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SPE Indian School of Mines Student Chapter Holds Guest Lecture on Hydro-Fracturing

On the 12th of April 2010, Indian School of Mines welcomed an ALP guest lecture by Mr. Sumit Bhat, Senior Technical Professional, Halliburton, India. The Guest Lecture was organized by SPE ISM student chapter. It mainly consisted of a brief introduction of SPE, its activities, and a technical presentation on hydro-fracturing for stimulation and enhanced production jobs.

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Mr. Sumit Bhat kickstarted the presentation highlighting the challenges the industry is facing currently and how SPE helps in providing solutions to them. He highlighted the fact that the industry is expected to face a shortage of experienced professionals. This, he said, has caused an exponential increase in the demand for petroleum engineers. The industry is currently in need of Engineers, Geo Scientists and Managers. He also explained how SPE was chipping in to bridge the experience gap. He discussed the various SPE programs for young members. He informed us about the various student chapters in India, the new Scholarships SPE has to offer, e-mentoring, student paper contests and JPT online. He gave the students an insight about how to become a part of the Ambassador Lecture Program where they need to visit different schools and universities and spread knowledge about SPE and petroleum engineering.

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On the technical aspect, the students were fascinated by the various techniques of fracturing both the vertical and horizontal wells highlighted by Sumit Bhat during the presentation. The key feature of his presentation was how Halliburton had developed amazing techniques to tackle the various tricky situations involved in fracturing jobs. He also stressed the increasing importance of fracturing and stimulation jobs to recover every drop of hydrocarbon present in the reservoir. The monetary value involved in the stimulation jobs is quite large and hence these jobs require great expertise and professional guidance.

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He followed the technical presentation with an interactive session wherein he explained how various software are used to stimulate a fracturing job. He also took pains to bring to light the fact that the industry puts a lot of stress on safety and showed us a fascinating video of how unsafe practices propagate amongst people. At the end of the session, he fielded various technical and nontechnical questions among the audience. He answered the questions adroitly and took care to answer even the silliest doubts. All in all, the students were inspired by the young professional and are eagerly waiting to tap into the resources the SPE has to offer them.