Getting Back to Fundamentals with Shauna Noonan

"We need to recognize the importance of learning the technical fundamentals. There is no magic solution or silver bullet that could ever replace them." In this episode, Shauna Noonan discusses technology evaluation, an area where she has spent the majority of her career.

Each month, Shauna joins The SPE Podcast to discuss her President's Column and to share her SPE journey. We'll end each of these podcasts asking the audience an interactive question.


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More from Shauna Noonan (Twitter @shauna_noonan)

There Is No Silver Bullet: Strengthening the Fundamentals

The Influential Yet Delicate Balance of Mentoring

Strengthening the Feedstock of Incoming Talent for the Oil and Gas Industry

Strengthening the Tools and Methods We Use To Disseminate Knowledge to Members

Strengthening the Quality of SPE's Technical Content

Reinforcing Core Strengths, Delivering Membership Value

Q&A With 2020 SPE President Shauna Noonan

2020 SPE President Promises to Focus on Strengthening Organization’s Engineering Core


From Shauna's April President's Column:

While I have been a champion for innovation and technology development, I have also applied critical thinking in forming my opinion of such claims. The first questions I always ask myself are:

  1. “Do I need this new technology?”
  2. “Do I understand the root cause of the problem well enough to determine if applying existing technology and accepted practices cannot solve it?”

To adequately answer these questions, a good understanding of the fundamentals, such as fluid or mechanical dynamics, is often needed. Is this new tool or method genuinely innovative, or has it been born out of engineering ignorance?


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