The “Well Integrity Management: A Deepwater Approach” workshop was held 7–8 November 2012 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
“This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for specialists and decision makers to know and talk about the new technologies, best practices, and challenges in the management of well integrity…especially those located in deep waters,” said Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos, workshop chairperson, senior consultant at Petrobras, and of SPE Bahia/Sergipe Section chairperson.
With the support of the SPE Bahia Section, this workshop featured 20 technical presentations from speakers from around the globe. Approximately 65 professionals from 7 countries and 19 different companies attended this event. Representatives from each student chapter in the Bahia/Sergipe SPE Section also volunteered during the implementation of the workshop.
This workshop was a part of a global series of events with the main focus on collecting best practices in well integrity to be used on the creation of the well integrity best practices manual.
Energy4me hosted its first workshop in Canada at the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference on 1 November 2012. Thirty-six Calgary-area educators put their energy IQ’s to the test in the day-long workshop as they heard from industry professionals, walked through an exhibit tour, and participated in hands-on experiments.
Dr. Roberto Aguilera, conference Cochairperson and Professor in the Petroleum Department at the University of Calgary delivered the keynote address and fielded questions from workshop participants. The presentation allowed many of the educators to learn about oil and gas exploration and production.
Educators were intrigued by the latest software, tools, and knowledge they gained by speaking with leading industry professionals as part of a planned conference exhibit tour.
This workshop invited classroom teachers (grades 4–12) to learn concepts surrounding energy, its importance, and discovering the world of oil and natural gas. Through hands-on activities and lessons, participants worked in teams to explore concepts of density, porosity, potential and kinetic energy and electrical and chemical energy change.
Tim Gordon, a first year, grade 9 teacher at Ernest Morrow School remarked, “I am looking forward to being able to bring the resources I receive back to my school, many of which I believe will impact my teaching practice directly.”
Our 7th Student Technical Conference was held again in the historic setting of the German Oil Museum in Wietze on 18th and 19th October, 2012.
Attending were a diverse group of 55 students from bachelor to PhD level. Most of the students study petroleum engineering, but geosciences, mechanical engineering, and computer sciences were also represented. As in previous years, many nationalities were present with students from Norway, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, and Romania as well as from the German Universities of Freiberg, Clausthal, Braunschweig, and Göttingen.
A highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Schröter, VP of CEP, who talked about their exploration activity in North-East Germany.
We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who made this conference possible, ten of which also had corporate booths at the conference. There were lots of constructive and valuable discussions between students and company representatives both in the breaks at the booths and at the group dinner, which lasted until late.
After the conference, we visited the nearby RWE Dea laboratories and core archive, which drew a lot of interest.
I thank my team for the extraordinary work they put in to prepare the event over the last months. Thomas Ihle as our STC officer, Matthias Meister as Program Chair, Stephan Dankers as Treasurer, Wolfgang Jelinek and Jan van den Akker as photographers and Ulrike McVean as the administrative wizard with hundreds of little tasks in the background. Also, I’d like to thank Dr. Heiko Möller of RWE Dea and his team for the interesting lab visit and Dr. Martin Salesch and his team of the oil museum for a seamless organization at the location—even mastering a power outage, seemingly effortlessly, right beforehand.
Agreeing with the many participants with whom I talked about it, I am much looking forward to the STC 2013, which I’m sure will be a great success again.
Chairman of the German Section of SPE
Students, research scholars, and industry personnel are invited to attend the International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the London School of Energy Studies. This event will be held 1-3 March 2013.
Congratulations to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), runners up in the 2012 PetroBowl held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on 8 October.
More than 30 universities from around the world competed, with the Colorado School of Mines taking first place. Congratulations, and thank you to all participants.
The SEG/SBFf/SPE Workshop on Global Perspectives for Deepwater Presalt Exploration and Development, held 11–12 September 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attracted 187 participants. Pictured above: Wences Gouveia (Shell), Carlos Eduardo Abreu (Petrobras), Gene Walton (BP America, Cochairperson, SPE Representative), Eric Ekstrand (BP America, Cochairperson, SEG Representative); Speaker: Paulo Johann (Petrobras, Cochairperson, SBGf Representative)
SPE, in conjunction with the Mexican Section and with support from Pemex, offered the Petroleum Reserves & Resource Estimation—PRMS Application Guidelines Document Workshop 25–26 September in Mexico City.
During the 2-day event, attendees had the opportunity to learn, share experiences, and best practices on the PRMS applications and its guidelines. It also focused on future directions in reserves and resources evaluation and reporting.
The SPE Colombian Section, in conjunction with student chapters and support from the local industry, took the Energy4me program to the most populated island in the world: Santa Cruz del Islote.
Volunteers also visited two schools in Bucaramanga. They were guided by Leonel Solano and provided the students with energy resources, distributed Energy4me books, and other materials donated by local industries. We thank you for your outstanding efforts.
Congratulations to the following winners of the recent SPE International Student Paper Contest held at ATCE! These regional winners qualified to compete on the international level. All participants were great and the judges had an extremely difficult challenge.
2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners
1st Place – Oliver Wilson, University of Tulsa
2nd Place – Zi-Chen Xu, China University Of Petroleum, Beijing
3rd Place – Kyle Mathews, Louisiana State University
1st Place- Riteja Dutta, Pennsylvania State University
2nd Place- Vivek Swami, University of Calgary
3rd Place- Rayah Al-Hattali, Sultan of Qaboos University
1st Place – Mahdy Shirdel, University of Texas at Austin
2nd Place – Michael Krause, Stanford University
3rd Place – Yahya Hashemian, University of Tulsa
We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters. These new student chapters were just approved at the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Congratulations!
- Dibrugarh University, India
- Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria
- All Nations University, Ghana
- Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China
- Brigham Young University, USA
- Nkumba University, Uganda
- China University of Geosciences, Wuhan