Special Events

Saturday, 25 October, 0700–1700

SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam

SPE will offer a certification exam for members interested in becoming certified under the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Programme*. This programme provides E&P professionals an opportunity to validate technical knowledge, show a commitment to professionalism, obtain a recognised credential, and achieve employer and peer recognition. Register for the exam and download the exam study guide at www.spe.org/certification. Applications for the exam must be completed two weeks prior to the exam session.

* SPE Certification is a credential of technical knowledge as demonstrated by exam. SPE Certification does not constitute a license to practice petroleum engineering or permit the use of the title engineer in public or on legal documents.


Sunday, 26 October, 0700–1700

Section Officer Workshop


Student Meet and Greet

Make friends from around the world! SPE will have special activities at this event to help you meet and get to know other students.


Student General Session and Awards Luncheon

Seating is limited, so students must reserve a ticket during the registration process. During the general session, students can learn more about their future professional careers. SPE will also honour the Gold Standard Achievement Student Chapter winners, regional winners for the SPE Outstanding Student Chapters, and scholarship winners.


Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Panel Discussion


Research and Development Technical Section Meeting


Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Reception


Research and Development Technical Section Dinner

This event will feature updates on the application of research and development to challenges in the oil and gas industry.

Monday, 27 October, 0830-1000

25-Year/Century Club Breakfast

The 25-Year/Century Club Committee will host a seated breakfast in the Europe Foyer 1 with a keynote presentation by 2004 SPE President Kate Hadley Baker. All members are welcome to purchase a ticket.

The 25-Year/Century Club also provides a special lounge for SPE members with 25 years or more of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors, Distinguished and Honorary members, as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. The lounge will be open daily, Sunday – Tuesday, 0800-1600 and on Wednesday, 0800-1400.


Student PetroBowl

ATCE’s most competitive event! Student chapter teams from around the world compete in a tournament-style contest that tests knowledge of the E&P industry as well as SPE.


International Student Paper Contest—Undergraduate and Master’s Divisions

Watch presenters from around the world compete in the undergraduate and master’s divisions.


Opening General Session


Chairman’s Luncheon

The ATCE 2014 General Chair, Matthias Bichsel, Director Projects and Technology for Shell will share his insights on the oil and gas industry.


International Student Paper Contest—PhD Division

Watch presenters from around the world compete in the PhD division.


Sustainability Task Force Special Session

People, Profit, Planet: Advancing Practices that Balance Economic Growth, Social Development, and Environmental Protection Today and in the Future. In this 3-hour session introduced by 2014 SPE
President Jeff Spath, operations managers and sustainability practitioners will consider why the
world outside our sector is becoming increasingly relevant and even an important source of business value. Specific areas of stakeholder engagement, local content, and strategic social investments will
be featured. Don’t miss this learning from a panel lineup which includes Alyson Warhurst, Egbert
Imomoh, Stephen Newton, and Annette Stube.


Welcome Reception on Exhibition Floor


College and University Alumni Receptions

Many universities have scheduled alumni receptions to coincide with ATCE 2014. These events provide excellent opportunities for attendees to visit and get reacquainted with old friends, and to build new relationships with other professionals.


Projects, Facilities, and Construction Special Event


Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics Section Dinner

Tuesday, 28 October, 0830–1155

Special Session


Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Session


Soft Skills Workshop I (includes lunch)

This workshop will focus on some of the critical soft skills needs for future professionals across the workforce generations. Includes lunch.

Organised by the Soft Skills Council, Young Professionals Co-ordinating Committee, and the Talent Council.


Expo Luncheon on Exhibition Floor


YP Workshop


Soft Skills Workshop II (includes lunch)

This workshop will focus on some of the critical soft skills needs for future professionals across the workforce generations. Includes lunch.

Organised by the Soft Skills Council, Young Professionals Co-ordinating Committee, and the Talent Council.


Research and Development Technical Section Topical luncheon

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section (RDTS) will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Emerging Technologies in Exploration and Production.

In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss trends for cost reduction and improving return on investment through emerging drilling and production technologies and new exploration techniques for oil and gas resources.  Panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.


  • SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities

Mariano Gurfinkel, RDTS Chair

  • Topical Luncheon panel session – Presentations and Discussions

Moderator: Tom Tilton

  • Featured Panelists


Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Topical Luncheon


Special Session


Happy Hour on Exhibition Floor


YP Reception


Annual Reception and Banquet

Join us to celebrate key successes within SPE and the oil and gas industry as a whole. Prior to the Annual Banquet, all banquet attendees are invited to gather for a reception in the Beurs Van Berlage. The Annual Banquet recognises outstanding SPE members who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Beurs van Berlage (Stock Exchange by Berlage), was built between 1898 and 1903 by the prominent Dutch architect of the 20th century Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934). Berlage costructed the Beurs on the newly created piece of land obtained by covering the city oldest harbour basin located in the very centre of Amsterdam.

The architectural importance of the Berlage Beurs lays in its original volume and the new aesthetics it proposed at the time. Here is the sober brick building, which does not try to immitate ghotic or renaissance as all important city buildings in Amsterdam erected at the end of the 19th century (just to name Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Central Station, Stadsschouwburg), but establishes its own, new style.
Beurs van Berlage was an innovative building, which brought international recognition to its creator and influenced other architects throughout the Netherlands, especially from the Amsterdam School movement.

Wednesday, 29 October, 0830–1155

Special Session


President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members

ATCE wraps up with a favourite tradition, showcasing 2014 SPE President Jeff Spath’s presentation on new achievements at SPE and upcoming initiatives. Notable volunteers and outstanding SPE Sections will also be recognised, and attendees will also have the opportunity to meet SPE Board members and 2015 SPE President Helge Haldorsen.