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Calendar Events for May 2011
SPE-GCS Annual Awards Banquet
Speaker's Name: Stephen Turk, Vice President, US Sales, Weatherforrd
Day: Tuesday 17-May-11 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel 909 Texas Street Houston, Texas 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 annual SPE-GCS Awards Banquet...
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Northside: Channel Fracturing: Changing the Game in the Stimulation of Unconventional and Conventional Reservoirs
Sponsor: Study Group - Northside
Speaker's Name: Alejandro Pena, Stimulation Product Champion, Schlumberger Well Services
Day: Tuesday 10-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: The channel fracturing technique combines fit-for-purpose fracture modeling, materials and pumping methods to generate a network of highly conductive channels within the proppant pack. These...
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MEETING THE GLOBAL RESOURCES CHALLENGE – UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF HEAVY OIL AND DEEPWATER IN LATIN AMERICA
Sponsor: Study Group - General Meeting
Speaker's Name: Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa & Latin America Exploration & Production Company
Day: Thursday 12-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: This presentation will describe the resource potential of key Latin America producers, particularly Venezuela and Brazil, and the possible role they could play relative to the global energy equation. ...
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Reservoir Forum
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Day: Friday 13-May-11 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Hess Corporate Conference Center 500 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77002
Summary: Did you miss the SPE ATCE in Florence, Italy? This is your chance to learn from subject-matter experts with over 100 years of practical experience from respected operating and ser...
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YP: Volunteer at Children's Museum of Houston Young Inventors Showcase
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Saturday 14-May-11 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Children's Museum of Houston 1500 Binz Houston, TX 77004
Summary: The Children's Museum of Houston is looking for volunteers for the 2011 Young Inventors' Showcase. The Young Inventors' Showcase is an opportunity for students in kindergarten to eighth...
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DATE TBA Community Services: Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes Call for Volunteers 2011
Sponsor: Committee - Community Services
Day: Saturday 14-May-11 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Houston Area Red Cross Command Center
Summary: The Houston Area Red Cross learned during hurricanes Katrina and Rita that while many Gulf Coast residents are willing to volunteer their time in the immediate wake of a disaster, the ability to quickly....
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S&E: Worker Safety and Health - NIOSH Perspectives from the Deepwater Horizon Response
Sponsor: Marathon Oil Company
Speaker's Name: Dr. Margaret M. Kitt, MD, MPH, Director, NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Day: Tuesday 17-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas 77002
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PFC: An Operator's Perspective on Floating LNG
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Dave Hartell, Project Manager Tubular Bells, Hess
Day: Tuesday 17-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Norris Center City Center 803 Town and Country Ln., Suite 210 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: Large remote deepwater gas discoveries are attractive candidates for Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) developments. However, balancing technical, commercial, and contractual issues...
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Permian Basin Study Group - Taking the Right Next Step: Building an Upstream Oil and Gas M.L.P.
Sponsor: Study Group - Permian Basin
Speaker's Name: Steve Pruett, President & CFO, Legacy Reserves LP
Day: Tuesday 17-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd houston, Tx 77079
Summary: Abstract: Executing a successful acquisition strategy in a seller's market in a volatile industry requires solid values and a clear sense...
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Digital Energy: Virtual World Technologies – Applications to the Digital Oilfield
Sponsor: Study Group - Digital Energy
Speaker's Name: Rick Morneau, Consultant
Day: Wednesday 18-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: Virtual worlds are 3D immersive environments that allow multiple users to inhabit the same virtual environment and interact with each other, as well as objects, within the environment. Each user...
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Westside: Horizontal Completion Experience in Low-Pressure Shales
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Mark Mulkern, Manager of Completion and Production Engineering, EQT Production
Day: Wednesday 18-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: EQT Production (formerly Equitable Resources) has been drilling horizontal wells in the southern Appalachian Basin since 2006. The main formation targets...
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Bus. Devt: Swift Energy: Resource Full: U.S. Oil & Gas Prospectus at Mid-Recovery
Sponsor: Study Group - Business Development
Speaker's Name: Bruce H. Vincent, President & Director / IPAA Chrmn, Swift Energy Company
Day: Wednesday 18-May-11 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Downtown Houston 1300 Lamar St. Houston, Texas 77010
Summary: After 2+ years of depressed oil and gas demand, low natural gas prices, and business/regulatory uncertainity, economits and businessmen are achnowledging definite signs of a recovery in progress...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 19-May-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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C&P: Optimizing Refracture Treatments in Horizontal Shale Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Sponsor: Study Group - Completions & Production
Speaker's Name: Robert Barba, Integrated Energy Services Inc.
Day: Wednesday 25-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, Texas 77060
Summary: In the shale resource plays most of the activity to date has been in drilling and completing new wellbores and holding acreage by production. In virtually all shale plays operators have increased...
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Reservoir: SPE 2010-11 Distinguished Lecturer Birol Dindoruk - Reservoir Fluid Properties (PVT): Issues, Pitfalls and Modeling
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: Birol Dindoruk, Principal Technical Expert in Reservoir Engineering, SHELL
Day: Thursday 26-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: In reservoir studies, from material balance calculations to simulation, fluid properties are always required to estimate in place volumes, EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) potential, and the transport...
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Ethical Principles of Business
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: James Pappas, VP - Ultra-Deepwater Programs, RPSEA
Day: Tuesday 31-May-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77070
Summary: In this third of a three part-series on business ethics, James will will examine and critique different views on justice. He will summarize strengths and weaknesses of several types of justice...
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SPEI Events
SPEI: Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Dean C. Rietz, Miles R. Palke
Day: Wednesday 11-May-11 8:00 AM to Thursday 12-May-11 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Training Center 10777 Westheimer Rd, Suite 1075 Houston, TX 77042
Summary: Register here. The instructors will discuss all of the important facets of the reservoir modeling process. The important factors that can dramatically impact the model results are emphasized. Although there...
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SPEI: Horizontal Well Completions
Speaker's Name: Steve Mathis, Product Line Training Manager, Baker Oil Tools
Day: Friday 6-May-11 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: The Holiday Inn Houston, South Loop 8111 Kirby Drive Houston, Texas 77054
Summary: Register here: This course develops strategies for completing horizontal wells with either cased or open hole configurations, with or without sand control...
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SPEI: Introduction to Managed Pressure Drilling
Sponsor: SPE International
Speaker's Name: Dr. Deepak M. Gala, US engineering lead for Drilling Hazard Mitigation, Weatherford International Ltd
Day: Friday 6-May-11 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: The Holiday Inn Houston, South Loop 8111 Kirby Drive Houston, Texas 77054
Summary: Register here: This course will provide a solid introductory learning platform for MPD, and is appropriate for those who are new to the industry...
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SPEI: Shale Gas Development
Speaker's Name: Steve Hennings, Unconventional Gas Manager, Source Rock Engineering
Day: Friday 6-May-11 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: The Holiday Inn Houston, South Loop 8111 Kirby Drive Houston, Texas 77054
Summary: Register here: Shale gas basics, Geologic aspects, Key shale properties, Gas resource analysis, Optimizing hydraulic fracture treatments, Production forecasting, Global development activities
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Calendar Events for June 2011
YP: 2011 Emerging Engineers Conference
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Thursday 2-Jun-11 8:00 AM to Friday 3-Jun-11 5:00 PM
Location: WesternGeco 10001 Richmond Houston, TX 77042
Summary: The SPE-GCS Young Professionals Emerging Engineers Conference (EEC) is a forum for young professionals to explore topics that will help shape and develop your career...
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Westside: Best Practices for Multizone Stimulation Using Composite Plugs
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Doug Lehr, Engineering Manager, Baker Hughes
Day: Wednesday 8-Jun-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: Best Practices for Multizone Stimulation Using Composite Plugs: Treatment isolation using composite plugs has been practiced for nearly two decades in North America and continues to be...
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2011 Sporting Clays Tournament
Sponsor: Sporting Clays
Day: Friday 10-Jun-11 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve 4430 Guyler Road Simonton (Wallis), Texas 77485
Summary: Register here: On behalf of the officers and committee members of the 2011 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section Sporting Clays Tournament, it is my pleasure to announce this year's event. Prior to detailing...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 16-Jun-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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AFRICA: Oil & Gas. Potential and Challenges – A case study on fast track development
Sponsor: Study Group - International
Speaker's Name: Mr. Shahid Ullah, Chief Operating Officer, Afren Plc
Day: Thursday 16-Jun-11 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell St., 43rd Floor Houston, TX 77002
Summary: The Ebok field, located 55kms offshore Nigeria in 140' of water, was originally discovered in 1969 by Mobil. Initial reserves were estimated at 25mmbo. Indigenous company Oriental Petroleum was...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner May 2011
The month of May is a time of the year when the Gulf Coast section acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of many of our volunteers. A benefit of volunteerism within the SPE GCS is the opportunity to build and strengthen your....

Then and Now May 2011
May 1961 What would you say would be the toughest thing to steal in the oil patch? How about an oil well? A brazen gang of well-equipped thieves with time and technical know-how pulled it off in eastern Oklahoma. The thieves took ...

May Volunteer Spotlight: Kishor Pitta
Kishor Pitta is a staff reservoir engineer at Occidental Petroleum, where he works on the South Texas asset development team. He also serves on the steering committee...

2011 SPE-GCS Golf Tournament Photos
Come see some of the great shots taken at our annual golf tournament from this past month...

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