SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline


Production Engineers: Collaborate online with SPE Connect—Launching 4 February 2013

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the reservoir discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network. Other disciplines will be launching soon.

To learn more about SPE Connect, click here.

To access the new Production Technical Community, click here.



ASME Petroleum Division – Call for Award Nomination – Henry R. Worthington Medal

One of the main tenets of ASME and the petroleum division is to support the art and science of mechanical engineering. Recognition through awards achieves this end in that it encourages innovation and greater levels of professional excellence.

The Henry R. Worthington Medal is bestowed for eminent achievement in the field of pumping machinery, systems and concepts. Such achievement may be, for example, in the areas of research, development, design, innovation, management, education, or literature.

The deadline for nominee submission is February 1, 2013. Necessary information on the nomination process can be found here. ASME Petroleum Division award nominations may come from anyone.

If you are aware of someone in the industry that meets these qualifications we encourage you to visit the awards webpage or contact the awards committee for further information.

Form of Award: $5000, Bronze Medal, Certificate and Travel expense supplement to attend the award presentation.

Henry R. Worthington Awards Committee
ASME Petroleum Division
11757 Katy Freeway, Suite 380
Houston, TX 77079
Tel: 281-493-3491
Fax: 281-493-3493


The award was established by Worthington Pump, Inc. in 1980 and named after Henry R. Worthington. Among his accomplishments as an engineer were the development of improved steam-driven, direct-acting pumps for steam-powered vessels, and one of the first practical water meters. He was one of the founding members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

With no more formal education than from the New York City public schools, Henry R. Worthington (1817 – 1880) became a highly regarded professional mechanical engineer from on-the-job training and practical experience. In fact, after a number of working years, that career preparation made him increasingly aware of the need for individuals to have formal training. He joined other concerned professionals in the 1850s to establish the Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute and served on its first board of trustees. Read more »


RDD Director’s Blog—Speaking About Unconventional Reserves

The January issue of JPT integrates the Technical Directors outlook, where I referred to issues related to the production analysis and reserves booking of unconventional plays. I have already received quite a few feedbacks, most of them (not all of them!) positive, and I would like to develop a little bit more on this issue.

Read the Technical Directors outlook in January 2013 issue of JPT here »

Read the full, extended article here »