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SPE KFUPM Student Chapter Holds a Festival for Educating Children

Under the auspices of Princess Ghada bent Abdullah ben AbdulAlziz ben Julewi Al Saud, The Society of Petroleum Engineers in King Fahd University (SPE-KFUPM) and the national society of Medical Students conducted the 2nd STEPS Festival April 7-9 2010, attended by many famous Saudi and International persons.
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Essam Adel Al-Ghumgham, director of SPE KFUPM chapter, said the annual festival aims to protect children by spreading useful knowledge to the children and their families. The criteria of the festival goes beyond creativity by exposing children to different themes called “Worlds” out of which they gather useful information. Famous characters from kids TV shows attended the event and volunteers dressed as cartoon characters.

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The SPE-KFUPM cooperated with the local voluntary groups to bring in orphans to participate in this event.  The children had a great time thanks to the SPE members and the members of the voluntary team “Be Different”, a Saudi group that aims mainly to promote the voluntary spirit in the youth generations and to serve the community.

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Great job, KFUPM!

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SPE’s Indian School of Mines Student Chapter Organizes Video Conference on Economics of Oil and Gas

A video conferencing session was organized by the SPE ISM Student Chapter on the topic “Economics of Oil and Gas.” The chief speaker was Mr. Bhoj Raj Choudhary, a YP working for GGR (Geo Global Resources), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. These sessions were 2 hours each, wherein the present economic scenario was discussed by students and professors alike. The sessions continued for four days starting from the 5th April to 9th April 2010. An extremely productive and informative discussion on how to increase the economic condition of the petroleum industry also took place alongside the conferencing session. The depleting petroleum resources have been one of our major concerns over the past few decades and a lot was thought over this issue. The session on NELP (National Exploration and Licensing Policy) was particularly captivating and intriguing. Certificates were also handed out to all the students who had successfully completed the course.

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The conference was attended by more than 50 students, all of whom gained a lot of valuable information and knowledge by being a part of this. This was also a chance for them to interact with industry professionals. It was also marked by the presence of professors of the Petroleum Engineering Department, Indian School of Mines. These include the Director of the School Prof. T. Kumar, HOD Prof. A.K. Pathak, Prof. S. Laik, Prof. V.P. Sharma, Prof. S.K.Patra, AMN Ghosh Chair, and others. At the conclusion of each day’s session refreshments were served by the organizing committee. All in all, the entire event was one of a kind to be hosted after a long time and the problem discussed yielded useful results.

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SPE’s Indian School of Mines Student Chapter Organizes Video Conference on Economics of Oil and Gas

A video conferencing session was organized by the SPE ISM Student Chapter on the topic “Economics of Oil and Gas.” The chief speaker was Mr. Bhoj Raj Choudhary, a YP working for GGR (Geo Global Resources), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. These sessions were 2 hours each, wherein the present economic scenario was discussed by students and professors alike. The sessions continued for four days starting from the 5th April to 9th April 2010. An extremely productive and informative discussion on how to increase the economic condition of the petroleum industry also took place alongside the conferencing session. The depleting petroleum resources have been one of our major concerns over the past few decades and a lot was thought over this issue. The session on NELP (National Exploration and Licensing Policy) was particularly captivating and intriguing. Certificates were also handed out to all the students who had successfully completed the course.

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The conference was attended by more than 50 students, all of whom gained a lot of valuable information and knowledge by being a part of this. This was also a chance for them to interact with industry professionals. It was also marked by the presence of professors of the Petroleum Engineering Department, Indian School of Mines. These include the Director of the School Prof. T. Kumar, HOD Prof. A.K. Pathak, Prof. S. Laik, Prof. V.P. Sharma, Prof. S.K.Patra, AMN Ghosh Chair, and others. At the conclusion of each day’s session refreshments were served by the organizing committee. All in all, the entire event was one of a kind to be hosted after a long time and the problem discussed yielded useful results.

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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.

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Dr. Behrooz and SPE-KFUPM Officers Agree Challenges and Opportunities Lie Ahead

“There is so much I want to share,” Dr.Behrooz said during his meeting with SPE-KFUPM officers. “We are going through a bulge of retirement that requires us to ensure that students accelerate their development in an industry where little matters. Also, the demand is increasing and our reserves are declining,” Dr. Behrooz added. In response, Mohammed AlGhazal from KFUPM said: “We are aware that there are plenty of resources, but they are more increasingly difficult to unlock. However, challenges often end up pushing us to be more creative and innovative in the way we work”. Continue reading

SPE I-Tech Student Chapter Learns About Career Options at Total Oil

itech_chapterSPE I-Tech student chapter recently participated in a workshop titled Total Oil, which was organized by ITU’s human resources department. A speaker representing Total Oil spoke with the students about potential career paths awaiting them at their company. Current job openings, required skills, and qualifications for employment were discussed at this time.

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