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21 Saudi Aramco Engineers Receive Certifications

Twenty-one Saudi Aramco engineers passed the SPE certification exam in December, during the largest session held at the company to date.

The requirements for SPE certification are an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution, and completion of an exam to measure one’s level of engineering fundamentals and the ability to solve practical engineering problems. The other requirements are at least 4 years of experience and training in engineering; SPE membership in good standing; and maintaining certification by completing 16 hours of continued professional development and education.

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Aberdeen Section Names Offshore Achievement Finalists

The finalists for the Aberdeen Section’s Offshore Achievement Awards have been announced.

The awards recognize talent and success in categories such as overall company performance, commitment to safety and innovation, and individual contribution to the energy sector.

The nominees are Champion Technologies, SPEX Group, WEB Rigging Services, Red Spider Technology, Stork Technical Services, Tendeka, Houlder, Reflex Marine, Stork Technical Services, ASET International Oil and Gas Training Academy, Craig International Supplies, Online Electronics, Decom North Sea, Expro, Maersk Oil, Technip, FIS Chemicals, Online Elecronics, ROVOP, Axis Well Technology, Bibby Offshore, and the Craig Group.

The nominees for the young professional award are Neil Clark of Nexen, Barry Mitchell of Wood Group PSN, and Graham Skinner of KCA Deutag Drilling.

The awards banquet will be held on 21 March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, where winners will be announced and presented with a trophy designed by Robert Gordon University student Ewan Gray.

Student Paper Contest Planned for Offshore Brasil Conference

This year’s SPE Student Paper Contest in the Latin American and Caribbean Region will be held 10–11 June, during the 2013 Brasil Offshore Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The requirements for eligibility in the undergraduate, master, and PhD divisions are:

  • A written paper must be submitted in English. The deadline for abstracts is 10 April and for manuscripts 25 April.
  • Active SPE membership at the time of application and sole author of the paper.
  • If the student is already degreed, it must have happened less than 9 months before the contest.
  • The paper must have a minimum of 1,000 words of text. Diagrams and supporting illustrations can be added, and they each count for 250 words. Total content may not exceed 7,000 words.

To be eligible for the prizes, authors must present their papers at the contest; judgment is based on their presentation. Each university or student chapter may participate, with no more than two presentations in each division. The presentation may not exceed 20 minutes; an additional maximum of 10 minutes are allowed for questions from the judges. A slide and overhead projector will be available for use during presentations.

At the time of submission, the presentation/paper must not have been accepted for publication in an SPE peer-reviewed journal; or presented at previous official SPE regional student contests. Papers presented at student presentation/paper contests sponsored by universities, SPE sections, or other organizations are allowed.

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