Category Archives: Production and Operations


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


Nominate a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

Have you seen an exciting lecture on a topic relevant to the E&P industry? Help us identify the best lecturers for the 2017–2018 season by nominating a colleague today. Submit your nomination by 15 March.


SPE Awards – Nominations Open Now

Now until 15 February, the Society of Petroleum Engineers is accepting nominations for outstanding work in the E&P industry. Take this opportunity to help your dedicated colleagues get the recognition they deserve. Visit the Awards page for more information.


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

Flow Assurance Technical Section

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents: Multiphase Flow Conditioning-Industry Gaps

Presenter: Carlos Avila, Senior Facilities Engineer for Advanced Production Systems, Chevron

When: Thursday, 19 November from 1100 to 1300 hours Central Time
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, Texas 

Registration Fee:
SPE Member-USD 40
Nonmember-USD 50 

Program Agenda:
1100-1130 Registration and Networking
1130-1300 Lunch
1145-1200 Technical Section Updates
1200-1300 Presentation and Q&A

Register today!


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.