Welcome to the December 2009 issue of SPE Projects, Facilities and
Construction. I have the pleasure of serving as your new Executive Editor.
One of the tasks of the Executive Editor is to write a column for every issue.
This quarter, I would like to focus on three goals for my term.
First, I would like to expand the pool of paper reviewers, the technical
editors. SPE journals are peer-reviewed. Papers must meet quality standards for
both technical content and clarity before they are accepted for publication.
They must also meet a relevance criterion; the topic needs to be of interest to
the journal's primary audience. You may have noticed that SPE Proj Fac &
Const serves a broad audience, encompassing areas from pipeline design and
installation through mega-project management, with topsides facility design and
operations somewhere along the line. Balancing these diverse interests is
challenging, and therefore the best way to ensure that you get to read a paper
that is of high interest to you is to serve as a reviewer and to identify high
quality papers from your specific area of interest.
Second (and related to the first goal), I would like to see more SPE Proj
Fac & Const papers submitted for presentation at the various technical
meetings. My primary technical interests are in PVT and hydraulics, from a
process design and operating perspective. These interests are similar to
reservoir PVT issues and production operations concerns. However, I am more
interested in conditions at surface equipment conditions at the separation and
export facilities. I always look through the reservoir and production sessions
to see if I can find a paper of interest. It sometimes isn’t clear whether the
presenters thought of their paper as a SPE Proj Fac & Const
interest, or if the planning committee felt the paper belonged in these other
A third goal is related to the second: I would like to be able to have a "focus
topic" for each issue. This goal requires access to several high-quality papers
addressing a facet of a project, construction, or surface facilities within a
short period of time. The more SPE Proj Fac & Const-area papers that
are presented, the more candidates are available for possible publication.
Please continue to write papers that address SPE Proj Fac & Const
So I offer you a challenge. If you regularly read this journal, please
contribute to it either by serving as a technical editor or as a paper author.
Your participation in both areas will contribute to the continued success of
SPE Proj Fac & Const.