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Calendar Events for September 2007


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PETRO TECHS INCREASING
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jeanne Perdue and Patty Davis, Editor and Account Manager Upstream Technology Mag and Petro Skills
Days: Tu 11-Sept-07 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON BROOKHOLLOW at 290/610 3000 North Loop West HOUSTON TX 77092
Summary: Because of the increased demand for PetroTechs during the current oil boom and because of the low supply of such workers between the ages of 20 and 45, there has been a recent thrust to fill the PetroTech pipeline by providing more training, particularly in the Houston area.
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Fracture Conductivity and Proppants
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Claude Cooke, Partner, Burleson - Cooke Law Firm LLP
Days: Tu 11-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase HOUSTON TX 77060
Summary: Claude will put current discussions of fracture conductivity in the context of past efforts to increase the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing. The known strengths and limitations in the technology will be separately addressed along with challenges for today's engineers and scientists. He will supplement his talk with his "museum" of proppants.
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Extreme Drilling Environment Forces Evolution of Rotary Steerable Systems and Rotary Steerable Bit Technology
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Bronwyn Cox, Team Leader for BP in the HP/HT Tuscaloosa Field, BP
Days: Wed 12-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase HOUSTON TX 77060
Summary: Wells drilled in the Tuscaloosa Trend near Baton Rouge have long been recognized for the extreme nature of the HP/HT operating environment and the potential for well control problems. Highly abrasive formations in the intermediate sections have been a major cause of bit, directional tool and drillstring failures.
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Westside: Openhole Horizontal Gravel Pack Completions with Intelligent Well Technology
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Harvey Fitzpatrick, Product Group Manager of Sand Control, Halliburton Energy Services
Days: Wed 12-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club 570 WestLake Park Blvd HOUSTON TX 77079
Summary: In the past decade gravel-packed, openhole horizontal or high-angle laterals have been employed to enhance reserve recovery in many projects requiring sand control around the world. As the industry finds new ways to improve economics and reserves cost per barrel, more projects have employed intelligent well completions...
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YPE/SPE Night with the Astros
Sponsor: Committee - Young Professionals
Day: Wed 12-Sept-07 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM CDT
Location: Minute Maid Park 501 Crawford St Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary:**Due to unanticipated demand, we have run out of tickets for this event. We apologize for the inconvenience.** It is "Energy Night" at Minute Maid Park and YPE and SPE-YP are teaming up to cheer on the Astros as they take on the Chicago Cubs. We have blocked a group section for our members and tickets are only $7!
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NATIONAL PETROLEUM COUNCIL'S GLOBAL OIL & GAS STUDY
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Rod Nelson, Vice President, Innovation and Collaboration, Schlumberger
Day: Thu 13-Sept-06 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location:Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, EXXON Bldg 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary:A recent study was conducted under the auspices of the National Petroleum Council to answer certain key questions: What does the future hold for global oil and natural gas supply? Can incremental oil and gas supplies be brought on-line, on time and at a reasonable price to meet future demand without jeopardizing economic growth?...
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Ethics for Engineering
Sponsor: Committee - Continuing Education
Speaker's Names: Ray James, P.E., Ph.D.
Day: Fri 14-Sept-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location:SPE-GCS Westheimer Office 10777 Westheimer Road Houston TX 77042
Summary: "Ethics for the Practicing Engineer” covers the common morality, personal ethics, and professional ethics issues that the engineer faces as a professional. The class will discuss the role professional and technical engineering societies, code of ethics, and the Engineering Practices Act.
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The Corrosion Prevention Act of 2007
Sponsor: Committee - Young Professionals
Speaker's Names: Elaine Bowman, Marketing Manager, Champion Technologies
Day: Tu 18-Sept-07 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

Location:TBA
Summary: The Corrosion Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1770) was introduced in the US House of Representatives on March 29, 2007. As currently written, the bill will provide a 50% tax credit on corrosion prevention investments for both new and existing privately owned structures in the US. This would have a significant impact on...
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Master Limited Partnerships in the Acquisition and Divestiture Market in the Permian Basin
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mike Mercer, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, EV Energy Partners, L. P.
Days: Tu 18-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 WestLake Park Blvd HOUSTON TX 77079
Summary: As we have seen in the past year, upstream Master Limited Partnerships have become a major influence in the acquisition and divestiture market in the Permian Basin. These upstream MLPs, including EV Energy Partners, L. P., continue to have a growing importance to the valuation of proven properties...
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Back to School Party - Upstream M&A&D 101
Sponsor: ConocoPhillips
Speaker's Names: Joseph Magner - VP & Director, Institutional Research, Tristone Capital, Paul Beck - Macquarie Capital Third Speaker - TBA
Days: Wed 19-Sept-07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Four Seasons Hotel 1300 Lamar St. Houston Texas 77010
Summary: WHAT'S BEEN SOLD, WHAT'S AVAILABLE, & HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF THE NEXT WIN-WIN DEAL?!... Whether your firm has "closed" its big deal for the year, or you're still looking for the "perfect partner," our September speakers can help you to effectively plan or hone your M&A&D strategy and execution.
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: GCS Board of Directors
Day: Thu 20-Sep-07 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
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...
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Sand Production Prediction
Sponsor: Completion and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jincai (Jon) Zhang, Sr. Geomechanics Manager, Knowledge Systems
Days: Thu 20-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase HOUSTON TX 77060
Summary: Destabilization of completed sandstone reservoirs reduces production rates and degrades production equipment. A major cause of such destabilization is perforation tunnel failure, which causes sand production. Classic mechanically-based sand control techniques are effective, but potentially unnecessary for some reservoirs...
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SPE Introduction to Technology Series - Deepwater Roadmap: Navigating Completions from Sandface to Interface
Sponsor: Shell - Baker Hughes - BJ Services - FMC Technologies - Anadarko - Exploitation Technologies - Halliburton
Days: Sun 23-Sept-07 5:00 PM - Tue 25-Sept-07 4:30 PM CDT
Location: San Luis Resort, Spa, and Conference Center, 5222 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston TX 77551
Summary: Exploring and producing in deep water has evolved into a challenging proposition. The ever-increasing demand to replace reserves is pushing operators to drill in deeper reservoirs and in deeper waters. This workshop will provide attendees with a roadmap of the unique challenges for engineering and executing completion projects in deep water.
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Cost, Profit, And Risk: Understanding The New Contracting Marketplace
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ed Merrow, CEO, Independent Project Analysis, Inc.
Days: Wed 26-Sept-07 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: OMNI Houston Westside 13210 Katy Freeway Houston Tx 77079
Summary: Anyone who has tried to negotiate an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) lump-sum contract for a large upstream project in the last 3 years already knows that we live in a contracting marketplace that does not even resemble that of a few years ago. Moreover, the costs of projects generally appear to be rising...
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Assisted Reservoir Simulation History Matching Enabled With Global Optimization and Non-linear Proxy Model
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Stan Cullick, Senior Research Fellow, Landmark Graphics Corporation
Days: Thu 27-Sept-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston TX 77056
Summary:The generation of reservoir simulation models that match field production data has been a long-time industry challenge. Two related workflows for assisted history match are presented. One workflow minimizes the misfit between simulated versus history data with a global optimizer...
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Future Events


Jack Well Test Opens Door to Lower Tertiary Reservoir
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Corey Aures, Project Manager - Testing & Completions Schlumberger
Days: Tue 9-Oct-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase, Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: While multiple penetrations of the Lower Tertiary / Wilcox Formation had been achieved, its commercial potential remained in question. The Chevron Jack Well Test, executed during the summer of 2006 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, helped more clearly define the magnitude of this reservoir.
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More Ultradeepwater Drilling Problems
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Shaughnessy, Drilling Engineer, BP America
Days: Wed 10-Oct-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club - Coastal Room 800 Bell Street Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: This presentation is a collaborative effort by experienced engineers from three premier deepwater operators: BP, Chevron and Anadarko. In 1999 an SPE paper (52782) identified and documented solutions to a number of drilling problems encountered in ultradeepwater drilling. Since that time...
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Innovation in the Oil Field -- YOU can do it!
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Phiroze Patel, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Innovation Director, Aera Energy LLC
Days: Thu 11-Oct-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club - 43 Floor 800 Bell Street Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Huge capital costs, operating costs, and environmental exposure make the upstream oil and gas business a naturally conservative system. Innovation is recognized as necessary, but how does one fit these creative and "random" activities into the overarching conservative backdrop?
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Use of a Disconnectable, Dynamically-Positioned, Ship-Shaped Floating Production Unit for the Phoenix Development
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Cory Weinbel, Director, Helix Energy Solutions Group
Days: Tue 16-Oct-07 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Wyndham Greenspoint 12400 Greenspoint Drive Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: Helix Energy Solutions Group (Helix) is developing a disconnectable, dynamically-positioned (DP) ship-shaped floating production unit called "Helix Producer I" for use on the ERT-Helix Phoenix development in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Ron Hinn, Susan Howes, Ken Arnold
Days: Thu 25-Oct-07 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science One Hermann Circle Drive Houston Texas 77030
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 discovery, development and production of petroleum.
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
"I am honored and humbled to serve you as the SPE Gulf Coast Section chairman for the 2007–08 program year. I plan to use this column to continue bringing you news and information to stimulate your interest in and increase your ..."

Then and Now
September 1957 Washington becomes the 32nd oil-producing state with its first commercial oil producer, the Medina #1 in Grays Harbor County on the Pacific coastline. $ Prognosticators predict that one day in the 21st century ...

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 ...

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