SPE-GCS February 2011 e-Newsletter

Calendar Events for February 2011
SPEI: Production Optimization & Recovery Enhancement Using Artificial Intelligence & Data Mining
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Shahab D. Mohaghegh
Day: Monday 7-Feb-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register at http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/AAI.php. This course covers the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining and provides the theoreti...
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Northside: Developing the Marcellus Shale: Facing the Challenges of Pennsylvania
Sponsor: Study Group - Northside
Speaker's Name: Chris Doyle, General Manager, Appalachian Basin, Anadarko Petroleum
Day: Tuesday 8-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: With much excitement and industry interest comes many challenges in developing a new unconventional resource play. Building partnerships with all key stakeholders...
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Young Professionals Board Meeting
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Tuesday 8-Feb-11 6:00 PM
Location: BHP Billiton 1360 Post Oak Blvd # 150 TX, Houston 77056
Summary: Interested in finding out more about the...
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Drilling: Baker Hughes US Rig Count / Rig Forecast Process - How BHI tracks US rig information & combines with other information to forecast operator activity.
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: Robin Robinson, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Baker Hughes
Day: Wednesday 9-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street Houston, TX 77002
Summary: Baker Hughes US Rig Count / Rig Forecast Process This presentation focuses on how Baker Hughes tracks US rig information and combines with other information to forecast...
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North American Natural Gas Outlook
Sponsor: Study Group - General Meeting
Speaker's Name: Keith Barnett, Director, Strategic Analysis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc.
Day: Thursday 10-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: Keith will explore the key drivers to physical fundamentals of the natural gas market. He will provide some insights into the price outcomes that c...
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International: Global Challenges of the Future Oil & Gas Industry
Sponsor: Study Group - International
Speaker's Name: Dr. Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE President, Heavy Oil Development Coordinator, Aera Energy LLC
Day: Thursday 10-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd Houston, TX 77079
Summary: The balance between the global supply and demand for crude oil is becoming progressively tighter, increasingly requiring our industry to face new and unique challenges. Our industry of tomorrow will...
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SPEI: Basic Pressure Transient Test Analysis
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: John Lee, Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/BPT.php. This course teaches systematic analysis and design procedures for pressure buildup and f...
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C&P: Deepwater Completions & Production Technology Symposium
Sponsor: Study Group - Completions & Production
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 9:00 AM
Location: Houston Marriott North 255 N. Sam Houston Parkway East Houston, Texas 77060
Summary: Did you miss the SPE-ATCE Conference in Florence this year? If you did, then come join us as we bring a little bit of Italy to you, with this special SPE-GCS Completions & Production Study Group...
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Permian Basin: Treat and Produce (TAP) Completion system: An Innovative Method to Fracture an Unlimited Number of Zones in a Single Operation
Sponsor: Study Group - Permian Basin
Speaker's Name: Paul Jobe, Principle Production Stimulation Engineer, Schlumberger
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77079
Summary: TAP The Treat And Produce (TAP*) Completion System is an innovative completion method designed to allow a theoretically unlimited number of zones to be fracture stimulated in a single...
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PFC: Design, Construction, and Installation of Thunderhawk Semisubmersible
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Steve Leverette, VP Marketing, SBM Atlantia
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Norris Center 803 Town and Country Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: Thunder Hawk lies in Mississippi Canyon block 734 in the Gulf of Mexico, 150 miles south-east of New Orleans, in water depths of 1,745m (5,724ft). The Thunder Hawk discovery was developed using...
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S&E: Contractor Safety Assessment - Achieving a Higher Standard
Sponsor: Study Group - Safety and Environment
Speaker's Name: Chris Kuiper, Vice President, QEHS Management Systems
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas
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YP Development Dinner - Mergers and Acquisitions
Sponsor: SPE GCS YP
Speaker's Name: Michael Cheeseman, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Halliburton
Day: Tuesday 15-Feb-11 6:00 PM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd Houston,, TX 77079
Summary: You may register for the physical event or for the online webinar version.
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Digital Energy: A Data Management Solution for Small E&P Companies
Sponsor: Study Group - Digital Energy
Speaker's Name: Steve Jaques, Vice President Information Systems, Laredo
Day: Wednesday 16-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: Laredo Energy, a geographically focused South Texas natural gas producer, has begun to solve their data management problems with a PPDM master data store and a combination of...
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Westside: Proppant Selection and Its Effect on the Results of Fracturing Shales
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: John Terracina, Fracturing Technology Manager, Momentive Oilfield Technology Group
Day: Wednesday 16-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: The Westlake Club - Carriage Room 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Proppant Selection and Its Effect on the Results of Fracturing Treatments Performed in Shale Formations ...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Speaker's Name:
Day: Thursday 17-Feb-11 7:30 AM
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 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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Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Deepak M. Gala
Day: Friday 18-Feb-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Course Description With most of the easy wells already drilled, MPD technique helps in drilling the wells with less non productive time and in some cases drill previously undrillable wells...
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SPEI: 4D Reservoir Management
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: Dr. John Waggoner, Principal Reservoir Engineer, Schlumberger Data and Consulting Services (DCS)
Day: Saturday 19-Feb-11 8:30 AM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/FRM.php Time-lapse (or 4D...
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SPEI: Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: Dr. Grant Robertson and Dr. J. Robert Gochnour, Consultant / manager of Advanced Reservoir Simulation Development and Deployment, Consultant / BP Exploration and Production Technology (EPT)
Day: Saturday 19-Feb-11 8:30 AM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/FRS.php An overview of the fundamental concepts and elements o...
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SPEI: History Matching and Conditioning Reservoir Models to Dynamic Data
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta, Professor and holder of LeSuer endowed chair in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, A&M University
Day: Sunday 20-Feb-11 8:30 AM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/HMC.php This course is designed to cover techniques to incorporate pro...
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SPEI: Cement Evaluation and Remediation
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: James J Smolen & William K. "Bill" Ott
Day: Monday 21-Feb-11 8:00 AM
Location: SPE Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Suite 1075 Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/CEV.php Cement Evaluation and Repair is a one day Training Cou...
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C&P: SPE 2010-11 Distinguished Lecturer Jerald Dethlefs - Near Surface External Casing Corrosion: Cause, Remediation and Mitigation
Sponsor: Study Group - Completions & Production
Speaker's Name: Jerald Dethlefs, Well Integrity and Diagnostics Engineer, ConocoPhillips
Day: Wednesday 23-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, Texas 77060
Summary: Surface casing failures on a group of relatively new wells prompted an investigation into the cause. External corrosion had occurred on the surface casing near the cement top between the casing and...
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Reservoir: Listening to the Reservoir – Interpreting Data from Permanent Downhole Gauges
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: Roland N. Horne, Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Day: Thursday 24-Feb-11 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: The permanent downhole pressure gauge is a class of tool recently harnessed in the industry. These tools are installed during the well completion and provide a continuous record of pressure changes...
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YP: Videogame Happy Hour
Sponsor: AXL Industries
Speaker's Name:
Day: Thursday 24-Feb-11 5:30 PM
Location: Joystix Arcade & Bar 1820b Franklin Street Houston, TX 77002
Summary: The Joystix showroom has over 250 videogames, from new games to your favorite classics like Skeeball, Area 51, Paperboy, and more. A full service bar and lounge is next door with plenty of room to....
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Future Events
SPEI: Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: John Lee, Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
Day: Tuesday 1-Mar-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/FPE.php This course provides participants with the skills and ...
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C&P: Tight/Shale Gas Completions & Production Technology Symposium
Sponsor: Study Group - Completions & Production
Speaker's Name:
Day: Tuesday 1-Mar-11 9:00 AM
Location: Anadarko Tower (Allison Hall Conference Center) 1201 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Summary: Did you miss the SPE-ATCE Conference in Florence this year? If you did, then come join us as we bring a little bit of Italy to you, with this special SPE-GCS Completions & Production Study Group...
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SPEI: Reservoir Aspects of Horizontal and Multilateral Wells
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: Sada Joshi, Sada Joshi, Joshi Technologies International, Inc.
Day: Tuesday 8-Mar-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Rd. Suite 1075 Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register at: http://www.spe.org/career/educ_training/tc/RHM.php The course includes discussion on practical issues and reser...
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Petro Tech: Drilling Optimization Reduce Drilling Costs
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Name: Dr. Geir Hareland, Professor, Schulich School of Engineering
Day: Tuesday 8-Mar-11 11:30 AM
Location: Brookhollow Sheraton Hotel 3000 North Loop West Houston, TX 77092
Summary: Drilling simulation and optimization tools in drilling engineering was lacking behind the other three petroleum engineering disciplines until a global drilling engineering optimization simulator was...
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Northside: Utilizing Fluid and Proppant Tracer Results to Analyze Multi-Fractured Well Flow Back in Shales: A Framework for Optimizing Fracture Design and Application
Sponsor: SPE GCS Northside
Speaker's Name: Dick Leonard, Senior Technical Adviser – Unconventional Resources, Protechnics (division of Core Lab)
Day: Tuesday 8-Mar-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Fluid and proppant tracers and other simple measurements in returning load water flow back can be very useful in helping to describe fracture development in shales; including such parameters...
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Asset Management - Tools, Process, and Practice
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Alok Jain
Day: Wednesday 9-Mar-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Course Description Defining an asset as an exploration license, a discovery, or a producing oil or gas field, including all the infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and services - asset management...
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Drilling: Climbing the Ladder to Cultural Maturity in HSE: Shell’s Journey to Goal ZERO
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: Nicole Baird, VP Wells Performance Improvement, Shell International Exploration and Production Company
Day: Wednesday 9-Mar-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Over the past few years in Shell, a significant movement towards building a sustainable culture around Health, Safety &...
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RPSEA: A Unique sort of Oilfield Technology Development Program
Sponsor: Study Group - General Meeting
Speaker's Name: James Pappas, Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Vice-President of Ultra-Deepwater programs
Day: Thursday 10-Mar-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: This presentation will discuss the structure, membership, and mission of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). ...
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YP: 2011 HSSE Conference - Young Professionals Session
Sponsor: Committee - Young Professionals
Speaker's Name: Jack Toellner, Tom Knode, Judy Freeman, and Mike Thompson
Day: Monday 21-Mar-11 10:00 AM
Location: Westin Galleria Hotel 5060 Wes Alabama Houston, TX 77056
Summary: Registration Link: http://www.spe.org/events/hsse/2011/pages/general/registration.php. The session will kickoff with brief presentations from industry experts...
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Chairman's Corner February 2011
My message for this month is focused on growing wisdom through building relationships within SPE. Remember that servitude leadership is defined as “humility plus fierce resolve,” and last month I shared...

Then and Now February 2011
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Board of Directors Nominees Selected
The SPE Gulf Coast Section board of Directors approved the following slate of officers and directors as nominees for 2011-2012 at the December 2010 board meeting...

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