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Calendar Events for March 2011
YP: Volunteer at the Houston Arboretum
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Saturday 5-Mar-11 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr. Houston, TX 77024
Summary: Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and ...
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Petro Tech: Drilling Optimization to 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 to 12:30 PM
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 developed...
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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 to 1:00 PM
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 as fracture complexity...
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SPEI: Asset Management - Tools, Process, and Practice
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Alok Jain
Day: Wednesday 9-Mar-11 8:00 AM to Thursday 10-Mar-11 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. Course Description Defining an asset as an exploration license, a discovery, or a producing oil ...
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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 to 1:00 PM
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 to 1:00 PM
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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PFC: Subsea Solutions in Shallow Water
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Jerry Streeter, Manager for Shallow Water Solutions, FMC
Day: Tuesday 15-Mar-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Norris Center City Center 803 Town And Country Ln # 210 Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: Subsea solutions have come a long way from their early beginnings as a deepwater-only application. Advances in industrial technology, efficiency, and reliability are pushing subsea technologies to become...
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YP Development Dinner - "Energy Challenge: 2011-2100"
Sponsor: SPE GCS YPs & World Affairs Council
Speaker's Name: Helge Haldorsen, VP of Strategy, Statoil
Day: Wednesday 16-Mar-11 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Plaza Club - One Shell Plaza 910 Louisiana, Suite 4960 Houston, TX
Summary: Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals Co-sponsored wi...
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SPEI: Review for the Principles and Practice Exam
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: Richard Hughes and William McCain, Louisiana State University; Texas A&M University
Day: Thursday 17-Mar-11 8:30 AM to Friday 18-Mar-11 5:30 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register here. This course offers a review of the typical petroleum engineering problems found on the professional registration examination. Topics include drilling and completion, production logging...
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YP: 2011 HSSE Conference - Young Professionals Session
Sponsor: Young Professionals 
Day: Monday 21-Mar-11 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Westin Galleria Hotel 5060 West Alabama Houston, TX 77056
Summary: What would be your approach/ideas to drive better performance and gain industry alignment in regards to HSSE? Industry is often judged (by regulators, public, and governments) by the lowest performers. Is there...
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SPEI: Managing Your Business Using PRMS and SEC Standards
Sponsor: SPEI
Speaker's Name: John Etherington & Rawdon Seager, Managing Director / Projects Director and Chief Reservoir Engineer, PRA International Limited / Gaffney Cline and Associates
Day: Tuesday 22-Mar-11 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register here: The PRMS provides an industry standard approach to classifying petroleum resources based on the status of the applied development projects and categorizing the project sales...
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SPEI: Project Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Analysis
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: James (Jim) Gouveia, Mark A. McLane and Gary P. Citron
Day: Wednesday 23-Mar-11 8:00 AM to Thursday 24-Mar-11 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. Course Description This offering covers the application of Risk and Uncertainty management principles as they apply to Decision Quality Analysis in the development of our...
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Westside: Stimulation Treatments in the Eagle Ford Shale
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Neil Stegent, Technology Manager, Halliburton (Pinnacle)
Day: Wednesday 23-Mar-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd. Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Unconventional reservoirs, the Eagle Ford shale in particular, require a completion strategy that is reservoir specific. Completion analogies in similar reservoirs are a good place to start, but care...
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Bus. Devt: Resource Play & Shale Reservoir Appraisal & Development through Microseismic and related Technologies
Sponsor: Study Group - Business Development
Speaker's Names: Chris Neale, Craig Cippola, Jose Nevarez
Day: Wednesday 23-Mar-11 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Downtown - 1300 Lamar St. Houston, Texas 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel for our March “Return of Spring” meeting! Spring Break may be over, but you can still enjoy hearing the experts discuss...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting (Date changed due to Spring Break)
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 24-Mar-11 7:30 AM to 10:30 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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Reservoir: Investigating the Expected Long-Term Production Performance of Shale Reservoirs
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: George D. Vassilellis, Lead Resevoir Engineer, Gaffney, Cline & Associates
Day: Thursday 24-Mar-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: Abstract There is worldwide interest in the development of shale plays: North America has attracted noteworthy investments, while other continents are ready to follow that example. Besides the increasing...
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YP: Westside Happy Hour
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Thursday 24-Mar-11 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Hotel Sorella CityCentre 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Bldg 9 Houston, TX 77024
Summary: Please join SPE-GCS Young Professionals for an evening of networking on Thursday, March 24th. SPE has teamed up with TYP to meet and mingle with fellow Houston young professionals in the...
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YP: Houston Area Upstream Social
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Wednesday 30-Mar-11 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Lucky's Pub 801 Saint Emanuel Street Houston, TX 77003
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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: Thursday 31-Mar-11 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Rd. Suite 1075 Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register here: The course includes discussion on practical issues and reservoir parameters of horizontal well projects. The topics include formation damage, drainage areas...
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International: Petrobras - Preparing for the Future
Sponsor: Study Group - International
Speaker's Name: Ted Helms, Executive Manager - Investor Relations, Petrobras
Day: Thursday 31-Mar-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell St., 43rd Floor Houston, TX 77002
Summary: Mr. Helms will discuss how Petrobras thinks about the future, including its views on oil, gas, and renewables. The talk will address funding plans for Petrobras' ambitious investment program during...
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Future Events
SPEI: Introduction to Underbalanced Drilling
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Deepak M. Gala
Day: Friday 1-Apr-11 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. With the increased use of advanced drilling technologies such as underbalanced drilling, there is a need to train all personnel to ensure...
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SPEI: Coiled Tubing and Its Applications
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Ed Smalley, General Manager, NOV CTES
Day: Monday 4-Apr-11 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register now: This one-day short course presents coiled tubing (CT) as a tool for workover, drilling, and completion services. It provides an overview of conventional CT workover...
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SPEI: Subsea Well Interventions
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Experts from Shell group of companies
Day: Monday 4-Apr-11 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register now: Course Description This course is intended as an introductory technical c...
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SPEI: Geological Sequestration of CO2
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Mr. Charles E. (Chuck) Fox, Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, Mr. Scott B. Rennie, Dr. J. M. (Jay) Avasthi
Day: Tuesday 5-Apr-11 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. This course is intended to serve as an introduction to various aspects of geological storage or sequestration of CO2. Geological...
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Young Professionals Board Meeting
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Tuesday 5-Apr-11 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: BHP Billiton 1360 Post Oak Blvd # 150 Houston, TX 77056
Summary: Interested in finding out more about the SPE Young Professionals...
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SPEI: Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding
Sponsor: SPE
Speaker's Name: Mr. Charles E. (Chuck) Fox, Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, Dr. J. M. (Jay) Avasthi, Dr. Michael H. (Mike) Stein
Day: Wednesday 6-Apr-11 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. Course Description This course is based on the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding,...
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SPEI: Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Larry W. Lake
Day: Thursday 7-Apr-11 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Road Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Register here. This course teaches an integrated version of the basics of waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The connection of ...
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YP: Volunteer Judging at 2011 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Friday 8-Apr-11 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3
Summary: Volunteer Judges are needed for the 2011 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. Judging will take place all day Friday, April 8th. There are several timeslots and categories available. Science Fair judges must...
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SPEI: Understanding Inorganic Scaling–Mechanisms, Control and Management
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Gordon M. Graham, Managing Director, Scaled Solutions Ltd
Day: Saturday 9-Apr-11 8:00 AM to Sunday 10-Apr-11 5:00 PM
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Summary: Register here: This course is designed as an introduction to inorganic scaling. It will include an overview of the different types of inorganic oilfield scales encountered under production conditions...

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Career Expo - Science and Engineering Fair of Houston
Sponsor: Young Professionals 
Day: Saturday 9-Apr-11 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX 77006
Summary: In celebration of the 2011 Engineering Fair of Houston, SEFH and Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) will hold the first ...
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2011 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament
Sponsor: Golf 
Day: Monday 18-Apr-11 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: Kingwood Country Club - 1700 Lake Kingwood Kingwood, TX 77339
Location 2: Deerwood Country Club - 1717 Forest Garden Dr. Kingwood, TX 77345
Summary: Register here: Our previous tournaments have raised over $750,000 dollars for scholarships and educational purposes to help advance the careers of young Petroleum Engineers. What started out...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner March 2011
In January, I shared that 'one person with a commitment can generate interest to more than 100 people'. What was meant to be said was that 'one person with a commitment can produce more than 100 people with an interest'. The more commitment one has...

Then and Now March 2011
March 1981 Soviet Premier Brezhnev's energy message to the Communist Party Congress is to continue producing oil from western Siberia primarily for export and for the Russians themselves to expand coal, gas, and nuclear energy production...

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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