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Calendar Events for April 2007

Offshore Technology Conference 07
Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
Day: 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
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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ELP Community Service Event
Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program
Day:Sat 5-May-07 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
Location: Palace Lanes 4191 Bellaire Blvd Houston Texas 77025
Summary: Join the Emerging Leaders Program and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a fundraising event to support Houston children. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kids Sake campaign is off to a huge start, with over $18,000 in contributions, but they still need your help. Get your friends, family and co-workers together and...
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WINDS OF CHANGE - HOW KATRINA AND RITA HAVE AFFECTED "BUSINESS AS USUAL" IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Sponsor: PETRO TECH Study Group
Speaker''s Names: Neil Crawford / Dane Broussard TETRA Technologies, Inc.
Day:Tue 8-May-07 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON/BROOKHOLLOW HOTEL 3000 North Loop West HOUSTON TX 77092
Summary: In the early summer of 2005, we in the oil industry believed we were prepared for just about every weather eventuality that could strike the Gulf of Mexico. On August 29, 2005, Mother Nature - in the form of Hurricane Katrina - taught us that we were not asprepared as we had believed. One month later, Hurricane Rita reinforced...
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Using Novel Intervention Systems to Make Informed Decisions to Optimize Wellbore Interventions
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Marianne Stavland Smart Intervention Systems Business Development Manager Baker Oil Tools
Day: Tue 8-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: One of the most frustrating and costly aspects of any well bore intervention operation - regardless of whether it is fishing, milling, cutting or a casing exit job - is when little or no progress is made during a trip in the well and tools are returned to surface showing no visible signs of performing work. Conversely,...
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Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker''s Names: Dean Rietz & Adnan Usmani Managing Senoir Vice President/Petroleum Engineer Ryder Scott
Day: Wed 9-May-07 9:00 AM - Thu 10-May-07 5:00 PM CDT
Location: Microsoft 200 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350 Houston Texas 77042 USA
Summary: The instructors will discuss all of the important facets of the reservoir modeling process. The important factors that can dramatically impact the model results are emphasized. Specific topics include Data Acquisition, Fluid Properties, Rock-Fluid Interaction, Grid Construction, History Matching and...
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Reservoir Simulation Forum
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Various speakers monitored by Dean Rietz
Day: Fri 11-May-07 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT

Location: Microsoft 200 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston Texas 77042 USA
Summary: A day after the reservoir simulation short course a simulation forum will be held to discuss timely topics focused on reservoir simulation. The simulation forum is included in the short course fee and can be attended by members who did not attend the short course for a fee of...
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SAUDI ARAMCO DOWNSTREAM DEVELOPMENT
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Khalid A. Al Hamid Manager of Technical Services ARAMCO Services Company
Day: Thu 10-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 floor, EXXON Bldg 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of current Saudi Aramco activities in downstream development. The increased growth in refined and petrochemical products has led Saudi Aramco to consider various initiatives to develop the downstream business. In the domestic arena, Rabigh Refinery Development, a...
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Annual Ethics Presentation
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Elizabeth Maraist Global Director, Ethics and Business Conduct J. Ray McDermott
Day: Tue 15-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase 2900 Briarpark Drive Houston Tx 77042 USA
Summary: “White collar crime” refers to crimes that are committed by respectable people during the course of their occupation. It is especially important to be aware of the laws that govern our companies as our industry frequently conducts business in locations, which havecustoms and practices that sometimes challenge the...

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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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Magnolia Deepwater Experience - Frac-Packing Long Perforated Intervals
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Luke Eaton Critical Wells Advisor ConocoPhillips
Day: Wed 16-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston TX 77079
Summary: ConocoPhillips is developing the Magnolia field in 4,674 ft of water at Garden Banks 783 in the Gulf of Mexico. These high-angle wells are completed using dry trees from a TLP and require frac packs to help ensure high-rate, long-life, sand-free completions. The frac packs are pumped using a...

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VERTICALLY INTEGRATED COMPANIES: FROM PROSPECT TO PIPELINE
Sponsor: ConocoPhilips & Business Development Study Group
Speaker''s Name: MATT CABELL - President - Seneca Resources Corp PAUL F. NIELSEN -- Manager, Contracts & Land, Challenger Minerals Inc. INTEGRATED PIPELINE COMPANY
Day: Wed 16-May-07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BALLROOM, 3rd Floor -Hors D'' Oeuvres provided, Cash Bar 1300 Lamar Houston Texas 77010 USA
Summary: VERTICAL BUSINESS INTEGRATION…..Business school buzzwords, or sound business strategy? How does it work? What are the potential synergies? What are the risks? AT&T, Standard Oil Trust …. Weren’t these big vertically integrated companies? Where does the line get...

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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
Day: Thu 17-May-07 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
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. Register online or RSVP to Aishat via phone message at (713)779-9595, ext. 621, or via e-mail at aadamu-oneal@spe.org. Anyone is welcome to attend...
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Natural Gas and Crude Oil Market Update
Sponsor: Completion & Production Study Group
Speaker''s Name: David Pursell Research Principal Pickering Energy Partners, Inc.
Day: Thu 17-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston Texas 77060 US
Summary: Crude oil and natural gas prices have steadily climbed in recent years…will they keep rising? Can demand growth keep pace if prices continue to rise? Is there a supply response to the current frenetic pace of drilling activity? David Pursell will address these questions as he discusses crude oil and...
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Reserves Management & Auditability –Critical Requirements in Today’s Oil & Gas Industry
Sponsor: International Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Tony Harrison Reserves Manager Santos, Ltd
Day: Tue 22-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Crown Plaza Downtown 1700 Smith Houston Texas 77001
Summary: In recent years, petroleum reserves and the technical and commercial support underlying them, have become a hot topic of discussion in the investment community and the media. Senior oil company executives, board members and investors alike have become sensitive to the requirements for reserves booking...
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Top Ten List for Your Financial Success
Sponsor: Career Management Committee
Day: Tue 22-May-07 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Location: HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Houston TX 77056
Summary: Ms. Siegel will discuss ten things that you need to do in order to meet your financial goals and live the life you desire. No matter your age or place in life, you will learn ways to make your future more secure. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions as well...
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Innovative Integrated Modeling Technology
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Dr Mike Litvak Reservoir Engineering Advisor BP

Day: Thu 24-May-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: Innovative integrated reservoir modeling technology based on latest achievements in seismic processing, rock physics, integrated reservoir/facility modeling, and production optimization is presented. The developed methodology differs from existing approaches in four distinct ways...
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Future Events


Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet
Sponsor: Board of Directors Committee
Speaker''s Names: J. J. (Jeff) Woodbury Vice President of Engineering ExxonMobil
Days: Tue 5-Jun-07 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT
Location: Rice Hotel 909 Texas Avenue Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Education, Opportunity, and Excellence: "The Next Chapter . . . . " Today, the opportunities in the oil and gas industry are as great as they have ever been, and so are the challenges. In the coming decades, there will be an ever increasing demand for energy to support the anticipated growth of the...
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Erha and Erha North Project Overview
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Decie Autin Subsea and Pipeline Engineering Manager ExxonMobil Development Co.t
Days: Tue 19-Jun-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase 2900 Briarpark Drive Houston Tx 77042 USA
Summary: In March 2006, ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) started production from the world-class Erha deepwater development located in Oil Mining License (OML) 133, approximately 97 kilometers offshore Nigeria in 1200 meters of water. The development includes...
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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Names: John Farina, Ron Hinn, Susan Howes
Days: Tue 10-Jul-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Anadarko 1201 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands Texas 77380 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...
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Articles/Miscellaneous


Chairman''s Corner
Section Goals At its meeting last August, the Board adopted a set of goals for the new program year, which were reported on in the Chairman’s Corner for October. Now here it is May. So, how have we done? We set six goals for ourselves: 1. Improve Services to Members. Last October, we talked about the...

Then and Now
May 1957 At the behest of the API, a former MIT professor has come up with an equation involving a mere seven variables that is designed to predict the condition of the atmosphere over the North American Continent at any point in time (Yep…a weather-forecasting equation). $ In an...

Industry works together to solve 2007 Faculty Shortage
Summary: Petroleum Engineering (PE) departments in the US are facing significant challenges. On April 13, 2007, the SPE sponsored a workshop of PE department chairmen and industry representatives to address the issues. This report details the deliberations and the actions being...

President’s Award for Excellence—8th in a Row!
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 efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, and cooperation with other civic and professional organizations are ...

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