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Volunteer and Sponosorship Recognition Forms Now Available Online

Volunteer Recognition: Anyone from the Gulf Coast Section can recognize a member for exceptional volunteer service in a committee, study group, community service or an educational initiative. At the end of the month in which they are recognized by you, they will receive a letter and gift from the membership chair, including an extra copy of the letter for their supervisor. In addition, each month those recognized will also be listed in the newsletter and on the website. Recognize a Volunteer today! Sponsor Appreciation: Many of our sponsors go unrecognized outside of the specific committee, study group, community service or educational initiative which they support. You can ensure additional recognition by completing this form for a company that sponsors one of your events, whether in cash or in services. At the end of each month, the contact at the company …


SPE-GCS February e-Newsletter 2010

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Pegasus Vertex, Inc. (PVI) PVI proudly introduces Dr. DE - Drilling Engineering Toolbox, a collection of 188 functions, ranging from daily used calculations to advanced wellpath design and 3D visualization, a must-have resource for every drilling engineer and technician! Calendar Events for February 2010 How Commodity Hedging Could Impact Activity in 2010 Sponsor: Northside Study Group Speaker's Names: Richard Moorman and Randy Barron - Southwestern Energy Days: Tues 9-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 Summary: Commodity hedging has been much maligned in the past few years, blamed for everything from contributing to the early 2008 acceleration of commodity prices to worsening the global economic... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Drilling Hazard Mitigation Technologies Key in Eliminating Non-Productive Time in Challenging Wells Sponsor: Drilling …


Chairman's Corner February 2010

Community Service During the Holidays Submissions are due for the GCS newsletter roughly six weeks before you receive it. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m feeling like many at this time of year—worn out! What a hectic time the last couple of months have been, but also what a time of giving back to the community by the Section. Part of the SPE GCS mission statement charges us with “enhancing the image of the oil and gas industry by sponsoring community service programs.” I know many of you have opportunities to give back through your employers, however several members do not, and others enjoy additional opportunities to work in the community. Russ Neuschaefer and the Community Service committees have been researching and coordinating activities for giving back. Here are a few examples during the holiday season: On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, …


Then and Now - February 2010

February 1940 What was the hottest hydrocarbon play in North Texas in 1940? Barnett Shale gas in Wise County? Would you believe Caddo Lime oil in Montague County? Don’t look now, but oil is hot again in Montague County and this time from the Barnett. $ What sort of technical papers were being presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (parent organization of the SPE) in 1940? “Measurements of the Viscosities of Oils Under Reservoir Conditions”; “Effects of Temperature and Pressure on Properties of Oil-Well Cements”; “The Eykometer and its Application for Measuring the Yield Point of Drilling Muds”; “Pressure Distribution About a Slotted Liner in a Producing Oil Well”; and “Reduction of Water in Marginal Oil Wells.” (We still haven’t completely mastered some of these challenges.) East Texas crude oil - $1.10/bbl …


SPE-GCS January e-Newsletter 2010

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Hexion Are Your Fracturing Proppants Performing Effectively? Besides proppant size, strength, and density, there are many other important factors to consider such as: proppant fines, cyclic stress, effective conductivity, proppant flowback, pack rearrangement, embedment, and scaling. More information on proppant selection can be found at waterfrac.com or visit hexion.com/oilfield. Calendar Events for January 2010 Dual Gradient Drilling Sponsor: Northside Study Group Speaker's Names: Paul Boudreau, Senior Drilling Engineer - BHP Billiton Days: Tues 12-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 Summary: Dual gradient (DG) drilling techniques are not new to the industry; pump-and-dump drilling is the simplest example of this. The benefits of dual gradient drilling have long been recognized, especially... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Access / Excel Tip & Tricks Sponsor: Petro …


Chairman's Corner January 2010

Awards and Nominations GCS membership and especially the leadership of our committees, study groups, and board, I challenge you. I challenge you to recognize those who have been leaders in technology and service to SPE in the energy capital of the world by placing them in nomination for SPE regional and international awards and/or Distinguished Lecturer. The Nominations Committee led by GCS Past Chair Bill Bowers will collect nominations for international and regional awards this month. Any member can nominate a deserving candidate either through the Nominations Committee or directly to SPE. Details on awards and how to submit a nomination can be found on pp. 3–4 in this newsletter and at www.spe.org. Deadlines are February 1 for Distinguished Lecturers and February 15 for the special awards. Study Groups - You are the forefront for GCS technology dissemination. Your speakers …


Then and Now - January 2010

January 1950 A salt mine cave-in 10 miles southwest of Houston swallows up a warehouse-office building and a salt-press building, while a nearby operator reports increased gas production following the cave-in. $ Core laboratories of this era now include such “modern” test equipment as mercury capillary pressure instruments, Boyle’s Law porosimeters, permeameters, flood pots, and resistivity equipment for approximating formation resistivity factors for use in electric log interpretation. $ One year ago, the slogan for Scurry County, Texas was “Scurry CountyWhere Farmers Ranch and Ranchers Farm.” This year, with 180 drilling wells, it’s “Scurry CountyWhere the Oil Flows and Cotton Grows.” $ Substantial oil production is reported in southern Vera Cruz, Mexico by the Mexican American Independent Oil Company. (How did Pemex let this happen?) East Texas crude oil - $2.65/bbl; U.S. active rig count – 2,000 January 1975 Libya …


Distinguished Lecturer: Mike Eberhard - Multiple Pay Tight Gas Sands, Can the Lessons Learned in the Rockies Help You?

Mike Eberhard has been with Halliburton for more than 26 years. He has spent his entire career in pumping services including cementing, acidizing, and hydraulic fracturing. He has worked in the Williston Basin, Bakersfield, CA., Brighton, CO. and lastly Denver, CO. During this time, he held various engineering and technical sales positions. In 1996 he transferred to Denver as part of the Halliburton “Tech Team.” The main charge of the Tech Team is working with operators toward drilling and completion optimization. Currently, Eberhard is the Technical Manager for Halliburton’s Rocky Mountain Area. He is a graduate of Montana State University with a BS degree in mechanical engineering, and is a registered professional engineer. He is the past Section Chairman for the Denver Section of SPE, and has helped manage several technical meetings and ATWs. He is author or co-author of …


Distinguished Lecturer: Joseph Ayoub - Realizing the Full Potential of Hydraulic Fracturing

Joseph Ayoub is the reservoir and production & completion engineering domains career leader for Schlumberger. Prior to that, he held numerous engineering and operations positions in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Joseph has taught a number of industry seminars and authored over 25 technical papers, mainly in the areas of well testing, hydraulic fracturing, and frac and pack operations. More recently, he has been instrumental in the formation of industry consortia for investigating technical challenges in the areas of stimulation and sand control. Joseph holds an engineering degree and a DEA (Masters) from Ecole Centrale de Paris. He served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1998-99 on the subject of improving the productivity of sand control completions and was elected an SPE Distinguished Member in 2005. Download the Podcast below: To save the PodCast: Right click HERE …


SPE-GCS December e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: GATE, LLC Gibson Applied Technology & Engineering, LLC (GATE, LLC) is an oil and gas engineering consulting company based in Houston, TX which offers expertise in the following Deepwater Oil & Gas disciplines: Materials and Corrosion Engineering; Chemical Systems Engineering; Control System Design, Application, and Integration; Flow Assurance; Systems Engineering; Commissioning & Startup; Waterflood. Calendar Events for December 2009 Risk Management and Mitigation for Well Control Sponsor: Drilling Study Group Speaker's Names: Jerry Winchester, CEO - Boots and Coots Days: Thurs 3-Dec-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, Houston TX 77002 Summary: Jerry Winchester will elaborate on the company business model change from solely response to one that is primarily prevention and risk mitigation driven. This includes elaborating on the transition from... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar …