Mojtaba

Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mojtaba Pordel Shahri! He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship.

Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering. Mojtaba is currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

Congratulations again, Mojtaba!

 

SPE Recognizes Outstanding and Gold Standard Student Chapters

Congratulations to the following who have displayed meritorious achievements in 2012!

Outstanding Student Chapters

2012 Award Recipients

  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Petroleum China, Beijing
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Universidade Federal Do Rio Janeiro
  • British University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Gubkin University

2012 Gold Standard Chapters
Africa

  • University of Ibadan
  • Enugu State University

Asia

  • Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Malaysia University of Technology
  • UPN “Veteran” Yoguyakarta
  • University of Petroleum China, Beijing

Europe

  • Heriot Watt University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Delft University
  • University of Aberdeen

Latin America

  • Universidad Nacional Del Comahue
  • Universidade Estadual De Campinas
  • Universidade Estadual De Norte Fluminense
  • Universidade Federal Do Rio Janeiro
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense

Middle East

  • Indian School of Mines
  • Suez Canal University
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
  • British University
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies

North America

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Calgary

Russia

  • Kazakh National Technical University
  • Tyumen State Oil & Gas University
  • Gubkin University

View all past Outstanding Student Chapter award winners »

Now accepting nominations for IPTC Education Week

The IPTC Education Week will be held 24 – 28 March 2013, organised for the benefit of 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in science, geoscience and engineering from qualified institutions across the eastern hemisphere. It is anticipated that some 75-100 of the best students will be selected to participate in the IPTC Beijing Education Week.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2012

All Students Nominated Must:

  • Be enrolled in full time, undergraduate education until spring/summer semester 2013
  • Have excellent level of written and spoken English Language.
  • Must demonstrate in evidence that they are in top 20% of their class.
  • Have not participated at previous IPTC, AAPG, EAGE, SEG or SPE Education Programme.

Key Benefits of Attending:

  • Better understanding of the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • To work together on a joint technical project.
  • Opportunities for students to form new friendships and to network.
  • Interaction with major industry employers who are looking to recruit the best talents.

For more information about Education Week, please contact iptc@iptcnet.org

Tel: +60.3.2182.3000
Fax: +60.3.2182.3030
Web: www.iptcnet.org/2013

Workshop on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation held in Lima

An Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation – PRMS Application Guidelines Document was held in Lima, Peru on 23-24 MaySatinder Purewal with EER (AS) and Victor Huerta with Repsol Peru were the co-chairs for this workshop that had 8 Technical Sessions and brought together 98 attendees from 16 countries.

Each session followed a format of “setting the scene” presentation followed by presentations on local/regional examples on reserves evaluations. Discussions were generated by tabling local reserves related issues including challenges to evaluation of reserves and resource volumes. Several authors of the Application Guidelines Document came to present at the workshop.

The workshop had two companion training courses: Managing your Business Using PRMS by John Etherington that had 14 attendees and Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs by John Lee with 11 attendees. The courses allowed participants to discuss the relevant issues to evaluate, classify, categorize, book and audit technical recoverable volumes of hydrocarbons, including discussion on regional and local case studies.

Some key points of the workshop:

  • Promote the adoption of PRMS as a standard to improve technical robustness of reserves evaluation and resources estimation processes.
  • PRMS principles, with guidance from AG and SEC regulations will eventually arrive to a unique framework to classify, categorize and report reserves.
  • The probabilistic approach has contributed to companies adoption of  PRMS standards in their business issues. Categorization of reserves is now better understood and clearly applied by probabilistic definitions.
  • Project-based system allows classification of reserves from resources depending on degree of maturity and commerciality criteria; in addition, estimated volumes are categorized based on range of uncertainty.
  • Current approach of reserves estimation allows aggregate recoverable volumes depending on defining “project scope”. A mega-project might add “reserves” from contingent resources of projects or sub-projects.
  • Even though PRMS was originally created to let companies manage their business, now it has been adopted by many governments as guidelines standard.
  • PRMS does not impose “decision gates” for timeline project maturity.
  • A good practice may be to  create “technical independent assurance” asa dedicated division in companies for internal reserves booking and auditing.
Top row, from left to right: John Lee, University of Houston (author); Aquiles Rattia, Repsol; Victor Huerta, Repsol Peru; Satinder Purewal, EER (AS) (author); Wim Swinkels, Shell (author); Henk Jaap Kloosterman, Shell (author); Elliott Young (author); Enrique Morales, SGS Horizon. Bottom row: John Etherington, PRA International; Brad Gouge, Murphy Oil Corp; David MacDonald, BP.
SPE Lima Section members who provided local support to the organization of the workshop. From left to right: Victor Huerta, Grethel Moreyra, Cinthia Marcelo and Ivan Miranda.

SPE Announces 7 New Student Chapters

We welcome the following new student chapters to SPE. Congratulations!

  • Escuela Militar de Ingenieria in Bolivia
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil
  • Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria
  • Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil
  • Indian Institute of Technology in India
  • Makerere University in Uganda
Student Paper Contest Winner

Congratulations to the July Student Chapter of the Month – University of Ibadan

Petroquiz

This year, with more than 400 attendees and 20 student chapters represented, the University of Ibadan emerged as the winner at Petroquiz in Nigeria. Finalists were the University of Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Igbinedion University, and the University of Ibadan. Petroquiz tests students’ knowledge in reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, geology/geophysics, mathematics, SPE, and the general oil and gas industry.

ISPC Student Paper Contest

ISPC Student Paper Contest 2012 winner, Ogunleye Ayowole, is a bright example of a “Woman in Engineering” who is encouraging female student members.

Student Paper Contest Winner
Photo is of 2010-2012 University of Ibadan winners.

SPEUI Week

During SPEUI Week, the student chapter reached out to the communities at the Prem Dham Old Age Home and Chechire Home of the Challenged. This first, in a series of programs, was aimed to show love and care to individuals with disabilities in their community.


Career Development Presentations

Industry visits and technical presentations from Chevron, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and British Petroleum enlightened members on company recruitment processes and how to apply for jobs, and Schlumberger organized an internship test for qualified students as well. Students listened attentively while the Ambassador Lecture Programme ended the year with young professionals giving career development presentations, sharing their experiences with student members, and giving career advice.


Catch Them Young Program

The Catch Them Young Program was organized to awaken the interest of senior secondary school pupils in petroleum engineering. It was not all work; members and invited friends had a nice time easing off academic stress while enjoying barbeque.



SPEUI Rally

The SPEUI members organized a rally to inform the university community about SPE. A touch of white or blue was chosen as the dress code and engineering overalls, hard hats, umbrellas, and goggles were also included.