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Chairman's Corner April 2008

Last year, SPE GCS Chair Roger Hite introduced you briefly to the Houston Community College Energy Institute’s Petroleum Engineering Technology (PET) program. The program was in its infancy with initial meetings being held by an industry steering committee. The goal of the program is to provide in-depth education and training and award two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees or Certificates in Applied Science for field and office technicians for the E&P industry. In addition, it is expected some of these students may also matriculate into a four-year university engineering program. Either way, it is hoped the graduates will be well-trained individuals for our industry. In May 2007, the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors, upon the recommendation of the Ad-Hoc Education Committee, approved $20,000 in pilot scholarship funding to the HCC System Foundation for award to students enrolling in …


Then and Now - April 2008

April 1958 Two MIT professors announce the development of the “thermoelectron engine”, a device that coverts heat generated by any type of fuel into electrical energy. Thermal efficiencies of 30% are expected.  Like to guess at Royal Dutch Shell’s net income for 1957? Would you believe a paltry $600 million? Conoco reports the development of a seismic method that involves pounding the earth with a vibrating device to create sound waves that are sent through the earth’s strata. “Vibroseis”, as they call it, will reportedly eliminate the need for drilling shot-holes and firing explosives. LPG marketers announce plans to begin mixing ethane into their commercially marketed butane in extremely cold weather areas. The ethane enhances the volatility of the butane far better than does propane. (Not expected to be marketed in Houston.) East Texas crude oil - $3.25/bbl; U.S. active …


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 …


SPE-GCS e-Newsletter March 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 March 2008 Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Meeting Sponsor: Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Speaker's Names: Nathan Meehan Days: Tue 4-March-2008 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Location: Texas A&M University RICH 106 507 Richardson Building College Station TX 77843 USA Summary: All SPE Members are invited to attend! Please contact Stephanie Currie, TAMU Student SPE Chapter President, at stephanie.currie@pe.tamu.edu for details...   Google Maps | Add to Calendar Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology – Enabling A Bright Future for Mature Assets Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group Speaker's Names: Ron Hinn Technical Staffing Consultant, Occidental Oil and Gas Days: Tue 11-March-08 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM …


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.


SPE-GCS e-Newsletter February 2008

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Upstream Technology Upstream Technology Magazine: The comprehensive information source exploring upstream information technology for decision-makers in the oil and gas industry. SPE members receive a 10% subscription Discount. Calendar Events for February 2008 Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Meeting Sponsor: Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Speaker's Names: Derek Nelms, Hughes Christiansen & David Rickabaugh, Baker Hughes Days: Tue 5-February-2008 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Location: Texas A&M University RICH 106 507 Richardson Building College Station TX 77843 USA Summary: All SPE Members are invited to attend! Please contact Stephanie Currie, TAMU Student SPE Chapter President, at stephanie.currie@pe.tamu.edu for details...   Google Maps | Add to Calendar Update on Coiled Tubing Drilling Technologies Sponsor: Northside Study Group Speaker's Names: Dean Fanguy & Mike Ohanian, Business Development Managers, Baker Hughes Days: Tue 12-Feb-08 11:30 AM …


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 …


Then and Now - February 2008

February 1958 R&D labs, including those at Atlantic Richfield, Humble Oil Co., Phillips Oil Co., and Schlumberger Ltd., are reportedly working feverishly on a downhole device for measuring hole deviation from vertical and rapidly transmitting that information to the rig floor. While the Navy threatens to close down its Long Beach naval base because of disastrous subsidence caused by the Wilmington oil field, the California legislature begins work on emergency subsidence legislation. Shell Oil Co. begins testing of a deepwater drilling donut, a circular vessel with a hole in the center for drilling. (Don’t look now…but it may be back!) After exhaustive calculations performed on his slide rule, a Standard Oil Co. engineer reports that the most cost-effective way for a consumer to purchase and trade in automobiles is to purchase a two-to-three year old automobile, keep it until it …