Pillars of Industry
Preparing To Become a Manager
Getting promoted to manager represents a tremendous vote of confidence and also raises the stakes for the professional involved. What are some skills you can acquire and knowledge you can gain before the sink-or-swim situation?
Sand Control: Achieving Maximum Well Productivity Without Excessive Sand Production
Production of formation sand is one of the oldest problems in oil and gas industry. Achieving maximum well productivity without excessive sand production or plugging requires sand control that depends on the type of the reservoir and production technology.
Large Vs. Small E&P Company: Corporate Structure and Innovation
Graham Hack shares his experience working for a large and a small E&P company and discusses how the role of young professionals can differ in these companies.
How To Survive Downturns: Advice From 30 Years of Firsthand Experience
2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares his experience and advice for young professionals on how to survive the downturn.
Walking To Run in Megaproject Execution
If you love capital projects, and especially the big, complex, and really difficult ones, the petroleum industry is the place to be. Oil and gas development projects provide the young or experienced engineer with all the excitement you could want—challenging projects in challenging places.
Making Megaprojects Successful in the 21st Century
Woodside Energy’s Ian Milne shares the sense of pride that professionals feel being part of oil and gas megaprojects, explaining how the combination of the available opportunities and a desire to work on technical challenges led him to the industry.
What Inspires Me in My Career in Oil and Gas
Change is a fixture of our industry, so preparation for it is essential. It is worthwhile developing an expertise or a niche, and to know when to move forward.
An Energy Career Compass
Going the extra mile and striving to be essential in your job will improve your chances of staying on board through difficult times.
Integrate, Network, and Don’t Underestimate the Power of Communication
Be it the price downturn or the big crew change, communication skills can help young professionals ride the wave of change—and other valuable advice from industry leader Fayaz Jamal of Woodside Energy.
Upping the Ante on Technology and Leadership in Challenging Market Conditions: Part 1
John Wishart, Lloyd's Register discusses the role of the Industry Technology Facilitator, current challenges facing industry, and how the work environment is changing.
Upping the Ante on Technology and Leadership in Challenging Market Conditions: Part 2
Judith Dwarkin shares her career path and outlines key skills that young professionals will need in any business environment.
Next Challenge: Pumping Up the Future
Imran Butt of Baker Hughes talks about why young professionals should be pumped up about a future in the oil and gas industry.
A Decade of Career Choices and Defining Moments
Vivek Sharma, well engineering services manager, Halliburton Consulting Asia Pacific region, gives insight into his career and the industry's future.
Future Job Security in the Oil and Gas Industry
Deanna Jones, vice president of human resources and administrative services at Marathon Oil, shares her own career "best practices."
Whither Enterprising Young Exploration and Production Professionals?
Insight into India's oil and gas history, entrepreneurship, and his own success from Raj Kanwar, founder of SK Oilfield Company.
Developments and Challenges of Mature Oil Fields
Shell's Salil Banerjee talks about the challenges of mature oil fields.
Public Perception of the Oil and Gas Industry
Historically, the oil and gas industry has given the public many reasons not to trust us. Changing the way we respond to concerns can make a difference in public perception.
Deepwater Developments From a Career-Long Petrobras Perspective
Petrobras has had great success in overcoming enormous technological challenges in deep water during the last decade, but challenges remain.
Independents vs. Majors: Who Provides the Better Career?
Harry Simons of Hess Corporation talks about the differences between working for independent and major oil companies.
Meeting Tomorrow’s Energy Needs, Minimizing Environmental Impact
Kishore K. Mohanty of the University of Texas at Austin talks about technologies that can help industry meet energy demands without harming the environment.
Unconventional Resources and Unconventional People
Valerie Jochen, Schlumberger, discusses the benefits of an "unconventional" career path.
The E&P Industrial Evolution—Failing Forward
David Reid of National Oilwell Varco discusses the role of failure and learning from it in learning and career growth.
The Petrobras Petroleum Engineering Educational System
Otto Alcantara Santos, Petrobras, discussed the extensive training program for development of the company's engineers and the positive results it has produced.
There Is Life After College: Learning Must Go On
Turgay Ertekin talks about learning after college and opportunities in graduate study.
Should I Consider Graduate School?
Graduate school can have a big impact on your career, but it isn't for everyone. Be clear about your expectations and what you hope to accomplish when pursuing an advanced degree.
A Crucial Foundation—R&D in the Petroleum Industry
New technology and innovation will always be key elements for the successful development of oil and gas reserves, and continued R&D activities are essential to meet this objective.
An R&D Career in the Energy Industry
A career in R&D is not for everyone. Brant Bennion discusses the opportunities and how he has found an R&D career rewarding.
Choosing Your Side of the Table
Linda Ames reflects on how she has moved between operating and service companies during her career and provides advice on choosing the right path for you.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Past SPE President Bill Cobb sheds light on getting the most out of SPE involvement.
International vs. National Oil Companies—What’s the difference?
The differences between IOCs and NOCs are not black and white but filled with ambiguities. Curtis Whitson discusses some of the ways that they differ and are alike.
International Career Opportunities Don’t Let Them Pass You By
Jeff Ewing, Saudi Arabian Chevron, talks about the importance and reward associated with the varied international assignments in his career.
The Role of IOCs and NOCs in Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
It may not matter whether the IOCs or the NOCs are in charge. The work to be done is the same and the same people will likely be doing it. Unconventional resources already comprise 40% of production in North America and they are expected to grow globally.
Career Profile: Simon Ayat, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Schlumberger
I have benefited from all kinds of opportunities that have exposed me to a variety of challenges and, increasingly, I have had the chance to draw on experiences from many different environments.
Rock Science vs Rocket Science: The Importance and Advantages of a Petroleum Engineering Education
Ali Ghalambor, head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, looks at petroleum engineering as a career—one he considers at times to be more sophisticated than rocket science—and offers some insight into the profession.
Cycling Through a Career
Larry W. Lake discusses oil industry price cycles and how to exercise responsibility for your own career.
Turbulent, Exciting Times . . .
Ruben Caligari discusses the long-term outlook for energy demand, the growth of environmental concern, and the career opportunities that will continue to exist.
Obstacles on the Road to Success
Sara Akbar shares her experiences and wisdom she has gained while pursing her life's work in the oil and gas industry.
The Route I Followed
Karen Schou Pedersen shares her experiences and wisdom she has gained whle pursuing her life's work in the oil and gas industry.
Oil and Gas Industry Efforts on Behalf of Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Richard Sykes, Executive Secretary of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, weighs in on sustainability and social responsibility.
The Role of Impact Assessment in Sustainable Development
Working as an environmental and social performance leader in the extractive industry presents challenges in many areas. Among them is the integration of economic, environmental, and social considerations into business decision making for sustainable development.
Costs and Benefits of Graduate Education
Khalid Aziz, Stanford University, examines the costs and benefits of graduate education by sharing his experience and the lessons he learned along the way.
Numerical Simulation of Complex Reservoir Problems and the Need for a Different Line of Attack
Abbas Firoozabadi of the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute and Yale University and Hussein Hoteit of ConocoPhillips engage in an interesting review of traditional (“old school”) numerical-simulation approaches and explain the need to change (to “new school”) reservoir-simulation approaches.
Should a Technical Career Track/Ladder Be a Preferred Option for Young Professionals?
Ganesh Thakur, Chevron Energy Technology, discusses the important role that technical professionals play within our industry and the challenges that lie ahead.
The Future of Peak Oil
University of Houston professor Michael Economides weighs in on the debate over peak oil.
Advances in Space-Drilling Technologies
Brian J. Glass and Carol Stoker of the NASA Ames Research Center describe the potential for drilling on other planets.
The Attributes of Successful Professionals
Insight from Jasper Ring, Subsurface Manager for Chevron's Blind Faith Project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Elements of Creativity
Creativity is not a single or simple process. It includes several key elements that, when combined, result in a new and innovative product or process.
Knowledge Management Enhances Technical Training Program
As the industry faces the challenge of getting new workers up to speed faster, knowledge management programs hold the promise of helping to transfer knowledge from experienced workers to those who need to learn it.
Mentoring in Azerbaijan
How a program of lectures, structured mentoring, and symposiums has helped develop young professionals in Azerbaijan.
Mentoring in Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc has had formal mentoring systems in place for many years. Mentoring is available to staff throughout the company; however, the focus is on new joiners to Shell and in particular new graduate professionals.
Moving Factors for Young Careers
Mentoring is without doubt one of the keys to success. As a young woman in a male-dominated environment, I believe that it is still the human factor that makes the difference.
Some Challenges for Monte Carlo Simulation
Monte Carlo simulation is the principal analytical tool of risk analysis. Its direct objective is always to estimate the range of something [e.g., reserves, project cost, business unit annual production, net present value (NPV), rate of return].
Analyzing Career Alternatives Reduces Decision Risk
Cheryl Collarini and Claude Thorp, both of Collarini Energy Staffing, examine how employees should look at the pros and cons of changing jobs.
The Need for Change in the E&P Industry—Could Cross-Discipline Careers Be the Key?
Gerrit Nitters of Shell looks back on a rewarding career that involved multiple jobs both in the field in the lab.
Changing Disciplines in E&P: Why You Should Do It
Senior reservoir engineer Luis Carlos Colmenares advocates changing disciplines early in your career.
Information on Member Technical Interests Guides SPE Programs
Technical interests guides SPE programs.
Reflections on Timing and Technology
Christine Ehlig-Economides reflects on her career and how being in the right place at the right time has made all the difference.
Technical Journals—Why Read Them?
John Thorogood, Chief Engineer for the BP Sakhalin exploration program, explains why technical journals play such an important role in the life of an engineering professional.
Hints and Tips on Presenting Technical Papers
Andrew Lambert offers hints and tips on presenting technical papers.
A Career Exploring the Frontiers of Drilling and Well Technology
Bob Worrall of Shell E&P looks back on a career spanning nearly 4 decades.
How To Write Technical Papers and Journal Articles
Ron Dusterhoft, Halliburton, and Jim Giddens, Valley Forge Technical Information Services, offer a primer on writing solid technical papers.
A Changing Role for the Petrophysicist?
Heriot- Watt U. professor Patrick Corbett assesses the evolving role of the petrophysicist and imagines what the future will hold.