Category Archives: Drilling and Completions


Inspire the Development of New Technology

What is an SPE Forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participation in a forum builds a professional network that will enhance a career for a lifetime.  Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.

The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

Who should participate?

  • Experienced professionals who want to exchange ideas with others in your area of technical expertise. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Young professionals with relevant experience and knowledge of the forum topic. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic.  Attendance is limited to maximize each person’s opportunity to contribute.  For more details:  SPE Forums


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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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.


Research & Development Technical Section Dinner at ATCE: Manufacturing for Oil and Gas

On Sunday, 27 September at ATCE, join us for this special dinner event, “Manufacturing for Oil and Gas,” featuring keynote presentations followed by an intimate discussion about modern materials and manufacturing technologies, their revolutionary impact on rapid prototyping, and their application to oil and gas development. The keynote speaker will be Sha-Chelle Manning of Pioneer Natural Resource. Learn more about ATCE and register here.


Explore the Impact of Cost Cutting at an ATCE Special Session

The start of this year saw most oilfield companies cut back significantly their spending plans in response to the dramatic drop in the oil price. The SPE Technical Directors have arranged a special session titled “Managing the Future Impact of Current Cost Cutting” to explore what the industry could and should be doing to minimize the impact this cost cutting will have both now and in the future. Plan to attend this special session at ATCE on Tuesday, 29 September. Register today!

Web Events

Web Event: Human Factors in Automation

Humans are never fully taken out of the operational loop; rather their roles and tasks are redefined, sometimes requiring different personnel altogether.

Listen to a web event on “Human Factors in Automation” presented by Amanda DiFiore on 22 September, in which she will review automation in other safety-critical industries, as well as the relevant human systems integration practices that will steer the industry to awareness of the human elements that must be addressed to successfully realize drilling systems automation.