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Saturday, 26 September, 0800–1600

SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 230

SPE offers a certification exam for members interested in becoming certified under the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Program.* This program provides E&P professionals an opportunity to validate their technical knowledge, show a commitment to the profession, obtain a recognized 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, 27 September, 0800–1700

SPE Section and Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas BC

Current and future SPE Section and Student Chapter leaders are invited to engage and share. Every attendee leaves energized with a full list of ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those sections and student chapters actively participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized with awards as the best in SPE.

 

0900–1200

How To Write a Good Technical Paper

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350 F

(Ticketed Event)

SPE is committed to helping authors submit their best possible paper to conferences and journals. This free 3-hour session provides guidance on how to write a good proposal and a great paper. This session includes tips and tricks for making a good presentation and preparing a paper for the peer-review process. Additional sessions are offered on Monday and Tuesday.

 

1200–1500

Student Meet and Greet

Hilton Americas, Grand Ballroom AD

Make friends from around the world. Special activities at this event help you meet and network with fellow students.

 

1330–1530

International Faculty Session

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 320 A

A panel comprising industry professionals and academia presents information on faculty recruitment, retention, and development. Also on the program is the presentation of the SPE Innovative Faculty Award and presentations by SPE Young Faculty Research Grant winners.

 

Monday, 28 September, 0700–0900

KEY Club Breakfast

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 381 A-C

(Ticketed Event)

The KEY Club hosts a breakfast with a keynote presentation. This ticketed breakfast is open to all SPE members with 25 years of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. 

 

0800–0900

Welcome Breakfast Social

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 372 DE

(Ticketed Event)

Jody White is a 16-year member of Toastmasters International, has served in many district and club leadership positions, and has earned Distinguished Toastmaster. Her passion is mentoring new members to enhance their confidence and speaking skills.

In her luncheon presentation, Jody will speak on maintaining a positive attitude, personal goal planning and time and stress management.

Jody works for GATX Corporation in downtown Houston in sales, working with customers, event planning and office management. Her past career experience includes human resources employee training and organizing marketing events in the oil and gas industry.

Presenter

 Jody White
GATX Corporation

 

 

 

 

0730–1700

PetroBowl

George R. Brown Convention Center, Rooms 310 A-C and 320 A-C

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.

 

1030–1200

Opening General Session

George R. Brown Convention Center, Bush Grand Ballroom A-C

2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives
According to the US Energy Information Administration, global oil consumption is projected to grow 32% through 2040. Global production, if no new investments are made, will naturally decline. To fill the supply gap, new oil production will have to come from oil fields that are deeper, costlier, and more difficult to produce. Instead of investing in these fields now, companies are cutting 2015 capex, delaying projects, and possibly setting the stage for a supply shortage down the road.

Global energy outlooks to 2030–2050 tend to largely agree that the steady growth in energy demand will include a steep rise in the demand for electricity. In 2040, oil and gas are expected to constitute more than 60% of the global energy mix due to the projected increase in natural gas usage and the forecasted growth in oil demand.

Four key questions are the focus of this forward-looking session:

  • Is it even possible to create a global energy road map to 2040?
  • Who picks the "energy winners" —the invisible hand of the market or the authorities?
  • How should the traditional oil and gas sector plan for success in the next 25 years?
  • If we cannot provide a road map to 2040, what are some directions worth pursuing?

 

Moderator

 Eithne Treanor
Managing Director
E Treanor Media

 

 

 

Panelists

Jorge Leis
Managing Director of Bain & Company 

 Bernard Looney
Chief Operating Officer,
Production
BP

Jarand Rystad
Managing Director
Rystad Energy

 

 Scott W. Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
Director,
Advanced Energy Consortium

Adif Zulkifli
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Strategy and Risk
PETRONAS

 


 

1215–1345

Chairman’s Luncheon

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas D-F

(Ticketed Event)

The ATCE 2015 General Chair, Gustavo Hernández-García, Director of Operations, PEMEX E&P, will share his insights on the oil and gas industry.

 

1300–1600

How To Write a Good Technical Paper

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350 F

(Ticketed Event)

SPE is committed to helping authors submit their best possible paper to conferences and journals. This free 3-hour session provides guidance on how to write a good proposal and a great paper. This session includes tips and tricks for making a good presentation and preparing a paper for the peer-review process. Additional sessions are offered on Sunday and Tuesday.

 

1300–1700

ENGenious

George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, Booth 3509

The JPT® Young Technology Showcase
This interactive showcase in the exhibit hall highlights emerging and young technologies that enable more profitable exploration and production.

 

1900–2130

Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 372 CF

On Managing Product Complexity

(Ticketed Event)

A panel of project management experts addresses the role of complexity in project failures and suggests remedies. A part of the discussion will be guided by the results of the SPE Complexity Work Study Group, which is currently studying the issue.

Moderator

 Howard Duhon
P.E.; GATE; SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Director

 

 

 

 

Presenters

James R. Deaver
P.E., Engineering Advisor Oil Field Development (OFD) Engineering, LLC

Jeff Edwards
Project Manager,
Shell


Neeraj Nandurdikar
Director,
E&P,
Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA)

Sponsor

 

 

Tuesday, 29 September, 0700–0800

Distinguished Lecturer Breakfast

Hilton Americas, Room 335 AB

(Ticketed Event)

 

0800–1100

Decision Quality in Multi-Company Upstream Projects:
SPE Technical Report (draft-in-progress)

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 381 AB

A steering committee of experienced decision professionals has drafted a technical report as guidance for achieving expedited, large multi-company projects by promoting improved participant communication, obtaining early project alignment, reducing project delays, and avoiding value erosion. The steering committee will present their work-in-progress during this session with the objective to specifically engage industry professionals in discussion of the stumbling blocks for achieving decision quality in oil and gas projects. 

Panelists

 John P. Chaplin
VP, ExxonMobil Prod. Co.
UK Lead Country Manager

 Jacek Jaminski, Ph.D.
Exploration Mgr.,
BP Brazil South Margin

 

 

Keith Henderson
VP, Nexen USA,
a CNOOC Company
Productions and Operations

Janeen Judah
GM, Chevron
Southern Africa Bus. Unit
2017 SPE President Elect


 

A wide range of participants is desired in order to gain a broad perspective and should include project managers, facility engineers, reservoir engineers, and commercial managers with experience in large international projects. Read the report, and see more technical reports.


0800–1200

International Student Paper Contest—Undergraduate and Graduate Divisions

George R. Brown Convention Center, Rooms 350 D and E

Watch presenters from around the world compete in the undergraduate and postgraduate divisions.

 

0900–1200

How to Write a Good Technical Paper

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350 F

(Ticketed Event)

SPE is committed to helping authors submit their best possible paper to conferences and journals. This free 3-hour session provides guidance on how to write a good proposal and a great paper. This session includes tips and tricks for making a good presentation and preparing a paper for the peer-review process. Additional sessions are offered on Sunday and Monday.

 

1000–1200

Student Communication Skills Workshop

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 362 D

In this session, students will have the opportunity to work in a small group to hone their networking abilities, refine their communication skills, and build up a toolkit of essential knowledge for their careers ahead. Students will work in small groups to gain valuable insight into working in a truly global industry,
from cultural implications to practical advice for the workplace.

 

1200–1400

Expo Luncheon on Exhibition Floor

George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A, B, C, D, E

 

1230–1430

Student General Session and Awards Luncheon

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of Americas EF

(Ticketed Event)

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 honor the Outstanding Student Chapters, International Student Paper Contest and PetroBowl winners, and scholarship and fellowship recipients.

 

1215–1345

PFC/HSE Topical Luncheon

George R. Brown Convention Center

Understanding Communities - A Key To Project Success

(Ticketed Event)

Many factors can influence public perception of the oil and gas industry and the projects we develop.  Increasingly, public acceptability can make or break our license to operate. Engineers and other technical leaders frequently view the problem as one that can be overcome with public education.  

But education can only be successful if we first achieve a level of trust within the community.  Building trust requires developing an understanding of the community.  One of the most important approaches is for operators to understand the needs and expectations of the communities where we operate, and for project teams to educate themselves about the expectations of the local community that will be impacted by a project.  

Each community is unique; the challenges are multifaceted.  This session will explore some notable industry efforts in community engagement and education as well critical success factors for effective community engagement.

 

Moderators

Trey Shaffer

ERM

SPE Technical Director, Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility

Howard Duhon
P.E. GATE
SPE Technical Director, Projects, Facilities and Construction

 

Presenters


Doug Bannerman
Leader, Social Performance,
DPNA Safety & Sustainability
Statoil Gulf Services LLC

Kevin Priester
JKA Group

 

 

1400–1700

International Student Paper Contest—Postgraduate Division

George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350 E

Watch presenters from around the world compete in the PhD division of this contest.

 

1600–1800 

Young Professionals’ Reception

George R. Brown Convention Center, Bush Grand Ballroom Prefunction

 

1630–1730

Happy Hour on Exhibition Floor

George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A, B, C, D, E

 

1830–2200

Annual Reception and Banquet

George R. Brown Convention Center, Bush Grand Ballroom

(Ticketed Event)

Join us to celebrate key successes within SPE and the oil and gas industry as a whole. Prior to this event, all banquet attendees are invited to gather for a reception at the Hilton Americas Hotel. The Annual Banquet recognizes outstanding SPE members who have made significant contributions to the industry. View award recipients.

 

Wednesday, 30 September, 1200–1345

President's Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members

George R. Brown Convention Center, Bush Grand Ballroom ABC 

(Ticketed Event)

ATCE wraps up with a favorite tradition showcasing 2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen’s presentation on new achievements at SPE and upcoming initiatives. Notable volunteers and award-winning SPE Sections will also be recognized, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet SPE Board members and 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan. View distinguished members.

From 1245-1345, you can view a live stream of the luncheon.


Helge Hove Haldorsen
2015 SPE President

Nathan Meehan
2016 SPE President