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Calendar Events for November 2007


Texas Tech University Petroleum Engineering Reception
Sponsor: Texas Tech University College of Engineering
Speaker's Names: Michael Williams Chairman TX Railroad Commission
Days: Th 1-Nov-07 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell St, #4300 Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: As one of the largest petroleum engineering programs in the nation, Texas Tech University College of Engineering will share its vision to address the oil and gas industry’s manpower and workforce demands. While this is not a fundraising event, the need for private support will be addressed...
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2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Mon 5-Nov-07 6:30 PM - to - 8:30 PM CST
Location: Oak Ridge High School 27330 Oak Ridge School Rd Texas Conroe 77385 USA
Summary: Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Tue 6-Nov-07 8:30 AM - to - 10:30 AM CST
Location: Fort Bend Baptist Academy 1250 7th St Texas Sugar Land 77478 USA
Summary: Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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CANCELLED - 2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Tue 6-Nov-07 6:00 PM- to - 8:00 PM CST
Location: GW Carver High School 2100 South Victory Drive Texas Houston 77088 USA
Summary: CANCELLED - Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Wed 7-Nov-07 6:30 PM - to - 8:30 PM CST
Location: Cinco Ranch High School 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd Katy Texas 77494
Summary: Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter
Days: Tu 6-Nov-07 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Location: Texas A&M University RICH 106 507 Richardson Building College Station TX 77843 USA
Summary: All SPE Members are invited to attend!...
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Gulf of Mexico Rig Market Changes: Impact on Deepwater Operators
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Julie Wilson, Lead Analyst, Gulf of Mexico Research, Wood Mackenzie
Days: Wed 7-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: The tight market for deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico has undoubtedly contributed to the slow start to exploration in 2007. Will a surge of new-build rigs, expected to enter the market between now and 2010, allow companies to increase their exploration efforts or will development commitments eat up most ...
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Petroleum Reserves Estimates - Where We Have Been, Where We Are, And Where We Appear To Be Headed
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ronald Harrell, 2007 - 2008 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Chairman, Ryder Scott Company
Days: Thu 8-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77005 USA
Summary: Global events from Baghdad to Beijing and from The Hague to Houston over the recent past have ignited worldwide interest on oil and gas reserves. This renewed, expanded attention has clearly illustrated that the term “reserves” is widely misunderstood and abused ...
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2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Thu 8-Nov-07 7:00 PM - to - 9:00 PM CST
Location: Berry Instructional Support Center, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 8877 Barker Cypress Rd. Cypress TX 77429 USA
Summary: Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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2007 High School Recruiting: Opportunities For The Future
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Scholarship/Internship Committee
Days: Fri 9-Nov-07 8:30 AM - to - 10:30 AM CST
Location: Booker T. Washington 119 E 39th Street Texas Houston 77018 USA
Summary: Fairs geared toward students, parents, teachers and counselors. The purpose of the SPE-GCS fairs are to encourage careers in petroleum engineering industry and disseminate information on scholarships. Each recruiting stop includes a 30-minute program of speakers which will discuss a variety of perspectives, including recent grads and industry leaders...
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SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE 2007)
Sponsor: Society Of Petroleum Engineers
Speaker's Names: Various
Days: Sun 11-Nov-07 7:00 AM - to - Wed 14-Nov-07 4:30 PM CST
Location: Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim CA 92802 USA
Summary: The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is the leading technical conference in the E&P world, bringing together emerging technologies, the latest innovations, leading-edge companies, and thousands of engineers, scientists, managers, and executives...
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Young Professionals - PETROBOWL VI
Sponsor: PetroSkills
Days: Mon 12-Nov-07 8:30 AM - to - Mon 12-Nov-07 5:30 PM CST
Location: Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim CA 92802 USA
Summary: Don't miss your chance to participate in the 6th Annual PetroBowl at the SPE ATCE in Anaheim, CA on November 12, 2007! The 5th annual PetroBowl competition held last September at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, TX was a good time for the participants and the industry alike. ...
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Grouped SLOR Concept for Offshore Risers
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Names: Karim Jan, Global Sales & Marketing Manager, 2H Offshore
Days: Tue 13-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Marriott Westchase 2900 Briarpark Dr. Houston TX 77042
Summary: Developing deepwater oil fields presents a number of challenges, not least of which is the selection of a riser system that will survive the life of the field. 2H Offshore is a specialist riser engineering company and has been involved in free-standing riser systems since 1995. A number of factors have led...
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Magic Suitcase Presentation
Sponsor: PETRO TECH STUDY GROUP
Speaker's Names: Rob Bruant, Petroleum Systems Analyst/Reservoir Engineer, BP
Days: Tue 13-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Location: SHERATON BROOKHOLLOW at 290/610 3000 North Loop West Houston TX 77092
Summary: Educate the community about the Petroleum Industry. The mission of the Magic Suitcase Program is to enable and encourage SPE members to speak to groups of students and adults about the oil business, thereby increasing public understanding of the science and engineering ...
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North Ward Estes CO2 Flood
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Peter Hagist, Vice President of Operations, Whiting Oil and Gas Company
Days: Tue 13-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM CST
Location: WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd. Houston TX 77079 USA
Summary: Whiting Oil and Gas began injection of CO2 into the first phase of the North Ward Estes field CO2 project in May of this year. Full implementation of the project is expected to take over 5 years and will eventually include over 16,000 acres. The North Ward Estes Field is one of the giants in West Texas covering 58,000 acres ...
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Managed-Pressure Drilling With Dynamic Annular Pressure-Control System Proves Successful in Redevelopment Program on Auger TLP in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mark Chustz, Sr. Drilling Engineer, Shell
Days: Wed 14-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: Access to previously unattainable offshore drilling targets continues to expand through advancements in Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and Dynamic Annular Pressure Control (DAPC) technologies since their first application on the Mars TLP in 2005...
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Overton Cotton Valley Field: Expansion, Development and Optimization of a Tight Sandstone Reservoir
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Matt Williams, Sr. Staff Geologist, Southwestern Energy
Days: Wed 14-Nov-07 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas 77079
Summary:The Overton field is located in Smith and Cherokee Counties, Texas southeast of Tyler on the western flank of the Sabine uplift in the East Texas basin. The field produces from the Taylor interval, the lowest member of the Jurassic Cotton Valley Sand. As is typical of most production from the Cotton Valley, ...
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(R)EVOLUTION OF THE MLP – MASTER LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: STEVE PRUETT - President & CFO, Legacy Reserves LP, CLAIRE FARLEY - Co-President, Jefferies Randall & Dewey, ANGELA A. MINAS - Chief Financial Officer, Constellation Energy Partners LLC
Days: Wed 14-Nov-07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BALLROOM, 3rd Floor 1300 Lamar St. Houston Texas 77010 USA
Summary: MLP’s, defined and enabled under U.S. Tax law revisions in the early 1980’s, didn’t meet overwhelming success in Upstream in the first two decades. However, seeing noteworthy results of MLP’s in Midstream, and similar Canadian Royalty Trust models, Business Developers and Executives are looking ...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 15-Nov-07 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CST
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 335 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 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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Implementation of IOR Technologies
Sponsor: Completions & Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Arnt Olufsen, Sr. Advisor Deepwater Technology, Statoil
Days: Wed 15-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 NorthChase Dr Houston Texas 77060
Summary:The presentation is focused on Statoil experience and future direction for application of IOR technologies, in subsea production systems. Statoil is a major subsea operator and the presentation discusses capabilities that reinforce our distinctiveness on subsea technology. The company’s IOR ambition...
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Pore Volume Compressibility in Weakly-Cemented Sediments: Appropriate Implementation in Reservoir Simulation
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Stephen Willson, Discipline Technical Authority, BP
Days: Wed 15-Nov-07 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM CST
Location: The Courtyard @ St. James 1885 St. James Place Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary:Pore volume compressibility (PVC) is an important rock parameter in weakly-cemented sediments common in the Gulf of Mexico. Appropriately implementing this in reservoir simulations can significantly impact projections of reserves recovery. Drawing on field case history examples,...
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The Case for the Round Ship
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Names: Sevan Marine - Fredrik Major: Vice President Business Development, Kare Syvertsen - Board Member. From OPE - Nico Vandenworm - Vice President Business Development and Richard Haun- Senior Vice President of Technology and Project Development, Sevan Marine ASA and OPE
Days: Tue 27-Nov-07 5:30 PM - 8:45 PM CST
Location: Omni Westside 13210 Katy Freeway Houston TX 77079
Summary: An FPSO is a moored ship that produces oil from wells drilled into a reservoir beneath the ocean bed, stores the oil and offloads it to shuttle tankers for transport to refineries. Such FPSOs have been used increasingly in South America, Asia and West Africa. They have not been used so far in the Gulf of Mexico, due mainly ... Note: Walk-in Registration was incorrectly listed in the November print newsletter. Please visit the website for the latest information.
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Trends in Government Affairs and Communications - A Shell Perspective
Sponsor:Young Professionals
Speaker's Names: Jack Belcher, Regional Manager of Government Affairs and Communications, Shell E&P Co.
Days: Wed 28-Nov-07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel 1700 Smith St. Houston TX 77002
Summary: How do government decisions impact our industry? Royalties, drilling permits in remote areas, climate change regulations, new offshore blocks on lease, etc. The energy companies are among the most powerful groups in Washington. According to the group Political Money Line...
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Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter Meeting
Sponsor:Texas A&M University Student SPE Chapter
Days: Wed 28-Nov-07 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Location: Texas A&M University RICH 106 507 Richardson Building College Station TX 77843 USA
Summary: All SPE Members are invited to attend!...
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Future Events


Hybrid Slickwater Fracture Design Evolution - An East Texas Cotton Valley Case History
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Days: Tue 11-Dec-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston TX 77060
Summary: As the development of tight/unconventional and partially depleted gas reservoirs has increased, so has the demand for more innovative hydraulic fracture designs. Operators are increasingly placing proppant with slickwater, linear gel or hybrid fracture...
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General Meeting
Sponsor: A joint meeting of the SPE-GCS General Meeting & the Houston Chapter of the API
Days: Thu 13-Dec-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Pete Stark is Vice President of Industry Relations for the energy operating segment of IHS in Englewood, Colo. Prior to joining IHS in 1969, Stark was a geological computing coordinator for Mobil Oil. Pete is the architect and moderator of the IHS Perspectives events — global forums designed to provide insight and analysis on industry activity ...
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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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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
I want your story. Read on and I will tell you why. Many of you may have recently watched all or partof Ken Burns’ new 15-hour documentary on PBS about World War II (The War). The format of this excellent program was similar..."

Then and Now
November 1957 After an average 5.9% raise, annual salaries for all U.S. engineering disciplines now range between $5,400 and $13,100. (Annual salaries have increased 10-20 fold, but the annual raises have remained about the same.) Keeping with ...

The Quest for Future Engineers: November High School Recruiting Fairs
In search for the next generation of petroleum engineers, our SPE Gulf Coast Section holds annual high school recruiting fairs in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast Section area. Each ...

PetroBowl Judges needed at ATCE
If you are available and interested in participating in this event as one of three judges, we would greatly appreciate your time and support. Please contact Tracy Jones at Tracy.l.jones@exxonmobil.com.

SPE Honors and Awards
SPE honors and awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, the engineering profession, or to SPE. We’re pleased to announce that Gulf Coast Section members will be well represented in the honors and awards winners.

Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet Slide Show
The slides from the SPE-GCS Annual Awards Banquet are posted on the website. If you missed the celebration in June, take a moment to review the slides so you can congratulate your fellow SPE members on their accomplishments.

President’s Award for Excellence—9th in a Row!
For the ninth year in a row, SPE selected the Gulf Coast Section to receive the 2007 SPE President’s Award for Section Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology ...

Opt-In to Receive E-Mail Alerts from Specific Study Groups or Committees
You can now quickly and easily subscribe to a specific study group or committee to receive e-mail information concerning that group’s special events or meetings. Simply logon or register (if you haven’t already) to the SPE GCS Web site...

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