Category Archives: Director’s Notes

New SPE magazine, Oil and Gas Facilities, now available

John Walsh, Technical Director As SPE Technical Director for Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PFC), I invite you to take a look at Oil and Gas Facilities, SPE’s magazine dedicated to our discipline. Oil and Gas Facilities focuses on the projects, systems, and technologies of facilities engineering. Feature articles give timely reports on PFC-related news, technical advances, and people, and each issue of the magazine includes several peer-reviewed technical papers.

The idea for this magazine was born in a 2011 meeting of our PFC Advisory Committee, made up of industry volunteers and SPE staff. We recognized that SPE is providing many good programs in our discipline—workshops, Distinguished Lecturers, conference sessions, study groups, and so on—but many PFC specialists don’t view SPE as their professional home. This magazine, launched in February 2012, helped change that perception.

We also recognized the dramatic increase in complexity and technical challenges facing our discipline. Several years ago, developments such as major offshore projects, deepwater, and subsea tie-backs provided the justification for the PF&C discipline within SPE. Today, new developments have dramatically increased the demands of our discipline—intense IOR/EOR activity, ultra deep water, subsea processing, unconventional gas (fracturing), stranded gas (gas to liquids, floating LNG), sour hydrocarbons, remote locations, harsh environments, water handling issues, etc. SPE, with guidance from industry leaders, is responding to this greater need for technical information and knowledge sharing in our discipline.

I am delighted to be serving alongside some of the most distinguished professionals in our discipline on the Oil and Gas Facilities Editorial Board: Ian Ball, Technology Director, INTECSEA, UK, chairman; Paul Jones, Subsea Manager, Chevron; Kenneth E. Arnold, Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons; Joseph Lee, Director, Process Solutions Group, Process System Division, Cameron; Howard Duhon, Systems Engineering Manager, GATE LLC; Simon Richards, Supervisory Engineer, Wood Group Frontier; and Jim Collins, Principal Development Engineer, ConocoPhillips (Peer-Review Editor)

SPE members can subscribe to this bimonthly magazine at a special introductory price of USD 39. Subscribe on your 2013 dues statement or, if you have already paid your dues, by ordering a subscription at www.spe.org/go/ogf.

Oil and Gas Facilities is the industry’s most important periodical serving production, facilities, and construction professionals. Subscribe now so that you don’t miss a single issue.

John M. Walsh

New M&I technical director Cindy Reece shares her top three goals for 2012

I am very honored to serve as your new Management and Information (M&I) Technical Director. Many thanks to Kamel Bennaceur for progressing this technical area and for his service to SPE as the former M&I Technical Director.

I plan to use this space as a blog area to keep you apprised of what I’m focusing on in M&I. I will be updating it on a monthly basis. In this first post, I share my top three goals for 2012.

Goal 1: M&I Understanding and Challenge Identification

The M&I area is very interesting one. It encompasses many topics that cut across the traditional disciplines of Reservoir, Drilling, Facilities, etc. In talking with members, I find that this area is not well understood. This will be one of my early goals to better establish an understanding of M&I with the membership and to identify what key challenges need to be addressed.

Goal 2: Digital Energy – What’s Next

Digital or intelligent energy has emerged as one of the newest areas within M&I. Through the leadership of some key SPE members, this area continues to change the way oil and gas is found, developed and produced. The time is right to reassess our SPE strategies in this area to ensure we help the industry achieve optimum benefit from these new capabilities. To that end, we have two initiatives ongoing. First, the Digital Energy Technical Section has chartered a team to reassess their strategies and charter. Second, the Technical Directors have identified Data to Action (D2A) as one of three Hot Topic Technologies that are being assessed and addressed holistically from an SPE delivery perspective. This is a joint effort between Ahmed Abou-Sayed, the Production Operations Technical Director, and me.

Goal 3: Petroleum Engineering (PE) Faculty Challenges

Our industry faces challenges attracting, developing and retaining PE faculty. Over the past year, I have been involved with a special SPE task force that identified these challenges and made recommendations to the SPE Board to recognize faculty with monetary awards in three areas: 1) demonstrating teaching excellence, 2) providing research seed funds to junior faculty and 3) encouraging students to pursue academic careers. The Board approved these awards on a pilot basis and we are currently forming award committees to make awards in the coming academic year.

I welcome your input, feedback and assistance to help progress the M&I area. You can contact me at cindy.a.reece@exxonmobil.com.