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SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Momentive

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Calendar Events for January 2011
Young Professionals Board Meeting
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Tuesday 4-Jan-11 6:00 PM
Location: BHP Billiton 1360 Post Oak Blvd # 150 Houston, TX 77056
Summary: Interested in finding out more about the SPE Young Professionals Committee or joining the board next year?...
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Coalbed Methane Reservoir Analysis
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Steve Hennings
Day: Tuesday 11-Jan-11 8:00 AM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Course Description This one day, hands-on course is for individuals who are actively involved in modeling coalbed methane wells. It can also be valuable for managers who wish to understand the process and limitations of CBM reservoir modeling. The course will include a copy of ...
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Northside: Fayetteville Shale Water Sourcing
Sponsor: Study Group - Northside
Speaker's Name: Chip Lane, Water Resources Manager, Southwestern Energy
Day: Tuesday 11-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Effective management of water resources is one of the key factors for the economic success of shale gas development. In the years of the Fayetteville Shale development, Southwestern Energy has evolved the processes by which we manage our water resources. This presentation will cover five main points of prud...
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Petro-Tech: Produced Water Management
Sponsor: Study Group - Petro-Tech
Speaker's Name: Ted Baudendistel, PE, MWH
Day: Tuesday 11-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel 3000 North Loop West Houston, TX 77092
Summary: Options for Managing Produced Water and Frac Flowback of Varying Water Quality in North American Shale Plays Abstract: One of the major issues associated with development of natural gas fields in North America is management of the produced water and ...
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Drilling: Application of Fast Drill Principles to Maximize Borehole Quality
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: Fred E. Dupriest, Chief Drilling Engineer, ExxonMobil
Day: Wednesday 12-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: The Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Application of Fast Drill Principles to Maximize Borehole Quality (Having Your ROP Cake and Eating it Too) Fred E. Dupriest Chief Drilling Engineer ExxonMobil...
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Economic and Risk Analysis Applied to Petroleum Engineering - Recent Developments and Application Examples
Sponsor: Study Group - General Meeting
Speaker's Name: Jose Carlos Cunha, Operations Manager, Petrobras America
Day: Thursday 13-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: Even though risk analysis has tremendous potential to be applied on various aspects of common problems in petroleum engineering, its use is not as widespread as it could be. The presentation shows some practical applications covering areas of well engineering, drilling/completion and r...
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Decommissioning of Offshore Facilities in US Waters
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Robert C. Byrd, Ph.D., P.E., Sr. Vice President, Proserv Offshore, Inc
Day: Tuesday 18-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Norris Center 803 Town And Country Ln, #210 Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: Offshore facility decommissioning has recently begun to attract much more attention in the oil and gas industry than in the past. Proserv Offshore has recently completed two studies for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (formerly the Min...
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S&E: Part 2 - New Developments in NSPS, NESHAP, NAAQS, and GHG, Implementation to Execution: A Systemic Approach to Success
Sponsor: Study Group - Safety and Environment
Speaker's Name: Erin Badough, P.E., Environmental Engineer, Air Quality Programs, Exterran Energy Solutions L.P.
Day: Tuesday 18-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor Houston, TX 77002
Summary: The Regulations have been finalized, but what does Industry do now? Continue the exploration into the new NESHAP, GHG, and Texas permitting requirements, and find out what may be on the horizon for NSPS. This presentation will inform the audience of how their business is and...
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Permian Basin Wolfberry: Stimulation Evolution
Sponsor: Study Group - Permian Basin
Speaker's Name: Steve Metcalf, Technical Manager, BJ Services
Day: Tuesday 18-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd Houston, Tx 77079
Summary: Abstract: The "Wolfberry" play is named after the two main productive formations, the low-permeab...
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YP: Energy and the MBA, when, why and how!
Sponsor: SPE Young Professionals & Rice University
Day: Tuesday 18-Jan-11 6:00 PM
Location: Rice University; McNair Hall 1875 Rice Houston, TX 77005
Summary: "Energy and the MBA, wh...
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Westside: Bakken Fracturing: Objectives, Options, and Outcomes
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Ali Daneshy, President, Daneshy Consultants International
Day: Wednesday 19-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd. Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Bakken Fracturing: Objectives, Options, and Outcomes ...
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Digital Energy: Shell’s Smart Fields® Initiative: Delivering Value Through Continuous Optimization
Sponsor: Study Group - Digital Energy
Speaker's Name: Dr Robert Perrons
Day: Wednesday 19-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: The process of developing and producing a field typically creates vast amounts of data and information and, as IT and oil & gas technologies continue to improve, the industry's ability to collect this data is steadily increasing. A major challenge facing the upstream oil & gas sector, therefore, ...
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Business Development and E&P Success in the Gulf of Mexico
Sponsor: Challenger Minerals Inc
Speaker's Name: Jon A. Jeppesen, Exec VP Gulf Coast, Apache Corporation and Matt McCarroll, President & CEO, Dynamic Offshore Resources
Day: Wednesday 19-Jan-11 5:30 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Downtown 1300 Lamar St. Houston, Texas 77010
Summary: Business Development and E&P Success in the Gulf of Mexico Join the Business Development Study ...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 20-Jan-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. Register online or RSVP to Sharon via phone message at (713)779-9595, ext. 821, or via e-mail at ...
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International: Winners and Losers in the 2020 Oil and Gas Industry; Alternative Energy, Policy, and the Economy
Sponsor: Study Group - International
Speaker's Name: Scott Nyquist, Director, McKinsey & Company
Day: Thursday 20-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: The Petroleum Club Houston 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: We face an uncertain economic future with China and India pulling us out of our deepest recession since the 1930s. New technologies are developing rapidly that are enabling alternative energy sources to compete against oil in the transportation sector and continuing to enable low...
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C&P: SPE 2010-11 Distinguished Lecturer Randy C. Tolman - Simultaneous Stimulation of Multi-Well Pads using Multi-Zone Stimulation Technology
Sponsor: Study Group - Completions & Production
Speaker's Name: Randy C. Tolman, Consultant
Day: Wednesday 26-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, Texas 77060
Summary: ExxonMobil has developed novel reservoir stimulation technologies involving dynamic perforating and annular coiled tubing fracturing that enable the rapid delivery of numerous high-quality stimulation treatments within a single cased wellbore. These technologies were developed for the purpose of improving, or enabli...
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YP: Painting & Happy Hour
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Wednesday 26-Jan-11 6:00 PM
Location: Pinot's Palette - Montrose 2406 Taft Street Houston, TX 77006
Summary: Pinot's Palette is a relaxed, fun environment that provides step-by-step guidance from local artists to help you create your masterpiece - no artistic experience necessary!...
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Reservoir: SPE 2010-11 Distinguished Lecturer Hani Elshahawi - Real-Time Monitoring and Control in Formation Testing Applications
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: Hani Elshahawi, FEAST Leader, Shell
Day: Thursday 27-Jan-11 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: Modern wireline formation testers are capable of providing a wide range of downhole rock and fluid properties at in-situ reservoir conditions and can help identify subtleties such as compartmentalization and compositional grading. Increasingly more massive and complex strings are being run to obtain a wealt...
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Girl Scout day with SWE – Rice Section
Day: Saturday 29-Jan-11 8:30 AM
Location: Rice University
Summary: Girl Scout Day is an annual event hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, Rice Section. Rice engineering students and professional volunteers hold workshops for 100 young girls, ages 8-10. The workshops are designed to introduce the girls to different engineering fields, such as chemical, civil,elec...
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Future Events
Application of Artificial Intelligence & Data Mining in Production Optimization
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: Course Description This course covers the fundamentals of Artificial intelligence and Data Mining and provides the theoretical background for its most used components such as artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, and fuzzy logic. The course provide some insight into ...
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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 is critical in executing a successful development program. This presentation will review Anadarko's Marcellus Shale integrated development pro...
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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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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 have to address the demands of operating in adverse environment, development of new technologies and expediti...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner January 2011
The New Year is a time for fresh starts, clean slates, reflections of the past year,and goal setting. I want to pass along some wise advice from an old mentor on how to set goals. There are five step...

Then and Now January 2011
January 1961: The staggering cost for drilling a planned 26,000 ft Mecom well in South Louisiana is estimated to be $1.75 MM. If completed as planned, it will be the world’s deepest...

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