Local news from the Society of Petroleum Engineers


SPE Student Chapter NED Holds Annual Dinner

The main social event for the NED student chapter was the 2010 Annual Dinner. 170 students, faculty and guests from the industry attended. Guests bid farewell to the graduating class of 2006-2007.

The event was a  great opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Some created imaginative and witty short films which were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience. Live acts were equally well-received.

Sumair Ahmed, SPE NED Student Chapter President 2010, gave a farewell speech and introduced the 2011 Committee to the audience.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening.

SPE Student Chapter UPES Goes Green

Members of the UPES Chapter volunteered at the Second Annual Dehradun Tree Festival in aid of Green Doon, an NGO working for environmental causes.  More than 1,000 children from local schools attended the festival.

The chapter’s environmental section, the “Theme Based Plantation Team,” had a stall at the festival and educated children about biodiesel.  The team’s vision is to protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations, based on sustainable development.

Other activities of the day included drama, poster making, free speech, fancy dress, and poem and essay competitions, all based on an environmental theme.

SPE Student Chapter University of Trinidad & Tobago Raises Money for Charity

The UT&T chapter used their YouTube channel to raise awareness of their annual Charity Christmas Buffet Breakfast.  Over 140 people attended.

Proceeds from the event will go toward two important charitable projects that the UT&T Chapter plans to embark upon:

– Water collection for hurricane victims

– Food hampers for underprivileged families

SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Staying Busy

SPE student members at Marietta College hosted 2nd Annual Student Technical Sessions (ASTS), where students came together to share knowledge gained through summer internships.

Members also volunteered at “Up Til Dawn”, where students gathered to mail out donation request letters on behalf of St. Jude’s Hospital.  Recipients of these letters were able to send their donations in a prepaid envelope back to Marietta College.  The donations were then given to St. Jude’s Hospital.

To round things off, the students travelled to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche hockey match.  A fun evening was had by all!

Society of Petroleum Engineers Establishes First New US Section in 3 Years

Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers

HORSEHEADS, New York, 15 November 2010 – The Society of Petroleum Engineers has established a new section in the United States in the Twin Tiers area of Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. The SPE Twin Tiers Section is the first new SPE section in the US since 2007 and was established to provide a resource for the Twin Tiers region and the rapidly growing Marcellus Shale development through community education, professional development and networking.

At this time, the Twin Tiers section consists of 32 members and it is actively looking for new members and to coordinate efforts with existing members. If you are interested in joining or working with the SPE Twin Tiers Section, please contact the Section Chairman, Adam Bell at (607) 742-0450, abell@slb.com, 224 North Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Section Membership Chairman Nat Hendricks at (718) 834-1010 orgnathendricks@earthlink.net.

SPE membership includes engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, operators, educators and other professionals who work in the global upstream oil and gas industry, as well as student members. Student members are enrolled in petroleum engineering programs and related fields at universities around the world.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves 92,000-plus members in 117 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, conferences, workshops, forums, and website atwww.spe.org.


SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Attends ROGCE

SPE Russian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2010 took place 26-28 October in Moscow.  Members of Tyumen SPE Student Chapter participated in the conference.  New devices, facilities, and technologies were presented by oil and gas services companies.

Ivan Sinsov, Aleksey Nilaev, Ruslan Lopatin and Dmitry Galios all presented their papers, with postgraduate student Ivan Sinsov from the Engineering of Oil and Gas Reservoirs department (Tyumen State Oil and Gas University) placing second in the PhD division.


2010 SPE Chili Contest Held by Student Chapter CUPB

On October 30, 2010, five members of SPE Student Chapter CUPB participated in the “2010 SPE Chili Contest” held in Youhuameidi Villa, Beijing, China.

The 2010 SPE Chili Contest, sponsored by the SPE North China International Section, is held twice a year. It promotes communication and cooperation between the oil companies and the SPE Student Chapters with fun activities.  The SPE members who took part in this activity were mainly managers and engineers from Schlumberger, Weatherford, Baker Hughes, Anadarko, and other well-known oil companies.


SPE Student Chapter CUPC Holds Student Workshop

On November 6, 2010, the SPE Student Chapter CUPB held a workshop “My Internship”. Ramsey, President of SPE Northern China International Section and President of Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Limited;  Michael Long, production manager of Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Limited; and Lei Yujiang, the Deputy Party Secretary of CUPB, were present at the activity along with other officers. Also, some students with internship experiences from four SPE student chapters, Peking University, RIPED, CUGB and CUPB, were invited.

In the opening speech, Ramsey spoke highly of the achievements earned by the SPE CUPB Student Chapter in the last years. The representatives from four SPE student chapters shared their internship experiences with listeners with the theme “My Internship”.

In the end, Lei Yujiang made a concluding speech. He pointed out that the student chapter was an important academic organization of the university and achieved a lot. He hoped that more students would join in the chapter and benefit from it. Finally, Ramsey, Michael Long and the representatives of four student chapters chatted with the listeners.