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Calendar Events for May 2009

Call for OTC.09 Registration Volunteers
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is once again organizing volunteers for the registration committee of the Offshore Technology Conference. The typical responsibilities for a volunteer are: 1. Attend a pre-conference discussion, nominally to be held 2nd May 2009 at Reliant Center. 2. Volunteer at the event for one half-day slot (conference is 4th-7th May 2009). Registration committee volunteers are tasked with...

SPE Certification Exam
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Days: Sat 9-May-09 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston, TX - location TBD
Summary: SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification provides an opportunity to obtain an international credential recognizing your petroleum engineering knowledge. Certification is obtained by applying for and passing the SPE certification exam...
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Petro-Tech: Concept Challenges for Developing and Completing a Mature Middle East Offshore Field
Sponsor: Collarini Energy Staffing and the Petro-Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Heath F. Nevels - Sr. Production Technologist, Shell International E&P, Inc.
Days: Tue 12-May-09 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: SHERATON / Brookhollow Hwy 290 & I 610 W, 3000 North Loop West, Houston TX 77092
Summary: This presentation is an overview of an engineering study performed by Shell to determine the technical feasibility of developing an enhanced oil recovery project on an existing offshore mature asset. The presentation will discuss...
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Northside - Examining Our Assumptions – Have Oversimplifications Jeopardized Our Ability To Design Optimal Fracture Treatments?
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Michael C. Vincent - Consulting Engineer, Insight Consulting
Days: Tue 12-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: It is mathematically convenient to describe fractures as simple, vertical, planar features of predictable width and hydraulic continuity. Published conductivity data are used with the premise that laboratory tests provide a reasonable...
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Young Professionals: Latest Developments and Trends in Energy Research and Technology
Sponsor: Young Professionals Committee
Speaker's Names: Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides, Texas A&M University
Days: Tues 12-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street 43rd floor, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: It is truly an exciting time for energy research and innovation. The needs have never been greater for new ideas that address long term energy sustainability. While the developed world struggles with whether increasing atmospheric carbon...
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Reservoir: Simulation Short Course - Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Dean Rietz - Managing Senior Vice President, Ryder Scott Company
Days: Wed 13-May-09 - Fri 15-May-09 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Location: Microsoft, 2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Houston, TX 77042 USA
Summary: The instructors will discuss all of the important facets of the reservoir modeling process. Important factors that can dramatically impact the model results are emphasized. Specific topics include Data Acquisition, Fluid Properties...
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Drilling Study Group - Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: James Pappas - Senior Engineering Advisor, Devon Energy Corporation
Days: Wed 13-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr, Houston TX 77060
Summary: This presentation will describe ethics, introduce moral dilemmas, discuss views on teaching ethics, review some examples related to business, and describe how moral reasoning influences ethical decision making. A short discussion...
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Modernization of SEC Oil & Gas Reporting Requirements
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: W. John Lee - Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering
Days: Thu 14-May-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: On December 29, 2008, The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new regulations for reporting oil and gas reserves, effective January 1, 2010. Earlier, on December 12, 2007, the SEC issued a concept...
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Reservoir: Simulation Forum
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Days: Fri 15-May-09 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Location: Microsoft, 2000 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 350, Houston, TX 77042 USA
Summary: Following the reservoir simulation course, a simulation forum will be held to examine fresh and timely topics with a reservoir simulation theme. The forum will consist of four sessions dedicated to a topic of interest. Each session will have...
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PF&C: U.S. Climate Change and Energy Policy – Perspectives of a United States Congressional Fellow (Legislative Aide) and Impacts on the Offshore Energy Industry
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Philip Grossweiler - Principal Consultant, M&H Energy Services
Days: Tues 19-May-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024
Summary: The evolving U.S. policies on energy and climate change will likely have major impacts and also create challenging opportunities for the offshore industry. This presentation will provide “in the trenches” perspectives of an ASME...
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S&E: Meeting the Challenge of Technology Advancement: Innovative Strategies for Health, Environment, and Safety Risk Management
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jean Bruney - Environmental Stewardship Team Leader for Chevron Global Upstream, Chevron
Days: Tues 19-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street 43rd floor, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: The oil and gas industry is rapidly developing innovative technologies - new types of fuels and distribution systems, technologies to produce in the most remote and harsh environments, integrated gas developments on scales never before...
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Permian Basin: Hubbert's Peak & Long Term Oil & Gas Prices
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mark Merritt - Assistant General Manager, Oil and Gas for Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd in Midland
Days: Tues 19-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Mr. Merritt will discuss M. King Hubbert’s application and limitations of the logistics curve to the prediction of ultimate oil recovery for the US, Middle East and world oil production. He will also review long term oil and gas price...
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Changing U.S. Energy Policy – Brother Can You Spare an IDC?
Sponsor: Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes Corporation and the Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Michael C. Linn - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Linn Energy, LLC; Bruce H. Vincent - President, Secretary & Director, Swift Energy Company; Richard L. Burleson - Managing Partner, Burleson-Cooke L.L.P.
Days: Wed 20-May-09 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Location: Four Seasons Hotel - 2nd Floor Mezzanine and Meeting Rooms, 1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we hear from three distinguished speakers on proposed changes in U.S. energy policy and their potential impact on the domestic natural gas industry...
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Westside: Analysis of a South Texas Field's Production Improvement
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Rodney Schulz - Consultant
Days: Wed 20-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 Westlake Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Production results from operational or capital investments are often difficult to quantify due to a field’s decline and other factors that introduce variability into the data. This was the case for a series of operational improvements in a...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 21-May-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: Oil and Natural Gas and the Impact on Upstream Drilling and Completion Activity
Sponsor: Completions and Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: David Pursell - Head of Macro Research - Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities
Days: Thu 21-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: Crude oil and natural gas prices and the impact on upstream drilling and completion activity. Low crude oil and natural gas prices, combined with a tight credit market, are having an impact on upstream spending and drilling...
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Reservoir: The Changing Landscape of SEC Reserve Reporting
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Hodgin - President, Ryder Scott Company
Days: Thurs 21-May-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St. James, 1885 St James Place, Houston, TX 77056 USA
Summary: Disclosure requirements relating to oil and gas reserves were first introduced by the SEC pursuant to a directive in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 to “take such steps as may be necessary to assure the development...
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Gulf Coast Section Awards Banquet
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Speaker's Names: Michael Yeager - Group Executive and Chief Executive Petroleum - BHP Billiton
Days: Thurs 21-May-09 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT
Location: Rice Hotel, 909 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 USA
Summary: Although hydrocarbon resources are still abundant, an ever increasing pace of investment and technology will be required to extract and bring these resources to market. To meet this challenge, the oil and gas industry must continue...
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SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) 2009
Sponsor: Society of Petroleum Engineers International
Days: Sun 31-May-09 7:30 AM - Wed 3-June-09 6:00 PM CDT
Location: Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, Cartagena Colombia
Summary: The SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) focuses on the entire Latin American and Caribbean region with technical and plenary sessions, continuing education courses, and additional...

 


Future Events


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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Petro-Tech - 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...
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2009 Sporting Clays Tournament
Sponsor: Sporting Clays
Days: Fri 5-June-09 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve, 4430 Guyler Road, Simonton (Wallis), Texas 77485 USA
Summary: On behalf of the officers and committee members of the 2009 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Sporting Clays Tournament, it is our pleasure to announce this year’s event. Prior to detailing this year’s tournament...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner
How can you maximize the value of your membership in SPE? If you received this newsletter in the mail or by email, then you are fortunate to be a member of the largest and most active Section in all of SPE. The Gulf Coast Section not only represents...

Then and Now
What were the available options for downhole sand control in the late 1950’s? You could choose from the following: 1) double-wall liners with large slots; 2) graded plastic-coated walnut shells; 3) close-fitting liners; and 4) wire-wrapped...

New Podcast Available
A new podcast is available to download from this month's General Meeting. Listen as 2008-09 distinguished lecturer David Hughes discusses the "Strategic Significance and Practicalities of CO2 EOP & Storage"...

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...

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You can now quickly and easily subscribe to a specific study group or committee to receive e-mail information concerning that group’s special events or meetings. Simply logon or register (if you haven’t already) to the SPE GCS Web site...

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