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President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits, and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

2013 President’s Award for Section Excellence

  • Lloydminster
  • Roswell
  • Atyrau-Kazakhstan
  • Poland
  • Warri Nigeria
  • Mexico
  • Gulf Coast
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Aberdeen

Section Excellence Award

2013 Section Award for Innovation

  • Caracas Petroleum
  • Samara Section
  • Los Angeles Basin
  • Aberdeen

Innovation Award

2013 Most Improved Section Award

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Kentucky
  • Macae
  • Oman

Most Improved Award

2013 Section Award for Outstanding YP Activity

  • Abuja
  • Atyrau-Kazakhstan
  • Bangalore
  • Los Angeles
  • Gulf Coast

Outstanding YP Activity Award

2013 Section Award for Outstanding Student Support

  • Abuja
  • Azerbaijan
  • German
  • Permian Basin
  • Dallas

Outstanding Student Support Award

SPE Recognizes Outstanding and Gold Student Chapters

Congratulations to the following who have displayed meritorious achievements in 2013!

Outstanding Student Chapters

2013 Award Recipients

  • University of Lagos
  • Malaysia University of Technology (UTM)
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Universidade Estadual Do Norte Fluminense – Darcy Ribeiro
  • NED University of Engineering & Technology
  • University of Tulsa
  • Tyumen State Oil & Gas University

2013 Gold Student Chapters
Africa

  • University of Uyo
  • University of Lagos

Asia

  • Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Malaysia University of Technology (UTM)
  • UPN “Veteran” Yoguyakarta
  • China University of Petroleum, Beijing

Europe

  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • IFP-Ecole Nationale Supirieure Du Pitrole & Des Moteurs
  • Mining University of Leoben
  • University of Clausthal
  • AGH University of Science and Technology
  • University of Aberdeen

Latin America

  • Universidade Estadual Do Norte Fluminense
  • Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro
  • Universidade Estacio de Sa
  • Instituto Technologico De Buenos Aires
  • Pontificia Univ Catolica Do Rio De Janeiro-PUC RIO
  • Universidad Nacional Del Comahue (Capitulo Estud. Del Comahue)
  • Universidade Estadual De Campinas

Middle East

  • University of Cairo
  • Indian School of Mines
  • Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • NED University of Engineering & Technology
  • Suez Canal University
  • Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU)
  • Heriot-Watt University, Dubai
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
  • British University
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology

North America

  • Montana Tech
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern California
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tech Tech University
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Marietta College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Stanford University
  • New Mexico Tech
  • University of Calgary

Russia

  • Gubkin University
  • Tyumen State Oil & Gas University

View all past Outstanding Student Chapter award winners »

The Inaugural HSSE Conference Was a Success

In June, SPE held the inaugural Health, Safety, Social Responsibility and Environment (HSSE) regional conference in Lima, Peru. More than 170 attendees from more than 80 companies in 15 countries gathered in Lima. Attendees benefited from more than 43 technical presentations and two plenaries on sensitive subjects such as, “How to Address/Obtain a License to Operate in Sensitive Areas” and “Measurements and Improvements After Industry Accidents.” “HSSE is a much needed area in our industry, but hard to implement and maintain at the high standards we all do apply,” said Barbara Bruce President and General Manager Hunt Oil Exploration and Production Co. of Peru, and Chairperson of HSSE Conference.

Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest Winners Announced for 2012-2013

Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2012–2013 DL season.

The winners of the 2012–2013 DL Evaluation Contest are:

  • Less than 150 members: Balikpapan
  • Between 150-500 members: Warri Nigeria
  • More than 500 members: London

A new DL season (2013–2014) 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 2013–2014 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.

Winning sections will receive:

  • USD 500 per winning section to the section account
  • Acknowledgment on SPE.org

Learn more about the contest »

Fill out and submit a Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form »

SPE Engages Young Members

SPE offers opportunities for students and young professionals to learn about SPE’s benefits and engage with industry professionals. During the Artificial Lift conference in Colombia, young professionals were able to share the multiple benefits of joining SPE.Two young professionals at the YP stand

In addition, while attending the Congreso Mexicano del Petroleo in Cancun, Mexico in June, SPE along with student and professional members from the Mexican section, shared their positive SPE experiences. The same opportunities and shared experiences took place at the Brasil Offshore Conference last June in Macae, Brazil.

Paper Contest 2

Regional Student Paper Contest

The SPE Regional Student Paper Contest South American & Caribbean was held during Brasil Offshore Exhibition & Conference in Macaé, Brazil. More than 20 abstracts were submitted to this contest during the conference. The undergraduate division contest was held at State University of Norte Fluminense on 10 June as well as the Master’s and PhD’s division on 11 June. The Chairman of this official SPE Student Paper contest was Guilherme Castro, Petrobras Integrity and Maintenance Manager and Chairman of Macaé Section. Castro said “The SPE Student Paper is a great tool to encourage and give students the experience on how to write and present SPE Technical papers.”

will take place during 2013 SPE ATCE in New Orleans —where all 10 regions will compete. The next SPE Regional Student Paper Contest South America & Caribbean is scheduled for 2014 LACPEC Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Paper Contest

 

Paper Contest 2

SPE Joins Efforts with Local Latin American Sections for Workshops and Conference

SPE with lots of local support from the SPE Bolivian Section implemented the “Deep Gas and Condensate Exploitation  Best Practices and Technology Applications” workshop during March, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. More than 120 professionals attended. While there, knowledge and lessons were shared through the 24 presentations on gas and condensate reservoirs development including: deep wells, high temperature and high pressure wells, naturally fractured reservoirs, drilling, and exploitation challenges found in day–to-day practice.

In May, SPE and the SPE Ecuador Section joined efforts to organize the “EOR: Technical and Managerial Framework for Ensuring a Successful Implementation” workshop in Manta, Ecuador. More than 130 experts from the Americas shared some of the most common challenges that confront the successful launch of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects such as: technical complexity, project cost, and time to reach commercial results.  About 24 speakers enhanced the knowledge sharing. The event closed with a panel on: EOR Moving Forward – Expectations and Needs from the Technical, Managerial, Business, Regulatory, Academia, Environmental, and Human Resources side of our Industry with the participation of operators, regulators, services, and training companies.

Also in May, SPE with great support from its two sections in Colombia launched an Artificial Lift conference in Cartagena, Colombia entitled “Artificial Lift: Where Do We Go From Here.” This inaugural conference showcased new technologies as they combine all aspects of artificial lift systems, allowing more than 300 participants to see the full interactive circle of technologies, benefit from the more than 50 technical presentations and visit 17 company exhibits. Prior to the conference, a training course in Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP) and Rod Pumping Lift Solutions was offered to 20 attendees.