More than 10,000 oil and gas industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) from 9 to 11 October at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
ATCE will draw a diverse crowd of engineers, scientists, management professionals, and policymakers, who will be focused on the innovative technology and thinking needed to address the low oil-price environment and the challenges of sustainability to meet the growing global demand for the world’s primary energy source.
The opening general session, “Sustainable Oil and Gas: Improving People’s Lives,” will be held on 9 October. The panelists will include Franklin Orr, emeritus professor of petroleum engineering at Stanford University and former Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the United States Department of Energy; David Hager, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Devon Energy; Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of Baker Hughes, a GE Company; and Mohammed Al-Qahtani, senior vice president, upstream, at Saudi Aramco.
The 3-day conference will feature 430 technical presentations, including papers and ePosters, which were accepted from a record 2,511 submitted proposals. There will be 47 technical sessions covering all aspects of the oil and gas industry and 10 special sessions.
The exhibition is expected to draw more than 350 exhibiting companies and organizations from approximately 20 countries.
ATCE’s slate of special sessions will include
Twenty-six professional training courses will be held on a wide variety of technical disciplines. Two 1-day courses each will be held on 7 October and 8 October, and 12 2-day courses will take place over both dates. An additional 10 1-day courses will be held on 12 October. Participants will receive 0.8 continuing education units for each course day.
SPE technical sections will hold meetings, including
A Student Meet and Greet will take place in the afternoon on 8 October. Special activities at the event will help attendees meet and network with fellow students while learning some valuable skills from guest speakers.
Later that afternoon, leaders of President-Award-winning sections and outstanding student chapters are invited to join the SPE board to celebrate their accomplishments.
ATCE’s most competitive event, the PetroBowl Championship, will take place on 9 October. The event pits SPE student chapter teams against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and nontechnical industry-related questions.
The Student Paper Contests will be held on 10 October. Winning presentations from the regional Student Paper Contests will compete for the international prize. Contests take place across three rooms for undergraduate, masters, and PhD divisions.
At noon on 10 October, the Student Awards Luncheon will be held. Later that afternoon, the Career Pathways Fair will provide an opportunity for students and young professionals (YPs) to speak with individuals working in different careers in oil and gas.
In the evening on 10 October, the Young Member Reception will give YPs and students a chance to meet in an informal setting with networking activities hosted by the Young Member Engagement Committee.
A Student Communication Skills Workshop will be held in the morning on 11 October. Students will have the opportunity to work in a small group to hone their networking abilities and refine their communication skills. The goal of the activities is to develop insight into working in a global industry, from cultural implications to practical advice for the workplace.
SPE’s energy education outreach program Energy4me is inviting 100 San Antonio-area science teachers of all grade levels to attend a free seminar on 11 October. The teachers will receive hands-on training by qualified facilitators, listen to a presentation by a prominent keynote speaker, and tour the ATCE exhibit floor. In addition, the teachers will receive a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms.
On the same day, Energy4me is inviting 200 high school students from the area to learn firsthand the opportunities the industry has to offer. The free program includes a scavenger hunt of the technology exhibits and hands-on energy lessons led by qualified facilitators. Students will also have the opportunity to meet industry professionals and ask questions about possible careers in the E&P industry.
At the SPE Pavilion, staff members will be available to answer questions about membership, publications, continuing education programs, sections, and student activities.
ATCE: A Global Crossroads for Innovative Technology
Joel Parshall, JPT Features Editor
01 August 2017