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Calendar Events for November 2008


Distinguished Lecturer - Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature O&G Formations
Sponsor: Northside Study Group & SPE Distinguished Lecturer Series
Speaker's Names: Anthony Martin , Business Development Manager, BJ Services
Days: Tue 4-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston Texas 77060
Summary: Hydraulic fracturing has been described as one of the three most significant technologies to be developed in the upstream oil and gas industry in the last 50 years (the other two being 3D seismic and horizontal wells)...
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Data Mining and Analysis Using the Microsoft Office Platform
Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tyler Chessman, Technology Specialist Microsoft
Days: Tue 11-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 12:30 PM CDT
Location: Marriot Galleria 610 W Loop (Note: Change Location) 1750 West Loop South Houston, Tx 77027
Summary: We will discuss and demonstrate one of the latest data analysis tools, specifically the Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007. We will also review ...
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Slickwater Fracturing - Food for Thought
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Terry Palisch, Senior Staff Petroleum Engineer Carbo Ceramics Inc.
Days: Tue 11-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room 570 WestLake Park Blvd Houston Texas
Summary: Slickwater frac designs have become a major factor in the development of today’s unconventional gas reservoirs such as tight gas sands, shales, and coalbed methane plays. Most frac design engineers ...
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A Simplified Method for Prediction of ECD Increase with Drillpipe Rotation
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Juan Carlos Rojas / Terry Hemphill, Fluids Environmental Specialist / Global Advisor, BP / Halliburton
Days: Wed 12-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston TX 77060
Summary: The ability to accurately predict the effect of drillpipe rotation on Equivalent Circulating Density (ECD) remains a challenge for those involved in engineering today's complex wells. In many of these challenging...
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Energy Geopolitics and Russia's Dominance in World Energy
Sponsor: Young Professionals Committee
Speaker's Names: Dr. Michael J. Economides , Professor at University of Houston XGAS & Paleon Oil & Gas
Days: Wed 12-Nov-08 5:30 PM - to - 8:30 PM CDT
Location: Westin Galleria 5060 West Alabama Houston TX 77056
Summary: November Young Professionals Development Dinner, In the next episode, Venezuela, Iran and Russia stir up more drama while China, India and Brazil continue to grow as silent giants. The United States is dealing with ...
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Which Is Tougher - Finding Oil or Dealing With Young Professionals?
Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group
Speaker's Names: Panel
Days: Thu 13-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: Finding oil and gas is tough… understanding, motivating and training the rush of young professionals entering the industry… now THAT’S a challenge!...
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25th Annual SPE-GCS Tennis Tournament
Sponsor: Tennis Committee
Days: Fri 14-Nov-08 8:00 AM - to - Sat 15-Nov-08 8:00 PM CDT
Location: The Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston TX 77024
Summary: We are pleased to announce the 25th Annual Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Section Tennis Tournament on November 14 & 15, 2008 at The Houston Racquet Club...
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Enterprise Project Risk Management
Sponsor: Projects, Facilities and Construction Study Group
Speaker's Names: Scott Randall, Manager, Risk Management Lloyd’s Register
Days: Tue 18-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club 10709 Memorial Drive Houston TX 77024
Summary: Operational risk management tools and techniques have been used for many years in functional areas ranging from petroleum geology to major project and commodity price risk ...
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Dynamics of Starting a New Resource Play – Fayetteville Shale
Sponsor: Permian Basin Study Group
Speaker's Names: John Gargani, Vice-President, Economic Planning and Acquistions Southwestern Energy
Days: Tue 18-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Westlake Club 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston TX 77079
Summary: Every shale play has a history, whether it is the Barnett Shale in North Texas, the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York, or the Barnett/Woodford play in the Permian Basin...
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Haynesville – From 0 to 60 in Six Months
Sponsor: Business Development Study Group
Speaker's Names: Stephen W. Herod, Exec. VP, Petrohawk, Dan Pickering, Co-President, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.
Days: Wed 19-Nov-08 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin Houston Texas 77010
Summary: Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we strap ourselves in to get an update on this rapidly accelerating shale play. Three veteran drivers will take us through their experiences...
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Is it the Digital Oil Field of the Future, or Today? (Are We There Yet?)
Sponsor: Digital Energy Study Group
Speaker's Names: Tom Halbouty, VIce President & CIO Pioneer Natural Resources
Days: Wed 19-Nov-08 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston TX 77056
Summary: Tom will present an overview and his personal point of view concerning the speed, pace of acceptance, and results from the digital oil field initiatives, from the large...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thu 20-Nov-08 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM CST
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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Use Of Combined Material Balance and Volumetric Analysis To Improve Performance Predictions in a Large Coproduction Field Project
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: Jim Smith, Reservoir Engineering Supervisor Devon Energy
Days: Thu 20-Nov-08 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 St James Place Houston TX 77056
Summary: This paper describes the combined use of volumetric and material balance analysis to understand and predict performance of a large West Texas oil and gas field ...
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Future Events


Oil Patch Orientation
Sponsor: Continuing Education
Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes
Days: Tue 4-Dec-08 8:30 AM - to - 5:30 PM CDT
Location: Wyndham Hotel Greenspoint 12400 Greenspoint Drive Houston Texas 77060
Summary: The course is designed as non-technical audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the discovery, development and production of petroleum....
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Eliminating Invisible Lost Time using Automatic Rig Activity Detection (Joint Meeting with AADE)
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: Eric Van Oort, Planning & Business Improvement Mgr - Regional Wells Leadership Team Shell E&P
Days: Wed 12-Nov-08 5:30 PM - to - 8:30 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club 800 Bell Street #4300 Houston TX 77002
Summary: Wells-related performance improvement initiatives tend to focus primarily on non-productive time (NPT) caused by largely unforeseen events (e.g. tool failures, hole problems) that yield operational downtime...
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2009 - ANOTHER YEAR OF TURMOIL FOR ENERGY?
Sponsor: General Meeting and Houston Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute (API)
Speaker's Names: G. Allen Brooks, Managing DIrector Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown
Days: Tue 9-Dec-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43rd Floor 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002
Summary: Record high oil and gas prices at the start of the summer of 2008 were followed by their seeming collapse as the summer wore on and the American credit crisis grew. Will 2009 be a year of recession or recovery?...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Gulf Coast Section Highlights - 2007 - 2008
Last year, the GCS’ 14 study groups again held a great lineup of topical luncheons, dinners, and technical workshops. More than 6,000 people attended the 84 events during the program year—the work of the study groups is critical to our mission to disseminate technology....

Then and Now
With all the recent talk of recessions and depressions, the newsletter’s research department has rediscovered a potentially valuable recession index…the index of dentists’ collections. This post-World War II economic theorem stated...

Nominations for SPEI Board of Directors due Dec. 1
Nominations for openings on the SPE International Board of Directors (SPEI BOD) are due December 1, 2009. SPE members can nominate colleagues for open positions by submitting...

Licensed Engineers Needed
SPE invites you to support the professionalism of engineers and petroleum engineering licensing programs on November 13–14 by participating in the PE Cut Score Session in Houston. This session will be held at the SPE Houston Office at 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075.....

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