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Calendar Events for January 2009


An Insider's View of the Current Financial Crisis
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Bruce Gebhardt, Managing Partner Pathfinder Capital Advisors, LLC
Days: Thu 8-Jan-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: This "up-to-the minute" presentation will provide the attendee a better perspective and understanding of the impact of the current financial crises on the oil & gas industry...
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To Complete or Plug the Well, The $1,000,000 Question
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mr. John R. Farina, Sanchez Oil & Gas
Days: Tue 13-Jan-09 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM CST
Location: Sheraton Galleria - 2400 West Loop South Houston TX 77027
Summary: The decision to complete an oil or gas well is a paramount one. A company may spend anywhere from $1MM, onshore, to 10s of millions of dollars, offshore, based on this decision. The completion decision is the...
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Chittim Ranch Redevelopment Case Study
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Thomas Bundy, Permian Basin Development Manager ConocoPhillips
Days: Tue 13-Jan-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston Texas 77060
Summary: Integrated teams, using new technologies and a well manufacturing process has allowed ConocoPhillips to redevelop Chittim Ranch Field in Maverick County, Texas...
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Produced Water Management Options – One Size Does Not Fit All
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Veil, Manager of the Water Policy Program Argonne National Laboratory
Days: Tue 13-Jan-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell, 43rd Floor Houston TX 77002
Summary: This lecture describes many produced water management options using the concept of a 3-tiered water management/pollution prevention hierarchy: minimize water production, recycle or reuse...
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Decline Curve Analysis - A Crucial Skill Often Utilized, Though Not Always Properly...
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker's Names: Dr. Steven W. Poston, Texas A&M Professor Emeritus
Days: Tue 13-Jan-09 8:00 AM - to - Wed 14-Jan-09 5:00 PM CST
Location: Crowne Plaza Downtown 1700 Smith St. Houston Texas 77002
Summary: Dr. Poston's 2-day class will serve as an excellent resource for the full spectrum of engineers using decline curve analysis - from the novice to the experienced...
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Challenges of Directional Drilling Through Salt in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Shaugnessy, Drilling Engineer, BP America
Days: Wed 14-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: Salt drilling is still a relatively new practice and presents operators with many drilling challenges that are still not totally understood. Adding a directional component to drilling through salt not only magnifies...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 15-Jan-09 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT
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. Anyone is welcome to attend. ...
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The Effects of the Global Recession and Credit Squeeze on the Petroleum Industry
Sponsor: Completion and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Praveen Kumar, Texas Commerce Bank/Tenneco Professor and Chair, Dept. of Finance, C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston
Days: Thu 15-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: We are clearly in the midst of the most recessionary economic environment in recent history. What makes this global recession especially alarming is the meltdown of secu...
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SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference
Sponsor: SPE International
Days: Mon 19-Jan-09 7:30 AM - Wed 21-Jan-09 12:00 PM CDT
Location: Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference & Exhibition will present current and proven technology in hydraulic fracturing based on lessons learned from fracture-stimulated wells, with emphasis on how...
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A Case Study of Hydraulically Fractured Eddy County, New Mexico, Horizontal Wolfcamp Producers
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Steve Metcalf, Permian Basin Region Technical Manager BJ Services
Days: Tue 20-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: WestLake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston TX 77079
Summary: In order to improve production and subsequent well economics in the Wolfcamp formation in Eddy County, New Mexico, horizontal drilling...
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The Development of Cascade and Chinook Fields in Ultra Deep Waters in the Gulf of Mexico
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Cesar Palagi, Walker Ridge Production Asset Manager Petrobras America Inc.
Days: Tue 20-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston Texas 77024
Summary: The Cascade and Chinook fields are located in the Walker Ridge Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing area of the central Gulf of Mexico. There are no production analogs for these two fields...
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The Barnett Shale and the Evolution of Shale Plays
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Nick Steinsberger, President Steinsberger Gas Consulting
Days: Wed 21-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas 77079
Summary: Beginning with the first Barnett Shale vertical well drilled in 1981 and continuing through the simultaneous fracing of multiple offsetting horizontal Barnett wells beginning in 2004...
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BP - Gulf of Mexico Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE)
Sponsor: Digital Energy Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Albino Castro, BP Information Manager Production/Gulf of Mexico
Days: Wed 21-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St. James 1885 St. James Place Houston TX 77056
Summary: The Gulf of Mexico Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE) has been in operation for several years. BP have gained some new insights about improving the efforts of workers on offshore platforms...
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Business Development from the Perspective of the Super-Independent
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Paul Sander, VP Mid-Continent Business Unit, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc., Vaughn Vennerberg, President, XTO, & Sam Langford, Tulsa Office, Newfield Exploration
Days: Wed 21-Jan-09 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom, 3rd Floor - 1300 Lamar St., between Caroline & Austin, Houston Texas 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we discover how the business development captains of three respected Super-Independents plan to sail their companies...
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Empowering Young Professionals to Lead After the Big Crew Change
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Laura Schilling, US Business Development Manager Halliburton
Days: Thu 22-Jan-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place HOUSTON TX 77056
Summary: During the last decade there has been an increase in discussion about "The Big Crew Change" and how to prepare the industry’s young professionals (YPs) for this outflow of knowledge from ...
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Future Events


The Critical Path to Success for Openhole Completions: Fluid Design and Execution
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Charles Svoboda, Director of Wellbore Productivity Business Development MI Swaco
Days: Tue 10-Feb-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston Texas 77060
Summary: Openhole completions have become a key component to efficient field development. There is a plethora of fluid options to drill and complete these wells. If careful testing and planning are not undertaken to...
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A Guide to Successful Backreaming - Real-Time Case Histories
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard May, Well Optimization and Technology Manager Schlumberger
Days: Wed 11-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club - Coastal Room 800 Bell Street, #4300 Houston TX 77002
Summary: Backreaming is the practice of pumping and rotating the drillstring while simultaneously pulling out of the hole. When reliable top drive drilling systems (TDS) on conventional drilling rigs were...
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Remediating Cusiana & Cupiagua - Fracturing Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Martin Rylance, 2008 - 2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, BP Exploration Co., LTD.
Days: Thu 12-Feb-09 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor - 800 Bell Street, Houston TX 77002
Summary: The Colombian Cusiana and Cupiagua developments, in the Llanos foothills of the Eastern cordillera of the Andes mountains, comprise a giant oilfield (Cusiana) and a giant retrograde gas-condensate field...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
Volunteerism Initiatives - SPE Gulf Coast Section’s leadership is committed to promoting Member volunteerism to “give-back” to our community and as a way to foster a positive image of our industry...

Then and Now
Desoto (as in the car Desoto) engineers are reportedly working on an "idea car" that will be driven by four high-speed electric motors receiving energy from the chemical interaction of hydrogen and oxygen gasses in what is being called a "fuel cell"...

Here’s Your Chance to Give Your Friends and Colleagues an Award!
Have you ever been really impressed by a friend or colleagues' technical or professional contributions to our industry and profession? Nominations are simple and open until February 15, 2009 for SPE Awards from the Gulf Coast Section.

Nominations for SPE Distinguished Lecturer
Do you know an expert in exploration and production, or a related field such as health, safety and environment with great presentation skills? Nominate that person to be an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-2011 lecture season...

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