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.
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.
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 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