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Events for February 2012

KIPP Middle School Science & Engineering Day
Day: Thursday 2-Feb-12 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: KIPP Academy Middle School; 10711 KIPP Way Houston, TX 77099
Summary: KIPP Academy Middle School is looking for SWE Volunteers for their Annual Science and Engineering Day on February 2nd and 3rd. Help judge science research projects, eat lunch with ...
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Engineering Excellence Preliminary Competition - 2012 Regional E2
Day: Saturday 4-Feb-12 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Summary: The 2012 Preliminary Competition is designed to provide students with opportunity to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, research and presentation skills. Volunteers needed to serve as judges.
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Young Professionals Board Meeting
Day: Tuesday 7-Feb-12 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Hess Corporation; 1501 McKinney Street Houston, TX 77010
Summary: Interested in finding out more about the SPE Young Professionals Committee or joining the board next year? If so, we invite you to attend our monthly board meetings!
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2012 Young Inventors' Showcase
Summary: The Young Inventors’ Showcase of Houston encourages the budding inventor in every child by providing a platform for children to share and celebrate their invention ideas. Students from K - 8th grades will be presenting projects that need support as a judge or volunteer.

Meadow Wood Elementary
Day: Wednesday 8-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Meadow Wood Elementary; 14230 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77079
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Travis Elementary
Day: Thursday 16-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Travis Elementary School; 3311 Beauchamp Street Houston, TX 77009
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River Oaks Elementary
Day: Wednesday 29-Feb-12 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: River Oaks Elementary 2008 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77019
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Mark Twain Elementary
Day: Wednesday 7-Mar-12 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Mark Twain Elementary 7500 Braes Blvd Houston, TX 77025
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Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Day: Thursday 8-Mar-12 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Woodrow Wilson Montessori 2100 Yupon Houston, TX 77006
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Drilling: Performance Drilling – Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
Speaker: Graham Mensa-Wilmot, Drilling Engineering Advisor, Chevron's Global D&C
Day: Wednesday 8-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: The Petroleum Club of Houston; 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor Houston, TX 77002
Summary: Performance drilling has become a mainstay, with regards to drilling operations support. Insights into assumptions fueling current ineffective performance drilling solutions and strategies, combined with the urgency for different approaches, will be presented.
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Northside: Unconventional Reservoir Fracture Evaluation Utilizing Deep Shear-Wave Imaging
Speaker: Doug Patterson, Manager, Drilling & Evaluation Research, Baker Hughes
Day: Tuesday 14-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club; 16925 Northchase Dr. Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Unconventional shale reservoir evaluation and development are extremely challenging. We will look at conventional methods and the deep shear-wave imaging analysis, showing its value in gaining important insight about the natural fracture system around the borehole.
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Petro Tech: How Impending Rule Changes at the Railroad Commission May Affect You and Your Company
Speaker: Dorsey Twidwell
Day: Tuesday 14-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Brookhollow Sheraton; 3000 North Loop West Houston, TX 77092
Summary: The 2011 legislative session passed two critically important bills affecting the oil and gas industry. The RRC is currently moving forward with rule making and procedural changes to implement these legislation changes and both could directly impact oil and gas companies’ daily operations.
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Westside: Increasing Production with Better Well Placement in Unconventional Shale Reservoirs
Speaker: Jason Pitcher, Global Well Placement Solutions Champion, Halliburton Sperry Drilling
Day: Wednesday 15-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room; 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77079
Summary: Clearly the stimulation process alone cannot mitigate the impact of geology in unconventional reservoirs. By re-establishing the link between production and geology, methods can decrease the exploitation costs of unconventional reservoirs.
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Digital Energy SG: Change Management for Integrated Digital Energy Operations
Speaker: Jess Kozman, Owner, CLTech Consulting
Day: Wednesday 15-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James; 1885 Saint James Pl Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: This presentation will discuss best practices and lessons learned in designing a change management plan to address leadership, communications, organizational design, metrics, training ...
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SPE GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Day: Thursday 16-Feb-12 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Rd, Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042
Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting. Please register so that we may have a proper head count for food. Register online or RSVP to Sharon via phone message at (713) 779-9595, ext. 821, or e-mail at harris@spe.org.
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Young Professionals: Happy Hour at Black Finn
Day: Thursday 16-Feb-12 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Black Fin American Grille; 1910 Bagby Street, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77002
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Engineering Excellence Final Competition - 2012 Regional E2
Day: Saturday 18-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Summary: The E2 Competition is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, research and presentation skills, and their practical application of math, science and technology. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges.
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Career Management: Ethics Training - 1 Hr. Requirement for Texas P.E.
Speaker: Mr. David Howell, P.E., Director of Licensing, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Day: Tuesday 21-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
Summary: The Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section will present a continuing education seminar which will discuss ethics. This 1 hour seminar will qualify attendees for their annual ethics training requirement by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
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Career Management: WEBINAR Ethics Training - 1 Hr. Requirement for Texas P.E.
Speaker: Mr. David Howell, P.E., Director of Licensing, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Day: Tuesday 21-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Summary: The Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section will present a continuing education seminar which will discuss ethics. This 1 hour seminar will qualify attendees for their annual ethics training requirement by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
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Permian Basin: Successful Stimulation of Openhole Carbonate Formations Utilizing Coiled Tubing
Speaker: Jeff Harris, Permian Area Technical Representative, Baker Hughes
Day: Tuesday 21-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Westlake Club; 570 Westlake Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77079
Summary: This presentation will address how coiled tubing, combined with advanced acidizing technologies, can improve the ability to optimize treatment coverage in openhole completions.
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PF&C: Use of Composite Material in the Oil and Gas Industry
Speaker: Dr. Mamdouh M. Salama, Sr. Engineering Fellow, ConocoPhillips
Day: Tuesday 21-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Norris Center City Center; 803 Town & Country Blvd #210 Houston, TX 77024
Summary: Use of Composite Materials in the Oil & Gas Industry Composite materials offer many potential advantages for oil and gas developments based on their low density, corrosion resistance, and excellent fatigue performance.
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C&P: RPSEA Research Experiments on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale
Speaker: Kent Perry, VP Onshore Programs, RPSEA
Day: Wednesday 22-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club; 16925 Northchase Dr Houston, Texas 77060
Summary: RPSEA is conducting a research experiment on hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale with a consortium of researchers led by Gas Technology Institute.
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Reservoir: SPE DL Streamlines in Modern Reservoir Engineering
Speaker: Marco R. Thiele, President, Streamsim Technologies
Day: Thursday 23-Feb-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James; 1885 Saint James Houston, TX 77056
Summary: This talk is aimed at giving a high-level description of Streamline Simulation (SLS) and focusing on the use of the technology to help manage and optimize flood performance.
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Houston Engineers Week Awards Banquet
Speaker: George King, P.E., Apache Corp.
Day: Thursday 23-Feb-12 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Minute Maid Park - Union Station; 501 Crawford Street Houston, TX 77002
Summary: SPEGCS member George King, P.E. will be honored as the Houston Area Engineer of the Year at the annual Houston eWeek events.
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SPEI Events

SPEI: Shale Gas Completions, Fracturing and Production
Speakers: Ian Palmer and George King, Higgs-Palmer - Technologies and Apache
Day: Wednesday 1-Feb-12 8:00 AM to Thursday 2-Feb-12 5:00 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI - Oilfield Data Mining
Speaker: Shahab Mohaghegh, Founder/President & Professor, Intelligent Solutions & W. Virginia University
Day: Tuesday 7-Feb-12 9:00 AM to Wednesday 8-Feb-12 5:00 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI: Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation
Speaker: Bob Gochnour, Manager of Advanced Reservoir Simulation Development and Deployment for BP Exploration and Production Technology
Day: Thursday 9-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI: Artificial Lift
Speaker: Rajan Chokshi, Director of training and competency for artificial lift and production optimization, Weatherford International
Day: Wednesday 15-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI: Reservoir Aspects of Horizontal and Multilateral Wells
Speaker: Sada Joshi, President and CEO, Joshi Technologies International
Day: Thursday 16-Feb-12 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI: Shale Gas Development
Speaker: Steve Hennings, Unconventional Gas Manager, Source Rock Engineering
Day: Thursday 1-Mar-12 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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SPEI: Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and Introduction to CO2 Geosequestration
Speakers: Charles Fox, Michael Stein, Sam and Jay Avasthi, Kinder Morgan, Premium Petroleum Consulting, and Avasthi & Associates, Inc.
Day: Tuesday 6-Mar-12 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: SPEI Houston Training Center; 10777 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042
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Events for March 2012

Texas Skies District Merit Badge Fair
Day: Saturday 3-Mar-12 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Holy Covenant Church; 22111 Morton Ranch Rd Katy, TX 77449
Summary: SPE GCS Community Services - Boy Scout Committee is seeking volunteers to participate in the Energy, Engineering and Geology classes for this upcoming Merit Badge Fair Day.
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General Meeting: Natural Gas and Oil Prices: All Bets Are Off!
Speaker: Keith Barnett, Spring Rock Production
Day: Thursday 8-Mar-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club 43rd floor, ExxonMobil Building; 800 Bell Street Houston, TX 77002
Summary: This presentation will an overview and analysis of gas and oil prices - recent, present, and future.
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Northside: Leveraging Experience to Make the Extraordinary Ordinary: Hydraulic Fracturing Tight Gas under HPHT Conditions (SPE 140815)
Speaker: Mark Machala, Team Lead-Unconventional Resources, Halliburton
Day: Tuesday 13-Mar-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Greenspoint Club; 16925 Northchase Dr Houston, TX 77060
Summary: Oil and gas exploration and production companies searching for viable commercial production have been required to venture deeper into the earth's crust and consequently have been forced to contend with extreme environments in the form of hotter working temperatures and higher pressures.
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Young Professionals: Painting Like The Pros
Day: Thursday 15-Mar-12 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Painting With a Twist; 10001 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1110 Houston, TX 77042
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Digital Energy: Industry Standard Data Exchange in the Digital Oilfield
Speakers: Mark Crawford, Rodney Brown, Integration Advisor, Technical Software Eng, ExxonMobil
Day: Wednesday 21-Mar-12 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Courtyard on St James 1885 Saint James; Houston, Texas 77056
Summary: In the past it may have been possible to individually manage each data exchange between the various parties involved in a venture. As the rate of digital data increases and the number of interested parties grows, a one-off approach for each data exchange becomes increasingly untenable.
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Articles and Misc.

 
Online SPEGCS Scholarship Applications
The deadline for 2012 applications is Feb 13, 2012. For more details about the SPE-GCS Scholarship, SPE-GCS Scholarship Applications
 
Then and Now - February 2012
February 1994 Industry experts predict that Mexico will face a shortfall of at least 8 tcf of natural gas during the period 1994-2010, due largely to slowing economic growth in Mexico, its inadequate natural gas infrastructure, and its current glut of unmarketable high-sulfur fuel oil which is co-produced with the natural gas. [More Info]
 
Houston Area Engineer of the Year - George E. King
SPE is proud to announce that our candidate for Houston Engineer of the Year, George King, Global Technology Consultant at Apache, was selected out of a field of candidates submitted by other local engineering societies and will be honored at an awards banquet on Feb. 23, 2012 at Minute Maid Park. [More Info]
 
SPEGCS: Special Announcement: Top Producer Awards Voting
The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) has partnered with the publishers of Texas Monthly and the Best Companies Group to recognize the greats of the Texas oil and gas industry. [More Info]
 
SPE: Delta Section - Deep water Symposium
Delta Section presents the Deep Water Symposium, August 15 - 16, 2012, Riverside Hilton - New Orleans, Louisiana. The deadline for abstracts is April 27, 2012. [More Info]
 
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