Category Archives: Management and Information

Web Events

Transferring Analytics into Oil & Gas

In this webinar, Nicholas Clarke will present some powerful stories of how techniques and experience from one sector have crossed industry boundaries. Clarke will show how a guiding principle of “Decisions First and Data Last” for analytics planning maximizes the successful realization of practical of analytics solutions, targeted precisely at real business need. Learn more »


SPE R&D Competition: Help Spread the Word

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.

The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.

Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.

Web Events

Presenting the 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award

This 17 April webinar will feature three recipients of the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang, and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi, for their innovative teaching techniques and excellence.  More information »


Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Speaker:  John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron

When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40

In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart.  The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it.  Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today.  The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.

Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group

Register Today!


SPE Workshop—The Future of Data Security and Information Management

SPE Workshop—The Future of Data Security and Information Management
28 April–1 May 2014
London, United Kingdom │ ME London

Security of data and continuity of operations have become a growing concern as we move to increased reliance on tools, devices, remote connectivity and automation all producing larger and larger volumes of critical information and intellectual property that could be compromised. With multiple operators, standards and approaches currently under consideration, as well as many of the critical constituents not setting the same expectations on our future, this workshop will provide a forum to develop a consistent understanding on how to best secure an industry approach.

Register Online Now!
Registration deadline is 21 April.

Web Events

SPE Web Event—Social Investment Performance, 29 April

Sonia Gupta and Alison Colwell will discuss successes and challenges in determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impact. Learn more »


Join the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section for a Special Event held in conjunction with the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas

SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Special Event— Real-Time Data: Access, Analytics, and Decisions to Improve Automated Drilling Operations

When: Monday, 3 March from 1300–1700
Where: Omni Hotel, Ballrooms 1–4, Fort Worth, Texas

Register Today!

Note: To register for the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Special Event, you must first register for the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition.

Title:  “Real-Time Data: Access, Analytics, and Decisions to Improve Automated Drilling Operations”
If we can: easily access reliable, standardized operational and control data in real-time at the wellsite; easily share data across disciplines and even among companies; shrink the learning curve by using analytics on real-time data to make decisions, could we automate and improve drilling operations? 

Format: Presentations and panel debate moderated by Eric van Oort, B.J. Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas.

  • Benjamin Mann, Ayasdi Gov’t Services
  • Mike Loudermilk, Lime Rock Resources
  • Brett Borland, ConocoPhillips
  • Shahab Mohaghegh, West Virginia University – Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics Technical


  • Richard Logan, Halliburton
  • Terry Loftis, Transocean
  • Robello Samuel, Halliburton Fellow – Digital Energy Technical Section

DSATS Coffee Break : 1500–1530

Sponsored by

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Reception immediately following sponsored by SAS.

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Web Events

Managing Dual Careers—Work-Life Integration in a 24⁄7 World

Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce. Join Eve Sprunt on 27 March for an important discussion the dual-career workforce. Learn more »


Join us in congratulating Andrei Popa on his distinguished achievement

2013 SPE Management and Information Technical Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Andrei PopaAndrei S. Popa, technology advisor at Chevron in Bakersfield, California, began his career at Petrom Romania in 1995. He joined Chevron in 2002 as a petroleum engineer and has progressed through various managerial roles, including subsurface team lead and i-field reservoir management program manager, to his current position. The author or coauthor of 27 technical papers and one book, Popa is serving as an SPE DL during 2013–14. Popa has received several honors, including the 2008 SPE Outstanding Young Professional Award and the 2013 SPE Western North American Region Regional Service Award. He earned a BS from the University of Ploiesti, Romania, and an MS and PhD from West Virginia University—all in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

View all 2013 International and Regional Award winners.