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Calendar Events for October 2010

PF&C: Technology Showcase
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Various
Day: Tuesday 12-Oct-10 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: The Norris Conference Center, 803 Town & Country Lane, Houston TX 77024 USA
Summary: Topside oil and gas production facilities have developed for over half a century as production first moved offshore on fixed platforms with pipelines to today’s floating structures with subsea...
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Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Initiatives Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry
Sponsor: Study Group - Northside
Speaker's Name: Geoffrey Swett, Senior Consultant - E.Vironment, LP
Day: Tuesday 12-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: The upstream oil and gas industry is currently experiencing a deluge of new regulatory and legislative initiatives. States from Colorado, Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania have implemented or...
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Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education
Speaker's Name: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Day: Wednesday 13-Oct-10 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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...
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Market Forecast for US Shale Gas - Why It Will Be So Easy To Get a Well Drilled In 2011
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: Richard Spears, Managing Director - Company: Spears and Associates
Day: Wednesday 13-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, Houston TX USA
Summary: Spears and Associates forecast of drilling activity in US shale gas plays points strongly to a decline in drilling in the second half of 2010 due to low gas prices and high drilling/completion costs...
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Digital Energy Study Group
Sponsor: Study Group - Digital Energy
Speaker's Name: Michael Hauser, Manager i-field - Chevron Global Upstream
Day: Wednesday 13-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston, TX 77056
Summary: Most large E&P companies now have some sort of Digital Oil Field Program. While most of the activities cover similar objectives, each has its own unique character and are shaped by drivers...
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Latin American Experiences of an Oilfield Equipment Supplier
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Name: Thomas Crisp, Manager of International Sales - Cavo Drilling Motors
Day: Thursday 14-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club, 43rd Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell St, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: The entire region of Latin America is comprised of more than fifteen countries. Yet the majority of economic activity for the region occurs in just five countries...
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Tight Oil in New Mexico - Commerciality of the Avalon Shale and Bone Spring
Sponsor: Study Group - Permian Basin
Speaker's Name: Cara Merriman, Research Analyst - Wood Mackenzie
Day: Tuesday 19-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77079
Summary: With the focal shift to oil and liquids-rich plays, applying horizontal drilling and advanced completion techniques, the Bone Spring Play has emerged as a promising growth area and leasing...
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Subsea HIPPS: Still a Viable Option for GoM?
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Dr. K. Janardhanan, Subsea Active Production Tech. Group - IntecSea
Day: Tuesday 19-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston TX 77406 USA
Summary: In the aftermath of the environmental disaster from the uncontrolled subsea blowout in the GoM, the safety and integrity of deepwater development is currently under scrutiny...
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Global Implications for Natural Gas Markets
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Dr. Kenneth Medlock, Fellow in Energy Studies - James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Day: Wednesday 20-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: The Westlake Club - Carriage Room 570 Westlake Park Blvd Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: The rapid growth in shale gas production in North America has had dramatic effects on the natural gas market. The supply picture in North America has changed substantially, and altered...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 21-Oct-10 7:30 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...
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Utilizing a Hydraulic Workover Rig on a GOM Spar to Remediate Hydrate Formation in 4 Miles of Export Pipeline
Sponsor: Completion & Production Study Group
Speaker's Name: Colin Pickle, Senior Production Engineer - Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Day: Tue 26-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint club 16925 Northchase Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Hydrate blockages are one of the biggest challenges in deep water production operations. Although a great effort is made to prevent hydrates from forming, once in place they can be extremely...
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YP Bowling Tournament & Happy Hour
Sponsor: Lucky Strike Lanes and the SPEGCS Young Professionals
Day: Wednesday 27-Oct-10 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lucky Strike Lanes, 1201 San Jacinto Street, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: We will meet in the Lucky Strike Suite and will have unlimited bowling (includes shoe rentals) and billiards from 6-8 PM. The private lounge area will have an appetizer assortment...
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Do We Still Need Pseudo-Relative Permeability?
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: John Spokes, Senior Reservoir Engineering Advisor - HESS Corporation
Day: Thursday 28-Oct-10 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston, TX 77056
Summary: The oil industry continues to experience a trend toward assessing and developing reservoirs which are more difficult to characterize and to produce. Deepwater turbidites are...
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27th Annual SPE-GCS Tennis Tournament
Day: Friday 29-Oct-10 4:00 PM to Saturday 30-Oct-10 8:00 PM
Location: The Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 USA
Summary: Tournament activities will begin on Friday evening with registration starting at 4:00 pm. Social Mixed Doubles and some flights of Tournament Doubles will start at 6:00 pm along with hors d’oeuvres or light dinner. On Saturday, registration will begin at 9:00 am with play beginning at 10:00 am. Time permitting, a FUN Scrambles Tournament will be arranged in the afternoon. Saturday evening will consist of a wonderful dinner, door prizes, and award ceremony....
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Future Events

SPE-GCS 75th Anniversary party
Day: Saturday 6-Nov-10 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Union Station Lobby - Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: 2010 marks the 75thAnniversary of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section! To celebrate 75 years of successful activity as well as our wonderful members and volunteers who serve to make the section as success, SPE-GCS and its Auxiliary Club are hosting an Anniversary Party highlighting three different quarter centuries in separate themed rooms....
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Geodetic Airborne Remote Sensing: Applications in the Petroleum Industry
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Name: Ramesh L. Shrestha and William E. Carter
Day: Tues 9-Nov-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: The leading academic geodetic remote sensing center in the nation, the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), funded by the National Science Foundation, re-located its...
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Well Performance Analysis for Tight Gas Sands and Gas Shales in the Digital Age
Sponsor: Study Group - Digital Energy
Speaker's Name: Tom Blasingame, Professor - Department of Petroleum Engineering/Texas A&M University
Day: Wednesday 10-Nov-10 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston, TX 77056
Summary: This work provides a comprehensive overview of the current and emerging digital tools for the analysis and modeling of well performance behavior for tight gas and shale gas reservoir systems...
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How The Natural Gas Shales Have Changed the U.S. Merger, Acquisition & Divestment (MA&D) Market
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Name: William Marko, Marketing Director - Jefferies & Company
Day: Thursday 11-Nov-10 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club, 43rd Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell St, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: Mr. Marko will discuss how technology improvements have resulted in an abundance of huge new natural gas shale resources that also offer very compelling finding and development costs...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner October 2010
Every member of the SPE Gulf Coast section is privileged this year to honor and celebrate the section's 75th anniversary. Plans are underway to celebrate this momentous occasion at Minute Maid Park...

Then and Now October 2010
October 1950: While trenching for a pipeline near Sidon in Lebanon, the pipeline crew uncovered the floor of a 6th century Greek Orthodox church. True to the industry's commitment to ecology and historicity...

Volunteer Opportunities with the Young Professionals
The Houston Geological Society celebrates Science Education / Earth Science Week celebrating this year's theme "Exploring Energy" for students of all ages including parents! Opportunities on 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23. For more info visit the Volunteer Opportunities page or contact Reilly Bliton

Digital Energy Workshop - 9 Podcasts from the event!
This workshop compiled published reports on the value of real time data, and hosted presentations of case studies on its value and benefit. Watch the podcast sections here.

SPE Short Courses Presented in Houston
In an effort 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 and register here.

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