2007 Issue

Volume 3, Number 3


What’s Ahead

Editor Tony Thomas summarizes this issue of The Way Ahead.

The Way Ahead Interview

A conversation with Total Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie.

Technical Leaders

An interview with Paul Tooms, Global Head of Subsea Discipline for BP.

HR Advice

Phil Williams, Executive Director of the RPS Group, on generational approaches to work in the
oil and gas industry.


Young professionals offer views on “old school” vs. “new school” approaches.

Economist’s Corner

“Oil Markets and Trading” by Johannes Benigni, managing director and senior partner of PVM Oil Associates.

“Issues With Opex Forecasting in Economic Evaluation” by Terry Hancocks, Support Services
manager for AgipKCO.

Pillars of the Industry

Abbas Firoozabadi, Director of the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, and Hussein Hoteit,
ConocoPhillips, on “Numerical Simulation of Complex Reservoir Problems and the Need for a
Different Line of Attack.”

Ganesh Thakur, Global Adviser–Reservoir Management and Fellow for Chevron Energy Technology, discusses “Should a Technical Career Track/Ladder Be a Preferred Option for Young Professionals?”

Soft Skills

David Crookes, a leadership and organizational-development consultant for Saudi Aramco, discusses the concept of systems thinking.

YP Activities

A roundup of YP events around the globe and a profile of the SPE Delta Section.

Student Link

SPE Student Chapter activities and perspectives.

TWA Editorial

Deputy Editor Kristine Petrosyan discusses old school vs. new school in economic evaluation.