Congratulations to Alexander Restrepo! He has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. His scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Alex is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. While attending high school, Alex was selected to attend the Nation Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C, where he explored American diplomacy, intelligence and defense.
Alex’s outstanding achievements and accomplishments include (but not limited to):
- National Hispanic Scholar
- AP Scholar
- Member of the Science Olympiad Team
- Albuquerque Academy Varsity Football Team
- 2011/2012 All Academic Football Team
- Varsity Wrestling Team
- Varsity Track Team
- 2012 Teen Winner of the NPC Body Building Championship
Alex, is currently a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. Congratulations again, Alexander!
Congratulations to Katrina Schilling! She has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. Her scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Katrina graduated from Katy High School in Katy, TX where she was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating first out of 592 students. She is attending Texas A&M University where she is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in Spanish.
Katrina’s achievements and leadership roles include:
- Member and 3-year letterman on Katy HS Swim Team, Outstanding Girl Swimmer Award
- Katy ISD Math Excellence Award
- Participant Nicaragua Summer Exchange Program – Spanish immersion and charitable service
- President of the National Honor Society
- Class Vice President and Class Treasurer
- Treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta and Treasurer of the Spanish Club
- Regional Qualifier in Math UIL Calculator
- Member of Youth Leadership team at church
- Peer Mentor at Katy HS
Katrina intends to be just as involved in the community at Texas A&M as she was in high school. She enjoys taking fitness classes, being involved in organizations, practicing Spanish, traveling and meeting people. Congratulations again, Katrina!
The SPE Brazil Section participated in the 2013 Rio Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition on 17–19 September 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The SPE Brazil Section booth attracted many of the over 40,000 attendees of this year’s event who were interested to learn more about the SPE mission and activities worldwide. They were also interested to learn how one can benefit from becoming SPE member. A special thanks to our SPE Brazil Section members for supporting the organization and helping us to disseminate the SPE mission.
The SPE Mexican Section participated in the Mexican Petroleum Congress 9-13 September in Mexico City. With this event, the Mexican Section was able to display the benefits of our association to some of the most influential individuals in the region’s E&P industry.
The SPE section booth attracted many visitors of the 4,500 plus attending the event who were interested in find out more about SPE and the benefits or becoming a member.
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
Congratulations to the SPE Colombian Section celebrating 45 years!
The SPE Colombian Section is celebrating 45 years of excellence. To celebrate this big milestone the section organized a reception on July 5 in Bogota, Colombia. During the reception, attended by over 180 members, they awarded their outstanding members in the following categories: Excellence, Integrity, Professionalism, Life-long learning, Diversity, Volunteerism, Innovation and Social Responsibility in the country.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
An Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation – PRMS Application Guidelines Document was held in Lima, Peru on 23-24 May. Satinder 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.