I hope everyone is happily embracing the beginning of winter and the holiday season!
Our calendar year is definitely ending on a high note. On November 30th, The Dallas Section hosted the 13th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament. With nearly 200 shooters, participation was approximately 30% greater than last year. And with greater attendance comes greater proceeds, all which will go to the Section’s scholarship fund. The Dallas Section also hosted several presentations, including “Shale Development – Does Cheap Energy Really Mean Flaming Tap Water?” by SPE Distinguished Lecturer William Fleckenstein, “Modern Well Technologies and the Impact on Well Control” by Mo Amer, and our annual Ethics Seminar co-hosted with SPEE.
The Young Professionals (YPs) also continued to provide a diverse offering of networking and educational activities. On November 8th, the YPs held a Thanksgiving dinner at Ellen’s. The event, sponsored by Premier Pressure Pumping, also featured a discussion with Russell Romoser of Comstock Resources covering advice for young industry professionals. Additionally, the YPs hosted a Happy Hour on December 7th at The Skellig, sponsored by Double K Energy Services, with attendees providing toys for donation to Toys for Tots.
Looking ahead, the December 13th general meeting will feature Distinguished Lecturer Iskander Diyashev delivering the talk “The World without Oil”. To follow the YPs lead, attendees may bring a toy for Toys for Tots donation in lieu of registration payment. And on January 17th, the Dallas Section education and general meeting groups will co-host Terry Palisch’s presentation “Writing an SPE Paper Abstract, and Getting it Accepted!”.
Also, once again, the Dallas Section is supporting the North Texas Regional Future City Competition (http://www.dfwfuturecity.org/). This STEM-based event, where hundreds of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students present concepts for livable cities of the future, will be held at the UT-Arlington campus on January 27th. If you would be interested in volunteering, either as a virtual judge, competition judge, or event coordinator, please let us know.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge that the SPE Dallas Section Board of Directors has selected Steve Hudson as 2017 Engineer of the Year and Colin Beasley as 2017 Young Engineer of the Year. We are so appreciative of their ongoing support of and service to SPE, the Dallas Section membership, and the many individuals who benefit from the Section’s educational and outreach initiatives. They will formally receive their awards during Engineer's Week in mid-February.
Thank you again for everyone’s contribution to another great year for SPE’s Dallas Section. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!