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Events for 10/2004

Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor:SPE Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Name: Myra Dria, Randy Woods, Regina Eco
Day: 10/5/2004 8:30 AM
Location: Westchase Hilton, 9999 Westheimer
Summary: This seminar is the most popular SPE program. The course is designed as a nontechnical, audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the discovery, development and production of petroleum.

Low Resistivity, Low Contrast Pays
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Name: John T. Kulha, Consultant
Day: 10/12/2004 8:30 AM
Location: Schlumberger, 5599 San Felipe Rm 1701
Summary: Major hydrocarbon accumulations have been produced over the past 50 years in low resistivity, low contrast (LRLC) sands in the Gulf of Mexico Basin (GOM). LRLC reservoirs were commonly considered wet, misidentified as a shale or completely overlooked.

Completion Turnkeys - Coming of Age
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Steve Speegle, Applied Drilling Technologies Inc.
Day: 10/12/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase
Summary: Completion turnkeys in the Gulf of Mexico began in 1997 as a natural progression of turnkey drilling. Acceptance grew as large and small Operators alike became aware that this option could be used to achieve a variety of business plan objectives...

Impacting HSE Performance by Understanding Individual and Business Social DNA
Sponsor: Safety & Environment Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Bill Lukens, HSE Director ConocoPhillips
Day: 10/13/2004 11:00 AM
Location: Westchase Hilton, 9999 Westheimer
Summary: In the mid 1990’s a plant manager at the Dupont Beaumont Works charted a correlation between levels of safety performance and the progressive phases of safety culture. This correlation has helped various organizations understand where they are in their current...

Advances in API/ISO Oil Mud Chemical Analysis Field Procedures
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Martin (Marty) V. Smith - Exxon Mobil
Day: 10/13/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell
Summary: Oil-based and synthetic-based drilling fluids are important to the industry because they provide excellent performance under the most difficult drilling conditions. They are the fluid of choice for deepwater, high angle, and extended reach drilling, as well as...

Energy Perspectives or Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Les Deman, Shell Trading Gas & Power Co.
Day: 10/14/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Houston Petroleum Club, 800 Bell
Summary: Energy Perspectives or Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Has the world entered a new energy paradigm since 2000, one where energy prices will be on an upward trajectory? Record-setting oil and natural gas prices and reports on Chinas growing energy appetite...

Golf Tournament - 2nd Annual ELP Petroleum Pro-Am
Sponsor: Emerging Leaders Program
Day: 10/18/2004 1:00 PM
Location: BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Rd.
Summary: Please join the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section ELP in the best new hire, networking event of the year, and maintain our industry’s status as one of the closest-knit industry families on the planet. This golf tournament was designed specifically...

Shell''s Experience regarding Cost Effective Well Surveillance and Optimization
Sponsor: Digital Energy Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Ron Cramer, Shell Global Solutions
Day: 10/19/2004 11:30 AM
Location: H. E. S. S. Club, 5430 Westheimer
Summary: This presentation will describe economical, pragmatic ways to monitor well performance continuously for most types of oil and gas wells, with analysis of Shell''s experiences with these systems. Fluid flow rate estimates are displayed graphically as...

Taking Advantage of the Low Density Differential Between Proppant and Carrier Fluid in the Permian Basin --- An UPDATE.
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Doug Walser, Region Engineer, BJ Services, Permian Basin
Day: 10/19/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club - Carriage Room, 570 Westlake Park Blvd
Summary: In early 2003, a process was field-trialed that challenged the conventional Basin-wide understanding of the acceleration of reserve recovery. It was discovered that eliminating or substantially lowering the density differential between the proppant and the carrying fluid...

LNG, Security of Supply
Sponsor: Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Tony Bingham - Lloyd''s Register Group
Day: 10/19/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel, 12400 Greenspoint Drive
Summary: The growth in demand for clean energy from natural gas in North America is being met by dwindling indigenous supplies. The gap between supply and demand is growing and this is now driving the need to find new ways of delivering gas to markets. This...

THE Offshore Industry– Middle-aged, but still learning
Sponsor: SPE GCS International Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Mike Utt, Retired, Unocal Corp.
Day: 10/20/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Westchase Hilton, 9999 Westheimer
Summary: The first platform out of the sight of land was installed in the Gulf of Mexico by Kerr-McGee on September 9, 1947. The water depth was 18 feet. That event is generally regarded as the start of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Capillary Pressure and Relative Permeability Effects on Post-Frac Cleanup
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Bob Barree, Barree and Associates
Day: 10/20/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd.
Summary: Many people have noted cases where significant production is lost after shutting in a well following a partial clean-up after a frac. Sometimes the damage occurs even when the well has been flowing steadily for a long period of time (months or even years).

Anticipating and Resolving Ethical Conflicts in Petroleum Exploration and Production
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker''s Name: Pete Rose, Rose and Associates LLP
Day: 10/20/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Wyndham Hotel, 12400 Greenspoint Drivel
Summary: Recent negative publicity about prominent E&P companies and related Federal legislation has focused public attention on reliability of oil and gas reserves estimates, the basic measure of an E&P firm’s real value. This problem has two components: (a) sound...

SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
Day: 10/21/2004 7:30 AM
Location: SPE Houston Office NEW LOCATION, 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 335
Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, 21 October from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Please register so that we may have a proper headcount for breakfast goodies. Register online or R.S.V.P. to Lizbeth via phone message at (713)779-9595, ext. 613, or via or via e-mail at lortiz@spe.org. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Galleria Career Management - Persuading Your Way to Success
Sponsor: Career Management Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Margaret Anderson, Consultant
Day: 10/27/2004 11:30 AM
Location: The Courtyard on St James Place, 1885 St James Place
Summary: From seeking the boss’s approval for a pet project, to eking cooperation from a co-worker, to negotiating the best deal with a contractor or customer, we all need to be persuasive. Yet many of the most persuasive techniques are counterintuitive.

Westside Career Management - Top 10 Ways to Ensure Personal Financial Success
Sponsor: Career Management Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Lori L. Siegel, CFP
Day: 10/27/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd
Summary: A career in the oil industry can be a roller-coaster ride, with boom times when you have a lucrative job, and bust times when you are in between jobs. Such an environment can place financial challenges on individuals and families. Oil industry workers need good...

Northside Career Management - Building Your Career - A Competency Based Approach
Sponsor: Career Management Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Gerry Ross, Petroskills
Day: 10/27/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase
Summary: Gerry will present an approach for designing and building a career path based on building technical competency throughout your professional life. The approach is relevant to early - mid and late career professionals. Just like drillers custom-design a wellbore...

Optimizing Frac Pack Completions
Sponsor: Completions & Productions Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Mike Vincent, Carbo Ceramics Inc.
Day: 10/28/2004 11:30 AM
Location: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 7787 Katy Freeway
Summary: This presentation will provide information on the following topics: Realistic expectations of proppant conductivity within high-productivity frac packs Fines migration and plugging potential Pressure loss within unstressed media - packed perforations and annular...

Drawdown Guidelines for Sand Control Completions using flux analysis (fluid flow per unit area of screen)
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker''s Name: Dave Tiffin- BP Senior Completions Engineer
Day: 10/28/2004 11:30AM
Location: The Courtyard on St. James Place, 1885 St. James Place
Summary: This talk details a method for determining maximum safe production rates for sand control wells. This method was developed from a thorough compilation of data from over 200 sand control wells. As a result of this analysis, a simple function of flux (fluid flow per...

21st Annual Tennis Tournament
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Tennis Committee
Day: 10/29/2004 4:00 PM
Location: Westside Tennis Club, 1200 Wilcrest Drive
Summary: Tournament Proceeds Benefit the Scholarship Fund. There will be three events: 1. Tournament Doubles 2. Social Mixed Doubles 3. Scramble Fun Match. The tournament and social doubles will be flighted. Tournament doubles are open to men, women, or mixed...

Future Events

Welcome for New and Newly Transferred Members
Sponsor: Membership Committee
Day: 11/4/2004 5:00:00 PM
Location: Sherlock''s Pub, 10001 Westheimer
Summary: The SPE Membership Committee will host a Welcome for New and Newly Transferred Members on Thursday, November 4, 2004 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sherlocks Pub is the location at 10001 Westheimer, Houston, TX, 77079, 713-977-1857. It’s located....

International Petroleum Conference in Mexico
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker''s Name: panel
Day: 11/7/2004 9:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza, Col. Amor C.P. 72140  Puebla, Pue. Mexico
Summary: The theme for this years International Petroleum Conference in Mexico (IPCM) is Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery Methods for Low-Permeability Turbidite and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs This event will include 70 technical papers focusing on case histories...

Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Workshop
Sponsor: S&E Drilling and Waste Management Group
Day: November 9 and 10 8:30 AM
Location: M-I Swaco office, 5950 North Course Dr.
Summary: The Drilling Waste Management Group thanks MI-LLC for providing an outstanding venue for the Workshop. Professional Engineers receive 16 PDH, which can be used to satisfy the Texas requirement for 2005....

ATW - Where is Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing?
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker''s Name: panel
Day: 11/8/2004 4:00 PM
Location: Novotel Moscow Centre, Moscow - Russia
Summary: Workshop Description: Hydraulic fractuing is perhaps the most effective means of increasing well productivity. It is also one of the most intense and complicated well operations commonly applied around the world. Treatment optimisation based on both well...


From the Chair - Recruiting Engineers for Tomorrow - Have you seen recent front page headlines such as “Science seen as slipping in U.S.?” Do you wonder what you, as an SPE member, can do to recruit bright talent to join our industry? The recruitment battle is being waged on many fronts at SPE.

Gulf Coast Section Appointments to 2005 Standing Committees - the GCS is well represented on the SPE committees for 2005

Then and Now
Author: Buddy Woodroof
Summary: Relevant events of October from the years past...

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

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