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2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Attracts More Than 11,000 Attendees

Largest Exhibition in Show History Focuses on Unconventional Technology

San Antonio, Texas, USA (10 October 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2012 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) was held this week in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and brought together 11,095 oil and gas professionals from around the world.

“This year’s ATCE ranked in the top five highest attended in its 88-year history,” said Ganesh Thakur 2012 SPE President.  “The event capped a year of great success for SPE with a growing global membership; increased technical content in publications and at conferences; and a strong financial performance.”

The exhibition covered 124,700 ft² with 473 exhibiting companies featuring the latest technologies and products for the E&P industry.

The technical program represented all six SPE disciplines with an expanded focus on the projects, facilities, and construction (PFC) discipline.  New PFC sessions, including a sold-out panel dinner on megaprojects, were just part of the Society’s year-long emphasis on the discipline.

Monday’s opening general session addressed the event’s unconventional theme with an all-star panel session discussing the technological and financial challenges associated with unconventional oil and gas resources. David Hobbs, chief energy strategist for IHS CERA, moderated the panel which consisted of:

  • Mark Albers, senior vice president, ExxonMobil
  • Timothy Dove, president and COO, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Steve Holditch, director, Texas A&M Energy Institute
  • David Lesar, chairman of the board, CEO, and president, Halliburton

Hobbs also spoke at Monday’s keynote luncheon titled “Energy Outlook: At the Intersection of Geopolitics, Macroeconomics, and Technology.” He told attendees not focus too much on the future oil and natural gas price predictions, but to anticipate wide fluctuations. 

ATCE also featured activities for students and young professionals. On Tuesday, a new cross-generational program took place. Participants were given a case study to work through with colleagues in different stages of their career. It was an opportunity to develop communication and collaboration skills, while overcoming challenges in the workplace. 

During Wednesday’s program, SPE and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) held the Energy4me “Energize Your Classroom” Teacher Workshop and the High School STEM Event. The teacher workshop gave teachers (grades 4-12) an opportunity to learn comprehensive, objective information about energy and its importance, while participating in activities that can be applied to the classroom. Local high school students who participated in the STEM event were able to see firsthand the exciting opportunities available in the oil and gas industry through hands-on experiments and a tour of the exhibition floor.

SPE’s Annual Banquet and Reception honored individuals for their contributions and service to the oil and gas industry and SPE 2012 President Ganesh Thakur presented the State of the Society at the President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members. Also during the luncheon, Thakur passed the gavel to 2013 SPE President Egbert Imomoh.

The 2013 conference will be held 30 September-2 October in New Orleans, La., USA. Jose Formigli, chief exploration and production officer for Petrobras will serve as the 2013 General Chairperson. For more information, visit www.spe.org/atce/2013.

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