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SPE-GCS Awards and Scholarship Banquet
The Future of Energy: Why Entering the Energy Business is a Great Career
Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman and CEO - Simmons & Co. International

Plan to attend an inspirational evening where we will celebrate the multifaceted achievements of several generations of superstars in the energy industry. Join us as we honor:

  • SPE-GCS and the Houston SPE Auxiliary Scholarship winners
  • SPE Scholarship renewals
  • SPE Emerging Leader Program members
  • SPE Legion of Honor members
  • Special SPE members receiving section awards for volunteering
    Click Here for Event Information and Registration
  • Events for June 2004

    Stratigraphic Architecture and Sandstone Reservoir Quality in the Deep Shelf Gas Play of Texas State Waters: A Proposal for an Industry Sponsored Consortium
    Sponsor: The Bureau of Economic at the University of Texas at Austin
    Day: 6/3/2004 1:00 PM
    Location: U.T. Houston Core Research Center, 11611 West Little York Road
    Summary: The Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin is initiating an industry-sponsored study of the deep shelf gas play in Texas state waters. The major goal is to stimulate participation in the play by reducing risk in the key technical areas of stratigraphic architecture and reservoir quality. For more info contact shirley.dutton@beg.utexas.edu

    ARMA’s Gulf Rocks ’04 Symposium
    Sponsor: American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
    Day: June 5 - 10
    Location: The Adam''s Mark Hotel - Houston, Texas
    Summary: The symposium will feature the integration of multidisciplinary topics dealing with the role of rock mechanics in civil engineering projects; mining, petroleum and other natural resource production; and security and risk management.
    The Houston Energy Council web site is a great source for upcoming industry events in the Greater Houston area

     Natural Gas Future Demands, an International Study Group Extended Luncheon
    Sponsor: International Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: Audie Setters, Vice-President, International Marketing and Business Development for ChevronTexaco Global Gas
    Day: 6/8/2004 8:30 AM
    Location: DoubleTree Downtown, 400 Dallas
    Summary: North America is anticipated to need new sources of natural gas supplies and significant new liquefied natural gas imports to meet growing demand. The luncheon will be moderated by Dr. Michelle Foss, University of Houston, who will provide introductory comments regarding the high level of interest in the LNG market in the US.

    Optimized Gaswell Completions and Operations
    Sponsor: Northside Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: Bob Pearson, APA Petroleum Engineering
    Day: 6/8/2004 11:30 AM
    Location: Greenspoint Club
    Summary: The production and storage of natural gas has become a primary focus for many petroleum engineers in all areas of the world. Because of its compressibility and low viscosity, gas is often produced at relatively high velocities, resulting in much increased ...

    Deepwater Drilling - A New Risk Reality
    Sponsor: Safety & Environment
    Speaker''s Name: Havard Brandt, DNV
    Day: 6/9/2004 11:00 AM
    Location: Westchase Hilton
    Summary: Exploration and developments continue to move into deep water introducing a new operating environment and a number of specific challenges not encountered in sallow water activities. This increased focus on deep water drilling has pushed the development...

    SPE Awards and Scholarship Banquet
    Sponsor: SPE Gulf Coast Section
    Speaker''s Name: Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons & Company International
    Day: 6/10/2004 6:00 PM
    Location: The Petroleum of Club
    Summary: "The Future of Energy: Why Entering the Energy Business is a Great Career" - Presented by Matthew Simmons. Plan to attend an inspirational evening where we will celebrate the multifaceted achievements of several generations of superstars in the energy industry.

    2004 Sporting Clays Tournament
    Sponsor: Sporting Clays Committee
    Day: 6/11/2004 7:00 AM
    Location: Pecan Meadow Sporting Center
    Summary: The facility will be open the afternoon of June 10th for pre-registration...

    Marco Polo TLP Project
    Sponsor: Facilities & Construction Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: TBA
    Day: 6/15/2004 11:30 AM
    Location: Omni Houston Westside Hotel, 13210 Katy Frwy
    Summary: The Marco Polo tension leg platform (TLP), Anadarko Petroleum Corp.''s first deepwater development project, is located in 4,300 feet of water on Green Canyon Block 608. In 2003, the last two development wells were drilled, and the facilities are scheduled to be...

    Keeping Houston the Energy Capital of the World
    Sponsor: Global Energy Management Institute - University of Houston and Houston Technology Center
    Speaker''s Name: Houston Mayor Bill White
    Day: 6/15/2004 11:00 AM
    Location: University of Houston Hilton Hotel (main campus), University Drive, Entrance 1
    Summary: Many business and civic leaders in Houston believe the city must be diligently proactive in retaining its title of "Energy Capital" through strategic planning and tactics such as this conference. Two special panel discussions will follow Mayor White''s keynote address along with representation of SPE by Susan Howes, Gulf Coast Section Vice-Chair.

    Free Seminar for Operators Working on Texas State Water Leases
    Sponsor: U.T. Bureau of Economic Geology
    Day: 6/15/2004 9:30 AM
    Location: Houston Research Center
    Summary: : Register online at http://www.energyconnect.com/pttc/workshops/june1...

    Board of Directors Meeting
    Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
    Day: 6/17/2004 7:30 AM
    Location: SPE Houston Office Conference Room
    Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, 17 June from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.  Please register...

    ASTROS Game with the ELP (Emerging Leaders Program)
    Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program
    Day: 6/17/2004 7:00 PM
    Location: Minute Maid Park
    Summary: Join the SPEGCS Emerging Leaders Program for a night at Minute Maid Park and watch the Astros battle the Chicago Cubs! Tickets will be distributed the night of the game. Please include your email address upon registration so we can contact you...

    Oil and Gas Project Management--Demystified
    Sponsor: Facilities & Construction Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: See e-Brochure
    Day: 6/18/2004 8:30 AM
    Location: Omni Houston Hotel Westside
    Summary: Daily stories in the trade press report about Oil and Gas projects suffering from cost overruns and schedule delays. With the increasing complexity of today’s projects, the consequences of poor project performance can be significant both financially and ...

    Barnett Shale and Other Fort Worth Basin Plays
    Sponsor: Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute and PTTC Texas Region
    Day: 6/22/2004 9:00 AM
    Location: Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute
    Summary: The Symposium will include industry speakers, abstracts, poster sessions, a Barnett shale core, lunch, and networking opportunities. This is a continuation of the sold out Barnett Shale Symposium held on November 12 and 13, 2003 ...

    Creating Presentations: Content and Form
    Sponsor: Career Management
    Speaker''s Name: Dr. Ann Jennings
    Day: 6/23/2004 11:30 AM
    Location: Greenspoint Club
    Summary: This presentation explores several techniques that can be used to increase the impact of a PowerPoint slide show. Audience analysis is the first topic. The presentation then focuses on a pair of approaches to subject matter: features and benefits, concepts commonly used in sales...

    How to Start Your Own E&P Company & Finance It
    Sponsor: Emerging Leader Program
    Speaker''s Name: Dave Gibbs & Raymond Weems
    Day: 6/23/2004 6:00 PM
    Location: Hotel Icon
    Summary: Dave Gibbs, President of TDC Energy, will discuss starting your own E&P from scratch. Raymond Weems, Director Oil & Gas Division at Macquarie Bank Limited will accompany Mr. Gibbs. Macquarie Bank has financed Mr. Gibbs in the past. Mr. Weems will discuss what he looks for in a deal and the attractive aspects that lead to the financing.

    ELP Networking Social
    Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program
    Day: 6/24/2004 5:30 PM
    Location: Taco Milagro
    Summary: Come join the Emerging Leaders for the monthly networking social...

    There’s Never a Good Time to Have Children; You Just Do It!
    Sponsor: SPE-GCS Career Management Committee
    Speaker''s Name: Eve and Elsa Sprunt
    Day: 6/30/2004 5:00 PM
    Location: Courtyard at St. James Place
    Summary: Parents face many decisions in balancing career and family. Is it better to have children early in your career, when fertility is higher or to delay until you are better established? Once you have a child, do you work full time, part-time, or stay home? ...
    Future Events

    Technologist Seminar & Workshop (TSW) 2004
    Sponsor: Petro-Tech Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: Kimberly B. Dollens, & Panel of Industry Leaders
    Day: 7/15/2004 8:00 AM
    Location: BP Conference Center
    Summary: The goal of this seminar is to collaboratively develop written guidelines for the development of core competencies required throughout a Petroleum Tech''s and Technologist''s career within the oil and gas industry. Technician''s can then utilize these ...

    Oil Patch Orientation
    Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
    Speakers'' Names: John Farina, Ron Hinn, Susan Howes
    Day: 7/19/2004 8:30 AM
    Location: Anadarko Tower, 1201 Lake Robbins Dr., 3rd floor conference center
    Summary: This seminar is the most popular SPE program. The course is designed as a non technical, audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the discovery, development and production of petroleum.

    ATW - Subsea Well Plug and Abandonment
    Sponsor: SPE International Study Group
    Speaker''s Name: panel
    Day: 7/21/2004 7:00 AM
    Location: Del Lago Resort
    Summary: This workshop will bring together a group of industry specialists in Subsea Well Plug and Abandonment to demonstrate their observations and experience in this type of work. Presentations are planned to cover recent case histories, current methodologies, and...

    ELP - 3rd Annual Roughneck Camp
    Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program Committee
    Speaker''s Name: Delores Hinkle, Marathon Oil Corporation
    Day: 7/22/2004 3:00 PM
    Location: Marathon Tower
    Summary: Roughneck Camp is designed for engineers with less than five years of experience and interns.  It is a great opportunity to meet other young professionals and will feature an introduction to SPE-GCS, a young engineer speaker panel, and a keynote speech

    SPE''s Distance Learning - SPE offers five Distance Learning courses, the perfect opportunity to broaden your education and strengthen your career. Invest in your career - enroll today. Visit www.spe.org and go to Continuing Education...



    SPE Gulf Coast Section Annual Report - As presented to SPE International ( pdf format, file size 2.73 MB )

    Interested In Joining the BJM Upstreamers? -The BJM Upstreamers, a sub-group of the larger 2500 strong Between Jobs Ministry, currently holds our meetings on Wednesdays of each month from 8am to 8:50am in the Youth Building in room 302 of the NW Bible Church in Spring (5503 Fellowship Lane) and on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am to noon on the westside of Houston.

    Volunteers Needed for Tech Transfer Committee - A new SPE Technology Transfer Committee is being formed here in the Houston area with a mandate to look at what emerging technology in our industry is being delivered to the Section, as well as options for how all technology could be delivered. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please contact Tami Joslin, committee chair, joslinth@bp.com, 281.366.5853.

    Society of Petroleum Engineers Internship Committee - The SPE-GCS would like to ask for your help. We are looking for companies to help place our scholarship recipients in summer jobs. Please consider reserving a place in your Summer 2004 Internship Program for at least one high school senior SPE-GCS scholarship recipient.

    What''s Online - New job postings! Visit the career management section on our Web site to search for jobs, post a resume, or browse employment resources. Then improve your networking while learning new skills at the next Career Management Standing Meeting.

    GRADE (Girls Reaching And Demonstrating Excellence) Camp - is a week-long day camp designed for female high school students to discover through hands-on experience what engineering is all about. The camp is open to entering 9th through 12th grade female students with appropriate math and science background for their grade level. Applications...

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