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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.

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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.

Big Data – Today’s O&G Challenge

“Big data combined with smart people and smart software is proving to be very powerful.”  (Jeff Spath, 2014 SPE President; JPT January 2014)

What is “big data”?  The term “big data” refers to more than simply a large volume of different types of data, both structured and unstructured, with varying degrees of accuracy. It also includes a suite of applications providing solutions and analysis — a data-­centric method adept at uncovering otherwise invisible patterns and connections by linking disparate data types.

Large volumes of data are nothing new to the oil and gas industry.  With the continued world-wide expansion of Intelligent Digital Oilfield (DOF) assets and projects, coupled with the exponential growth in the volume and complexity of acquired data, the industry needs to rapidly adapt to a new generation of technology and processes.

Find out more about Big Data in the following SPE resources:

Management: Using Big Data Analysis Tools To Understand Bad Hole Sections on the UK Continental Shelf
Joe Johnston, CGG, and Aurelien Guichard, Teradata (Journal of Petroleum Technology, October 2015).

Next Generation of Smart Reservoir Management:  The Eminent Role of Big Data Analytics, SPE Forum Series, 18-21 January 2016, Dubai, UAE.

Transforming E&P Applications through Big Data Analytics, SPE On-Demand Web Event, 9 July 2015.

Petroleum Data Driven Analytics Technical Section

IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award

SPE and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have collaborated to launch the IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award. The award will recognize achievements of E&P professionals who have fewer than 10 years of experience and have demonstrated outstanding talent, dedication, and leadership in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, the environment, and social responsibility.

To nominate someone, you must be an SPE member and have more than 10 years of experience. Nominations are open to all young professionals, both SPE members and non-members, who have fewer than 10 years of experience. Nominees should:

  • Be well-respected and in good standing within the community
  • Serve as a role model for other young professionals
  • Demonstrate noteworthy professional and personal achievement
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence and proven leadership
  • Exhibit expertise, passion, and the ability to inspire others

Nominators should include the nominee’s CV and complete the online application form here. The nomination deadline is 4 November 2015.

Five finalists will be selected by 1 December 2015. Each finalist will then be asked to submit a short video presentation in the style of a TED talk (no longer than 5 minutes and 1GB) that addresses the issue, “How innovation in HSSE-SR can make the oil and gas industry more sustainable and more acceptable to the wider world.” Creativity is encouraged in the making of the videos. All videos will be due by midnight on 8 January 2016, and the award finalist will be notified 1 February 2016.

Learn more about the IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award.

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