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Calendar Events for September 2010

Geosteering in US Shale Plays - Methods and Issues Discovered in a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling
Speaker's Name: Gerry Drake, Project Geological Advisor - Anadarko
Day: Wednesday 8-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Horizontal drillling has become common practice in today’s unconventional fracture and shale plays. Advances in drill bit technology, measurement while drilling, and geosteering have allowed...
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Should You Trust Your Gut? Human Psychological Weakness When Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Name: Patrick Leach
Day: Thursday 9-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Petroleum Club, 43rd Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell St, 43rd Floor Houston, Texas 77002
Summary: Evolution has prepared human beings very poorly for making decisions in an uncertain business environment. Humans – and some other primates – are frequently illogical when comparing...
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Reservoir Modeling and Production Evaluation in Shale-Gas Reservoirs
Sponsor: Study Group - Northside
Speaker's Name: Craig Cipolla
Day: Tuesday 14-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: This presentation examines issues with forecasting and evaluating production from unconventional gas reservoirs, such as the Barnett Shale. A key factor in...
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Mitigating Financial and Operations Risks When Facing Adversity in Offshore Decommissioning Projects (i.e. What to do when things go really bad - it happens to us all. A case study)
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Name: Bill Napier, President - Fairwinds International, Inc.
Day: Tuesday 14-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club, 570 WestLake Park Blvd, Houston TX 77079
Summary: A case study of an unusual decommissioning project. The removal of an old jack-up drilling rig that had been converted into a fixed production facility in the US Gulf of Mexico – Federal waters....
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Continuous Well Monitoring Using DTS
Sponsor: Study Group - Westside
Speaker's Name: Doug Norton, Intelligent Production Systems - Baker Hughes
Day: Wednesday 15-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston, Texas 77079
Summary: In the industry, temperature logs are obtained by logging wells with thermal sensors. These discreet sensors are point sensors, typically either deployed at fixed depths or dipped in...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Day: Thursday 16-Sep-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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The Great Debate: A Safety Case Regime for U.S. Offshore Drilling and Production?
Sponsor: Study Group - Safety and Environment
Speaker's Name: Panel
Day: Thurs 16-Sep-10 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Omni Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston Texas 77079 USA
Summary: The presentation will discuss the current situation surrounding water usage and treatment standards in the U.S. Shale gas plays, this will be focused in the Marcellu...
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Shenzi Development - Project Predictability
Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction
Speaker's Name: Chris Barnesby
Day: Tuesday 21-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston TX 77406 USA
Summary: The Shenzi Project lifecycle from discovery to first production was 76 months from sanction to first production 33.5 months. The project was delivered against agreed...
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How Do Cementing Additives Work & Why Sometimes Not As Expected?
Sponsor: Study Group - Permian Basin
Speaker's Name: Andreas Brandl, Research Scientist - BJ Services Company
Day: Tuesday 21-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77079
Summary: The life of Seminole San Andres Field, which was discovered in 1936, is being extended by development of the Residual Oil Zone (ROZ) by Hess Corporation. The San Andres formation, the most...
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Deepwater Drilling Challenges and Solutions
Sponsor: Completion & Production Study Group
Speaker's Name: Robert Clyde, Drilling Engineer Manager - Schlumberger
Day: Wed 22-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Greenspoint club 16925 Northchase Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Good fracturing practices have been developed over the past 50 years and have been applied across a great variety of formations worldwide. With advent of horizontal multi-stage fracturing...
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Getting on the Road to Recovery: Industry Outlook & Restructuring for Success in 2010
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Name: Michael Hannagan, Sr. Vice President - Raymond James & Assoc.; James Harden, Global Market Leader - Ernst & Young
Day: Wednesday 22-Sep-10 5:30 PM
Location: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, 2nd Floor Mezzanine and Meeting Rooms - 1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin Houston, Texas 77010
Summary: Whether your strategy is growth, change, or survival, you will gain insights and new tools to help your Company navigate the global economy and Oil & Gas industry sector from these....
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Integrating Field Data for Rapid Learning in Thunder Horse and Atlantis
Sponsor: Study Group - Reservoir
Speaker's Name: Peter Clifford, Reservoir Engineering Advisor - BP
Day: Thursday 23-Sep-10 11:30 AM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston, TX 77056
Summary: The presentation discusses how surveillance data have been interpreted and integrated into reservoir models and reservoir understanding, in order to steer the development of two major...
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Energizing Houston - An Energy Networking Event
Sponsor: Young Professionals
Day: Thurs 23-Sep-10 5:30 PM
Location: St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston TX 77027
  * Please note the change of venue
Summary: Come Network With Us! Join Texas Young Professionals, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Houston Geological Society for an evening of...
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Future Events

Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Initiatives Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Name: Geoffrey Swett, Senior Consultant - E.Vironment, LP
Day: Tues 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: SPE Gulf Coast Section and SPE Real Time Optimization Technical Interest Group
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Day: Wed 13-Oct-10 8:30 AM
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...
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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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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner September 2010
How does Servitude Leadership relate to teamwork? It does not take much effort to identify great teams around us, whether in sports or in business. What is interesting is noting how quickly these teams can...

Then and Now September 2010
Sept 1950 It is possible for oil interests and ecological interests to coexist, as witnessed by a recent compromise between West Coast oil interests, the U.S. Forest Service, the Interior Department...

2010 Kick Off Meeting Photos
Photos from this year's kick off meeting are now online, check them out here.

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 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 and register here.

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