Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2011-12 DL season.
The winners of the 2011-12 DL Evaluation Contest are:
- Less than 150 members: Balikipapan
- Between 150-500 members: None Qualified (must submit evaluations for each lecture)
- More than 500 members: Thailand
A new DL season (2012-13) begins in September. The evaluation process has been simplified, and you will now be able to complete and submit DL’s evaluations online, utilize the QR code on an evaluation, or email in your evaluations.
To ensure that your section is entered into and wins the 2012-13 Evaluation Contest, please:
- Attend all section meetings featuring Distinguished Lecturers.
- Listen, engage and evaluate the DL’s presentation.
- Fill out and submit the Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form for every DL visit.
- USD 500 per winning section to the section account
- Acknowledgment on SPE.org
The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
2012 President’s Award for Section Excellence
- San Joaquin Valley
- Saudi Arabia
- Warri Nigeria
2012 Most Innovative Sections
- Gulf Coast
- Port Harcourt Nigeria
- South Saskatchewan
2012 Most Improved Sections
2012 Honorable Mention
- Atyrau- Kazakhstan
Indian Institute of Technology Madras announces the International Workshop on Natural Gas-Hydrates: Exploration and Production.
“What We Learnt and the Path Ahead”
7-9 August 2012
IIT Madra Research Park, Chennai, India
Inauguration of SPE Student Chapter IITM
Under the patronage of Satish Pai, Vice President, Operations: Schumberger Oilfield Services
By way of IITM Alumni Affairs
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!
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
SPE Mehran Student Chapter arranged field trips for the final-year students. While visiting the Sawan gas field, the students were briefed about the gas-processing plant there, including its working capacity and criteria. Mr. Gul Hassan Dars briefed students about the history of the field.
Twenty five final-year students also visited the Kadanwaari Gas field. Students visited the sampling laboratory, central control room (CCR) and processing plant. Technical personnel at the field told the students about the plant operation, gas composition and equipment used at the field.
Mr. Nisar Shaikh of New Horizon Exploration and Production Limited donated several technical videos and presentations to SPE Mehran. Student chapter thank the NHEPL for the generous donation.
The Middle East Technical University-Cyprus (NCC) and the Middle East Technical University-Ankara student chapter members visited the only underground gas storage facility set up by TPAO in Turkey. The trip was invaluable for teaching the students about production, storage, filtration, usage and the future of the industry in Turkey. Members also benefited by bonding with another university chapter that has a similar focus.
On May 6, over 50 attendees watched “live” drilling operations at Turkyurdu in Northern Cyprus.
Wearing their chapter’s newly designed T-shirts, the students celebrated the arrival of a sucker rod pump on campus at the university in Northern Cyprus as over a 100 people participated in the celebration. They are the only university in Cyprus to have installed such equipment on campus. The pump was donated by Turkish Petroleum Cooperation, TPAO.
From March 16 to April 5, the Suez Canal University chapter was busy publishing the 4th issue of their magazine ECHO. This issue was launched in the Egypt Section monthly meeting and later distributed to major petroleum companies and campuses. This issue featured several technical and non-technical articles, research papers and news.
The annual SPE Middle East Students PetroBowl was held in March 2012 at the British University in Egypt for the first time. Petrobowl is a college-bowl-style student competition which brings together the most outstanding students from universities around the Middle East and North Africa. Competing teams were challenged to answer both technical and nontechnical questions relating to the petroleum industry. Students got opportunities to network, exchange knowledge, develop relationships and establish partnerships.
The questions challenged the engineering skills of the students while at the same time fostering an interest in the unique and rich history of the oil industry.
2012 SPE President Dr. Ganesh Thakur released SPE New Delhi section newsletter during the section officers’ meeting held on March 30 in Mumbai alongside 2012 OGIC. Nearly 50 officers representing all the Indian sections were present. Sections shared their best practices, and SPE President Dr. Thakur gave an elaborate presentation about SPE to the officers. SPE Staff from the Middle East also gave an informative presentation about SPE programs, regional awards, scholarship program, website hosting and membership builder tool. SPE New Delhi section shared that they were the first section to adopt the new website hosting service. Great job, New Delhi section!