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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 e-Newsletter January 2008

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Hexion Hexion’s PropTrac H is a new environmentally acceptable method to measure propped fracture height. This service does not use radioactive tracers as in conventional tracer jobs. No environmental or safety precautions and permits are required. Logs can be run as often as desired. Calendar Events for January 2008 The Seventh Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education (CPEE) Sponsor: Society Of Petroleum Engineers Speaker's Names: Various Days: Mon 7-Jan-08 8:30 AM - to - Thu 10-Jan-08 5:30 PM CST Location: The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center Summary: The CPEE is convened by SPE and the Association of Heads of US Petroleum Engineering Schools. Important issues for the industry as it strives to obtain the high-quality professionals needed to conquer tomorrow’s technical and social challenges will be discussed.... Google Maps | Add to Calendar Novel Reservoir Stimulation Technologies …


Chairman's Corner January 2008

Calling All Scouts "Happy New Year!" to everyone—I hope that each of you was able to take extended time off to be with family and friends and recharge for 2008. Last year was certainly an interesting time for our profession, with oil prices approaching $100 per barrel. Opinions on where prices will go are numerous; most people tend to agree we have entered a new regime in which the lowest forecasts are higher than any of us would have guessed 10 years ago. I am proud to be part of a profession and industry that, despite the historic commodity prices, continues to take a cautious, technically-based, and generally conservative approach to investment and personnel decisions. Your membership and active participation in SPE is testimony to your commitment to helping our industry maintain the highest standards of technical expertise and professionalism. …


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!


Then and Now - January 2008

January 1958 Midcontinent refiners register concern over reports that foreign oil is being moved up the Mississippi River by barge to be refined in Memphis. Superior Oil Co. management reports receiving a contract to sell 10,000 bbl/day of its Lake Maracaibo crude to customers in the United States. Richfield develops a punch card database for all of its California wells, thus moving to the next level in data retrieval. (OK. How many of you can remember doing your programming with punch cards? Remember, it was back during the "fountain pen" era.) Who will be the oil legislation "movers and shakers" in the 1958 Congress? Would you believe Senator J.W. Fulbright, author of the gas bill and chairman of the senate banking committee, and Representative Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Both come from the state of …


SPE-GCS e-Newsletter December 2007

Crowley Maritime Corporation Providing solutions to energy exploration and production challenges with ocean towing and transportation, upstream logistics, shorebase services, marine engineering, offshore construction support, ESQA and more. Visit www.crowley.com Calendar Events for December 2007 Control Pressure Drilling Techniques Utilizing Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Drilling Methods Sponsor: Drilling Study Group Days: Thu 6-Dec-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST Location: The Petroleum Club 800 Bell St, #4300 Houston TX 77002 Summary: This presentation will discuss the main differences in underbalanced, MPD and performance drilling techniques.  Case histories will be presented for each method. Jose Danilo Morales is the Technical Manager for Weatherford International's Controlled Pressure Drilling group in US... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Hybrid Slickwater Fracture Design Evolution - An East Texas Cotton Valley Case History Sponsor: Northside Study Group Days: Tue 11-Dec-07 11:30 AM - …


Then and Now - December 2007

December 1957 If you are inquisitive, sleuthful, determined, sneaky, can keep a secret, have the gift of gab, and coincidentally expensive tastes, what might your career path be in today’s E&P organization? That’s right…a landman. Things were not always quite so lucrative for their predecessor…the lease broker. Witness the following testimonial from a South Texas lease broker circa 1957. “Starting out with $1,000, which I saved from my former work during the First World War, I built it up after 38 years to about $1,000. A farm bought primarily for the mineral gamble and a few mineral or royalty interests that pay anywhere from 1 cent to as much as $20 per month, cost me $1,000 total. So there you have my balance sheet after 38 years as a lease broker. Maybe some day I will get my money back.” …


Chairman's Corner December 2007

Study Groups: Our Bread and Butter Intelligent wells, ultradeepwater drilling problems, testing of lower tertiary reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico, San Andres acid stimulations, development of a new deepwater floating production unit, impacts of pressure variation inside hydraulic fractures, coupling powered rotary steerable systems with rotary steerable bit technology, fracture conductivity, new methods for rapidly obtaining history matches with reservoir simulation models, combining openhole horizontal gravel pack completions with intelligent well technology. If I were to tell you the above is a complete list of the technology topics covered at various Gulf Coast Section Study Group luncheons last year you might be quite impressed. But I would be misleading you. That is a list of the technology topics covered in just September and October of this year. And you can add to that list broader business topics such as …


A fun event to remember – the 24th Annual SPE-GCS Tennis Tournament

The 24th Annual SPE Tennis Tournament took place on the 19th and 20th of October. This year the tournament was held at Houston Racquet Club (HRC), a change of venue from West Side Tennis Club for the past few years. The weather couldn’t be any nicer as the players enjoyed a day and a half of fellowship, networking and plenty of tennis. The food and beverages provided by the Club were excellent.  In addition, there were plenty of snacks (popcorn, apple slices, crackers, etc.) throughout the day. This year there was a real-time video display of court activities in front the club house, which was pretty cool and drew quite a lot of attention. For those who did not make it to the playoff, additional games (hit and grab, scramble fun matches) were held to offer a second chance of self redemption. The Saturday evening …


Young Professionals Gulf Coast Section Paper Contest

The SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals Committee invites all engineers with 0-10 years experience to submit their abstract for the1st Annual Young Professionals Paper Contest.