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Calendar Events for January 2010

Dual Gradient Drilling
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Paul Boudreau, Senior Drilling Engineer - BHP Billiton
Days: Tues 12-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: Dual gradient (DG) drilling techniques are not new to the industry; pump-and-dump drilling is the simplest example of this. The benefits of dual gradient drilling have long been recognized, especially...
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Access / Excel Tip & Tricks
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group and Collarini Energy Staffing
Speaker's Names: Leticia Rocha, Engineering Specialist - OXY
Days: Tues 12-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: Brookhollow Sheraton Hotel, W 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092 USA
Summary: You don’t have to be an advanced Microsoft Office power user or VBA scripter to learn how to create macros in Access and schedule them to run automatically using the Microsoft tools we have...
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A Holistic Approach to Decision-Making
Sponsor: SPEGCS Young Professionals and Baker Hughes
Speaker's Names: Dr. Errol Wirasinghe
Days: Tues 12-Jan-10 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Location: Baker Hughes, 14990 Yorktown Plaza Dr, Houston TX 77040
Summary: Whether at work, or at home, we make decisions every day. But such decisions are driven by qualitative interpretations of quantitative data. People interpret the data they receive, based on...
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Diagnosing and Resolving Produced Water Chemical and Mechanical Problems
Sponsor: PF&C Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ted Frankiewicz, 2009-2010 SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Spec Services, Inc.
Days: Wed 13-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Global production of produced water is nearly 90 billion barrels per year. This water is generally considered to be a non-revenue fluid, yet it can have considerable value as an enhancer of oil...
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Performance Drilling – an Operator’s Perspective, with Case Histories
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Graham Mensa-Wilmot, Drilling Engineering Advisor - Chevron
Days: Wed 13-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: There are several positions in the industry on what constitutes performance drilling. In some instances the use of new technology, sophisticated tools, or expensive drive systems is classified as...
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Climate Science and Economics
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Michelle Michot Foss, Chief Energy Economist and Head, Center for Energy Economics - Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
Days: Thurs 14-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: This presentation will be a review of key developments in climate science, including emerging trends and questions. Economic considerations associated with policy and regulatory options that are...
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Weak Acid Stimulates the San Andres
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Steven Metcalf, Permian Basin Region Technical Manager - BJ Services, Midland, Tx
Days: Tues 19-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079
Summary: Carbonate formations are predominant in the Permian Basin and as such are commonly stimulated with acid. Repeated stimulation is typically required to maintain production over the life of...
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U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mr. Dan Chapman, Global Ethics & Compliance Director - Baker Hughes Inc.
Days: Wed 20-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Petroleum Club, 800 Bell St Ste 4300, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Dan Chapman will provide a general overview of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), discussing the elements of an effective anti-bribery compliance program and how FCPA...
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Joint Ventures – The Popular Rx for Shale Development
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group and Lancaster Flow Automation, LLC
Speaker's Names: Toby Darden, Chairman - Quicksilver Resources Inc. and Daniel Rathan, VP - Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLCx
Days: Wed 20-Jan-10 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar St. (Between Caroline & Austin), Houston, TX 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we hear from three distinguished speakers on recent joint venture activity that is fueling the development of shale plays.
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The Effect of Shale Gas Production on U.S. Gas Supplies
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Steve Schubarth, President - Schubarth Inc.
Days: Wed 20-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079
Summary: The U.S. natural gas supply is greatly dependent on domestic exploration and development. Historically, U.S. gas supply was dominated by very large gas fields with high well productivity...
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Oil and Gas Project Financing
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Allen Shook, Executive Vice President & Partner - Blue Rock Energy Capital
Days: Thurs 21-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The Greenspoint Club, 16925 North Chase Drive, Houston TX 77060 US
Summary: E&P headlines and articles in the press usually involve BIG projects, BIG companies, and BIG dollars beyond comprehension. However, there are thousands of small domestic companies...
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Leadership Forum - Ethics for Engineers
Sponsor: Career Management Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ms. Susan Howes, Horizons Program Manager - Chevron
Days: Thurs 21-Jan-10 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Location: The HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer Road, Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: Many professional and technical societies have ethical guidelines for their members. The Continuing Education Program for Professional Engineers in Texas requires an hour of Ethics training...
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Coring and Core Analysis – Technologies and Applications
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Matt Honarpour, Senior Reservoir Engineering Advisor - Hess
Days: Thurs 28-Jan-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St James, 1885 St James Place, Houston TX 77056
Summary: Rock and fluid characteristics strongly affect in-place volumes, RF, injectivity/ productivity, and deliverability. Therefore, accurate rock and rock-fluid characterization are keys for maximizing the asset...
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Future Events

How Commodity Hedging Could Impact Activity in 2010
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard Moorman and Randy Barron - Southwestern Energy
Days: Tues 9-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: Commodity hedging has been much maligned in the past few years, blamed for everything from contributing to the early 2008 acceleration of commodity prices to worsening the global economic...
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North American Gas Outlook
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Paul Ziff, CEO - Ziff Energy Group
Days: Thurs 11-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: From the impact of low gas prices, through the high full cycle cost of gas, to declines in conventional gas, plus increases in Shale Gas production, along with oscillating LNG imports...
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Kikeh Topsides Floatover
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: David Edelson, Manager of Marine Operations/Floatover - Technip U.S. A., Inc.
Days: Tues 16-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Deck installation is always a major installation challenge for floating structures, particularly deep draft floaters like the spar which must be installed in relatively deep water. Derrick barges have been...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner January 2010
GCS membership and especially the leadership of our committees, study groups, and board, I challenge you. I challenge you to recognize those who have been leaders in technology and service to SPE in the...

Then and Now January 2010
January 1950 A salt mine cave-in 10 miles southwest of Houston swallows up a warehouse-office building and a salt-press building, while a nearby operator reports increased gas production following the cave-in...

Two New Podcasts Available
Watch presentations from Distinguished Lecturers Mike Eberhard (November Drilling) and Joseph Ayoub (November Westside)...

Holiday Social with The Society of Women Engineers
Thank you to everyone who could be a part of the event. A special thanks to SWE for helping to make this event a success!

SPE Short Courses Presented in Houston
In efforts to support and build career and lifelong learning needs, SPE has just completed construction of a training center in Houston. This facility will allow SPE to provide a variety of cost-effective continuing education courses year round. View the Houston schedule and register here.

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