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SPE Indian School of Mines Student Chapter Holds Guest Lecture on Hydro-Fracturing

On the 12th of April 2010, Indian School of Mines welcomed an ALP guest lecture by Mr. Sumit Bhat, Senior Technical Professional, Halliburton, India. The Guest Lecture was organized by SPE ISM student chapter. It mainly consisted of a brief introduction of SPE, its activities, and a technical presentation on hydro-fracturing for stimulation and enhanced production jobs.

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Mr. Sumit Bhat kickstarted the presentation highlighting the challenges the industry is facing currently and how SPE helps in providing solutions to them. He highlighted the fact that the industry is expected to face a shortage of experienced professionals. This, he said, has caused an exponential increase in the demand for petroleum engineers. The industry is currently in need of Engineers, Geo Scientists and Managers. He also explained how SPE was chipping in to bridge the experience gap. He discussed the various SPE programs for young members. He informed us about the various student chapters in India, the new Scholarships SPE has to offer, e-mentoring, student paper contests and JPT online. He gave the students an insight about how to become a part of the Ambassador Lecture Program where they need to visit different schools and universities and spread knowledge about SPE and petroleum engineering.

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On the technical aspect, the students were fascinated by the various techniques of fracturing both the vertical and horizontal wells highlighted by Sumit Bhat during the presentation. The key feature of his presentation was how Halliburton had developed amazing techniques to tackle the various tricky situations involved in fracturing jobs. He also stressed the increasing importance of fracturing and stimulation jobs to recover every drop of hydrocarbon present in the reservoir. The monetary value involved in the stimulation jobs is quite large and hence these jobs require great expertise and professional guidance.

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He followed the technical presentation with an interactive session wherein he explained how various software are used to stimulate a fracturing job. He also took pains to bring to light the fact that the industry puts a lot of stress on safety and showed us a fascinating video of how unsafe practices propagate amongst people. At the end of the session, he fielded various technical and nontechnical questions among the audience. He answered the questions adroitly and took care to answer even the silliest doubts. All in all, the students were inspired by the young professional and are eagerly waiting to tap into the resources the SPE has to offer them.

SPE PTI Student Chapter Holds a Successful PTI Engineering Week

Recently, the SPE chapter of the Petroleum Training Institute held its largest activity “SPE PTI Engineering Week.” The theme was “The Future of the Young Professional in the Dynamic E&P Industry”.

Day 1: Rally; The first day of the event, SPE members rallied around the community and spread the SPE gospel, enlightened the public about SPE and the efficacy of SPE to the community and the nation at large.

Day 2: Distinguished Lectures, Panel of Discussions, and Petro Quiz: The second day was loaded with guest lecturers such as Dr K.I Idehen, and many others. The panel of discussion was comprised of Dr. K.I. Idehen , Mr Aliyu..A , and Mr Asuelimen L.. Prizes were given to the winners of the Petro Quiz.

Day 3: Paper Presentations, Guest Lecture, and Exhibition: The guest lecture was delivered by a professional from Total E&P, Mr Gideon Madu. Papers were presented and the two winners were given prizes.

It was a great week and one of its kind!

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SPE Bergen's One Day Seminar Attracts Hundreds of Attendees

The 17th One Day Seminar organized by the SPE Bergen section brought together more than 400 attendees. Operator attendance exceeded 25%, with delegates and speakers from several oil companies. The Young Professionals Workshop, a new feature of this year’s seminar, was visited by 80professionals. The seminar also brought together more than 60 high-end technical presentations. For more details, soon-to-be-posted presentations and pictures, visit SPE Bergen’s section website.

SPE Bergen’s One Day Seminar Attracts Hundreds of Attendees

The 17th One Day Seminar organized by the SPE Bergen section brought together more than 400 attendees. Operator attendance exceeded 25%, with delegates and speakers from several oil companies. The Young Professionals Workshop, a new feature of this year’s seminar, was visited by 80professionals. The seminar also brought together more than 60 high-end technical presentations. For more details, soon-to-be-posted presentations and pictures, visit SPE Bergen’s section website.

Dr. Behrooz and SPE-KFUPM Officers Agree Challenges and Opportunities Lie Ahead

“There is so much I want to share,” Dr.Behrooz said during his meeting with SPE-KFUPM officers. “We are going through a bulge of retirement that requires us to ensure that students accelerate their development in an industry where little matters. Also, the demand is increasing and our reserves are declining,” Dr. Behrooz added. In response, Mohammed AlGhazal from KFUPM said: “We are aware that there are plenty of resources, but they are more increasingly difficult to unlock. However, challenges often end up pushing us to be more creative and innovative in the way we work”. Continue reading

SPE Tyumen Student Chapter Organizes a Conference, Meets With Leoben Student Chapter

The 1st International Oil & Gas Forum was organized by Tyumen State Oil & Gas University SPE Student Chapter. Papers were presented by students who were elected to go to “East Meets West” ISTC in Krakow, Poland. In general, young scientists had no experience of participating in such events. They needed to present their papers in English– it was good training before such an important conference in Europe. Continue reading