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Calendar Events for January 2008

The Seventh Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education (CPEE)
Sponsor: Society Of Petroleum Engineers
Speaker's Names: Various
Days: Mon 7-Jan-08 8:30 AM - to - Thu 10-Jan-08 5:30 PM CST
Location: The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Summary: The CPEE is convened by SPE and the Association of Heads of US Petroleum Engineering Schools. Important issues for the industry as it strives to obtain the high-quality professionals needed to conquer tomorrow’s technical and social challenges will be discussed....
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Novel Reservoir Stimulation Technologies
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Randy C. Tolman, Project Manager, Piceance Development Project, Exxon Mobil
Days: Tue 8-Jan-08 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Location: Sheraton Brookhollow at 290/610, 3000 North Loop West Houston TX 77092
Summary: This is a presentation given at the Engineering Tech level. 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...
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Perdido Development - Integration of Wet-Tree DVA and Subsea Artificial Lift Technologies
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: G. T. Ju, Senior Staff Subsea Engineer, Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc.
Days: Tue 8-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: The Perdido Foldbelt is in the remote western Gulf of Mexico, approximately 200 miles south of Galveston TX.. Perdido is located in waters ranging in depth from 7,500 to 10,000 feet and with rugged seafloor terrain. Perdido geologic conditions are different from areas that have previously produced ...
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Careful BHA Selection and Adaptive Practices Help Drill a Difficult Salt Section
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: James Hood, Drilling Optimization Advisor, Baker Hughes
Days: Wed 9-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: A recent well in the Green Canyon area of the deepwater GOM required drilling through more than 15,000 ft of salt formations. Offset wells with BHAs, including hole opening devices, were challenged by excessive vibrations that resulted in drillstring twist-offs and fishing. In addition...
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Carbon Capture & Storage - Future Or Fantasy?
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Charles E. (Chuck) Fox, V.P. - Operations & Technology, Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, LP
Days: Thu 10-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, EXXON-MOBIL Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: Climate Change or Global Warming has produced international treaties and a Nobel Peace Prize. Could it also produce new industries including one focused on Carbon Capture and Storage? What part will petroleum engineers play in the CCS field? Petroleum engineers and geologists...
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A New Approach: Openhole Selective Fracing System in Open Hole Multi-Stage Completion Solutions
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Raymond Hofman, CEO / President, Peak Completion Technologies, Inc.
Days: Tue 15-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 WestLake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079 USA
Summary: Today's technology has allowed operators for the first time, economical and effective completion techniques and tools to reliably treat, test and produce horizontal wells...
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Holistic Fracture Diagnostics
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Bob Barree, President, Barree & Associates
Days: Wed 16-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 WestLake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079 USA
Summary: Since the introduction of the G-function derivative analysis, pre-frac diagnostic injection tests have become a valuable and commonly used technique. Unfortunately the technique is frequently misapplied or misinterpreted, thus leading to confusion and misdiagnosis of fracturing parameters. This presentation will...
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Industry Viewpoints in a $100/ barrel world
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Days: Wed 16-Jan-08 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 1300 Lamar St., Houston Texas 77010 USA
Summary: Join the SPE-GCS Business Development Study Group (BDSG) for the “$100 / Barrel View” of three select industry participants and identify what related opportunities may be available for your company in the current and forecast era of high prices. Meet their Business Development teams and discuss...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 17-Jan-08 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CST
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer, Suite 335 Houston TX 77042 USA
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. ...
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Anadarko's Independence Hub Project Completion Program
Sponsor: Completion and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jack Burman, Manager, Exploitation Technologies
Days: Thu 17-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: The Independence Hub is a world class development of ten natural gas fields in the ultra-deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico. Anadarko is the operator of eight of the fields, in which twelve wells were pre-drilled to develop the resources. Completion operations started in early 2006 and was finished in early 2007, during...
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Development Dinner - Energy Geopolitics
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Speaker's Names: Michael Economides, Managing Partner, Professor at University of Houston
Days: Thu 17-Jan-08 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston TX 77056
Summary: Oil prices climbed to over $80 per barrel and are expected to remain around that level for the foreseeable future. While the calculated by us equilibrium price of oil should hover around $40, geopolitical headlines rule the price and the world is constantly one large headline away from $100 oil. There is a substantial imbalance in the location of energy producers...
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Project Management Processes
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Names: Don Vardeman, Vice President of Worldwide Projects, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Days: Tue 22-Jan-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: The offshore industry has been home to many successful projects. The environment continues to change however, as the magnitude of the projects continues to grow. With this added size, the complexity increases significantly. In order to spread risk, operators are taking on more partners, particularly in the deepwater...
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Future Events


Update on Coiled Tubing Drilling Technologies
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dean Fanguy & Mike Ohanian, Business Development Managers, Baker Hughes
Days: Tue 12-Feb-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: This presentation will discuss the market for coiled tubing drilling and an overview of the technologies being employed on re-entry projects...
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The First Offshore Use of an Ultra High Speed Drillstring Telemetry Network Involving a Full LWD Logging Suite and Rotary Steerable Drilling System
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Macpherson, Baker Hughes
Days: Wed 13-Feb-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club - 43rd Floor, 800 Bell Street, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: This presentation will discuss the First Offshore Use of an Ultra High Speed Drillstring Telemetry Network Involving a Full LWD Logging Suite and Rotary Steerable Drilling System...
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Computational Fluid Dynamics - What Can It Do For You?
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Lanre Oshinowo, Anysys; Juan Pontaza, Shell; Reynaldo Gomez, Nasa
Days: Tue 19-Feb-08 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: TBA
Summary: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used in many industries for design and troubleshooting; aerospace, food, and petroleum to name a few. Airplane and spacecraft, industrial mixers, and combustion reactors are all designed with CFD. Through CFD, the effects of wind and ocean currents on fluid-structure interactions can...
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2008 35th Annual SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Golf Committee
Days: Mon 18-April-08 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Kingwood Country Club and Deerwood Country Club, Kingwood, TX
Summary: SPE Gulf Coast Section invites all members to participate in our 35th annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for scholarships. Please see the website for additional details on participation and sponsorship opportunities...
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2008 Digital Energy Conference
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Tue 20-May-08 8:30 AM to Wed 21-May-08 5:30 PM CST
Location: Westchase Marriott - Houston, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston TX 77042 USA
Summary: The Digital Energy Conference was chartered to work at the intersection of computing and communications technology with the upstream oil and gas business. This is a rapidly developing intersection, bringing a renaissance to how we work. The conference will focus on leading edge applications of computing and communications technology to the ...
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2008 Sporting Clays Tournament
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Fri 6-Jun-08 7:30 AM - to - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve, 4430 Guyler Road, Simonton (Wallis) Texas 77485 USA
Summary: On behalf of the officers and committee members of the 2008 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Sporting Clays Tournament, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s event to be held at Rio Brazos benefitting the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund and Bright Light Foundation...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
Calling All Scouts "Happy New Year!" to everyone—I hope that each of you was able to take extended time off to be with family and friends and recharge for 2008. Last year was certainly..."

Then and Now
January 1958 Midcontinent refiners register concern over reports that foreign oil is being moved up the Mississippi River by barge to be refined in Memphis. Superior Oil Co. management reports receiving a contract to sell 10,000 bbl/day of its Lake Maracaibo...

Young Professionals Gulf Coast Section Paper Contest
The SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals Committee invites all engineers with 0-10 years experience to submit their abstract for the1st Annual Young Professionals Paper Contest. Submit your topic as an abstract before the deadline...

A fun event to remember – the 24th Annual SPE-GCS Tennis Tournament
The 24th Annual SPE Tennis Tournament took place on the 19th and 20th of October. This year the tournament was held at Houston Racquet Club (HRC), a change of venue from West Side Tennis Club for the past few years. The...

Photo Albums of recent events including 2007 Houston Golf Tournament
Photos of recent events with your colleagues including The Annual Houston Cup Golf Tournament sponsored by SPE-GCS to raise funds for scholarships and educational opportunities....

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