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Emerging Leaders Program Board Now Accepting Applications

Applications to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Board are due April 15, 2007. The ELP was created for the purpose of enhancing the overall membership and effectiveness of the Society by organizing individuals with less than ten years of industry experience together in order to engage them in activities that ultimately support both the Local and International SPE Organizations'' missions and objectives. The ELP is directed by the ELP Board. Applications for the Board are due April 15, 2007, and the application form is posted here: http://www.spegcs.org/en/committees/display.asp?committeeid=25

ELP Board members will be selected based on their leadership abilities and development potential. The ELP holds a number of social, technical and professional development activities throughout the year to provide oil and gas professional with less than ten years of experience an opportunity to network with each other, as well as enhance the various skill sets specifically of interest to this peer group.


 

Calendar Events for March 2007


TURNING YOUNG ENGINEERS INTO STARS

Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker''s Name: PANEL DISCUSSION
Day:Tue 8-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, EXXON Bldg 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, where do all these young engineers come from and what language do they speak? OK, maybe the communication gap isn’t as bad as all that, but based on feedback from the recent SPE Gulf Coast Section Membership Survey and the SPE Executive Breakfast held in...
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How Deep Can You Go and What Challenges Lie Ahead?

Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Dr. K. E. Abou-Sayed Early Production Project Leader for BP Sakhalin Development Unit BP America
Day:Tue 13-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase 2900 Briarpark Drive Houston Tx 77042
Summary: The deepwater basins around the world contain vast hydrocarbon resources, which await discovery and development. Our challenge today is to recover these resources profitably while investing in developing the technology needed and assuring that risk and uncertainties are managed and...
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A Cementing Paradigm Shift: A Local Solution to a Global Problem
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: David J. Mack (2006-7 Distinguished Lecturer) Advanced Senior Production Engineer Marathon Oil Company
Day: Tue 13-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: Cementing over 3000 feet of production casing in an air-drilled hole, where a primary productive gas interval is a naturally fractured shale with a fracture gradient as low as 0.3 – 0.4 psi/ft. at the bottom of the well, presents quite a challenge. Historically this challenge had been met with a 12...
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Refining the Search for Hydrocarbons - Issues and Applications for New Zealand"
Sponsor: International Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Robert J. Banks Vice President, International Operations and Strategic Ventures. Swift Energy Company
Day: Tue 13-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CST
Location: Crowne Plaza 1700 Smith St Houston Texas 77002
Summary: New Zealand is a mature oil and gas province of complex geology dominated by the collision of the Australian and Pacific Plates. It is located at one of the far reaches of the oil and gas supply chain; and, as with many provinces is evolving the commercial aspects of Oil and Gas Permits (concessions) and...
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The Relevance of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Units in the Oil and Gas Industry
Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program
Speaker''s Name: Wayne Mueller Senior Project Manager Alliance Wood Group Engineering
Day: Tue 13-Mar-07 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Location: Crowne Plaza 1700 Smith St. Houston TX 77002
Summary: Are you concerned that the current FPSO wave will pass you up? When FPSOs arrive in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, will you be prepared? …or will you miss the boat? The Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) business has made a significant contribution to oil production worldwide for several...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
Day: Thu 15-Mar-07 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 335 Houston TX 77042
Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Please register so that we may have a proper head count for breakfast goodies...
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Determining Realistic Fracture Conductivity and Understanding its Impact on Well Performance – Theory and Field Examples
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Terry Palisch Sr. Staff Petroleum Engineer CARBO CERAMICS
Day: Thu 15-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: To hydraulically fracture a well requires large investments in equipment, horsepower, materials and manpower. An engineer can be overwhelmed with the selection of completion fluids, perforation strategy and treatment size, as well as coordination of frac crews. In the end, however, the primary...
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New Novel Reservoir Stimulation Technologies in Stacked Reservoirs
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Randy C. Tolman Project Coordinator - ExxonMobil''s Piceance Development Project ExxonMobil
Day: Tue 20-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas 77079 USA
Summary: ExxonMobil has developed two novel reservoir stimulation technologies that enable the rapid delivery of numerous high-quality stimulation treatments within a single cased wellbore. These technologies were developed for the purpose of improving, or enabling, economic hydrocarbon recovery from formations that contain...
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GROWING A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION FORM SCRATCH
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker''s Names: JOHN B. WALKER - President & CEO, EnerVest ROBERT T. KENNEDY - VP Business Devleopment & Land, Citation Oil & Gas
Day: Wed 21-Mar-07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom, 3rd.Floor ** Hors D''Oeuvres & Cash Bar 1300 Lamar Houston Texas 77010 USA
Summary: STANDARD OIL (Chevron, BP Amoco, Exxon), SPINDLETOP (Texaco, Gulf, Mobil), J. PAUL GETTY, H. L. HUNT, GEORGE MITCHELL, GEORGE H. W. BUSH… All started from finite beginnings, and ultimately had significant impact on the development of the Petroleum Era. The legacy of...
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Unconventional Fracturing Fluids for Tight Gas Applications
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Satya Gupta Research Leader Fracturing BJ Services
Day: Wed 21-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston TX 77079
Summary: When fracturing many tight gas formations, conventional, water-based fracturing fluids can cause water to become trapped in the near-wellbore region, significantly impeding gas flow. In the past few years, a number of unconventional fracturing fluids have been developed to more effectively stimulate these ...
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Engineer Your Gas/Condensate Systems, Reservoir to Sales Meter
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Shah Kabir Reservoir Engineering Advisor Chevron
Day: Thu 22-Mar-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: Exploitation of gas/condensate reservoirs presents considerable challenge from day-to-day reservoir-management''s perspective. Initially, uncertainty and variability of liquid content, and volume of reserves in each reservoir pose difficulty in designing surface facilities. Of course, contractual obligations dictate that the required gas...
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Forecasting Production in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Name: Dr. John Lee Professor of Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University
Day: Tue 27-Mar-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Anadarko, The Woodlands 1201 Lake Robbins Woodlands TX 77380 USA
Summary: Forecasting production in many unconventional gas reservoirs can be a complex procedure because many conventional techniques are difficult to apply. In these unconventional reservoirs, which include tight gas, gas from shales, and coalbed methane, volumetric methods, material balance methods, and...
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Future Events


2007 Annual Emerging Engineers Conference
Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program Committee
Day: Tue 3-Apr-07 8:00 AM - Wed 4-Apr-07 12:30 PM CDT
Location: ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Mark your calendars for the Gulf Coast Emerging Leaders Program’s third annual Emerging Engineers Conference. The conference will be held April 3rd through April 4th at the ExxonMobil Bell Street Conference Center located in downtown Houston, Texas. This two day event is meant to provide a forum for...
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Horizontal and Multilateral Wells
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Name: Dr. Ding Zhu Professor of Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University
Day: Wed 4-Apr-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Wyndham Hotel, Greenspoint 12400 Greenspoint Drive Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: Advanced well concepts including horizontal and multilateral wells have become a dominant feature of new field development and redevelopment opportunities. They can, when used appropriately, dramatically improve the economic profitability of field development operations. However, the success of deployment largely depends on....
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6th Annual Drilling Symposium - Maximizing Drilling Performance
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Day: Thu 5-Apr-07 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Richard Adams – Drillstring Optimization Joe Billingsley – Efficient Cuttings Transport in Horizontal and Highly Deviated Holes Doug Darling – Maintaining Hole Stability Christina Gerrera – Optimizing Bit Performance Dr. Catalin Ivan – Proper Well Planning to Minimize Hole Problems and NPT David Lewis...
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SPE 2007 Digital Energy Conference & Exhibition
Sponsor: Digital Energy Study Group
Day: Wed 11-Apr-07 7:30 AM - Thu 12-Apr-07 6:00 PM CST
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center – Hall G 1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston TX 77010 USA
Summary: The seventh annual Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition will be held 11 – 12 April 2007 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. This symposium will target digital technology as an enabler of intelligent processes, improved decision making, and enhanced value within the Oil & Gas industry...

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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Names: John Farina, Ron Hinn, Susan Howes
Day: Wed 18-Apr-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel 12400 Greenspoint Drive Houston Texas 77060 USA
Summary: Outline: * Introduction/Outline of the Day * The Economics & Future of the Petroleum Industry * Theory of the Origins of Hydrocarbons * Reservoir Parameters (eg: Porosity/Permeability) * Geology of Petroleum & Geophysics * Drilling Basics * Well Logging * Well Completions * Reservoir Drive Mechanisms...
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2007 Electrical Submersible Pump Workshop
Sponsor: ESP Workshop Committee
Day: Wed 25-Apr-07 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Location: Woodlands Waterway Marriot 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands Texas 77380
Summary: SESSION I – Alternate Deployed and Specialty Applications CO-CHAIRS Noel Putscher / Ralph Harding 8:30 Keynote Speaker: Frank Komin, President and General Manager, Thums Long Beach Co 9:30 The World’s First Wireline Retrievable ESP System Neil Griffiths, Vishal Gahlot, Steve Sakamoto...
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Offshore Technology Conference 2007
Days: Mon 30-Apr-07 7:30 AM - Thu 3-May-07 1:45 PM CDT
Location: Reliant Center One Reliant Center Houston Texas 77054 USA Phone: (713) 629-3700
Summary: The 2007 Offshore Technology Conference, OTC .07, will be held 30 April to 3 May at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Founded in 1969, OTC is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Attendance at...
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Ethics in Engineering
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Names: Dr. Larry Brown Consultant
Days: Tue 15-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street Houston TX
Summary: This presentation on engineering ethics fulfills the continuing education requirements of various state boards of professional engineering registration. It offers a review of engineering codes of ethics prepared by state boards and professional societies. Case studies and situational illustrations will...
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Articles/Miscellaneous


Chairman''s Corner
The Gulf Coast Section board surveyed members last December to determine how we can better serve you with programs that best suit your many interests. Paul Gerber, research manager with SPE International in Richardson, helped us formulate the survey which went to more than...

Then and Now
March 1957 The Soviets claim to have developed a thermal installation for extracting oil from oil-bearing sand. Have they solved the riddle that has plagued the Canadians for years? (Stay tuned!) Another juicy morsel from behind the Iron Curtain (Remember that term?) is the discovery of ...

Web-Based Event Reporting
The SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS) comprises more than 12,000 members, roughly 20% of worldwide SPE membership. The Section has a very active membership, with 13 study groups and 22 standing committees. Through the monthly study group luncheons, annual technical workshops, and...

Mr James M. Pappas, P.E. 2007 Engineer of the Year
Mr. James M. Pappas, P.E. Global Technology Coordinator, Senior Engineering Advisor, Devon Energy Corporation Representatives of various Houston engineering organizations have selected Mr. James M. Pappas, P.E. as the 2007 Houston Area “Engineer of the Year.”...

Hiep Vu 2007 Young Engineer of the Year
The SPE Gulf Coast Section proudly honors Hiep Vu as the 2007 Young Engineer of the Year. Hiep is a senior production engineer for Shell International E&P in the EPT Subsea and Pipelines Organization. His current responsibilities include...

President’s Award for Excellence—8th in a Row!
Congratulations! For the eighth year in a row, SPE selected the Gulf Coast Section to receive the 2006 SPE President''s Award for Section Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes SPE sections whose...

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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...

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