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Calendar Events for October 2009

Young Professionals: 2009 Petrobowl
Sponsor: Young Professionals Study Group
Days: Mon 5-Oct-09 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM ADT
Summary: The SPE-GCS Young Professionals Committee is hosting their 8th Annual PetroBowl in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) on Monday, October 5, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana...
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General Meeting: Crossing the Technology Chasm
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Steve Jacobs, President - RMI
Days: Thurs 8-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street , Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Steve Jacobs is President of RMI, a division of Decision Strategies, Inc. The market consulting firm specializes in the worldwide petroleum industry. He founded RMI in 1984, and is recognized as one...
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Permian Basin: Cementing solutions for CO2 and other corrosive environments
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: Andreas Brandl, Research Scientist - BJ Services Company
Days: Mon 12-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Westlake Club, 570 Westlake Park Blvd., Houston TX 77079 USA
Summary: Well cementing is a fundamental and essential part during the exploration of a well. The primary goals of the annular cement sheath in wells are zonal isolation, supporting the casings and protecting...
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Northside: Training – Can you afford not to do it?
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ian Davidson, VP for Training and Marketing - Blade Energy
Days: Tue 13-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: The ups and downs of the oil and gas industry are not advantageous to the continuity and availability of key engineering skills, in particular in drilling operations and well engineering...
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Drilling: Pulling Your BOP Stack or Not? A Systematic Method to Making this Multi-million Dollar Decision
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jeff Sattler, Vice President - West Engineering Services
Days: Wed 14-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, #4300, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Pulling your BOP stack, particularly in deep water, is one of the singularly most costly events in the drilling of a well if it occurs. While in most cases this course of action is correctly undertaken...
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PF&C: Technology Workshop: Increased Oil Recovery Through Subsea Processing
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Days: Thu 15-Oct-09 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Come to the SPE GCS PF&C Workshop and learn how operators have improved oil recovery from existing subsea wells. Understand the value of subsea boosting or subsea separation when applied...
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C&P: Shell Mars TLP Waterflood Project - Injector Performance
Sponsor: Completions & Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tom Kenney to be presented by George Wong, Shell E&P Company
Days: Thurs 15-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston Texas 77060 US
Summary: This presentation summarizes the injector performance and completion design issues for the 3 injectors in the Mars TLP, in the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico. These injectors are 2 cased...
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S&E: Incorporating Environmental Due Diligence into the Deal
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jim Barratt, Director of HSE Mergers & Acquisitions - BP
Days: Thurs 15-Oct-09 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Location: Hilton Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road, Houston TX 77042 USA
Summary: Jim will discuss future trends that may impact deals going forward including non-traditional valuation issues like carbon due diligence, emerging greenhouse gas requirements...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thurs 15-Oct-09 7:30 AM - 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...
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PF&C: Engineering Information Across the Lifecycle of E&P Assets – The Hand-Off to Operations
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mike Strathman, VP Industry Consulting - Aspen Technology, Inc.
Days: Tues 20-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: For many large capital E&P projects, the ability to manage and operate the completed asset in an optimum state is critical to achieving cash flow objectives. The handover of the appropriate...
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YP: Fifty Years of Drilling
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Young Professionals
Speaker's Names: Fred Holmes, President (former) - Western Oil Corp.
Days: Tues 20-Oct-09 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Chevron Building - Auditorium (1st Floor), 1500 Louisiana St., Houston TX 77002
Summary: Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a third generation oilman speak on his diverse career in which he started out as a roustabout crewman and rig hand working his way to build his own...
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Westside: Operational Considerations in Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Open Holes
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ali Daneshy, President - Daneshy Consultants International
Days: Wed 21-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room, 570 WestLake Park Blvd, Houston Texas 77079
Summary: Much of the successful exploitation of the tight gas reservoirs in the U.S. and Canada is due to our ability to cost-effectively drill, complete and hydraulically fracture horizontal wells in these reservoirs...
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Reservoir: Integrated Production Models Uncertainty and Optimization Analyses
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Luigi Saputelli, Sr., Production Modeling Advisor Exploration and Production Technology - Hess Corporation
Days: Thurs 22-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St James, 1885 St James Place, Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: Production models may offer several challenges since they involve data entry subject to errors and reservoir parameter uncertainties. These challenges exacerbate when user needs to take decisions on...
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26th Annual SPE-GCS Tennis Tournament
Sponsor: Tennis
Days: Fri 30-Oct-09 4:00 PM - Sat 31-Oct-09 8:00 PM CDT
Location: The Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 USA
Summary: We are pleased to announce the 26th Annual Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Section Tennis Tournament which will be held on October 30 & 31, 2009 at The Houston Racquet Club located at 10709 Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas...
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Future Events

Continuing Education - Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Days: Tue 3-Nov-09 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM ADT
Location: Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston TX 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...
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Northside Group: Oil Shale ICP - Colorado Field Pilots
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Thomas Fowler, Project Leader - Shell International, Houston, TX
Days: Thurs 10-Nov-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: The massive size of the oil shale resource in the Western USA, particularly in the Green River Basin, has attracted numerous commercialization attempts from industry over the last 100 years. Although...
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General Meeting
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: TBD
Days: Thurs 12-Nov-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg., 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Speaker and topic to be announced. Please visit the General Meeting page to discover the speaker and topic plus register for the November meeting...
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PF&C: Floater Engineering in Arctic Conditions
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Murray, Director – Technology Development FloaTEC
Days: Tue 17-Nov-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Increased oil prices have renewed interest in the arctic especially in view of the large potential reserves expected to be found there. In fact, the National Geological Society estimates that...
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Drilling: Distinguished Lecturer Presentation - Multiple Pay Tight Gas Sands, Can the Lessons Learned in the Rockies Help You?
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mike Eberhard, P.E., SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Technical Manager - Halliburton
Days: Wed 18-Nov-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: In tight gas sand provinces such as the Rocky Mountain region of North America, more than 90 percent of new wells require hydraulic fracturing to be economic. With the growing development of...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner September 2009
One Team, Sharing Our Strengths. One of my responsibilities as chair is developing a theme for the Section year. During the past year, I have had the luxury of leading the Long Range Plan Committee...

Then and Now September 2009
October 1959 The Justice Department bows up to resist the planned merger of Superior Oil and Texaco. (Fast-forward fifty years and they are both merged out of existence.) Our continent’s most northerly...

Community Services New Initiative
Calling all Do It Yourself people with a desire to give back to the community. SPE GCS is looking to participate in Rebuilding Together Houston’s Safer Home Program wheel chair ramp construction...

Enrich Your Area High School Student's College Experience
The Gulf Coast Section is hosting career fairs throughout the Houston area in the upcoming month of November. These career fairs are intended to reach out to high school students as they prepare for...

New Podcast Available
Watch Distinguished Lecturer Andrew Glickman's presentation from Spetember's S&E presentation, "Understanding and Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Offshore Drilling Discharges"...

ATCE Volunteer Positions in New Orleans
The Delta Section is asking for your help to fill volunteer positions October 4-7, 2009 at ATCE in New Orleans...

SPE Short Courses Presented in Houston
In efforts to support and build career and lifelong learning needs, SPE has just completed construction of a training center in Houston. This facility will allow SPE to provide a variety of cost-effective continuing education courses year round. View the Houston schedule here.

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