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2020 Foresight—Ensuring Educational Excellence
for Upstream Engineering Resources

4 – 9 August 2013 :: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

About this forum

The demand for a mix of entry-level upstream engineering resources continues to grow globally as resource types become more complex and accessible, demographics of the workforce become more challenging, and evolving technology and regulatory landscapes impact the competencies required of this work force. How will we determine the competencies required and the appropriate mix of engineering resources needed to meet the world’s petroleum demands in 2020? How can academia and industry work together to meet these changing needs? The forum will appeal to academia as well as industry leaders responsible for resourcing and developing engineering skills within their companies.

This forum is intended to:

  1. Investigate and articulate the competencies and mix required for entry-level engineering positions in 2020 (fundamental and petroleum engineering-specific and soft skills); and
  2. Identify anticipated gaps (industry and academia) in our ability to produce qualified entrants in 2020 and formulate recommendations on how to close these gaps.

Potential Session Topics

  • Current and future competency requirements for entry-level engineering/technical positions in all degree programs (2-year, 4-year, 4+ years) by industry sector
  • Academia’s capability to meet these competency requirements today and in 2020
  • Upstream engineering workforce supply and demand today and in 2020
  • Lessons learned from commercial training organizations and academia

Forum Results

It is the intent of this forum to publicly document the outcomes of the discussions to help progress industry’s and academia’s thinking and actions in this critical area of future entry-level engineering competency.

What is a forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.

The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today.

Who should participate?

  • Are you a young professional with at least five years’ industry experience? Get involved now. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with others in your technical area of expertise? Participation in a forum committee builds a professional network that will last the length of your career. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Are you looking to establish your technical reputation throughout the industry in a way that benefits your company? Forums provide the perfect setting because they serve as early incubators for future trends and technologies.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic. Attendance is limited to maximize each person's opportunity to contribute.

Accepted applicants will receive their registration form and other materials within two weeks of the application deadline. For those requiring visas to attend the forum, please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your visa to be processed.