SPE Notes

News and Updates for SPE Members Worldwide

SPE Announces Technical Agenda for the 2012 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Conference

Premiere Latin American and Caribbean oil and gas conference set for Mexico City

Richardson, Texas, USA, (January 30, 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) is a 3-day multidisciplinary technical program scheduled for 16–18 April 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Continue reading

STAY Alert, still on-going: Fraudulent Check Warning

NOTE: This fraudulent scheme is still an on-going issue for our organization and our members and your help is appreciated.

Over the last few days it has come to our attention that criminals are using SPE’s corporate name in an attempt to commit fraud on the public. To date, there have been numerous checks presented to banks for collections.  In each case, an individual receives a fraudulent check with SPE’s name as the payer, along with a San Francisco address. The individual is then asked to deposit the check, and forward funds to another person.

SPE is in no way involved in this fraud scheme. SPE has no San Francisco address, and would never request that a payee forward funds to anyone.

SPE has contacted its bank, and notified the proper authorities. If you receive an unexpected check from The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. and are asked to in turn send money to someone else, please contact Cheryl Finnerty at 972-952-9424. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SEND MONEY TO ANYONE BASED ON THESE FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS.


SPE, Getenergy Partner to Bring Education, Training Providers to Industry Events

SPE Contact: Paige McCown, +1 713-457-6826 ; Getenergy Contact: Helen Jones, +44 (0)207 0965 602, helen.jones@getenergyevent.com

Richardson, Texas, USA, (January 17, 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Getenergy  have announced plans to join efforts to bring providers of education, training, and national workforce development to the global oil and gas industry through their events.

The unique partnership will see SPE play a role in Getenergy’s annual global meetings from June 2012 onwards.  Getenergy’s will bring its learning arena exhibitions and specialist knowledge of education and training for the upstream business to some of SPE’s leading global technology and engineering events in the coming 3 years.  Continue reading

SPE surpasses 100,000 members globally

Richardson, Texas, USA, (January 12, 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces it has attained record membership, reaching 104,762 members  globally.  The society has doubled in size in just the past 10 years, driving SPE to offer more programs and services to a truly diverse industry. Continue reading

Inaugural Carbon Management Technology Conference Focuses on Reduction, Adaptation

CONTACT: Leigha Burns (+1.972.952.9393)

RICHARDSON, Texas, USA (28 December 2011)—The first-ever Carbon Management Technology Conference will be held 7–9 February 2012 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Eight engineering societies are sponsoring this conference, bringing together all disciplines to share the latest technologies, strategies and systems related to the management and containment of carbon production. Continue reading

Attend the special session on Advancing Automation in Well Construction

SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee will offer a special session on Advancing Automation in Well Construction by learning from the experience of other industries

When: 5 March 2012, 1300 – 1700 PST
Where: Town and Country Resort and Convention Center  |  San Diego, California USA
Sponsored Reception by Integrated Drilling Equipment from 1700-1900 PST

There is no charge to attend this important meeting.  However, due to limited seating you must register to attend.Registration for spouses attending the reception is also required.

Register now »

You are invited to attend this special session immediately preceding the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference (6-8 March 2012).   This half-day event features three exciting speakers addressing innovative applications of automation:

  • Mike Withers, VP Ride Engineering, Disney Imagineering
    Developing Automated Rides – Automation successfully applied in environments with high safety and reliability requirements without specialist operators.
  • Bertrand du Castel, Fellow, Schlumberger
    The Driller’s Brain: Human-Centered Oilfield Automation – The development of rig-state and drilling-state activity definitions that create the basis for understanding, implementing, and enhancing drilling systems automation operations
  • Arjun Singh, University of California Berkley
    Extreme Aerobatic Autonomous Helicopter Flight – Learning algorithms that extract intended trajectory and create a high-accuracy dynamics model, termed automation through apprenticeship learning.

John de Wardt (President, DE WARDT & COMPANY), program Moderator, organized this event with Mario Zamora, Technical Advisor, Schlumberger.

Session includes SPE DSATS and IADC ART activities recap and 2012 election of DSATS officers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fred Florence
Chairman, Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section

SPE Dallas Office Has Temporarily Moved

SPE’s Dallas office has temporarily moved to Allen, Texas, during a renovation of the Richardson office. The move took place during the weekend of 1-4 December and the Richardson building is completely vacant and now awaiting the start of the renovation. The expected construction start date is early February, and the final construction completion date is expected to be in November, with anticipated move in date to be around mid-December 2012.

Contact information can be found here.

2011 SPE Annual Conference in Denver Featured Latest Technologies for Exploration, Production and the Environment

CONTACT: Dana Otillio (+1.972.952.9471, email)

RICHARDSON, Texas, USA (2 November 2011)—The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2011 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) was held this week in Denver, Colorado, and brought together approximately 9,400 oil and gas professionals from 57 countries around the world.

ATCE is one of the leading technical conferences in the upstream oil and gas industry, presenting current best practices and emerging technologies to the engineers, scientists, academia, managers and executives in attendance.Technical presentations covered shale and other unconventional reservoirs, long-term global energy strategy, environmental considerations, remote operations and other important regional and discipline-focused topics.  Continue reading