drue Ann Whittecar, NOV

Pre-Seminar Workshop

Produced Water Handling and Technology

Whether you're new to produced water treatment or just in need of a refresher, this course provides a fundamental understanding of the science and practical applications of water treating and presents the primary mechanisms behind various water treating equipment and processes. Attendees will receive practical knowledge sourced from experience at dozens of water treating facilities from around the globe. 


You should expect to receive real-world training that analyzes and explains field equipment in terms of surface science, chemistry, and engineering principles that is grounded in science but is easily understood with little prior study, and can be immediately implemented in the field. 


The course seminar will cover the following topics:

• Characterization of oil/water/gas for treatment

• Equipment selection and performance

• Process engineering and process line-ups

• Chemical treating

• Operations, monitoring, surveillance & troubleshooting


Lessons learned and best practices are presented from all major hydrocarbon production regions, including both onshore and offshore systems, as well as water treating for injection disposal, water flood, polymer make-up and flooding, steam flooding, and hydraulic fracturing. 



• Improve your upstream marketability

• Broaden your knowledge base on the subject

• Bring your team up to speed

• Get firsthand information straight from highly experienced industry professionals


Don't miss a chance to learn from some of the best minds in produced water with more than 40 years of combined experience in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Stick around afterward for the Young Professionals Reception.

Post-Seminar Workshop

Cost Control in Water Management - Shale Developments Workshop

While the traditional PWS Seminar has seen 3 full days of presentations, this year's event seeks to adapt with the market. The third day of the seminar will host our workshop for shale developments, which will have presentations on best practices and an open discussion from industry leaders and focus on water management in the shale plays in a low dollar environment.


Some key issues for discussion will be: 

• Sourcing, transporting and storing water in arid regions

• Treating, recycling and disposing of flowback water in tightly regulated regions

• Surveying options for technology, cost/benefit analysis, drawbacks, piloting and selection of technology

• Transition from mobile, modular and centralized treatment systems.


The workshop will have a summary of best practices followed by an industry leaders workshop. Don't miss out.

2016 Technical Committee

John Walsh, CETCO 

Gerard Cooke, Advanced Sensors 

Michael Grossman, Clean Membranes Inc.

Daniel Shannon, Independent 

Naeem Bhola, Jorin 

John Tracy, Oasys Water

Steve Coffee, Enerscope Systems International

Tim Johnson, Tim Johnson & Associates 

Branden Ruyle, Weatherford  

Aaron Johnson, Dow Chemical

Justin Love, Love Energy Advisors 

Morris Hoagland, Jade Dragon LLC

Holly Churman, Water Standard

Guillaume Clairet, H2O Innovation 

Sponsoring the 2016 Produced Water Society Seminar

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Rachel Gardner at +44 (0) 1865 204208 or by email at

 **Limited availability**