Category Archives: Sections

Mark Pearson, SPE Distinguished Lecturer

SPE New York and New England Petroleum Sections Attend Symposium

On 5 March, members of the SPE New York and New England Petroleum Sections attended a symposium on “Research Frontiers in the Science of Unconventional Resources.” The meeting, jointly organized by Yale Climate and Energy Institute and SPE, took place at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Participants enjoyed a variety of talks by industry, academia, and government experts on the scientific, engineering, environmental, and regulatory aspects of the development of shale resources.

Mark Pearson, SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Figure 1—Mark Pearson, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, talking on Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells during his keynote address.

SPE New York and New England Sections attend symposium

Figure 2—Members of the New York and New England SPE Section and the academic community.


Global Workshop Series Visits Rio

SPE conducts a series of global integrated workshops where each event travels to different locations around the globe. The second occurrence of such workshop was in Rio de Janeiro, 6–7 March 2013, under the title “Production Forecasting.”

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extensive Q&A periods. This event saw 64 attendees from 6 countries, with 15 technical presentations.

The training course “Probabilistic Reserve and Production Forecasting in Shale and Tight Gas” was also held in conjunction with the workshop.

Pictured here is the workshop’s Program Committee with program chair Daniel Miranda (first from right) and Brazil Section chair Farid Shecaira (second from left).

Build the World of SPE Annual Winners Announced

Congratulations 2012 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest winners.

Oghenero Ozobeme—SPE Lagos Nigeria Section

Andrea Hersey—SPE Gulf Coast Section

Herbert Bell—SPE Dallas Section

Karam Al-yateem—SPE Saudi Arabia Section

Raman Rao Abdullah—SPE Kuala Lumpur Section

John-Martin Donachie—SPE Aberdeen Section

Aleksandr Figilyantov—SPE Ufa Section

Jao Pereira—SPE Ecuador Section

Manuela Badea—SPE Romanian Section

Peter SchrenkelSPE Permian Basin Section

Deddy Prameswono—SPE Sumatra Section

Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September, and December. Learn contest details.

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SPE Brazil Section

SPE Brazil Section Meets, Distributes Awards

The SPE Brazil Section held its board meeting 31 January 2013, in Rio de Janeiro. The goal was to review 2012 activities and plan new ones for 2013.

Brazilian universities that received awards for 2012 included: Gold Award recipients Federal Fluminense University, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, State University of Campinas, Federal Fluminense University North. The 2012 Outstanding Student Chapter Award went to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Congratulations to all winners; we look forward to another outstanding year.SPE Brazil Section

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos

Well Integrity Workshop Held in Brazil

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.

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos

Joint SEG/SBGf/SPE Workshop is a Success

Brazil Workshop

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)

Petroleum Reserves & Resource Estimation—PRMS Application Guidelines Document Workshop

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.

Colombian Section Shares Energy4me

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.


SPE Columbian Section Shares Energy4me