Category Archives: SPE News

Historic ATCE Program Selection Meeting Ends in Hang-Ups

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Until this year, the committee meeting to select the program for the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition could take up to two days to complete. Some committee members commuted two or three additional days, just to get to the meeting. Last year, the committee whittled the time down to a couple of hours, but there was still the extraordinary expense of time and money just to get to the meeting. That was then. Continue reading

Nominations being accepted for intervention technology award

The Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) is now accepting nominations and entries for the 3rd Annual Intervention Technology Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding technical innovation or technology application in well intervention, will be presented at the SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition later this year. Continue reading

AIME eNews offers update for member societies

The quarterly eNews of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) provides news and upcoming events for member societies, including a report on the Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) that seeks to foster leadership in the engineering and scientific community. SPE young professionals attended the ELA meeting in October.

Nigeria annual conference draws international crowd

More than 1,500 oil and gas professionals from around the globe converged on Abuja, Nigeria during 4–6 August of this year for the SPE Nigeria Annual Conference and Exhibition. With a theme of “Innovating to Meet the Challenges of Global Energy Demand,” the conference explored key industry issues such as finding sustainable solutions for the increasing worldwide energy demand and developing innovative ideas and technologies that will produce hydrocarbons more efficiently. Continue reading

R&D Technical Section to hold dinner meeting at ATCE 2008

The Research & Development (R&D) Technical Section will hold a dinner meeting during ATCE 2008 in Denver’s Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, 24 September. Section Chairperson J. Chris Buckingham of the Southwest Research Institute thinks the meeting will offer members a fresh perspective on the section’s progress over the past year and new opportunities for involvement. Continue reading

SPE establishes new Completions Optimization and Technology Award

The SPE Honors and Awards Program recognizes significant technical and professional contributions to the worldwide oil and gas industry. To address overlapping technical categories within the Production & Operations Award and Drilling & Completions Award disciplines, the SPE Technical Directors recommended a new Completions Optimization and Technology Award. The Drilling and Completions Award will change to the Drilling Engineering Award because completions will fall under the new award. The Completions Optimization and Technology Award will encompass the following technical disciplines: Continue reading

SPE Members Invited to Edit, Expand New Multi-Language Glossary

The SPE E&P Glossary is a new multi-language reference for upstream oil and gas terms. SPE members are encouraged to directly add or edit terms, definitions and translations. To start the glossary, SPE member George E. King, BP, contributed a collection of about 4,000 English terms and definitions that he developed. Initial languages targeted for translation are Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. English terms may also be added or edited. Instructions are provided with the glossary.

2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecture schedule announced

The scheduled appearances at SPE section meetings of the 29 SPE Distinguished Lecturers has been posted on The Distinguished Lecturer Program, supported by the SPE Foundation, offers a unique opportunity for members and guests to hear from industry leaders discussing challenges, trends, and technology. All six disciplines encompassed by the Society are represented in this season’s slate of lecturers, and includes presentations on reservoir management, artificial lift, hydraulic fracturing and more.