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Western Regional Meeting 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the 2015 SPE Western Regional Meeting, 27 – 30 April at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel, Garden Grove, California, which is less than 10 minutes’ drive to Disneyland, Anaheim USA.

This year we have an exceptional and diverse program covering thermal, conventional and unconventional operations from Alaska to California. In addition to the 84 Technical presentations, the conference program includes 6 short courses and 3 Field Trips. 84 Technical presentations will be delivered by colleagues from California, Texas, Canada, Norway, Alaska, Pennsylvania and more. The program also includes an oil industry panel discussion which will present the views of industry leaders from several major operating and service companies.

The WRM 2015 program includes two former SPE presidents who will be teaching and sharing their experiences as well as a Keynote Address by the current 2015 SPE President, Helge Haldorsen. Helge will deliver the key note luncheon speech and handout the Regional Awards along with our Regional Director, Tom Walsh.

Given the diversity of technical topics and the presence of top talent within our industry, we hope that you will actively plan to participate in this year’s Western Regional Meeting. Stick around after the Conference and join your friends at the Los Angeles Basin Section's Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 1st at the Los Serranos CC in nearby Chino Hills. This link takes you right to the registration site:

The Conference and Program committee look forward to seeing you all at the event.


Baldev Gill
City of Long Beach
Ted Frankiewicz
Spec Services
Andrei Popa
Technical Chairperson

Welcome to the 2015 SPE Western Regional Meeting. Our theme this year covers thermal operations, conventional and unconventional plays from California to Alaska, offering a broad range of very exciting topics. And, we’ll be meeting in close proximity to “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland.

Our Technical Program Committee has prepared a diverse and stimulating program, which will have something for everyone. We have events for Young Professionals, six continuing education courses, two panel discussions with industry leaders from across the region, and experts on oil and gas market drivers and trends. Attendees of the Regional Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 29 will be treated to a keynote speech by 2015 SPEI President, Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen, Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio, and Mexico Country Manager for Statoil Development and Production North America.

SPE offers such tremendous value to members in transfer of knowledge; professional and social networking opportunities; and competency development. The fact that this year is challenging in the industry due to low oil price further magnifies SPE’s value to members. I look forward to a rewarding and fun experience with all of you in Anaheim.

I am very proud of the SPE Los Angeles Basin Section leadership, and all of the capable and dedicated volunteers who have organized this meeting. It is only through their hard work and coordination that meetings like this can occur, and member participation in the meetings is the key driver behind all this activity. I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim.

Best regards,

Thomas Walsh
SPE Western North America Region Director

Event Information and Agenda are shown below. You may also download it as a Word document or PDF.

Hotel and Meeting Information

Hotel Website and Address:
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840, US

To make direct hotel reservations for this event, click here.

Agenda for Western Regional Meeting, April 27th - 30th, 2015

Tue., April 28th

Short Courses

  1. “The Digital Engineer and the Unconventional Digital Oil Field” by Jim Crompton
  2. “Hydraulic Fracturing” by Mohabbat Ahmadi
  3. “Integrated Waterflood Asset Management” by Ganesh Thakur

Student Paper Competition – Lead Co-coordinators Iraj Ershaghi and Uduak Ntuk:

08:00am-08:30am Continental Breakfast and Welcome from the USC Student Chapter,
Introduction of the Judges,
Discussion of Contest Rules
08:30am-11:45am Bachelors Division Presentations
11:45am-01:00pm Lunch Break
Room: TBA
01:00pm-04:00pm Masters Division Presentations
01:30pm-05:45pm PhD Division Presentations
04:00pm–04:15pm Break
04:00pm–05:45pm PhD Division Presentations
06:00pm–08:30pm Dinner
Location: TBA
Welcome Reception/Ice Breaker
06:00–09:00pm All Participants Welcome
Wed., April 29th

Technical Programs

07:45am-09:45am Oil Industry Panel Discussion from Alaska to California
10:00am-11:40am 01 Data Driven Analytics
10:00am-11:40am 02 Reservoir Description and Dynamics
10:00am-11:40am 03 Fracturing Technologies I
11:45am-01:15pm Keynote/Awards Luncheon
01:30pm-05:00pm 04 Health, Safety and Environment
01:30pm-05:00pm 05 Drilling I
01:30pm-05:00pm 06 Production Operations
Ice Breaker
06:00–09:00pm All Participants Welcome
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