Volume 59 Number 10
A welcome to this 50th anniversary issue.
2007 SPE President Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifa, 2008 President William Cobb, and SPE Executive Director Mark Rubin offer brief reflections on the society.
Former SPE Presidents look back on their terms—the highlights, the challenges, and the milestones.
An overview of SPE’s first years of operation.
Excerpts from a 1918 technical paper written by Anthony F. Lucas.
What did the society look like a half century ago?
A brief history of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.
Noted industry expert and author John M. Campbell Sr. assesses
SPE’s early days and advancement.
An overview of SPE in the 1970s.
A look at some of the more well-known SPE members.
Brief biographies of the men who bear the names of SPE’s major awards.
The origin and history of the Offshore Technology Conference, the industry’s premier offshore event since 1969.
Profession Petroleum engineers and their profession are much different today than when SPE was created.
Guest columnist Iain Percival offers a perspective on changes that have affected the industry’s men and women through the years.
An overview of SPE in the 1980s.
The Foundation, made up of the society’s past presidents, has helped SPE to fulfill its mission by helping fund major initiatives.
Guest columnist Dennis Beliveau reflects on how SPE’s storehouse of technical information advanced his career.
Some of the classic technical papers in the society’s history.
Guest columnist John Thorogood studies the evolution of drilling technology but keeps his eye on the future.
The biggest advances in upstream technology over the past half century.
Guest columnist Vik Rao marvels at how several events conspired to usher in perhaps the single most important productivity improvement in the history of the petroleum business.
Guest columnist Ali Daneshy explains how digital-wellbore advances could take the industry to the next level of oil and gas operational productivity.
Guest columnist Richard Bateman on the lighter side of SPE activities.
An overview of SPE from 1990 to the present.
SPE and the Worldwide Web have become near-perfect partners.
Guest columnist Stuart Ferguson is optimistic about the industry’s future.
Petroleum engineering curricula have kept up with changes in the industry and technology.
Guest columnist Keith Millheim wonders where the new innovations, and the new innovators, will come from.
SPE sections have provided programming and services to members across the globe.
Guest columnist Joseph E. Warren surveys the current industry landscape.
Guest columnist Don Paul assesses the future of upstream technology.
Guest columnist Thomas Bruni calls on the industry to embrace sustainability.
Section scholarships have helped members achieve their academic potential.
Photos from this year’s anniversary celebrations.
Photos from SPE Presidents’ travels through the years.