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SPE Bangalore Section Organises “Shell Day” at ISM Dhanbad

SPE Bangalore Section and SPE ISM Student Chapter, in association with AAPG ISM Student Chapter, successfully organised Shell Day on 23 February 2014 at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre at Indian School Of Mines, Dhanbad. The team of dignitaries from Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd. comprised of Kirk Hansen (Principle Pore Pressure Prediction Specialist), Paul Taylor (Geophysics Advisor), Rituraj Singh (Reservoir Engineer), Anshul Kapoor (Reservoir Engineer), Vinay Shinde (Graduate Recruitment and Marketing Team Lead) and Abhinandan Kohli (Petrophysicist).

The event started with a panel discussion on the evening of 22 February, chaired by Prof Dr. M. K. Mukherjee, Paul Taylor, Kirk Hansen, Rituraj Singh, Abhinandan Kohli, and Anshul Kapoor. The agenda of discussion was ‘Career Prospects in E&P Industry’. The experienced panel tackled the questions with great enthusiasm resulting in a compelling discussion.

The next day kick-started with the challenging Shell Case Study competition. The event received a staggering 60 entries, out of which 10 were selected for onstage presentation and assessed by the Shell delegates. The constructive feedback provided by the judges, who appreciated the quality of the proposed solutions, was a great learning experience for the participants as well as the audience.

The post lunch session started with the Game Changing Ideas competition. Designed on the grounds of Shell Ideas 360, this event called for the innovative ideas that aim to provide security in terms of Food, Water, and Energy in the future. The judges and audience enjoyed the enthralling ideas presented by the participants.

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This event was followed by the HSSE Video contest, which was the perfect platform for the participants to showcase innovation and creativity. The challenge of identifying an HSSE hazard in the working environment and surroundings and conveying the message within 30 seconds was tackled well by the participants. This was followed by HSSE Poster contest based on a similar theme. These events incorporated awareness about potential risks and hazards amidst the students highlighting the importance of HSSE evaluation and risk mitigation.

The final event, ‘Pre-Intern Talk’ by Vinay Shinde, provided an insight into Shell as a company and focussed on the qualities Shell looks for in their interns.

The finale for the day was the Shell Outstanding Student Award. The judges declared Abhishek Singh as the 2014 Shell Outstanding Student. This was followed by the declaration of results for the day’s events. The wide scale participation, the presence of experienced dignitaries, and duly organised events ensured that Shell Day was a huge success yet again.

Build the World Annual Winners Announced

Congratulations to the annual winners of the 2013 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest.

Obadiah Kato – SPE Uganda Section

Nathan Meehan- SPE Gulf Coast Section

Herbert Bell - SPE Dallas Section

Majed Ayed Al-Suwailem - SPE Saudi Arabia Section

Tevin Vongvanich - SPE Thailand Section

John-Martin Donachie - SPE Aberdeen Section

Sameh Macary - SPE Atyrau-Kazakhstan Section

Manuela Badea - SPE Romanian Section

Jufrihadi Jufrihadi  – SPE Java Indonesia Section

Emmanuel Singh – SPE North India 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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Distinguished Lecturer Found Time for One of Life’s "Most Rewarding" Experiences

Curtis BlountI remember the call from an associate some 14 years ago: “Hey Curt, I nominated you to become an SPE Distinguished Lecturer!”

First words out of my mouth were, “Thanks for the recognition, but I don’t have time for that! Things are busy and I don’t see how that helps me out in my job or benefits my company,” or something very close to that.  I refused the nomination.

Many months later, another business associate once again nominated me for the SPE DL program, and he cajoled me into at least giving it a try and putting together a presentation for the committee.  I am glad that he nominated me, and that I followed through.

Although I thought “I did not have time,” I somehow did manage to make time, and not only did I get company approval for the lecture circuit, my company ended up being very supportive of the opportunity. It was a real eye-opening global experience.

Traveling to areas I never thought of visiting, I found interested and interesting SPE members, meetings, and discussions at each stop.  On some of the tour stops, I thought to myself, “This must be what a dignitary or rock-star experiences.” And at others, well, not so much.

Some of the tours involved what looked like a hectic mix of schedules on planes trains and automobiles. While previewing schedules of more than one tour, I was convinced the SPE DL manager must really not like me much. But I was wrong.

Looking back, it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

And some of the less-than-desirable-looking tour schedules turned out to be among the most rewarding. It is difficult to describe the depth of the experiences, networking opportunities with other industry professionals, and the value the DL experience brought to my company, my career, and my life.

Curtis G. Blount
2002-2003 SPE Distinguished Lecturer
2014-2015 SPE Distinguished Lecturer

How to See the World in 300 Days or Less

Jim CraftonOne of the most rewarding ways to “See the World” is to become an SPE Distinguished Lecturer.  Not only will you literally have the opportunity to “See the World”, but in doing so you will help make possible one of the most effective teaching programs, technology dissemination programs, professional recognition programs and have one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. The SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program recognizes the technical development and knowledge transfer skills of a select number of SPE members, typically about 30, who can expect to visit up to 40 different SPE Sections around the world, speaking to as many as 2000 members and guests. There is even the possibility of participation in SPE webinars and videos. These SPE Distinguished Lecturers are selected from a group of perhaps 100 nominees, which out of a membership of over 100,000, is a privilege in its own right.

Your opportunity to recognize those who have outstanding technical skills coupled with the ability to tell their story to a broad audience and who have the time and desire to “See the World” is open from February through 15 March. Even better, once selected, the Society handles both travel arrangements and expenses for the lecturers. You could give your nominee the opportunity to outrun volcanoes, travel on unique airlines, outwit customs agents, meet friends in faraway places and in general just have a spectacular time sharing their knowledge with our SPE members throughout the world.

Jim Crafton
SPE Distinguished Lecturer
2003-2004

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2013 Winners

Africa Region

Undergraduate Division
Joseph Bamisebi, University of Ibadan

PhD Division
Naomi Amoni Ogolo, University of Port Harcourt

Asia Pacific Region

Undergraduate Division
Suyang Zhu, Southwest Petroleum University

Postgraduate Division
Mohammed Al Hamdan, University of New South Wales

Canada Region

Undergraduate Division
Mia Jovic, Univeristy of Calgary

PhD Division
Obinna Ezulike, University of Alberta

Europe Region

Undergraduate Division
Lukas Mosser, Mining University Leoben

Postgraduate Division
Vijay Ashok Mulchandani, TU Clausthal

PhD Division
Lu Dinh Vi, Politecnico di Torino

Gulf Coast North America Region

Undergraduate Division
Brandon Hilts, University of Texas, Austin

Postgraduate Division
Shaina Kelly, University of Texas, Austin

PhD Division
Kan Wu, University of Texas, Austin

Mid Continent/Eastern/Rocky Mountain North America Region

Undergraduate Division
Son Dang, University of Oklahoma

Postgraduate Division
Bahri Kutlu, University of Tulsa

PhD Division
Shu Luo, Dallas Fort Worth

Middle East Region

Undergraduate Division
Omar Karbouj, Kuwait University

Postgraduate Division
Kayode Omotunde, Heriot-Watt University

Russia and Caspian Region

Undergraduate Division
Alexander Kolchin, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University

Postgraduate Division
Elena Evdokimova, Herriot Watt University

PhD Division
Yulia Maslennikova, Kazan Federal University

South America & Caribbean Region

Undergraduate Division
Alan Yamaguchi, University of Sao Paulo

Postgraduate Division
Alexandre Nunes Barreto, North Fluminese State University

PhD Division
Ivana Flores Luthi, UNICAMP

Western North America Region

Postgraduate Division
Hamza Aljamaan, Stanford University

PhD Division
Obiajulu Isebor, Stanford University

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