Category Archives: Director’s Notes


Climate Change Post COP21 Update: The 2015 Paris Agreement and the 2-Degrees Celcius Challenge

The Agreement reached at COP21 in Paris in late 2015 was culmination of six years of international negotiations. This presentation will focus on a brief history leading up to COP21 and illustrate some challenges for the oil and gas industry.

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Webinar: Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

2013 SPE President Egbert Imomoh’s upcoming webinar, “Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team,” will be held on 24 August at 0830 Central Time. This webinar will present several components of the drivers for innovation. The role of the individual and skills needed to bring into team work will be discussed, as well what soft skills are necessary to be a successful member of a team.

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Webinar: Diversity Fuels Innovation

Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

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SPE Drilling Technical Director Notes

Welcome to the SPE’s Drilling discipline page, a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the drilling community.

Since the introduction of Technical Directors in 2001, Drilling and Completions has been a single technical discipline, represented on the Board by a single Technical Director.  With the increasing complexity of completions operations and technologies, drilling and completions have come to be regarded by the industry as distinct, albeit closely linked, disciplines. This has been recognized by the SPE for some time with separate awards for Drilling Engineering and for Completions Optimization and Technology.

At their March 2016 meeting, the SPE Board approved the creation of a new Completions technical discipline.  They believe the interests of members from the drilling and completions communities will be better served if each has a separate technical discipline and Technical Director.  This significant step emphasizes the importance of both drilling and completions engineering to SPE and to our industry.  It strengthens the representation of the drilling and completions communities on the Board, and allows more focused and effective communications between the Technical Directors and the communities they represent.  I encourage you to visit the Completions discipline page to find out more.

I believe it’s important that SPE provides the support drilling professionals need to drill every well safely, efficiently, and with minimized environmental impact.  Capability development and knowledge transfer are two key elements of SPE’s strategy.

SPE’s ever-growing catalogue of training courses, our competency matrices and the recently introduced competency management tool support capability development.  So too do the many webinars we stage, all of which are now accessible for on-demand replay whenever convenient.

Many of SPE’s knowledge transfer tools are well established – OnePetro, SPE Drilling and Completion journal, textbooks, regional and global conferences, forums and workshops, SPE Connect, PetroWiki, and the webinar series.

To me it’s no surprise that the Drilling online community has become a particularly lively forum for discussion of drilling related matters, technical and operational challenges.  Special thanks to all members who share experience and insight and who stimulate thought and discussion with their fellow SPE members through this community.

PetroWiki has been a great success as a knowledge source, with nearly 670,000 unique users in the first quarter of 2016.  But it could be even better with more and more frequent updates and new material additions.  The next time you give a technical presentation, post an item on SPE Connect, or answer a colleague’s technical question, ask yourself “is that something which should be in PetroWiki?”  And if the answer is yes, then please do think about contributing it.  Your fellow SPE members will thank you for it.

The SPE is currently working to exploit the latest content management technologies to the full, to integrate our various knowledge repositories and to personalize for each member the delivery of the information and knowledge they want and need.

There are now 3 technical sections supporting and promoting special drilling-related interests – Drilling Systems Automation, Wellbore Positioning, and the newest Drilling Uncertainty Prediction.  You’ll find links to these technical sections on this page.

Through my career in the development and application of drilling technology I’ve benefitted greatly from many of things the SPE does for its members.  I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of that depends on its members volunteering their time and talents.  Please visit the Get Involved pages of to learn more about how you can help your fellow members by contributing to SPE activities.

It’s been my honour and privilege to serve as the SPE’s Technical Director for Drilling and Completions since September 2013.  A lot has changed since then.  Our industry has experienced what may well be its most significant and longest lasting downturn in well construction activity.  SPE is striving to keep our services as relevant in bad times as in good, to help our members keep their skills and knowledge current and to stay connected with the industry so that they’re ready to return when demand for their expertise does.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think there are additional activities SPE could be pursuing which would be of value to you in your professional life.

David Curry
Baker Hughes


Webinar: Decision Quality in Multi-Company Projects

Attend a webinar presenting SPE’s 2016 Technical Report, “Guidance for Decision Quality for Multi-Company Upstream Projects.” This webinar will be presented by Pat Burdett, lead author and will feature 2017 SPE President Janeen Judah as a guest speaker.

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Webinar: Beyond Bias and Stereotypes: Embracing Multiculturalism from Within

Shifting our own perspectives about other cultures is a result of an internal reflection and approach to work and life that proves to be pivotal in order to enable progressive career paths and business expansions in the oil industry worldwide.

Please join us on 14 June from 0830-1000 Central Time to hear more on this topic.

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Completions Director’s Note

Welcome to the Technical Discipline page for SPE’s newest discipline: Completions! SPE is pleased to provide this new discipline option for its members.

SPE’s Board of Directors has created a new “Completions” technical discipline, concluding that the interests of SPE professional members from the drilling, completions, and production and operations communities would be best served if Completions became a separate technical discipline.

Currently, Completions Engineering is regarded by the industry as a separate discipline in its own right, distinct from drilling, because of the increasing complexity of completions technologies and operations. In addition, the Production and Operations discipline definition includes some topics that are now often thought of as falling under the category of Completions Engineering, which has resulted in ambiguity about whether some activities should be classified as Drilling and Completions or Production and Operations. Drilling and Completions is the largest SPE technical discipline, comprising more than 25 percent of SPE’s professional members.

With the addition of Completions, SPE’s seventh technical discipline, changes will be seen across all of SPE’s programs and member benefits.  Be on the lookout for notifications from SPE that will allow you to update your member profile and if applicable, select your new preferred technical discipline.

The new Completions discipline includes the following major technical categories:

  • Completion Selection and Design
  • Completion Installation and Operations
  • Well Monitoring Systems/Intelligent Wells
  • Sand Control
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Acidizing
  • Completion Fluids
  • Completions Evaluation
  • Recompletions
  • Well integrity
  • Fundamental Research in Well Completions

This webpage is your portal for the new SPE Completions community.  For those of you whose primary or secondary technical discipline is Completions, I encourage you to log into your SPE member account and update your technical discipline preference accordingly. Also, please check this page frequently, as we will be updating it regularly with new information regarding the Completions discipline.

SPE, the SPE Board of Directors, and I all hope this new addition to the SPE technical disciplines family will help meet your interests and position SPE’s technical structure for many years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns about this new update or how SPE can better serve the Completions community, please contact me.

Thank you,

Jennifer Miskimins
Completions Technical Director


Director’s Note: Reservoir Description and Dynamics

We all recognize and appreciate the challenges of the present downturn, especially the effects on field operations, development planning, and reservoir management. However, the workloads in reservoir engineering and formation evaluation have never been higher. SPE has targeted the same level of technical standards at its conferences and workshops, and there are many venues available for those seeking exposure and guidance for Reservoir Description and Dynamics.

For guidance, please see:

Upcoming SPE Events

SPE Connect

I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to network and collaborate.

As always, my “virtual door” is always open if I can be of assistance/guidance in matters related to Reservoir Description and Dynamics.

Tom Blasingame


Director’s Note: Welcome to New Technical Director Jennifer Miskimins

I am honored to serve as your 2016-2018 Technical Director for the Production & Operations (P&O) discipline. As the P&O Technical Director, I am responsible for ensuring the quality coverage of these topics across SPE meetings, webinars, training courses, publications, and other member services. I am always looking for suggestions on how to improve the SPE P&O community, so if you have ideas for new events, programs, conferences, or training, please feel free to contact me. I am currently a senior consulting engineer with

Barree & Associates based in Lakewood, Colorado, where I specialize in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and production issues. Prior to joining the company, I was an associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where I still hold a part-time appointment as an Associate Research Professor.

The P&O discipline covers a wide range of topics including: artificial lift systems; well operations, optimization, and stimulation; well and reservoir surveillance and monitoring; and production chemistry and metallurgy. If your daily duties or personal interests are reflected in these topics, I encourage you to take advantage of all that the discipline and its associated resources can provide.

The SPE’s P&O discipline webpage will be your portal to P&O offerings and events for the community.  I encourage you to take advantage of it in your everyday activities.  Some of the features of this page are:

  • Webevents: register for upcoming web events and view archives of P&O webinars previously offered.
  • Review calls for papers and upcoming conferences of interest to the P&O community.
  • Click on the SPE Connect link to join the P&O online community where you can review, contribute to  and / or start group discussions on topics of interest in P&O topics.

In addition to the P&O information directly associated with this webpage, there are many other technology transfer opportunities you can take advantage of as a member of SPE.

  • The Production & Operations Journal publishes peer reviewed papers on topics including artificial lift, downhole equipment, formation damage, workovers, and stimulation.
  • org provides a variety of information on P&O topics and was created directly from SPE’s Petroleum Engineering Handbook.
  • org contains a library of technical documents and journal articles for the SPE community.

I thank you for your support of and participation in SPE and look forward to hearing from and working with you for the next three years.

Thank you,

Jennifer Miskimins

Web Events

Web Event: How to Present Your Paper

In an effort to assist authors in their paper presentations at conferences, SPE is offering the Web Event “How to Present Your Paper” with member and host Byron Haynes,  Jr., P.E. Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process and will field questions from participants following the Web Event.