Message From The Chair

Cautious Optimism for Energy Sector, LASPE Events & Upcoming Distinguished Lecturers, WRM and Golf

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

I hope you had a nice Holiday Season. Let us hope that 2018 brings us health, many nice times, and a prosperous energy industry. As we start the year, the oil price is rising, the drilling rig count continues to go upwards, and more projects have been funded. I guess that we may have a cautious optimism at this point.

At the LASPE, we have planned a number of events during the first six months of 2018 that will help develop your industry knowledge, provide networking opportunities, and allow for a nice time. Our luncheon on January 9th will feature Distinguished Lecturer Scot Buell from Chevron Energy Technology Company. Scot’s talk is entitled “Waterflood Design and Operational Best Practices”. Since waterflooding is a major element of many oil field operations in the Los Angeles area, Scot’s talk will be most relevant to the problems that we encounter.

We also have two more Distinguished Lecturers speaking at our luncheons in the next 6 months. On March 13th, Margaret Crichton will be discussing "Operational Decision Making: What makes a Decision Good?" Then on June 12th, Marina Voskanian will be presenting her Distinguished Lecturer talk titled “Minimizing Environmental and Safety Risks To Sustain Resource Recovery - A Case Study.” So, we have a number of top speakers that will be at our luncheons.

The Western Regional Meeting will be April 22 to 27, 2018 in Garden Grove (near Disneyland). There have been a number of excellent papers already chosen to be presented. We will have a wide array of exhibitors on hand to discuss the latest technological advancements. Industry and regulatory panels are being assembled to discuss pertinent matters concerning the future of the oil and gas business. There will also be a number of short courses available to augment your skills. Our Annual Charity Golf Tournament will conclude the Meeting on April 27. All in all, it promises to be a great event.

We have much to look forward to in the next six months. See you there.

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2017