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Society of Petroleum Engineers Names Darcy Spady as 2018 President

Dallas, Texas (June 21, 2016) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Darcy W. Spady, P. Eng., managing director of Broadview Energy Asset Management, has been elected as 2018 SPE president. His term as president begins in September 2017. Spady is the first Canadian elected as president of SPE.

“I am honored to have been selected, and I look forward to being a great representative not only of SPE, but of Canada and Canadian technology as well,” Spady said when his nomination was announced.

Spady has been an active SPE member since graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1986. He currently serves on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Calgary Section and the newly formed Vancouver Section. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.

“Darcy has been an exemplary member of SPE for many years, and his professional service to the oil and gas industry will translate to a strong term as SPE president,” said Mark Rubin, SPE CEO and Executive Vice President. “Darcy understands the value of connecting relationships in the oil and gas business, and he will be a strong leader for our membership.”

Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources / Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Contact Exploration in Canada and Hungary and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. His expertise of three decades in both the independent producer and service segments of the industry greatly enhances his role at SPE.

He also is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals and Poplar Point Exploration.

“Along with serving as the SPE president for 2018, I also look forward to working closely with Janeen Judah, the SPE 2017 president,” Spady said. “SPE has provided me with immeasurable professional growth, and now I am excited to give back to the organization by serving as president in 2018.”

At ATCE, Judah will begin her term as SPE president 2017, succeeding Nathan Meehan, senior executive advisor for Baker Hughes.

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Challenges Met With Optimism in Houston at the Second-Largest Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

Houston, Texas (30 September 2015) — Registration totals exceeded expectations as 13,500 global exploration and production professionals gathered at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) flagship event the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston over three days this week 28-30 September.

“2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives” was the Opening General Session theme on Monday. ATCE 2015 General Chairperson, Gustavo Hernández-García, director of operations for PEMEX E&P, introduced a distinguished panel of industry experts who discussed current trends and the recent challenges faced by the oil and gas industry. However, discussion stressed the resilience of the industry, the continued importance of fossil fuel energy to the world economy, and reassurance the industry will come through a difficult period and be stronger. Panel member Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology said the energy mix has changed little in the past 35 years. “It’s driven by security. Is energy affordable, available, reliable, and sustainable? A lower price over a long time extends the future of oil.” He adds, “I continue to believe that energy is the greatest industry on the planet. It underpins everything.”

2015 President Helge Hove Haldorsen focused his comments on “the new normal.” At the Opening General Session he said, “We need to continuously adapt, strengthen, and reinvent our industry because oil and gas will be needed for decades to come.” On Wednesday he wrapped up his presidential term saying, “We will see what the new normal will be.”

Nathan Meehan began his term as SPE 2016 president with his vision stating, “We are on a mission to educate and provide safe, affordable energy to improve people’s lives.” Meehan said his priorities for the year ahead will focus on stressing public benefit; mentoring the next generation; sustainability; as well as health, safety, and environmental issues.

The more than 400 technical presentations provided break-through and improved efficiencies for best practices for the oil and gas industry. The 500 exhibits offered promising new and enhanced products and services. Networking opportunities were expanded due to the Open Access Day on Wednesday where more than 400 people took advantage of the complimentary registration. The conference featured more than 45 technical sessions, 34 training sessions, and young professional and student events and activities.

Some new features of the conference included the ENGenious program, which resulted in standing room only presentations from innovative technology companies. Another new feature was the opportunity to access live-stream and virtual sessions for those who could not attend the conference.

Participating in ATCE were engineers, operators, scientists, managers, and executives involved in all aspects of the global petroleum industry. ATCE offered unique opportunities for people at all career levels – including young professionals and students – to meet industry experts, network with peers, and access new technologies.

ATCE 2016 will be held in Dubai 26-28 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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ABOUT SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 143,000 members in 147 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.

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SPE Announces Open Access Day at ATCE in Houston for Wednesday, 30 September

Houston, Texas (25 September 2015) – The Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) is offering complimentary registration at its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston during Open Access Day on Wednesday, 30 September.

Complimentary registration enables attendance at technical sessions, the exhibition hall, and opportunities to network with other energy professionals. Additionally, attendees can increase industry knowledge and sharpen professional development during a special session, “Learn to Start your Own Business and Grow your Networking Skills,” with speakers J. Roger Hite, founder and principal of Inwood Solutions; C. Susan Howes, Chevron Global Upstream; and Peggy Rijken Chevron Corporation will moderate the event.

Registration for Open Access Day will begin online Tuesday, 29 September at 1400 hours and continue on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday. Interested attendees can visit the ATCE website at www.spe.org/atce/2015/pages/general/registration.php

“The way to turn around the current downturn is to spark innovation in the upstream industry,” says SPE 2015 President Helge Hove Haldorsen. “By offering an Open Access Day at ATCE, SPE demonstrates to the industry that technical knowledge exchange and networking must continue even during hard times.”

Additionally, SPE is offering a virtual conference experience for those unable to attend the Society’s flagship event. This is a cost-effective opportunity to participate and access a wealth of knowledge for a small investment. Topics on the live stream range from technical sessions, speaker sessions and SPE’s President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting. To learn more about the virtual sessions go to www.spe.org/atce/2015/pages/schedule/virtual-sessions.php

For more information, visit  http://www.spe.org/atce/2015/

 

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ABOUT SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 143,000 members in 147 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Samantha Sipowicz, APR

Public Relations Manager

1+713.457.6872

Cell/Text 713.302.9877

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Technology Innovation is the Focus at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

Houston, Texas (27 August 2015) – Ideally timed and located, Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and ExhibitionSM (ATCE), 28-30 September will be in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center anticipating 10,000 oil and gas professionals from across the world. The event will highlight more than 400 technical presentations and 300 exhibits which offer the latest technologies, best practices, and future trends of the exploration and production industry.

Highlights include:

  • ATCE 2015 General Chairperson, Gustavo Hernandez Garcia, director of operations at PEMEX Exploration & Production, will share his insights on the oil and gas industry at the Chairman’s Luncheon, Monday 28 September.
  • “2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives,” is the theme of the Opening General Session, Monday 28 September on the global energy outlook for oil and gas in the future featuring distinguished panelists:

Moderator: Eithne Treanor, managing partner, E Treanor Media;

  • Sergio Alcocer, undersecretary for North American Affairs, secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico;
  • Bernard Looney, chief operating officer, Production, BP;
  • Jarand Rystad, managing partner, Rystad Energy;
  • Scott W. Tinker, director, Bureau of Economic Geology, director, Advanced Energy Consortium
  • Adif Zulkifli, senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Risk, PETRONAS.

 

  • “Value Preservation: Sustainability and Management of Above Ground Risk,” on Monday 28 September offers discussion on how value is added to projects across its lifecycle featuring speakers: Dan Domeracki, Schlumberger; Alex Hohman, Anadarko; Michael Oxman, Acorn International; and RoseAnne Franco, Wood-McKenzie.
  • President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of members will be Wednesday 30 September, showcasing 2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen’s state of society, and 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan begins his term.

 

  • ENGenious is the new Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT®) Young Technology Showcase, an interactive, educational space in the exhibit hall, where emerging and young technologies offer more profitable exploration and production.

“ATCE is the flagship must-attend SPE event providing incremental and radical E&P 360 degrees improvement ideas to our members and the industry,” says SPE 2015 President Helge Hove Haldorsen. “Especially during difficult times, the many knowledge sharing and networking opportunities at ATCE are extremely valuable. You will leave ATCE with many new contacts and with a pocket full of good ideas you can try at home. We are 143,000 global SPE members in 147 countries on a mission to share and we all have ‘making the world a better place through the energy we produce’ on our CVs!”

Over the 3-day schedule, ATCE will feature more than 45 technical sessions, 34 training sessions, and young professional and student events and activities, as well as one of the largest exhibit halls in the industry.

A sampling of the Technical Section Events that will be presented at ATCE are:Sustainable Innovation in the Oil and Gas Drilling Industry: A Strategy to Build a Bridge to Cross the Chasm,” “Modern Manufacturing for Oil and Gas,” “Technology Transfer from other Industries to Oil and Gas E&P,” “Proper Wellbore Positioning Improves Reservoir Value,” and more.

Soft skill workshops include: “SPE Professionals Exemplify Integrity and Ethics,” “Effective Communication: Gaining an Edge in the Industry,” and “Learn to Start your Own Business and Grow your Networking.”

The SPE Pavilion serves as the center for SPE member benefits. Attendees can learn about technical resources, professional development opportunities, networking channels, and volunteer options.

Participating in ATCE will be engineers, operators, scientists, managers, and executives involved in all aspects of the global petroleum industry. ATCE offers unique opportunities for people at all career levels including young professionals and students to meet industry experts, network with peers, and access new technologies.

Registration for conference attendance, sponsorship, and exhibits is available at www.spe.org/atce.

 

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Photos, logos, interviews available upon request.

 

ABOUT SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 143,000 members in 147 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Samantha Sipowicz, APR

Public Relations Manager

1+713.457.6872

media@spe.org

Congratulations to 2013 Regional Award Winners

The 2013 Regional Award winners have been announced. Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Learn more about regional awards.

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Congratulations to 2013 Regional Awards Winners in the United States

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Congratulations to 2013 Regional Awards Winners in Latin America and Caribbean

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Congratulations to 2013 Regional Awards Winners in Russia and Caspian

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Congratulations to 2013 Regional Awards Winners in the Middle East

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Continue reading