Western Regional Meeting 2018

Conference Info

Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the 2018 Western Regional Meeting (WRM2018) which will be held on April 22-26, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel, Garden Grove, CA – which is less than a 10 minute drive to Disneyland USA.

Our Technical Program Committee has selected 90+ papers for presentation at the meeting from the over 400 Abstracts received. The diverse program will cover thermal operations as well as conventional and unconventional production topics of interest to our membership from Alaska to Southern California – and beyond.

The Program will include a Key Note address by the 2019 SPEI President, Sami Al-Nuaim, whose current position is Manager, Petroleum Engineering Application Services at Saudi Aramco. Two Panel Discussion Sessions are included on the program. Panel members include Todd Stevens (CEO of CRC), Steve Layton (President of E&B), David Slater (Executive VP and COO of Signal Hill Petroleum) and Michael Duginski (President and CEO of Sentinel Peak Resources).

The Conference will also include general interest field trips and a suite of ½-day, 1-Day, and 2-Day short courses. More information on the short courses will be available on the WRM 2018 web site (see the Links listed below).

We are seeking Exhibitors and Conference Sponsors, so contact us if you have a suggestion of someone who might be interested in one or both of these opportunities. We will follow up.

Conference Committee

Ted Frankiewicz
Spec Services
WRM 2018 Co-Chair
Baldev Gill
City of Long Beach
WRM 2018 Co-Chair
Andrei Popa
SPEI Regional Director
Western North America Region

Early Bird (Discounted Rate) Registration will be open starting December 12th, so follow the links listed below to reserve your space at WRM 2018.

Conference Schedule Overview


Conference Registration Information

To register for the WRM2018 Conference and/or Short Courses, click the button below:

Click Here to Register Online

To make reservations at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel, click the button below:

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

Click Here for Hotel Reservations


Sponsorship Information


Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities


Exhibitor Information

Why Exhibit

SPE annually provides the regional meeting as an excellent opportunity to showcase your products and services and make valuable connections with industry experts. Sign up today to put your company in the position to network with the petroleum industry’s foremost leaders.

Benefits of Exhibiting

  • Face-to-face access to an expected 400 attendees
  • Targeted attendance with exhibit time over three days
  • Numerous networking opportunities on the exhibit floor
  • Multiple promotional and sponsorship opportunities
  • Complimentary exhibitor registrations with booth purchase
  • Strong decision-maker representation
  • Platform for learning and gaining insight into market trends
  • Brand recognition and increased awareness
  • Spotlight new products and/or services
  • Recruitment opportunities
  • SPE support connotes commitment to the industry



Short Courses

The following short courses will be offered in conjunction with the SPE WRM2018 that will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel, Garden Grove, Orange County, CA. These training classes will be held on Sunday and Monday (April 22 and 23), while the Regional Meeting will start on Tuesday (April 24). You do not have to register for the Regional Meeting to attend these classes, but we encourage you to do so. (Note: DL = SPE Distinguished Lecturer.)

TWO DAY CLASSES ($750 for all, and $380 for students) (Sunday and Monday)


HALF DAY TECHNICAL CLASSES ($200 for all, and $100 for students)

sponsored by Steve Cheung


Discussion Panels

Panel Session: Operating in a lower for longer oil price regime: Challenges, Opportunities and Game Changers

  • Tues. April 24th, 07:45am - 09:45am, Hyatt Regency Royal A&B
  • Moderator(s): Baldev Singh Gill - City of Long Beach
  • Speaker(s):

Panel Session: OIL & GAS E & P Regulations: What's New? What's Expected? What's the Impact?

  • Wednesday April 25th at 7:45 - 9:45AM, Hyatt Regency Royal A&B
  • Moderator(s): Andrei Popa, Chevron, SPEI Regional Director, Western North America Region
  • Speaker(s):