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SPE Notes

IT Tech Section is now 'Digital Energy'

The SPE Board at its March meeting approved the name change of the IT Technical Section to the Digital Energy Technical Section (DETS).

“This change reflects the primary mission of the Section and appeals to a broader audience,” according to Section chairperson Mehrzad Mahdavi. “We also intend to promote the significant impact of information technologies beyond the main support functions of companies into the forefroont of integrated operations,” added Philippe Flichy, head of the Section’s Event and Marketing Committee. Read more »

Historic ATCE Program Selection Meeting Ends in Hang-Ups

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or

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. Read more »

New! My SPE Network offers member-to-member networking

The new My SPE Network is similar to other networking sites you might have seen or used, with one important exception―it is a trusted source, exclusive to SPE members. Here’s how to get started. Read more »

Fraudulent Check Warning

CONTACT: Cheryl Finnerty (+1.972-952-9424)

Over the last 10 days it has come to our attention that criminals are using SPE’s corporate name in an attempt to commit fraud on the public.

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Society of Petroleum Engineers Membership Increases to 88,000 Worldwide at 2008 Year-end

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or

RICHARDSON, Texas (9 February 2009) – Total professional and student membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers reached a record 88,000 members worldwide in 2008, up 11 percent over 2007. The number of members age 35 and under also increased to 23 percent of total membership.

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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. Read more »

SPE Commends US Securities and Exchange Commission for Modernizing Rules Governing Oil and Natural Gas Reserves Reporting

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or

RICHARDSON, Texas (5 January 2009) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers praised the US Securities and Exchange Commission for modernizing its rules governing oil and natural gas reserves reporting, which the SEC announced in a press release on December 29, 2008.

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Free energy education tools available

Energy4me, SPE’s energy education outreach program, now offers new tools for SPE members to give classroom presentations, updating the Magic Suitcase program. Each SPE section will receive an Energy4me Kit and “Oil and Natural Gas” book by the end of January 2009 that members can use when giving classroom presentations to primary, intermediate, and secondary schools. Read more »

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. Read more

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. Read more »

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