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Calendar Events for April 2009


Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Tue 7-Apr-09 - Wed 8-Apr-09
Location: Marriott Houston Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston TX 77042
Summary: The focus on Digital Oilfield initiatives has shifted from planning and testing to deployment. Key technologies have been tested and validated and continue to evolve. Challenges associated with managing sustainable strategies...
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The Strategic Significance and Practicalities of CO2 EOR & Storage
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: David S. Hughes, 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Senergy, LTD
Days: Thu 9-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor, 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: The key message is the worldwide opportunity to use the skills of the oil industry to exploit the synergy between reduced CO2 emissions and sequestration of CO2 in depleted reservoirs. The UK has a soon to be...
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Northside - Southwestern Energy Completions Practices in Fayetteville Shale Project
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tom Alexander - Completion Manager, Southwestern Energy
Days: Tue 14-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: Tom will be discussing the evolution of drilling and completion practices in Southwestern's Fayetteville Shale Project...
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Westside: Stimulation Learnings and Completion Implications in the Bakken Shale
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tom Olsen - Sr Technical Advisor, Schlumberger
Days: Wed 15-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: After a great deal of success with Bakken openhole horizontal completions in Richland County, Montana between 2002 and 2005, operators began to move to the more laterally extensive North Dakota side of the Bakken...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 16-April-09 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 Houston Texas 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. Anyone is welcome to attend...
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2009 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Mon 20-Apr-09 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood, Kingwood TX 77339
Summary: You are cordially invited to attend the 36th Annual SPE Golf Tournament
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Annual Drilling Symposium - Drilling Advances in Deep Water and Shale Gas: Breakthrough Technologies for Tough Economic Conditions
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Panel of Speakers
Days: Tues 21-Apr-09 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street #4300, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: The Drilling Study Group will be holding its Annual Drilling Symposium on April 21, 2009 at the Petroleum Club. This day-long event assembles the best and brightest drilling engineers to discuss critical challenges in a common forum...
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S&E: Organization Design Considerations for Effectively addressing HSSE Program Requirements in Oil & Gas Operations
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Roland Moreau - Upstream Safety, Health and Environment Resource Coordinator, ExxonMobil Production Company
Days: Tues 21-April-09 11:30 APM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street 43rd floor, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: A key to effectively addressing health, safety, security environmental and regulatory (HSSE) program requirements in oil and gas operations is to first have in place effective and structured management systems that provide for...
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PF&C: Has the Oil Price Collapse Sealed the Coffin of Oil’s Peaking?
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Matt Simmons - Chairman, Simmons & Company International
Days: Tues 21-April-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: The data showing country by country crude oil produced continues to argue that Global Crude Oil set all time record output in 2005 and only possibly got back this high when OPEC said they ramped up oil output in mid 2008...
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Permian Basin: The Use of Polymers For Produced Water Shut-Off and Injection Conformance
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dan Pender - President and Sales Manager, Gel Technologies of Midland, Texas
Days: Tues 21-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Statistics indicate that seven barrels of water are produced for every barrel of oil in the United States. The Permian Basin combined with its secondary and tertiary recovery, and geologic heterogeneity, can result in poor sweep efficiency...
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Young Professionals: Careers In International Energy
Sponsor: Young Professionals Committee
Speaker's Names: Panel of Speakers
Days: Tues 21-April-09 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street 43rd floor, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: This dinner program will feature a panel of energy executives discussing their careers with an audience of aspiring young professionals. At the start of the program, panelists will be introduced on stage by the emcee. Then they will...
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Reservoir: New Grids for Robust Reservoir Modeling
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Emmanuel Gringarten - Solution Manager, Paradigm
Days: Thurs 23-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St. James, 1885 St James Place, Houston, TX 77056 USA
Summary: Geostatistical modeling of reservoir facies and petrophysical properties (e.g. porosity and permeability) must be performed in a pre-faulted, deposition space in order to reproduce the true spatial correlations of these properties...
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Completions & Production: DW RUPE - A New Deepwater Pipeline Repair Capability for the Gulf of Mexico and Other Deepwater Regions
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ray R. Ayers, Ph.D., P.E., RUPE & DW RUPE Project Manager Stress Engineering Services
Days: Thu 23-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: Since 2004 a Joint Industry Project (JIP) has been in operation to develop the capability to repair pipelines in water depths from 1,000 to 10,000 feet seawater. The first Phase of the JIP identified and evaluated diverless...
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Continuing Ed: Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Days: Wed 29-April-09 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Hilton Houston North (formerly The Wyndham), 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, Texas 77060 USA
Summary: This seminar is the most popular SPE program. The course is designed as non-technical audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the discovery, development and production....
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2009 Electrical Submersible Pump Workshop
Sponsor: SPE Gulf Coast Section
Days: Wed 29-April-09 - Fri 1-May-09 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands TX 77380 USA
Summary: This workshop, sponsored by the SPE Gulf Coast Section, is devoted to the enhancement of operation, maintenance, and technical advancement of electric submersible pumps (ESPs). The Program Committee solicits abstracts....
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Future Events


SPE Certification Exam
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Sat 9-May-09 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston, TX - location TBD
Summary: SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification provides an opportunity to obtain an international credential recognizing your petroleum engineering knowledge. Certification is obtained by applying for and passing the SPE certification exam...
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Petro-Tech: Concept Challenges for Developing and Completing a Mature Middle East Offshore Field
Sponsor: Collarini Energy Staffing and the Petro-Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Heath F. Nevels - Sr. Production Technologist, Shell International E&P, Inc.
Days: Tue 12-May-09 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON / Brookhollow Hwy 290 & I 610 W, 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092
Summary: This presentation is an overview of an engineering study performed by Shell to determine the technical feasibility of developing an enhanced oil recovery project on an existing offshore mature asset. The presentation will discuss...
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Northside - Examining Our Assumptions – Have Oversimplifications Jeopardized Our Ability To Design Optimal Fracture Treatments?
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Michael C. Vincent - Consulting Engineer, Insight Consulting
Days: Tue 12-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: It is mathematically convenient to describe fractures as simple, vertical, planar features of predictable width and hydraulic continuity. Published conductivity data are used with the premise that laboratory tests provide a reasonable...
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Reservoir: Simulation Short Course - Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dean Rietz - Managing Senior Vice President, Ryder Scott Company
Days: Wed 13-May-09 - Fri 15-May-09 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Location: Microsoft, 2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Houston, TX 77042 USA
Summary: The instructors will discuss all of the important facets of the reservoir modeling process. Important factors that can dramatically impact the model results are emphasized. Specific topics include Data Acquisition, Fluid Properties...
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Modernization of SEC Oil & Gas Reporting Requirements
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: W. John Lee - Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering
Days: Thu 14-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor, 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: On December 29, 2008, The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new regulations for reporting oil and gas reserves, effective January 1, 2010. Earlier, on December 12, 2007, the SEC issued a concept...
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Reservoir: Simulation Forum
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Days: Fri 15-May-09 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Location: Microsoft, 2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX 77042 USA
Summary: Following the reservoir simulation course, a simulation forum will be held to examine fresh and timely topics with a reservoir simulation theme. The forum will consist of four sessions dedicated to a topic of interest. Each session will have...
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Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Speaker's Names: Michael Yeager - Group Executive and Chief Executive Petroleum - BHP Billiton
Days: Thurs 21-May-09 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT
Location: Rice Hotel, 909 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 USA
Summary: Although hydrocarbon resources are still abundant, an ever increasing pace of investment and technology will be required to extract and bring these resources to market. To meet this challenge, the oil and gas industry must continue...
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2009 Emerging Engineers Conference
Sponsor: Young Professionals Committee
Days: Thu 4-June-09 7:30 AM - Fri 5-June-09 5:30 PM CDT
Location: BHP Billiton Petroleum Americas, 1330 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056 USA
Summary: The Emerging Engineers Conference (EEC) wishes to expose young petroleum professionals to career development skills and emerging industry technologies that will help build a solid foundation for a promising...
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June Petroleum Technologists Forum
Sponsor: Petro-Tech Study Group
Days: Thu 4-June-09
Location: HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, Houston, TX 77013
Summary: Petro Tech Study Group will be holding a one day seminar on June 4 at the Northeast Campus of HCC in the new Energy Institute Science & Technology Buildings...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
Houston, the self-proclaimed Energy Capital of the World, has great demand for trained petroleum professionals - yet for many years there has not been an undergraduate petroleum engineering degree program in the greater Houston area. This is...

Then and Now
Schlumberger sets up the first interstate facsimile network for transmitting well logs instantly and in photo form, specifically between their downtown Denver office and field offices in Fort Morgan, Colorado and Kimball, Nebraska. The system...

Call for OTC.09 Registration Volunteers
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is once again organizing volunteers for the registration committee of the Offshore Technology Conference...

Young Professionals - Call for Papers
"Following the barrel from the reservoir to the gas pump." If you are a young energy industry professional (less than 10 yrs experience), please submit a paper for presentation at the EEC, describing your work on a project to which you made significant contributions...

Young Professionals - Application for 2009-2010 Board
Interested parties can find more information and download the application from the Young Professionals committee page HERE.

Petro-Tech Salary Survey 2008-2009
All Petroleum Technologists are encouraged to please take the Salary Survey. If you are working in an engineer tech, geo tech, etc. role, please complete the On-line Salary Survey at the SPE-GCS Petro Tech Study Group website...

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