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Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

27–29 October 2014 RAI Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ATCE Perspectives

Insights from SPE members and news about the annual conference.


ATCE 2014 General Chair, Matthias Bichsel, Talks Annual Meeting!

ATCE Technical Session Highlight

Well Operations Case Studies—Monitoring, Intervention, and Artificial Lift

This session covers well monitoring, control and artificial lift novel technologies. Case studies present the implementation of these new techniques in a variety of environments.
View the complete technical program »

ATCE is Coming!

Air France/KLM

Photo courtesy of British Airways, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos) 

Air France/KLM is the official carrier for ATCE 2014! In addition, if you are flying British Airways in Nigeria or Dubai, look for the ATCE Conference Previews in the British Airways lounges.

Technical Director Q&A

Cindy Reecce Cindy Reece is the
SPE Technical Director of Management and Information. 


Can you share a fond memory you have about ATCE?

As an undergraduate student at Marietta College in the 1970s, I remember a very special road trip to Denver to attend ATCE with six or seven of my classmates. We raised money through car washes and other events to be able to attend. Attending ATCE really opened our eyes to our industry’s importance to the world and how we were going to be an exciting part of it.

In addition to the technical activities and exhibition, what other experiences are there to be had at ATCE? 

Having fun at ATCE is easy to do. SPE works hard to ensure the venue supports a variety of activities that appeal to all. Whether it is learning more about the city through organized tours, attending PetroBowl and cheering on your alma mater, or having an informal dinner with friends and colleagues, fun is to be had in conjunction with the formal technical activities. Enjoy yourself! 

How important is networking with fellow SPE members at ATCE? What opportunities are there to network?

ATCE has a lot to offer. Attendees can take advantage of the many opportunities to network and createnew connections with other participants through coffee breaks, alumni receptions, technical section luncheons and dinners, SPE volunteer committee meetings and workshops, etc. Attendees can also learn more about SPE and help recognize international award winners at the SPE President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting!

What are you looking forward to most at ATCE 2014? 

Having ATCE in Amsterdam is very special. Not only does the non-US location reinforce the global nature of our society and industry, but we hope to see a very diverse participant group benefit from all that ATCE has to offer.

What is your favorite part about the conference and why?

My favorite part of ATCE is being able to visit with all the friends and colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure of working with from around the world over the last 36 years. Our industry is filled with amazing people who make up our industry’s “fraternity.”

ATCE Memories

Past SPE Presidents
share their favorite ATCE memories

Bruce Bernard

Photo courtesy of Louisiana State University

Bruce E. Bernard was SPE President in 2001.

In what year did you first attend ATCE and what were some of your

“It was 1967, I believe, while a PE student at LSU (Louisiana State University). The opportunity (by the SPE chapter in which I later became an officer) enabled me to see all of the things (outside of the classroom) that make up the industry which was to be my home for three decades to follow.  I recall making personal contact with many of the industry counterparts in other companies who shared business interests with me and my company (Shell). Those meetings and genuine relationships established at ATCE were some of the most important throughout my career: no doubt about that.”