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Message from the Chairman

Jeff Jurinak

On behalf of the Queensland Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the conference organising committee, please accept my invitation to attend the SPE Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition – Asia Pacific to be held 11–13 November 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.

The Queensland Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the conference organising committee have assembled both a challenging program and an elite list of Australian and international speakers.

The conference theme of "Delivering Abundant Energy for a Sustainable Future" is extremely timely. Development of unconventional resources promises abundant hydrocarbons for future generations yet, there are still formidable challenges facing us as we seek to realise this potential. The stakes couldn't be higher.

Unconventional resources exploration and development is now a worldwide challenge that has taxed us technically and requires major engagement with regulators, governments, and the community. Each of us has a role to play.

In this conference, international presenters and speakers will address the big questions and offer their technical knowledge and experience. You will find panel sessions on advancements in petrophysics, successful delivery of mega-projects, exploration areas, and evaluating stimulation effectiveness. Other discussions will include making the new standards for reserves work in practice and on sharing unconventional resources industry experience.

As you should expect, the depth of SPE conferences is extraordinary. This year, the technical programme has more than 100 papers and e-posters showcased across more than 20 technical sessions, providing you with the opportunity to follow specific areas of interest. The popular Young Professionals Workshop is scheduled on 10 November, with Education Day on 12 November, and training courses running before and after the conference.

A selection of topical luncheons, conference dinner, and social events complete the conference programme, providing opportunities to catch up with professional colleagues and friends and to extend those invaluable informal conversations that can so often spark useful new ideas to explore.

In short, I believe this is one conference you will not want to miss. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane.

signed by Jeff Jurinak

Jeff Jurinak
Conference Chairman
Vice President Development, QGC