As rig counts and oil prices fall to low levels not seen in decades, no one in our industry is immune from the impacts. However, adversity can spur innovation and lead to changes that set us up for future success.
It is with the future in mind that I tell you this will be the final print issue of Oil and Gas Facilities. It is becoming an online-only publication. While the format in which you read the magazine will change, nearly everything else remains the same. We’ll continue to deliver content that is useful in the daily work of facilities engineers along with new products of interest, people news, and more. The new format will give us the opportunity to bring you even more content because we will not be constrained by page counts and printing budgets. Oil and Gas Facilities will continue to have six online issues per year, with additional content available between issues.
Our new website will debut soon (we’ll be sure to let you know), and it will no longer simply be PDFs of articles from the magazine. It opens up a number of exciting new possibilities for us to serve you better with a web-friendly format that is easier to read and enables faster downloads. We’ll have printing options for those of you who prefer to read in hard copy, as well as an app coming soon that will let you download articles to read later on your tablet or phone.
SPE started Oil and Gas Facilities in 2012 to reach those in the projects, facilities, and construction (PFC) discipline with content they would value. We’ve been successful in growing the PFC discipline in SPE, and the response to our reader surveys indicate that our content is delivering what you want. Moving online with a publication website that is more than PDFs gives us the opportunity to reach even more prospective members. We hope you will share our content with colleagues and help them to understand the benefits of being an SPE member.
We know that change can be hard. Those of us who started out working on print publications stumble a bit at the idea of not being able to hold our work product in our hands. But the world moves forward and so do we, remaining strong in our commitment to deliver you content that will educate, inform, and inspire changes in your own operations.
We are planning a June issue as our first online-only magazine and look forward to your feedback.
Glenda E. Smith
Publisher, Oil and Gas Facilities