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Dallas Section Members Receive 2012 Regional Awards

At the SPE Dallas Section meeting on 9 May, five Dallas section members received their 2012 Regional Awards. Distinguished Lecturer Dennis Dria gave the final presentation of his DL tour on “E&P Applications of Fiber Optic Technologies”.

David Hamilton (Awards Chair), Terry Palisch (Completions Optimization and Technology), Sara Miller (Young Member Outstanding Service), John Tabor (Service), Steve Grape (Management and Information) and John Alderman (Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility).
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Ambassador Lecturer Visits Novosibirsk State University

On February 13, an ambassador lecture was organized for SPE Novosibirsk State University student chapter. Young professional Valery Rukavishnikov, who has more than 3 years experience as a reservoir engineer and is now an educator at Heriot Watt University’s Tomsk Approved Learning Centre, delivered the lecture.

The lecture consisted of two parts. The title of the first part was “Oil and Gas Industry Opportunities”. This presentation was about career opportunities in the petroleum geology industry, focusing on where young specialists can work after completing their education. The second part was titled “4D Seismic Data Interpretation”. This topic dealt with Rukavishnikov’s PhD thesis, and he spoke about the results of investigations. The presentation concentrated on 4D seismic data interpretation methods, their application in hydrodynamic modeling and predictions of oil field exploration.

The officers gratefully acknowledged the support they received from professional SPE section Tomsk Petroleum Learning Centre. It was an interesting and unique meeting for the NSU SPE student chapter.

 

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Ambassador Lecturer Visits Memorial University of Newfoundland

On February 9, an ambassador lecture was organized for the benefit of student members at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Young professional Oloruntobi Sunday Olalere, who has more than 6 years experience as a drilling engineer and is now a drilling supervisor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), delivered the lecture.

The title of the lecture was “Life on the Rig”. Olalere covered the basis of drilling operations, the different types of drill rigs in use today and relationships between operators, drilling contractors and service companies. Students found the life examples of drilling operations to be the most informative.

It was a successful event, and the students greatly benefited from the lecture.

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Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Student Chapter President Wins First Place

Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar, SPE-RGCE Student Chapter President, participated in the 2011 International Petroleum Technology Conference and Education Week in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-9 February. Jai received the first place winner award for a group project titled “Marginal Fields Development”. The program also gave him an excellent networking platform on which to meet individuals from global, industry and academic backgrounds.

He was also very much inspired by Dr. Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President. His participation and talent made the chapter very proud to win at the international level. We wish Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar great success in future endeavours.

Congratulations, Jai for the wonderful accomplishment!

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British University Student Chapter Hosts Student Lecture Tour

It was an honor for SPE British University student chapter to arrange the “Student Lecture Tour” which was conducted for the first time in North Africa. The BUE student chapter hosted the event in co-operation with the EAGE (The European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers).

Dr. David Roberts, Former Head of Geology at Staffordshire University, UK, conducted the seminar. The event was honored by the attendance of faculty, professionals and guests from other SPE chapters in Egypt.

The seminar consisted of three parts:

1. The demand and supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the past, present and future.

2. How companies take the decision of investment and accept the risk.

3. The role of geology in this process.

Great Job, BUE student chapter for hosting the Student Lecture Tour!

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Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Student Chapter Organizes Treasure Hunt

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology student chapter organized their first Treasure Hunt this year and garnered amazing support for this event. Clues were spread over 100 acres of campus area, with one clue leading to the other. A total of 20 teams with approximately 92 participants attended this event, making it a great success. The event was perfectly organized by SPE volunteers and lasted about 5 hours. Three teams that reached the final clue were awarded cash prizes. The success of this event helps the chapter reach their goal of 200 memberships by the end of March 2012.

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Even the cultural team at the university requested the student chapter’s help with their endeavors after witnessing such a perfect execution of events. SPE RGIPT proved once again that they have expertise in every field from technical to extracurricular.

Keep up the good work, RGIPT student chapter!

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Cairo University Student Chapter Attends 20 Hours of Workshops

The Cairo University student chapter was part of a seminar and field trip that was prepared by our Human Resources Committee and Academic Committee. They offered a total of 20 hours of workshops.

In the first workshop, “Emotional Intelligence”, students learned about: what emotional intelligence is, self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, social awareness and conflict resolution. In the second workshop, “Marketing & Training of Trainers”, students learned about: understanding marketing, consumer behavior and research.

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This seminar with its workshops helped the students learn how to put their information into practical use. There was an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment while learning and engaging in the activities. The students consider this seminar very valuable will treasure it always as can be seen in their photos.

 

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Indian School of Mine Students Work Hard, Play Hard

The very active SPE ISM student chapter continues to amaze all with their creativity and energy. From the SPE Sundays, which recently hosted the integration Soft Skill Development activities to building a rig from paltry materials like balloons, tape and threads. After completion, the teams were judged on how pertinent the design was and the stability of the structure. Winners were then rewarded with a cash price of Rs.500, 1st Runners-up with Rs.300, and 2nd Runners-up Rs.200.

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On 18 February, there was a friendly T20 cricket match between seniors and juniors. The objective was to promote healthy teamwork and to ease some stress among the increasing number of students at ISM. The seniors are left with some happy memories after finally being declared the winners. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed break to the students from their intense academic schedule.

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Student Life at University of Trinidad and Tobago

On 2 February, executive members of the student chapter attended a Distinguished Lecture Program hosted by SPETT at the Royal Hotel. Professor Jerry L. Jensen from the University of Calgary was the speaker. The lecture was on Field-Based Connectivity Predictions Without Simulation. Three case studies were used to describe how the CM (capacitance model) and PBM (percolation-based method) can be used to give results that do not require simulation.

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On 11 February, members of the UTT student chapter engaged in extracurricular activities by participating in a hike to the Matura River.

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The significance of Matura and its biodiversity has been recognized for many years as a forest reserve. In the very quiet village of Matura, inside Thomas Trace, hikers trekked to the popular “Mermaid Pools” and, as they proceeded, were eventually engulfed into the natural forest before they reached the popularly known “Soap Hill”. Trekking onwards led to the beautiful Matura River.