March 2019 | Volume 71, Number 3
This 17 article special section pays tribute to petroleum engineers, their technical achievements, and examines the issues that will shape the profession in the near future.
SPECIAL SECTION: The Value and Future of Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineering—The Best Profession
Short of choosing a life partner, deciding on a profession may be the most important decision any of us ever makes.
Meeting the World’s Energy Needs Through Innovation and Insight
JPT asked several active SPE members about the appeal of petroleum engineering, the significance of the work they do, and what the future may hold. Here are some of their answers.
One Industry of Global Citizens
An assortment of sustainability initiatives shows how the oil and gas industry, leveraging its reach, diversity, and resources, is going well beyond just supplying energy to impact the world for the better.
Did I Make the Right Career Choice?
JPT asked several active young professionals about their career path thus far and what they liked about petroleum engineering. Here are some of their answers.
The Challenge of Public Perception
Are you annoyed by all the wrong things passing for facts about oil and gas? A lot of petroleum engineers are. As for what to do to solve the problem, that gets complicated, and likely will require studying psychology.
Three Myths About the Oil and Gas Industry’s Future and How To Counter Them
We are in the midst of an energy transition: the world is moving quickly and inevitably away from “dirty” fossil fuels to “green” solar, wind, and batteries.
What Does the Data Revolution Offer the Oil Industry?
The need to understand the future trends of the oil industry has never been greater than it is today.
How the Oil and Gas Industry Is Contributing to Sustainability
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, addressing the global challenges facing humanity, including poverty, inequality, health, education, energy, climate, the environment, and prosperity.
How Oil Innovation Has Benefited Other Industries
Technology transfer in the oil business is too often discussed from a lens of bringing in outside innovations. But what happens when innovation escapes the industry’s orbit and finds a new home?
Ten Technologies From the 1980s and 1990s That Made Today’s Oil and Gas Industry
Contrary to popular imagination, which favors John Wayne stereotypes heroically rescuing the oil industry with wrench and hammer, the oilfield is a place of exquisite engineering, the match of anything on Earth, a marvel of innovation at the biggest and smallest scales.
Engineering Miracles: A Short Distance Between Creation and Value to Society
In the JPT issue celebrating SPE’s 50th anniversary, John C. Calhoun addressed how distinctive petroleum engineering is from other engineering disciplines.
What Lies Ahead for Hydrocarbons in the Global Energy Mix?
The energy transition is underway, and the push to reduce carbon emissions will be at the forefront of industry discussion in the coming years. What role will oil and gas play in the changing landscape? How diversified can our fuel mix be while still meeting growing energy demand?
Why We Matter
When worldwide oil and gas consumption reached record levels yet again in 2017, SPE members were there when it counted, helping to generate more light and power for billions of people across the world.
The X-Factor in PE: Women in the Industry
Women in PE make significant technical contributions and bring value-adding attributes and perspectives to the industry
Petroleum: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
For sheer impact, in touching the lives of virtually everybody on the planet, Haber-Bosch is hard, if not impossible, to beat. While food (together with water) is arguably the most important human need in terms of sustaining life, affordable energy is an important determinant of the quality of that
An Actionable Path for Oil and Gas in the Fight Against Climate Change
Global climate concerns, amplified in the public consciousness by a steady stream of violent weather events such as hurricanes and California wildfires, are generating a new set of realities for the energy industry.
All in the Family
Perhaps the best compliment paid to a profession is when a child follows his parent’s footsteps into it.
Senior Engineering Adviser, Occidental Petroleum
Of the many steps in the journey toward maximizing run life, the first steps should be to identify the system requirements and communicate those to the vendor. This can be challenging, because operators and suppliers often speak different languages. Fortunately, international standards can help.
Global Director, Well-Control Technology, Weatherford
High Pressure/High Temperature
We must concentrate our paper selection on technology and operating methods that make HP/HT drilling operations faster, safer, and more cost-efficient. If above-threshold drilling costs shelve a project, the project will not fly. And without projects, HP/HT know-how and equipment quickly disappears.
Mark S. Egan
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