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Opt-In to Receive E-Mail Alerts from Specific Study Groups or Committees

You can now quickly and easily subscribe to a specific study group or committee to receive e-mail information concerning that group’s special events or meetings. Simply logon or register (if you haven’t already) to the SPE GCS Web site and follow the steps below. The SPE GCS asks you to go through these steps because we aim to send you relevant information while trying not “spam” you with unwanted e-mail. Go to http://www.spegcs.org/en/users/view and log in or register. Click on the "Groups" tab. A list of Study Groups and Committees appears. Subscribe to a group’s e-mail alerts by clicking the green plus sign to "Join Group". We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.


Photographers Needed to Upgrade Content

Would you like to be recognized internationally for your photography skills? The Magic Suitcase Committee plans to upgrade the presentation material available in the Magic Suitcase program. The updated presentation will be used for Gulf Coast Section education material and by SPE in international presentations to inform students about petroleum basics. To review the current material available for the Magic Suitcase, please visit www.spegcs.org > Committees > MagicSuitcase. Success depends on quality pictures and content that reflect the current petroleum industry—high technology, diversity, etc. The Magic Suitcase Committee seeks petroleum-related pictures that highlight technology, diversity, e n v i r o n m e n t a l stewardship, international partnerships, community involvement, extreme environments, and other petroleum engineering work. For us to use the pictures, the photographer and those in the pictures must first sign a release. The photographer …


From the Chair - Should Old Acquaintances Be Forgot...

Happy New Year! The start of the new year is usually a time to reflect on the days gone by and a time to ponder those to come. Many of us will make new year’s resolutions and vow to improve ourselves this year. But will we remember the days past? Will we truly reflect on the people we’ve met in the last year and how they’ve changed our lives? Will we think about personal decisions we made in 2005 and consider how those decisions have affected our lives and others? Professionals in the oil industry are painfully aware of the importance of history, particularly what happened the last time we experienced an oil boom. Reservoir engineers reading this are nodding their heads right now thinking about all the history matching they’ve done with reservoir simulation models. Production engineers spend countless …


Then and Now - January 2006

January 1957 The new jet-perforating technology is unveiled by Jet Research Center. The ellipsoid-shaped liner and steel barrier in the explosive charge promise substantially larger holes with a slight increase in penetration. An industry committee reports that the domestic oil industry currently produces 7 to 8 million barrels of oil per day, but unless pipeline expansions occur soon, the industry would be limited to 9 million barrels of oil per day that could be both produced and subsequently transported. A badly-split Texas Railroad Commission decrees a 16-day oil allowable for the month of January. This represents a victory by the independents over the majors who wanted to expand the allowable to 17-18 producing days. (“Allowable”...Now there’s an extinct term in our industry.) East Texas crude oil—$3.25/bbl U.S. active rig count—2,330 January 1981 After Libya announces a crude-oil ceiling price of …


Opt-In to Receive E-Mail Alerts from Specific Study Groups or Committees

You can now quickly and easily subscribe to a specific study group or committee to receive e-mail information concerning that group's special events or meetings. Simply logon or register (if you haven't already) to the SPE GCS Web site and follow the steps below. The SPE GCS asks you to go through these steps because we aim to send you relevant information while trying not "spam" you with unwanted e-mail. Go to http://www.spegcs.org/en/users/view and log in or register. Click on the "Groups" tab. A list of Study Groups and Committees appears. Subscribe to a group's e-mail alerts by clicking the green plus sign to "Join Group". We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. For additional information on this General article, please contact: Syd Monroe (713) 779-9595smonroe@spe.org   Source: Syd Monroe


Former GCS Chairman D. Raymond Perry Instrumental in the Scholarship Program

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, SPE GCS Continuing Education Chair and Web Site Chair Regina Eco interviewed long-time member and active volunteer D. Raymond Perry to get some insight into the history of the Gulf Coast Section. Perry has been an SPE member for nearly 60 years, and has volunteered at both the Section and international level. He now works as a consulting engineer and still attends SPE GCS monthly meetings.  Perry joined SPE in 1948 and became chairman of the Lou-Ark Section in 1962 and chairman of the Evangeline Section in 1968. After moving to Houston, he held numerous officer positions in the Gulf Coast Section, including director, programs chair, and chairman in 1985. At the international level, Perry has volunteered on the Nominating Committee, Distinguished Author Committee, Annual Technical Conference committee, region board of directors, U.S. …


Hurricane Katrina Disaster Assistance

SPE expresses its deep concern for the many lives disrupted by Hurricane Katrina and for its many members in the Gulf Coast region and elsewhere who may have been touched by this disaster. SPE has nearly 1,500 members in the affected region, and many other members are wondering how they can help.  How to Help Information from major disaster relief agencies indicates that financial contributions are the greatest need. Community agencies in surrounding states who have accepted many of the refugees also need food, water, bedding, clothing, baby supplies, and other items. If you live near one of the affected states, check with local relief organizations or your local newspaper for information on how you can help.  Connect with Other Members in Need SPE has set up an online community for Hurricane Katrina assistance to allow members to reach out …


Society of Petroleum Engineers Policy on Web Site Links

The Society of Petroleum Engineers encourages open and objective sharing of information on technical and professional subjects pertinent to the interests of SPE members.  Links to Other Sites from SPE.org  SPE.org, including its subsidiary sites like www.spegcs.org, establishes links to other organizations that offer information, goods, or services that address the technical or professional interests of individuals working in the upstream oil and gas industry. Such links are provided as a convenience to SPE.org visitors and do not imply SPE’s endorsement of the linked sites, the organizations operating such sites, nor any products or services of those organizations. SPE is not responsible for the contents of any linked site, any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to the information contained in such sites. The privacy policies of linked sites may differ; you should check the privacy policy …


Then & Now October 2005

October 1955 The latest drilling innovation is the ball-bearing drilling tool. A jet-type nozzle on the end of the drill pipe sprays steel balls at the bottom of the hole via the mud system. As the steel balls bombard the formation, they pulverize the rock. Some of the steel balls are carried to the surface by the mud system and are subsequently separated from the mud and propelled back downhole. # Shell pushes the Gulf of Mexico envelope by staking a location for a test 63 miles off the Texas coast in 93 ft of water. Meanwhile, Zapata Offshore Co. announces plans for a new drilling platform that will be designed for “deep drilling” (100 ft water depths) in the Gulf of Mexico at a construction cost of $2 million. (Look out China, here we come!) # A Canadian historian claims …


From the Chair - October 2005

Happy 70th Birthday! You’re looking pretty good for your age—it’s obvious you’ve been taking care of yourself, staying fit, and eating right. To celebrate, your board of directors is throwing you a birthday party at the Wiess Energy Hall on Thursday, October 13. As you are the guest of honor, there is no cost to attend. That’s right; it’s free - but you have to register online at www.spegcs.org.  We are all so very proud of you, and once again, I hear congratulations are in order. You’ve just won yet another SPE President’s Award for Section Excellence - that makes seven in a row! This is a truly impressive feat, but unlike Lance Armstrong, I expect you to strive for an eighth award this year. You have a great team and great programs here, and as you strive to repeat, don’t forget …