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Calendar Events for March 2009


SPE Petroleum Reserves Estimation Workshop: Sharing the Vision
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Days: Tue 10-March-09 7:30 AM - Thur 12-March-09 5:00 PM ADT
Location: Windsor Barra, Av. Sernambetiba 2630 Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Summary: Members of the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee and industry experts will gather in an open forum to discuss the revised classification, definitions, and guidelines included in the 2007 SPE/WPC/AAPG/SPEE Petroleum Resources...
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Petro-Tech: LOGS - How They Are Generated and What They Tell Us !
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group and Collarini Energy Staffing
Speaker's Names: Mr. David Hill, VP of Engineering, PPI Technology Services
Days: Tue 10-March-09 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON / Brookhollow Hwy 290 & I 610 W, 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092 USA
Summary: Petrophysicists, engineers, geologists and managers rely on paper logs and digital data to determine if there are hydrocarbons in a well. The calculations can be numerous, but ultimately a decision must be made to complete...
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Northside - Integrated Operations in Oilfields: Facts vs. fiction
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Gopal Amruthapuri and Amit Mehta, Pore pressure Specialist, Principal of Moblize Chevron, Moblize
Days: Tue 10-March-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: Real time collaboration is becoming a reality, however faced multitude of challenges on acceptance and adoption. Every company has different workflows from data to decisions; furthermore, challenges of bandwidth, new data...
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Drilling Study Group: Suppressing Drillstring Dynamics with Surface and Downhole Data: Recognizing Problems and Finding Solutions
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Paul Pastusek, Principal, Pastusek and Associates
Days: Wed 11-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northpoint Drive, Houston TX 77060
Summary: Drill bit and bottom hole assembly vibration causes many drilling challenges. Without corrective action, a multitude of downhole failures can result, greatly increasing drilling costs. There are three primary modes of drill string vibration...
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Business Development: Capital Markets and 2009 A&D: When Will the Party Begin?
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Timothy S. Duncan, Senior VP – Business Development, Phoenix Exploration Company LP; Charles Yates, Senior Managing Director, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP; A. Stephen Kennedy, SVP/Manager - Energy Group, Amegy Bank NA
Days: Wed 11-Mar-09 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - 1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin, Houston Texas 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we hear from three distinguished speakers on how capital markets are expected to influence A&D activity in 2009 – from the view of both...
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Maximizing Oil Recovery Efficiency & Sequestration of CO2 with Next Generation CO2-EOR Technology
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Vello A. Kuuskraa, 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, President, Advanced Resources International, Inc.
Days: Thu 12-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: NOTE : Prior to the presentation, there will be a short business meeting (5-10 minutes) to vote on changes to the by-laws of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This presentation reviews the current market demand for CO2 in the EOR industry, the outlook for this technology in the United States, and the next generation techniques for this evolving technology...
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PF&C: Ethics and Compliance Violations
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jo Pease, Retired, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Shell
Days: Tues 17-Mar-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: Are YOU guilty or innocent? Do YOU really know right from wrong? Do YOU obey the law and your Code of Conduct? Hear the warstories from an experienced Ethics and Compliance Officer. Then, take the mirror test!
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Permian Basin: Shale Analysis Using Rotary Sidewall Samples
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mihai A. Vasilache, President - Special Core Analysis Laboratories
Days: Tues 17-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Unlike coal, shale does not have a natural fracture system (cleat). The small grain size of the shale (mud and clay range) will generate very small matrix permeability (nano Darcy). This very low matrix permeability...
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Westside: The Application of Hydrajetting in Horizontal Completions
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Buddy McDaniel, Chief Technical Advisor - Halliburton Energy Services
Days: Wed 18-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: This presentation will review the proven applications of hydrajet perforating during the past 6+ years, specifically as they apply to the fracturing of horizontal and highly deviated wellbores in both oil and gas...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 19-Mar-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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Completions & Production: Hydrate Remediation – Practical Deepwater Examples
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Kevin Renfro, Deepwater Production Engineering Manager - Anadarko Petroleum and Steve Ashcraft, Staff Production Engineer - Anadarko Petroleum
Days: Thu 19-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: This presentation will review a few practical examples of hydrate remediation activities from Anadarko’s deepwater portfolio. We’ll examine the use of a 3/8” capillary tubing unit to dissolve a hydrate plug...
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Continuing Ed: Reserve Overbooking – An Issue of Professional Ethics
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee
Speaker's Names: Mark A. McLane, Partner - Rose & Associates, LLP
Days: Wed 25-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Hilton Houston North (formerly The Wyndham), 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, Texas 77060 USA
Summary: Revelations of financial mismanagement and the resulting increase in legal and regulatory scrutiny have focused attention on how publicly-traded oil and gas companies report and book reserves. In spite of this...
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Reservoir: Waterflood Surveillance in the Mars Field Deepwater GOM: Mississippi Canyon Block 807
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jeff Weiland, Senior Staff Petrophysical Engineer - Shell Exploration & Production Company
Days: Thurs 26-Mar-09 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St. James, 1885 St James Place, Houston, TX 77056 USA
Summary: Waterfloods serve many purposes and their performance can have major economic impact on the drilling, production and management of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The primary purpose of the Mars...
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Future Events


Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Tue 7-Apr-09 - Wed 8-Apr-09
Location: Marriott Houston Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston TX 77042
Summary: The focus on Digital Oilfield initiatives has shifted from planning and testing to deployment. Key technologies have been tested and validated and continue to evolve. Challenges associated with managing sustainable strategies...
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The Strategic Significance and Practicalities of CO2 EOR & Storage
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: David S. Hughes, 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer - Senergy, LTD
Days: Thu 9-April-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor, 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: The key message is the worldwide opportunity to use the skills of the oil industry to exploit the synergy between reduced CO2 emissions and sequestration of CO2 in depleted reservoirs. The UK has a soon to be...
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2009 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Section of SPE
Days: Mon 20-Apr-09 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood, Kingwood TX 77339
Summary: You are cordially invited to attend the 36th Annual SPE Golf Tournament
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2009 Emerging Engineers Conference
Sponsor: Young Professionals Committee
Days: Thu 4-June-09 7:30 AM - Fri 5-June-09 5:30 PM CDT
Location: BHP Billiton Petroleum Americas, 1330 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056 USA
Summary: The Emerging Engineers Conference (EEC) wishes to expose young petroleum professionals to career development skills and emerging industry technologies that will help build a solid foundation for a promising...
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June Petroleum Technologists Forum
Sponsor: Petro-Tech Study Group
Days: Thu 4-June-09
Location: HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, Houston, TX 77013
Summary: Petro Tech Study Group will be holding a one day seminar on June 4 at the Northeast Campus of HCC in the new Energy Institute Science & Technology Buildings. You can register on-line to attend after the first week in March...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
We have all recently witnessed the power of change on the national political scene. While we can debate endlessly whether the coming changes will be for better or worse, there is no doubt that people can be energized by change. We also know...

Then and Now
Florida reenters the wildcatting arena with two significant prospects currently underway in the Florida Panhandle. To-date only the small Humble-operated Sunniland field has exhibited commercial productionin the state. $ California’s first and only...

Education and SPE (from Feb. Chairman's Corner)
Proposed changes to the By-Laws: Education in its many forms has been a primary mission of SPE for the 50+ years of its existence as a professional society. Technical conferences and forums have long been a mainstay of the organization. Peer-reviewed technical papersl...

Young Professionals - Call for Papers
"Following the barrel from the reservoir to the gas pump." If you are a young energy industry professional (less than 10 yrs experience), please submit a paper for presentation at the EEC, describing your work on a project to which you made significant contributions...

Petro-Tech Salary Survey 2008-2009
All Petroleum Technologists are encouraged to please take the Salary Survey. If you are working in an engineer tech, geo tech, etc. role, please complete the On-line Salary Survey at the SPE-GCS Petro Tech Study Group website...

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