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Calendar Events for April 2010
Corporate Governance & Responsibility Through Partnerships
Sponsor: General Meeting
Speaker's Names: Fernando Paiva, Manager for Policy, Government & Public Affairs - Chevron Upstream Oil & Gas
Days: Thur 8-April-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Africa is facing many challenges in its social and economic development. Companies in all industries are increasingly evaluated in terms of how they contribute to this development. The concept of...
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Sequestering Carbon Dioxide in a Closed Underground Volume
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Christine A. Ehlig-Economides, Ph.D., M.S., B.A., Professor of Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University
Days: Tues 13-April-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: The capture and subsequent geologic sequestration of CO2 has been central to plans for managing CO2 produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. The magnitude of the task is...
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Petrophysical Evaluation of the Haynesville Shale
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dan Buller, Principal Petrophysicist - Halliburton
Days: Wed 14-Apr-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club Carriage Room, 570 WestLake Park Blvd, Houston Texas 77079
Summary: The Late Jurassic Haynesville Shale is an unconventional, overpressured gas reservoir located in northeastern Texas and northwestern Louisiana. Relatively high natural gas prices and recent successes...
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Caofeidian (CFD) Oilfield Development Case History - Bohai Bay, China
Sponsor: Completions & Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Carlos Cantu, Staff Completion Engineer - Anadarko Petroleum
Days: Thur 15-Apr-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston Texas 77060 US
Summary: A brief description of the CFD development will be given followed by a discussion of sand control strategies (OHPG's in horizontal producers), ESP performance, and novel completion...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thur 15-Apr-10 7:30 AM - 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...
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2010 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Golf Committee
Days: Mon 19-Apr-10 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood, Kingwood TX 77339
Summary: This Gulf Coast Section event is an important part of fundraising for our Scholarship Fund, which helps send several potential clients or co-workers to college. These scholarships are even...
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Are We At An Ethical Breaking Point In Business?
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Bobby D. Butler, Jr., Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Internal Audit - Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Days: Tues 20-Apr-10 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Mr. Butler has extensive experience with compliance and international business issues and is a regular speaker on subjects such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), global anti-bribery...
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Distinguished Lecturer Jeffrey Jeter - Environmental Due Diligence for International Finance of Oil and Gas Projects
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jeffrey L. Jeter, Senior Environmental Advisor - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Days: Tues 20-Apr-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Development of large scale oil and gas projects is complex and expensive, with recent projects running into the tens of billions of US Dollars. Cash flow is critical on these projects, as once construction...
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Evaluating Resource Plays with Practical Statistics
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Russell K. Hall
Days: Tue 20-April-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079 USA
Summary: This talk addresses the relatively new area of Resource Play evaluation. The question of “what is a Resource Play?” is extensively discussed including the four identifying characteristics (repeatable...
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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Days: Wed 21-April-10 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston TX 77060
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...
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Annual Drilling Symposium - Hard to Drill Formations...Meeting the Challenges
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Call for Papers
Days: Thu 22-Apr-10 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: This day-long, open forum event assembles industry recognized drilling experts from the Operators along with the leading technologists from the Service companies to discuss the critical...
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Using Quick Reservoir Simulation to Make Better Drilling, Completion, and Reservoir Management Decisions in Petroleum Reservoirs
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: James Buchwalter
Days: Thur 22-Apr-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St James, 1885 St James Place, Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: Reservoir simulation has for many years been recognized as the best technology for optimizing well drilling and completion practices, and overall reservoir management from cradle to grave. But it...
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The Emergence of Shale Plays and Their Effect on Global Natural Gas Markets
Sponsor: Baker Hughes, the Young Professionals, and the Rice/UH Student Section
Speaker's Names: Dr. Kenneth Medlock, III
Days: Wed 28-Apr-10 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Location: Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston TX 77005
Summary: Dr. Medlock is currently a Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He is the leader of the Energy Forum's natural gas program, and a principal in the...
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Future Events

An Introduction to Mathematical Optimization, with Application To Reservoir Engineering
Sponsor: Collarini Energy and the Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Marco Enriquez - Rice University
Days: Tue 11-May-10 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston Brookhollow Sheraton, 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092
Summary: Optimization in mathematics mostly deal with maximizing or minimizing some objective function, which may or may not be subject to some constraints. Though many of us are unaware of it...
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Petrophysical Evaluation of Shales for Well Completion Decisions in Resource Plays
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Brian LeCompte, Geoscientist - Baker Hughes, Inc
Days: Tues 11-May-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: Shales are complex and heterogeneous but their petrophysical properties can be assessed with the proper tools and methods. New logging technology such as elemental spectroscopy, nuclear...
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Ethical Principles in Business
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: James Pappas, Vice President - Technical Programs - Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America
Days: Wed 12-May-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: In this second of a three part-series, we will review ethical principals from the standpoints of social utility, basic rights and entitlements, and libertarianism. We’ll summarize strengths and weaknesses...
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SPE Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Speaker's Names: Commissioner Victor G. Carrillo
Days: Tue 18-May-10 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT
Location: Rice Hotel, 909 Texas Avenue, Houston Texas 77054
Summary: Plan to attend an inspirational evening where we will celebrate the multi-faceted achievements of several generations of superstars in the energy industry. ..
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner April 2010
Lessons from Geese. Each member of the SPE GCS is important and has an impact on the Section. This month, I’m passing on “Lessons from Geese” as a reminder of what we can do when we...

Then and Now April 2010
April 1950 A total of 2,700 miles of new pipelines carrying crude oil (Longview, Texas to Lima, Ohio) and natural gas (Mercedes, Texas to New York City) will be served by microwave communication...

Volunteer Opportunities Posted Online
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Ted Frankiewicz Podcast Available
Distinguished Lecturer, Ted Frankiewicz has more than 30 years' experience with Occidental Petroleum, Unocal Corp., Natco Group, and, currently, SPEC Services....

SPE Short Courses Presented in Houston
In efforts to support and build career and lifelong learning needs, SPE has just completed construction of a training center in Houston. This facility will allow SPE to provide a variety of cost-effective continuing education courses year round. View the Houston schedule and register here.

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