SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline


SPE Supports University Faculty

SPE Supports University Faculty.

SPE sponsors Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants that provide financial support for university faculty to attend SPE conferences, workshops, and forums.

Selected faculty may use the funds for event registration fees, and travel costs.

Learn more and apply today.
The application deadline is 15 November.

Web Events

Web Event: The Data Journey in the E&P Industry

Web Event: The Data Journey in the E&P Industry

Join Shahab Mohaghegh on 27 October at 0800 (CDT, GMT -6) as he presents a live web event on The Data Journey in the E&P Industry.


Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Symposium and Reception

Join us for the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Symposium on Sunday, 27 September from 1300-2130 in Room 362 ABC at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, USA. SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) will hold a half-day symposium focusing on the human aspect of automation.  There is tremendous interest in automation and robotics within college circles, with many students pursuing these subjects.  To attract talent and raise awareness of the challenge of drilling systems automation within academia, DSATS created the first student contest in drilling automation – Drillbotics.  Students from several universities created prototype drill rigs to automatically drill a block of “pseudo rock.”  The 2015 contest winner and other innovative entries will be presented at the symposium.


  • Egill Abrahamsen, Sekal A.S.
  • Gunnar DeBruijin, P.E., Standards and Knowledge Development Manager, Well Integrity (Cementing), Schlumberger Principal
  • Nancy Malone, Vice President (Former), Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC)
  • Robert W. Rose, Contract Drilling Professional

The panel discussion will be moderated by Tony Beebe, Blue Ocean Drilling, Program Chair, DSATS.

Please join DSATS in this thought provoking and educational symposium.   Space is limited so be sure to register early.  The meeting will be followed by a sponsored reception.

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Web Events

Web Event: Building Public-Private Partnerships

On 27 October at 1200, Ruth Perry and Stephen Truchon will give a live presentation on Building Public-Private Partnerships for Regional Long-Term Research and Monitoring.

Shell is working with academic, non-profit, business partners, and government stakeholders to develop and implement long term environmental monitoring programs. These programs, or public-private partnerships (PPPs), help Shell to operate safely and responsibly in the marine offshore environment.

Learn more and register.


Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner

Join us for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner on Monday, 28 September from 1900-2130 in Room 372 CF at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, USA. The topic for the dinner is “On Managing Product Complexity” and a panel of project management experts will address the role of complexity in project failures and suggests remedies. Also, a part of the discussion will be guided by the results of the SPE Complexity Work Study Group, which is currently studying the issue.


  • James R. Deaver, E., Engineering Advisor Oil Field Development (OFD) Engineering, LLC
  • Jeff Edwards, Project Manager, Shell
  • Ed Merrow, Founder and President, Independent Project Associates (IPA)

The panel discussion will be moderated by Howard Duhon, P.E.; GATE; SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Director.

The Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner is sponsored by GATE and WorleyParsons.

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Purchase your PFC Dinner ticket in advance by going to the ATCE registration page.


Research & Development Technical Section Plans Topical Luncheon for ATCE

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon at ATCE 2015 on Tuesday, 29 September, to facilitate focused dialogue on new materials, techniques, and their applications to oil and gas. In a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

Web Events

Web Event: PF&C Fall Lecture Series – The Role of the Facilities Engineer in Upstream

The Projects, Facilities, and Construction Study Group is pleased to announce their 2015 fall lecture series. The series will highlight and define the role of the facilities engineer and their critical contribution to successful project execution.

Session I: The Value of Facility Engineers
James R. Deaver, 6 October, 1630 (CDT, GMT -6)

Session II: Setting Up Controls and Safety Systems from an Overall View
Lew Skaug, 13 October, 1630 (CDT, GMT -6)

Session III: Design with a View of Operations and Maintainability
Bill Capdevielle, 20 October, 1630 (CDT, GMT -6)

Session IV: The Facilities Engineer of Tomorrow: Faster, Stronger, Smarter—and More Successful Too!
Richard Westney, 27 October, 1630 (CDT, GMT -6)