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Chairman's Corner September 2009

Well Done GCS! SPE has selected the Gulf Coast Section to receive the 2008-09 SPE President’s Award for Section Excellence. This award “...recognizes sections whose efforts in membership development, member programs, technology dissemination, cooperation with other civic and professional organizations are exceptional and much more....” How did the GCS come to be recognized? As noted in our Annual Report, the Gulf Coast Section cannot claim to be “excellent” simply because of our membership size and geographic location. For several years, the Section has challenged itself with very high and long-range goals aimed at directly affecting our industry’s public image, improving our ability to recruit new and well-educated talent to the industry providing economical and high-quality continuing education to our membership, and publicizing SPE’s pivotal role in these endeavors. The key accomplishments of GCS in 2008–09 were not the result of …


Then and Now - September 2009

September 1949 California overproduction reaches “alarming proportions,” pushing daily oil output over 900,000 bbl.  (The California state coffers could do with some of that overproduction right about now if you were to ask “The Terminator”.) $ The first commercial hydrocarbon production found in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast since the end of WW II is reported in state waters off High Island, Galveston County. $ Standard Oil of California claims the world’s deepest oil production from an Eocene sand at 15,440-75 ft in Kern County. $ The first string of all-plastic tubing ever used by the petroleum industry is run in a salt-water disposal well in Ellsworth County, Kansas. East Texas crude oil - $2.65/bbl September 1984 The first commercial hydrocarbon strike in the South China Sea turns out to be natural gas instead of the hoped …


A Misspent Youth: the Development of Oil and Gas in America from a Personal Perspective

To commemorate the beginning of the oil industry in the U.S. 150 years ago, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will have Dr. Bill Pike giving a lecture on his life in the oil and gas industry on August 26.   Bill Pike, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, E&P Magazine Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 p.m. Lower Level Conference Room   $12 members, $15 nonmembers   An entertaining history of the oil and gas industry through the eyes of someone who was raised in it and has worked in it for more than 40 years.   http://www.hmns.org


SPE-GCS August e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroleumETC is the link between emerging technologies and industry through Events, Training, and Consulting.  Upcoming events in Fracturing, Multiphase Pumping, Metering, Well Control, and Hurricane Recovery. Calendar Events for August 2009 Expanding Facilities Knowledge Workshop-Subsea Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group Speaker's Names: Daniel Berman, Christa Lawson, and Arnold Eben - BP Days: Tue 11-Aug-09 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST Location: British Petroleum (BP), 200 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston Texas 77079 Summary: Part 5 of the 5 part Expanding Facilities Knowledge Workshop will cover basic subsea equipment, maintenance processes, remote operated vehicles (ROVs), flowlines, umbilicals, risers, etc... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar SPE GCS Board of Directors / Follow-Up Budget Review Meeting Sponsor: Board of Directors Days: Fri 21-Aug-09 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT Location: Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer …


Chairman's Corner August 2009

Thank You As I write, excitement, anticipation, stress, apprehension cloud my thoughts -- excitement on a new year unfolding for the Gulf Coast Section; anticipation for what this year might bring; stress to finish the 3-Year Plan before August 1st; apprehension because of the incredible GCS leaders that have come before me. But most of all I’m thankful. Thankful for those of you spending countless hours keeping the GCS focused on its Mission. It’s overwhelming to total the volunteer efforts required for a 14K member, $2M budget organization with multiple study groups, sporting events, workshops, conferences, community service activities, educational initiatives, and general section organization. We have our bumps, but no matter what the challenges, GCS volunteers make it happen. We can’t do it without the support of our employers. Along with volunteers, our employers have given use of facilities, …


SPE President's Award for Section Excellence

Congratulations! The Gulf Coast Section was selected to receive the SPE President’s Award for Section Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, cooperation with other civic and professional organizations are exceptional and much more. The award will be presented at the President’s Luncheon that will be held at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) on Wednesday, 7 October 2009 at 11:45 a.m. in the Morial Convention Center. You can purchase tickets to attend the event when you register for ATCE. Details on all the technical programs and activities organized by Gulf Coast Section members are captured in the SPEGCS 2009 Annual Report, which is posted on the home page of the website at www.spegcs.org. Read the report and join in the celebration of our accomplishments.        


SIPES Houston Chapter Presents the Fall 2009 Continuing Education Seminar

The SIPES Houston Chapter Presents the Fall 2009 Continuing Education Seminar:   “Applications of New Geophysical and Petrophysical Technology for the Independent”   Friday, September 18, 2009   The past ten years has seen an explosion in technological advances in the oil and gas industry, particularly in the fields of geophysics and petrophysics. At the same time, reductions in hardware and software costs have made the resulting new geophysical and petrophysical tools available to companies of all sizes. Therefore, it has never been more important that geoscientists understand the implications of these tools as they relate to finding oil and gas and/or better reservoir characterization   This one-day seminar will focus on the application of new geophysical and petrophysical technology for geologists, geophysicists and engineers employed in the oil and gas business. Twelve experts from majors, independents, consultants and service …


SPE-GCS July e-Newsletter 2009

  Calendar Events for June 2009 PF&C - Expanding Facilities Knowledge Workshop: Valves Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group Speaker's Names: Ron Manson - Director of Application Engineering, Cameron Days: Tues 14-July-09 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST Location: Cameron, San Saba Room, 3250 Briarpark , Houston, Texas 77042 Summary: Part 3 of the 5 part Expanding Facilities Knowledge Workshop series will showcase Cameron Valves, who will bring field examples of all valve types. Discussion will include conditions for use of each type of valve, overview of material... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting Sponsor: Board of Directors Days: Thu 16-July-09 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 Houston Texas 77042 Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting …


SPE International Honors and Awards - GCS

SPE International Honors and Awards SPE honors and awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, the engineering profession, or to SPE. We’re pleased to announce that Gulf Coast Section members will be well represented in the 2009 SPE International Honors and Awards winners. The honors and awards will be presented at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana in October. Please congratulate these Gulf Coast Section members, and let them know how proud we are of their accomplishments: John Franklin Carll Award Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas USA Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal (2010) Christine A. Ehlig-Economides, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas USA Distinguished Member Hisham M. AlQassab, Schlumberger, Pearland, Texas USA J. Roger Hite, Business Fundamentals Group, Houston, Texas USA Mridul Kumar, Chevron ETC, Houston, Texas USA Mohamed Y. Soliman, Halliburton Energy Services …


TSPE - Engineering Ethics Seminar

Details for "Engineering Ethics Seminar" TSPE Greater Houston Chapter - Leadership Committee will host Mr. Elbert W. Link, P.E., F.NSPE on June 24, 2009 at the HESS Club at 5:30 PM.  Mr. Link will speak about Engineering Ethics which will be eligible for 1 PDH hour on Ethics. Speaker Bio: Elbert W. Link, P.E., F.NSPE joined the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) in 1976 when he returned to this country from overseas, and has been active ever since.  He has held every office at the chapter and state level, and was a National Director for three years.  He was installed as State President in June 1999.  Link was selected as the Engineer of the Year for the Greater Houston Chapter and State of Texas in 2001.  He is currently the Chair of the Ethical Practices Committee of TSPE and …