San Joaquin Valley SPE Section General Section Meeting

Agile-Scrum for Facility Design Project Management


Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Petroleum Club 12th Floor – 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield


Speaker:  Ivan Sljivar

Reservations:  RSVP by April 16th to avoid walk-in payments

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Agile-Scrum (AS) Project Management, which originated in the IT industry, has unlimited potential to benefit both operating and service companies in oil and gas industry and many others. This presentation, based on the published paper, will show how it could be applied to facility design work as a framework to improve the quality, timeliness, and overall value of delivering construction drawings. The outcome that could be expected from this is decrease in change orders and delays during the construction and increase in operation teams' satisfaction. The design and construction of facilities is a complex work that requires close collaboration between multidisciplinary teams. AS framework enables this collaboration by creating a safe engaging environment in which self- organizing teams can find the best ways to achieve project requirements through incremental and prioritized value delivery. The goal of AS is to first focus on critical work to minimize the project risk and then maximize the benefit to the customer, in this case construction and operation teams, through continuous feedback loops. 


Ivan Sljivar is a goal-oriented Facilities engineer and agile project leader with over 6 years of experience on both capital and operations side of the business. He successfully led multidisciplinary teams towards achieving high performance and delivering desired results for over $10 million worth capital facility investments in the oil and gas industry. He is a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, Agile Certified Coach, PE-Mechanical Engineer, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. With both MS and most recently MBA behind him, he is constantly looking to grow, learn, and utilize new strategies and technology to improve team’s effectiveness and productivity. Ivan presented and published the "Agile-Scrum for Facilities Design Project Management" paper at the Society of Petroleum Engineers April 2018 conference, through the CSUB MBA program  https://www.onepetro.org/conference-paper/SPE-190080-MS.



An Introduction to California Oil Industry Legislation and Regulations

 By Dr. John P. Yu

Where: Room 355, Science Building II, CSUB, Bakersfield 93311.

Dear SJV SPE Members,

The SPE is pleased to announce an Introduction to California Oil Industry Legislation and Regulations course in Bakersfield on the 3rd-4th June 2019 at California State University Bakersfield.

This two-day course is an introduction to California oil & gas legislation and regulations, which will cover: general statutes and regulations associated with new drills, injection wells, abandoned wells, idle wells; well stimulation applications (SB4) and inspection requirements; and the underground injection control (UIC) and aquifer exemption application processes.   The course also describes relationship between the EPA, Water Board, Kern County and DOGGR during the permitting and project review processes.  

The cost of the course will be $990 for SPE members and $1,200 for non SPE members. (SPE annual membership is $110).  Registration is required by 30th April, but registration is encouraged sooner as this is expected to be a popular course.

Class time will be 8 am to 5pm. Lunch will be provided. Registration starts at 7:45 am

For additional information, please contact Gwyn Mali (gwynmali@yahoo.co.uk).


SJV SPE Continuing Education



Dr. John Yu is a part-time lecturer at CSUB. He has previously worked for DOGGR and the California State Lands Commission for 20 years.  During his time at DOGGR, he was an Associate Oil & Gas engineer for permit approval, UIC and aquifer exemption review, and served as a trainer in several technical applications. Prior to working with regulators, he worked with as a petroleum engineer for 15 years and taught at West Virginia University for an additional 6 years.


The course will be held in Room 355 of Science Building II at CSUB.  For access, please use the Camino Media entrance behind Edwards Cinema and park at car parks H or I (fee required).  The class is on the third floor of the Science II building which is about 300-400 yards into the campus. 

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