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SPE-GCS May e-Newsletter 2008

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter May 2008 SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroSkills PetroSkills: PetroSkills' training programs are directed by industry experts to ensure proven, business relevant, and practical best practice methods. Training that fuels the petroleum industry. Calendar Events for May 2008 PERPETUATING HOUSTON as the ENERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Sponsor: Joint Meeting with MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas Speaker's Names: Lane Sloan, Greater Houston Partnership Days: Thu 8-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA Summary: Houston has deep roots in energy, with almost 50% of its economy driven by the energy sector. The 20th century was dominated by fossil fuels, particularly hydrocarbons after World War II. Hydrocarbons were cheap, making it difficult for... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Barnett Shale Completion Evolution - Utilizing …


PE Cut Score Session in Houston: PE Engineers Needed

SPE would like to invite you to support the professionalism of engineers and petroleum engineering licensing programs this November 13-14 by participating in the PE Cut Score Session in Houston, Texas. This session will be held at the SPE Houston Office at 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075. Once every seven years, NCEES and SPE conduct a cut-score session that is used to calibrate the Petroleum Engineering Licensure exam. Once the exam has been reviewed and calibrated, this particular exam becomes the anchor examination for the next six years. The session is looking for PE licensed engineers in all disciplines, along with engineers who have taken the exam in the last five years. The cut-score session will consist of taking the 2008 exam and self-scoring the results. You would then take part in a focus group to critique the exam, problem by problem. This process insures …


SPE Awards

SPE awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, the engineering profession, or to SPE. We are pleased to announce the Gulf Coast Section Region awards winners. The awards for those who are members of the Gulf Coast Section will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 22 at the Rice Hotel. Please congratulate the following Gulf Coast Section members, and let them know how proud we are of their accomplishments: HSE, Security, and Social Responsibility Tom Knode, Halliburton Drilling and Completions W. David Norman, Chevron Projects, Facilities, and Construction Melissa Cummins Blanscet, BHP Billiton Management and Information Mehrzad Mahdavi, Schlumberger Reservoir Description and Dynamics Mike Black, Greystone Production and Operations Jorge Manrique, Shell Outstanding Young Member Service Gabrielle Guerre, ExxonMobil Regional Service Robert Bruant, BP Distinguished Corporate Support Grant PrideCo


Assessment of Forecast Uncertainty in Mature Reservoirs

Subscribe to the video podcast The 2007–08 SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program emphasizes current industry trends, challenges, and technology. Jorge Landa has been chosen as one of the Distinguished Lecturers for this program year.  Jorge Landa is a senior adviser in reservoir engineering with Chevron Energy Technology. His work experience before joining Chevron includes 15 years with Halliburton. Landa earned MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University and a mechanical engineering degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has written 14 papers in the areas of history matching, uncertainty assessment, well testing and data integration in reservoir characterization. Facing the current challenge of oil industry, modern and efficient reservoir management is necessary. Making the right decision of reservoir development utilizing all available data in a timely manner is the key of successful operation. For mature reservoirs, this requires high …


Chairman's Corner March 2008

GOT HELP? Enrollments are up in almost all petroleum engineering departments across the country and K-12 outreach programs like those conducted here in the Gulf Coast Section are stimulating increased interest for future engineering and geosciences students. However, the growth of one of the most important components of attracting and retaining students in our profession is lagging – internship programs. Summer internship programs serve many vital functions, especially providing the students real-world application and thus greater understanding of their rigorous classroom work. This makes them better students, motivates them to continue, and enhances their interest in our industry. I am sure many of you can testify to this fact. In turn, our companies receive better-trained graduates who make a rapid transition from student to productive engineer or geoscientist. Not to mention the very valuable work product they can offer during their internship! Many larger companies in the …


Then and Now - March 2008

Note: if you are looking for the March 2008 Chairman's Corner article, Look here http://www.spegcs.org/en/art/?700 March 1958 Who were the top 3 refiners in the U.S. in 1957? Shell, Gulf, Texaco? Nope….Standard Oil of New Jersey, Standard Oil of Indiana, and Socony. Drilling permits are approved on the edge of downtown Los Angeles; on the Los Angeles Country Club; adjacent to the 20th Century Fox movie lot; but, alas, not in Hollywood. Plans are announced for the formation of a jointly-owned company that will store and ship liquid methane to Europe. The company will be named Constock and will be jointly owned by Continental Oil and the Chicago Stockyards. (A marriage of two companies accustomed to handling H2S.) For the first time, the field prices for natural gas in all producing areas become available. The average base price ranged from …


SPE-GCS Member Rey Saludares honored as Young Engineer of the Year

Houston Business Journal publishes list of Engineers of the Year including Rey Saludares as the 2008 Young Engineer of the Year.


2008–09 SPE GCS Board Positions Selected

The SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors approved the following slate of officers and directors as nominations for 2008–09 at the December board meeting. According to SPE GCS bylaws (see Governance under About SPE GCS on www.spegcs.org), this slate will stand as elected unless an alternative candidate is put forth by February 15. If a petition for an alternative candidate is signed by 100 active SPE GCS members, an election will be held at a meeting in May with at least 50 active SPE GCS members present. Other 2008–09 open board positions will be appointed by the incoming section chair. The slate was recommended by the Nominating Committee which received guidance from the Succession Planning Committee. Nominating Committee Roger Hite, Immediate Past Chair Jane Moring, Secretary Mark Peavy, Vice Treasurer Claude Thorp, Membership Succession Planning Committee Roger Hite, Immediate …


Chairman's Corner February 2008

We're a Sporty Group Here we are in the dead of winter, and, of all things, I want to talk about golf, tennis, and shooting. Of course, in Houston our winters are not really very “dead,” we are fortunate to get the chance to participate in these and other outdoor activities almost all year long. I would like to highlight those special SPE GCS events that take us outside and give us the chance to socialize with our fellow SPE members while also enjoying one or more of our hobbies. Social interaction is an explicit component of the Gulf Coast Section’s by-laws, mission statement, strategic plan, and three-year plan. While certainly every study group meeting, continuing education course, workshop, or conference you attend in the GCS has a social component, the sporting events are usually what we refer to when …


SPE- GCS in Chronicle Article about Women Engineers

Members of SPE-GCS were featured in a November 11, 2007 article of the Houston Chronicle. The changing profile and roles of women in engineering were highlighted. Read about the article on the web at http://www.chron.com/class/jobs/industries/engineering/7.html Members Rebecca Gallagher, Tracy Jones and others were featured as they talked about the advancement opportunities and successes they have worked towards in engineering. Engineering and energy companies and associations are recruiting more women and women continue to gain leadership roles and give back to the community. Read more at the link above! Congrats ladies!