9-11 OCTOBER 2017

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA


Thank you for your interest in attending the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).

We know that travel and training budgets are tight, and it can be difficult to get approval to attend events. Provided below are templated materials to aid in your business justification, along with ways to save time and money!

Present a Justification Letter to Your Supervisor

To help explain to your supervisor the benefits of attending ATCE, you can use this sample letter (.doc) to include details about how your attendance can bring value back and boost efforts to accomplish company goals.

Calculate Projected Expenses

Before you are able to justify conference expenses, you'll need to calculate what they may be. Use this expense template (.pdf) to help estimate the cost of attending the conference.

Follow these tips to help you maximize your time and money:

  • Book your accommodations within SPE’s room block. SPE has secured rooms within walking distance to the convention center or will have shuttle service available, on show days. 
  • Extend your learning experience and register for one of the many training courses. 
  • Make a checklist of the technical sessions that you want to attend.

The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will provide a multitude of opportunities you need to enhance your technical knowledge and your professional network. Learn more about how you can get the most out of attending ATCE by selecting your discipline or specialty below.


Tell us about a current technical challenge in Completions, and how it will be addressed at ATCE?
Treatment optimization in multistage horizontal fracturing treatments continues to be a technical challenge for our industry. There are several technical sessions planned for ATCE that will host paper presentations addressing a variety of issues associated with such treatment improvement.

What are general themes or topics that members in Completions should be on the lookout for?

  • Re-fracturing treatments
  • Well-to-well fracturing interference
  • Enhanced acid systems
  • New completion equipment designs

Why is attending ATCE a good investment?
The biggest benefit I have always found at ATCE is the networking opportunities. Networking with your peers to see what is happening and what the current concerns or focuses are is invaluable.

–Jennifer Miskimins
SPE Technical Director for Completions

What are general themes or topics that members in Management and Information should be on the lookout for?

  • Decision making
  • Portfolio management
  • Education and professionalism
  • Petroleum data driven analytics

Why is attending ATCE a good investment?
ATCE, with its many special sessions and events and high-quality technical sessions give participants a broad vision of the industry and make them much more aware of the challenges ahead as well as the opportunities.

ATCE is the event for SPE Members. What benefits do you feel members gain through their 3-day experience?

  1. The opportunity to network with a diverse array of professionals. This helps to enhance the professional vision and consequently also benefits employers.
  2. An incredible opportunity to be aware of major technical and scientific developments around the globe. This is a gain that extends throughout the year and beyond.
  3. The opportunity to develop soft skills including management, diversity, communication, and more.

What advice would you give to someone to help them maximize their time?
Do not get overwhelmed. Choose one major technical session everyday which technical content is related to your current job, but also take time to visit the exhibition, where you can exchange ideas and experiences with other professionals and expand your network.

On the non-technical side (soft skills), try to attend a special session or a major talk/panel from some of our industry leaders.

– JC Cunha
SPE Technical Director for Management and Information

What are general themes or topics that members in HSSE should be on the lookout for?

  • Water management and conservation
  • Explosives safety
  • Malaria prevention

ATCE is the event for SPE Members. What benefits do you feel members gain through their 3-day experience?
The opportunity to learn from each other, and the contacts that you make can be followed up on any time through the year.

What advice would you give to someone to help them maximize their time?
Take a look at the technical sessions and highlight the presentations you really want to see. Turn up early and attend the exhibition.

If there is a person you really want to meet, contact them in advance and arrange a suitable time to meet. I like to set myself some goals before I attend, and then tick them off as I go. That helps to keep me focused.

– Graeme Andrew Lawrie
HSE Specialty Coordinator

Tell us about a current technical challenge in PFC, and how it will be addressed at ATCE?Unmanned vehicles, such as Drones and AUV are finding increasing applications in the oil industry. A special panel of experts will address these challenges on the afternoon of the last day of the conferences.

What are general themes or topics that members in your discipline should be on the lookout for?
There are three excellent sessions addressing very relevant operational issues for PFC members:

  1. "Flow Assurance" (Session 10; Monday, 9 October from 1400–1700 hours)
  2. "Projects, Facilities, and System Design" (Session 29; Wednesday, 11 October from 0830–1155 hours)
  3. "Process and Monitoring" (Session 38; Wednesday, 11 October from 1400–1700 hours)

Additionally, there is a technical session which intersects with Production Optimization; Session 40 “Artificial Lift: Applications and Case Histories.”

– Hisham Saadawi
SPE Technical Director for Production and Facilities

ACTE is the one "must attend" event of the year for practicing engineers, educators, and students. The opportunity to network, to review current practices and emerging technologies, and to engage with the service industry is second to none. 

ATCE is designed to showcase the numerous technologies used in the upstream industry, but it is also the best opportunity for students to engage with one another and to establish contacts in the industry.  Historically, this is the meeting where research ideas and collaborations are spawned, and where technical interaction begins.

From a student perspective, ATCE provides numerous opportunities to engage and collaborate with other student chapters. There are also a number of student-centric activities such as the PetroBowl, the Student Paper Contest, and functions designed to build collaboration between chapters and to build foundational relationships amongst student members.

–Tom Blasingame
SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics
Petroleum Engineering/Texas A&M University

Watch ATCE 2017 Program Chair Terry Palisch give his overview of the technical program highlights.



The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit organization. Income from this event will be invested back into SPE to support many other Society programs. When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer program, and SPE's energy education program Energy4me are just a few examples of programs that are supported by SPE.


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