SPE-GCS e-Newsletter May 2008

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Calendar Events for May 2008

PERPETUATING HOUSTON as the ENERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Sponsor: Joint Meeting with MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas
Speaker's Names: Lane Sloan, Greater Houston Partnership
Days: Thu 8-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Houston has deep roots in energy, with almost 50% of its economy driven by the energy sector. The 20th century was dominated by fossil fuels, particularly hydrocarbons after World War II. Hydrocarbons were cheap, making it difficult for...
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Barnett Shale Completion Evolution - Utilizing Completion Diagnostics To Optimize Close Offset Development And Refracs
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dick Leonard DFW Business Development Manager ProTechnics
Days: Tue 13-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 North Chase Houston TX 77060
Summary: Activity in the Barnett shale of North Texas has continued to surge over the past several years, and with this surge in activity has come a steady evolution of completion techniques. Most operators agree that the best Barnett...
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Competency Development - A Career Imperative and Not Just the Latest HR Idea
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ken Delve Manager PetroSkills
Days: Tue 13-May-08 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Location: Sheraton Brookhollow at 290/610 3000 North Loop West Houston TX 77092
Summary: The development of professional personnel in a cost-effective and timely manner is essential to business success in the global Oil and Gas industry. Developing the skills (competencies) of individuals is...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 15-May-08 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CST
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road 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. Anyone is welcome to attend...
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Long- Versus Short-term Trends in Oil & Gas Prices and Real Options
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. Praveen Kumar Professor and Chair University of Houston
Days: Thu 15-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Houston Texas 77060
Summary: Exploration and Production projects in the oil and gas industry are becoming ever more capital-intensive and technologically complex. Since these projects are typically of long-horizon and require very large investments early on, the role of price forecasting....
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2008 Digital Energy Conference - More Bytes and More Barrels
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Tue 20-May-08 8:30 AM to Wed 21-May-08 5:30 PM CST
Location: Westchase Marriott - Houston, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston TX 77042 USA
Summary: The Digital Energy Conference was chartered to work at the intersection of computing and communications technology with the upstream oil and gas business. This is a rapidly developing intersection, bringing a renaissance to how we work. The conference will focus on leading edge applications of computing and communications technology to the...
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Driving: The Biggest Risk
Sponsor: Safety & Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Daniel Garstang, Duane Kortsha, and Derek Tate Hess Corporation, BP, and Schlumberger Oilfield Services, respectively
Days: Tue 20- May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell St. Houston TX 77002
Summary: Motor vehicle crashes have historically been the greatest common cause of death and serious injury in the oil and gas industry. This event will focus on the successes and challenges of implementing...
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Enabling Ultradeepwater Production with Dry Trees
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dr. John Murray Director of Technology Development, FloaTEC, LLC
Days: Tue 20-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston TX 77024
Summary: The increased interest in floater designs for ultra-deep water has produced a number of dry tree semisubmersible designs that allow the use of top tensioned risers (TTRs). The primary advantage in using TTRs...
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An Overview of Current Oil and Gas Activity in the Permian Basin
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Hoxie Smith Director of Midland College's Petroleum Professional Development Center   Midland College
Days: Tue 20-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston TX USA
Summary: The Permian Basin produces over 1 million barrels of oil each day which is 20% of lower 48 production. It accounts for 68% of Texas' total production and 80% of Texas' reserves. $100/bbl prices have increased activity...
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Business Development for Small, Medium and Large Cap Independents - Buy, Sell, and/or Drill?
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard L. Smith, VP Exploration & Business Development, Stone Energy Corporation Thomas Hart, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Law, El Paso Corp Gary S. Grinsfelder, Vice President of Exploration, TXCO Resources Inc.
Days: Wed 21-May-08 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Four Seasons Hotel - Ballroom, 3rd Floor 1300 Lamar Houston TX 77010 USA
Summary: Join the SPE-GCS Business Development Study Group (BDSG) for an in-depth, "Season Finale" look at how three successful Small, Medium, and Large Independent E&P companies have grown through Acquisitions, Drilling, and...
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Stimulation Evaluation - How Well Did I Do?
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Stephen Schubarth President Schubarth Inc.
Days: Wed 21-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas 77079
Summary: Millions of dollars are spent annually stimulating oil and gas wells. How does an engineer know if he is achieving the highest possible level of production for a well? Is he spending too much money...
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PVT Calculations and Correlations for Extreme Environments
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Robert P. Sutton Senior Technical Consultant Marathon Oil Corporation
Days: Thu 22-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The Courtyard @ St. James 1885 St. James Place Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: As the petroleum industry moves to operations in more harsh environments, many of the tools commonly used for engineering estimates must be used in calculations for these extreme conditions. Among the conditions encountered...
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Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Speaker: John Hofmeister, President Shell Oil Company
Days: Thu 22-May-08 6:00 PM - to - 10:00 PM CST
Location: Rice Hotel 909 Texas Avenue Houston TX 77002
Summary: Plan to attend an inspirational evening where we will celebrate the multi-faceted achievements of several generations of superstars in the energy industry. The audience will include: SPE - Gulf Coast Section Scholarship and...
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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education
Speaker: John Farina, Ron Hinn, Brian Musso, Ken Arnold, Marty Stetzer
Days: Thu 22-May-08 8:30 AM - to - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel 12400 Greenspoint Drive Houston Texas 77060
Summary: This seminar is the most popular SPE program. The course is designed as non-technical audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the discovery, development and production of petroleum...
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Future Events



2008 Sporting Clays Tournament
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Fri 6-Jun-08 7:30 AM - to - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve, 4430 Guyler Road, Simonton (Wallis) Texas 77485 USA
Summary: On behalf of officers and committee members of the 2008 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Sporting Clays Tournament, it is my pleasure to announce this year's event to be held at Rio Brazos benefitting the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund & Bright Light Foundation.
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Roughneck Camp
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Days: Fri 13-Jun-08 8:00 AM - to - 5:30 PM CST
Location: Renaissance Houston Hotel 6 E Greenway Plaza Houston TX 77046
Summary: The YP Annual Roughneck Camp is a one day conference focused on networking and introducing new professionals, interns, and local college students to the industry. Typically, the main presentation...
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Corporate Ethics & Compliance -- The Impact of What is Happening Today
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Harry Britt Manager of Ethics & Compliance, El Paso Corporation
Days: Tue 17-Jun-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston TX 77024
Summary: A discussion of: What are "ethics" and "compliance", Why should we be concerned about ethics and compliance, Recent public and government initiatives, Corporate ethics and compliance programs ...
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Expanding Facilities Knowledge Workshop, Session 1: " Concept Selection"
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: James A.(Jim) Haney, Senior Staff Consultant and Alp A. Kocaman, Supervisor- Marine Engineering J. Ray McDermott
Days: Tue 17-Jun-08 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
Location: J. Ray McDermott (14th Floor Auditorium) 757 N. Eldridge Pkwy. Houston TX 77079
Summary: This 5 part workshop is aimed at imparting basic concepts and facilities knowledge to graduate new hires and summer interns of EP companies and contractors, while allowing...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
May is usually the last month with a full events calendar before most of our study groups and committees take a well-deserved break during the summer. That does not mean we taper, rather we...

Then and Now
May 1958 - National Geographic Society claims that over the last 40 to 50 years the earth has been getting warmer, thus bringing about a decline in heating oil demand. $ Meanwhile, TV is being blamed for everything but global warming....

Young Professionals - Applications for YP Board - Deadline May 2,2008
The SPE Gulf Coast Section is now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 Young Professionals Board. This is a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills, to develop your leadership skills, to work on a diverse team, to assist...

SPE Awards 2008
SPE awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, the engineering profession, or to SPE. The awards for those who are members of the Gulf Coast Section will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 22 at the Rice Hotel....

Photo Albums of recent events including 2008 Houston Golf Tournament, Petrobowl, and YP Dinner
Photos of recent events with including The Annual Houston Cup Golf Tournament sponsored by SPE-GCS to raise funds for scholarships and educational opportunities, 2007 Petrobowl, and January YP Development Dinner with Michael Economedies....

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