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2008–09 Young Professionals Board

The membership committee is proud to announce the selection of the following 16 individuals, who were selected from a group of very strong candidates. Young Professionals constitute 20% of the Gulf Coast Section, making the actions of the upcoming board more important than ever. Amber Abel, ExxonMobil Production Chris Belcher, Baker Hughes Christopher Buterbaugh, Chevron Ryan Ezell, Halliburton Bukola Fagbemi, BP Sean Fitzgerald, Shell Evan Graybill, Chevron Craig Lacy, ExxonMobil Production Brandon Lauderdale, GrantPrideco Valerie Martone, BHP Billiton Suzanne Murphy, Chevron Sue Park, Chevron Kristal Pena, Oxy Permian Ltd. Anupam Tagore, AMEC Slavko Tosic, Noble Energy Inc. Omar Ullah, El Paso Corp.


62% Pass 2007 Petroleum PE Exam

Nationwide, 62% of petroleum engineers taking the professional engineer exam passed the test. Firsttime test takers succeeded with a pass rate of 70%. NCEES and the state engineering boards released the 2007 professional engineering exam results in March. The estimated pass rates of a few other engineering disciplines were: Agricultural 67% Chemical 66% Civil 58% Control Systems 70% Electrical 62% Environmental 69% Fire Protection 49% Industrial 55% Mechanical 55% Metallurgical 50% Mining 60% Petroleum 62% Structural 42% The petroleum engineering pass rates in 2006 for selected states: Alaska 100% California 0% Colorado 0% Louisiana 33% New Mexico 100% Oklahoma 67% Texas 74% Wyoming 100% What are the requirements to take the petroleum PE exam? Today, most states require that you have An engineering, math or science degree Passed the fundamentals, or Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Exam At least four years of professional …


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-GCS hosts 'Exploring Earth Science - A Summer Institute' with EIH

The Environmental Institute of Houston (EIH) / UH Clear Lake (UHCL) has partnered with the SPE-GCS to host the second annual 'Exploring Earth Science - A Summer Institute' (http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/EIH/education/collaborative/workshop). The three primary goals of these summer development workshops for Houston-area 4th-8th grade science teachers are to: 1) Train/educate teachers in aspects of geology, earth science, environmental science, and energy content areas, 2) Provide participants with lessons/materials for classroom integration, and 3) Link workshop topics with student career considerations. The SPE-GCS is currently requesting member participation in workshop activities on June 11 and July 23, 2008. Specifically, we are asking SPE members to participate as morning ‘Career Booth Custodians’, representing the following general disciplines (1-2 members needed per discipline): ·      Petroleum Geology ·      Geophysics ·      Drilling ·      Completions/Production Engineering ·      Projects/Facilities/Construction ·      Reservoir/Production Engineering ·      Safety/Environment ·      Land/Legal/Commercial Additionally, we are requesting 4 members to provide thirty-minute afternoon presentations/demonstrations …


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 …


Chairman's Corner May 2008

Finishing Fast May is usually the last month with a full events calendar before most of our study groups and committees take a well-deserved break during the summer. That does not mean we taper, rather we finish with a flourish! Check out our events—a major conference, continuing education courses, and study group opportunities to learn about a new (or new to you) technology, expand your knowledge, teach students about our profession, and network with your peers: Digital Energy Conference — "More Bytes and More Barrels" The 8th annual SPE Gulf Coast Section Digital Energy Conference will be held May 20–21 at the Marriott Westchase. This major conference focuses on leading edge applications of computing and communications technology specifically for the upstream oil and gas business. The packed agenda is very impressive, so if you sometimes feel like a "digital explorer …


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


Then and Now - May 2008

May 1958 National Geographic Society claims that over the last 40 to 50 years the earth has been getting warmer, thus bringing about a decline in heating oil demand. (I thought Al Gore was the first to report this phenomenon.) $ Meanwhile, TV is being blamed for everything but global warming. It takes the rap for the breakdown of the educational system, the rise of juvenile delinquency, and the decline of home cooking. (Don’t tell S. Smith Sr. this. He thought Howdy Doody was pretty educational.) $ Which reservoirs were hot exploration prospects in East Texas in 1958….Cotton Valley, Bossier, Travis Peak? Would you believe salt dome oil production? $ Who is the newest player in the Persian Gulf? Would you believe the Japanese? The Japanese firm, Arabian Oil Co., secures a concession off the “Neutral Zone”. East Texas crude …


SPE-GCS e-Newsletter April 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 April 2008 Drilling Symposium - Expecting the Unexpected Sponsor: Drilling Days: Thu 3-Apr-08 9:00 AM - to - 3:00 PM CDT Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street Houston TX 77002 Summary: This year's Drilling Symposium focuses on Expecting the Unexpected. The presentations take a look at unexpected challenges, what recovery factors were put in to place, and how the drilling teams managed through difficult times to turn problems into successes and build in learnings that can be applied to future projects.... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Emerging Engineers Conference Sponsor: Young Professionals Days: Thu 3-Apr-08 7:30 AM - to - Fri 4-Apr-08 12:30 PM …


SPE-GCS Office is Moving!

The SPE-GCS office is moving to the south side of One Westchase Center (our present office building, located at 10777 Westheimer Road) into Suite 1075.  Our new SPE Houston office suite is larger and newly renovated to accomodate the needs of the Gulf Coast Section, the editorial department of JPT Magazine, the sales department of JPT Magazine, and SPE.org staff. The office, currently in Suite 335, will close for the move at noon on Thursday, April 10 through Friday, April 11.  Our new SPE Houston office will open on Monday morning, April 14, 2008.  Please come by and visit us in our new SPE Houston office!