Research & Development Technical Section

The SPE’s Research and Development Technical Section focuses on R&D activities that improve the industry’s ability to find and produce oil and natural gas. 

The objectives are:

  • To expedite and facilitate R&D activities with application in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons
  • To provide a forum for discussion and cooperation on R&D for exploration and production of hydrocarbons
  • To promote communication and collaboration between academia and the E&P industry
  • To create an active community and to facilitate networking between R&D users and providers

There are numerous activities held to meet these objectives:

  • An annual dinner meeting is held at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) each year. Section members are updated on Section activities, elect the Section Officers and Directors, hear an interesting after-dinner speech and network with fellow members.
  • A topical luncheon is also held at ATCE, with a panel of speakers focusing on a topic such as an emergent technology of particular significance to the industry.
  • A variety of webinars that are open to all SPE members. In these webinars, two expert speakers give presentations on R&D needs, opportunities and projects associated with a specific new technology or technical challenge facing the E&P industry, and then answer questions from listeners. Previous topics have included Unconventional Reserves, Global Energy Economic Perspectives and Higher Resolution Sub-Surface Imaging.
  • A new R&D Directory will be launched during 2012 offering organizations, such as universities, contract research companies and government research laboratories the opportunity to inform SPE members about their research capabilities and projects. 
    • Joint Industry Projects, whether newly proposed, underway, or completed, can be described here. 
    • University departments can use the Directory to advertise PhD and post-doctoral research opportunities and to seek industry placements for junior faculty. 
    • Academics from outside petroleum engineering can use the Directory to publicize research they believe could be relevant to the exploration and production industry and to connect with people who could provide useful input and potentially help them find application for their work.
  • A newsletter is routinely published to keep members informed about Section activities and developments. 
  • Assist with SPE’s biennial R&D Symposium.

The R&D Technical Section is open to any SPE member interested in R&D. Visit the Section’s site to join.

By joining you receive access to:

  • Announcements
  • A discussion forum
  • Calendar
  • Links relating to industry R&D
  • A wide range of documents and presentations, including presentations from the Section’s annual meetings and topical luncheons and from the SPE R&D Symposia; our Newsletters; articles written by Section Directors; and the Section constitution.

Above all the Section exists to promote R&D for the exploration and production industry by providing our members with actionable information and useful services.  Send the Section Officers any suggestions you have for additional activities and services which could benefit the Section members.

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