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SPE Student Chapter CUPB Holds a Technical Lecture

On October 14, the SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) held the technical lecture of “Water Quest”. Zhang Hongquan, an associate professor from Tulsa University was invited. During the 2-hour lecture Professor Zhang first analyzed the current situation of water resources in China and other areas of the world and put forward his research and acknowledgement on water use and saving. Based on the theory of water circulation, he proposed some creative views, such as improving the arid climate in the northeast China and revitalizing the Silk Road through water transfer. He then engaged in a lively conversation about water transfer and its feasibility with the students.

After that, Professor Zhang shared his latest patent “Overhead Receiver”. The new technology, which is used for exploration of gas hydrate, helps to solve the problem of high cost and difficulty of the submarine gas hydrate exploration.

The interactive session came last. The active communication between students and Professor Zhang warmed the atmosphere. After the lecture, Professor Zhang took pictures with the Executive Committee of SPE, and then they exchanged souvenirs.

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Participates in Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing

Spokesmen of Tyumen SPE Chapter participated in SPE conference titled “Hydraulic Fracturing in Russia: Experience and Perspective” held 28-30 September in Nizhnevartovsk, Western Siberia, Russia. Approximately 132 participants from Russian and international companies presented papers and participated in sessions. One of the most prominent guests at this conference was Michael Economides, a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas, and Dmitry Chernishev, the technical spokesman of Smith International. The conference was about hydraulic fracturing in Russia. Hydraulic fracturing, as a method of well stimulation, started in USA in the late 1940s. In the Soviet Union, it was used for the first time in 1952. Hydraulic fracturing was initially a primarily completion method for injection wells in the course of peripheral water-flooding.  Later on, in the former Soviet Union, hydraulic fracturing was done in oil wells with river sand employed as proppant material. The second coming of hydraulic fracturing took place consequently on dramatically worsened structure of reserves in Russia in the early 1990s. By now the Russian oil and gas companies have accumulated substantial experience in hydraulic fracturing operations under various geological conditions.

Tyumen Photo

SPE Student Chapter KNUST Visits Ashanti Mines

On October 2nd, approximately 250 attendees, 143 of those SPE members of the SPE Student Chapter Kwame – Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, visited the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Mines Sansu Shaft at Obuasi as part of a Geology field observation. The mine is the biggest in Ghana and one of the largest in Africa.

Kwame Photo

The members toured the general geology and specific geology areas of the site, including the Sansu Shaft, which is the largest shaft there. Members saw the actual operations involved in the selection of the rock and the breaking of it. They went on to observe the conveyor system and the processing unit. Finally, the students were guided through the chemical processing to see gold processing.

Kwame Photo

German Section of SPE Hosts Student Technical Conference

A yearly event, Student Technical Conference hosted by the Germen Section of SPE recently took place in Wietze, Germany on the 7th and 8th of October. The program was both enjoyable and educational. Several universities were given the opportunity to speak at the event. The universities included TU Clausthal and TU Berlin among others. There were over 15 prominent speakers. 10 participants took part in the poster contest. A program summary is available for download. Cheers to a successful event!

2010 Canada Region STAR Scholarship and Fellowship Winners Revealed

Each year, SPE awards STAR scholarships and fellowships representing a 1 million dollar commitment to education. The undergraduate scholarship is for $5000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000 USD while the graduate fellowship is $10,000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $40,000 USD.
SPE Canada Region awards one Scholarship and one Fellowship annually.  Details can by found at http://www.energy4me.org/careerscholarships/scholarships/star-scholarship/
Canada Region STAR Scholarship – Ridi Rahman, University of Alberta
Canada Region STAR Fellowship – Nisael Solano, University of Calgary

Indian School of Mines Soccer Night

To promote healthy teamwork and as a bid to ease some stress among the burgeoning students of ISM, the SPE ISM chapter organised a football match under floodlights between BG Warriors and Shell Super-kings, the names chosen very germane. The game was played on 21st September at 21:30 IST in the Upper playground of the campus. It was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Mandal, the faculty sponsor of the chapter. The game went on for about an hour but could find no clear winner as both teams matched each other stroke for stroke. The game went into extra time and finally after two hours of competitive and enjoyable football, Shell Super-kings defeated the Warriors by 3-1 in extra time.

The game rejuvenated the students and left some happy memories for all the final year students participated. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed respite to the students from their intense academic schedule.

SPE UPES Student Chapter Alumni Interaction Program

On 13 September 2010, Mr. Ruchir Srivastav, University Alumni and currently current employee for  Reliance Industries Limited, E&P visited campus. He interacted with the students  and shared his corporate and technical experience. Mr. Srivastav gave a lecture on Well completion and various technologies involved in it. He also shared his memories of last years at University. Later he answered various queries of students related to technology and career prospects.  There was 70 members at the meeting.

King Saud University is October Student Chapter of the Month

Congratulations to King Saud University SPE Student Chapter for being selected Student Chapter of the Month for October!

King Saud University Student Chapter has been on the go with new programs, field trips, sporting events and all kinds of things.  They recently developed a new program that chooses a member and an administrative each month based on specific standers that a member or an administrative must achieve to be honored. The SPE-KSU member for August is Yazeed S. Alowaisi and SPE-KSU Administrative Person of the month is Abdullah A. Al-Abdusalam.   Earlier in the year around 15 students and 4 faculty attended the Ganadriah, a heritage and cultural festival.

20 student chapter members participated in the Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition and its associated events that was held in Al-khobar city. There was a geological trip to (Dammam Dome) where students visited the well-known prosperity well and the details of its discovery and the geological beds that lie in its formation.  Then the students headed to another geological site to review the geological characteristics and the types of the rocks along with the theories of the Composition and sedimentation.  The trip was very interesting and fun providing information on the geological history of the eastern province, history of the sediment oil and its migration.  12 students attended petroleum engineering courses at  Saudi Aramco participating in seminars and paper contests. During their kick-off meeting for this year the chapter president gave a speech about the chapter’s previous activities and showed a video highlighting the chapter’s main events.  The chapter organized its first Ramadan Iftar this year.


Once again Congratulations Students at King Saud University Student Chapter –  SPE October Student Chapter of the Month! We wish this very active chapter continued success!