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SPE Membership Hits Record

SPE membership has hit an all-time high, reaching 104,762 members globally.  The society has doubled in size in the past 10 years, driving SPE to offer more programs and services to a diverse and global industry.

Individuals involved in oil and gas exploration and production make up the largest portion of SPE membership at 75,395 members.  SPE professional membership has grown by an average of 4.7% each year for the past decade. Members reside in 118 different countries.

“Our membership is growing in nearly every SPE region, including North America, although our greatest growth is outside North America,” said Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President.  “Many years ago, SPE leaders had the foresight to see the expansion of the oil and gas industry globally and adapt our services and reach to ensure the long term success of the society.”

New Technical Sections Formed

Two new technical sections in SPE recently were created—Data to Action (D2A) and Separations Technology.

The purpose of the Data to Action (D2A) Technical Section is to facilitate the development and implementation of this emerging technology by ensuring that it is appropriately represented in the society’s activities. Key objectives include liaising with others in the oilfield and promoting activities in SPE publications. The section will support initiatives to communicate the technology, standardize its nomenclature, and help define its value proposition.  In addition, the section will identify lessons learned and best practices associated with the accelerated uptake of Data to Action.

The Separations Technology Technical Section will provide a forum for sharing knowledge, experience, and best practices in the sector. It will identify major issues and technology areas on which to focus cooperation and discussions, and maintain and promote industry awareness of separation related issues and technologies.

More information on both sections can be found at

New Magazine Debuts

SPE launched a new bimonthly magazine in February that will cover technology, trends, and issues in the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.

The first issue of Oil and Gas Facilities includes articles on estimating costs for Russian Arctic and Gulf of Mexico projects, handling produced water from hydraulic fracturing, and best practices for flexible pipe integrity. In addition, the issue contains several peer-reviewed papers and guest columns.

For more information on the new publication, please go to

Scholarship Winner Announced

Amirmasoud Kalantari-Dahaghi, who is currently pursuing a PhD at West Virginia University, is the recipient of the 2012 Nico van Wingen Fellowship. Kalantari-Dahaghi has authored numerous publications and received several awards for outstanding achievements in petroleum engineering.

The Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering is supported by the Nico van Wingen fund of the SPE Foundation. All award recipients are nominated by SPE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor or Department Chair. Up to two awards are given in the amount of USD 5,000 each per year.