Pragnya Maruwada Newsletters 2020-2021
I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. June was yet another strange month for us – commodity prices are on an upward trend, operators are slowly bringing back shut-in production, and the economy is re-opening through a phased approach to get millions of people back to work. And yet, the futures contracts look relatively flat, our industry continues to face layoffs and furloughs, and the COVID-19 pandemic is still surging on with cases increasing in some parts of the country that have already re-opened. If you tend to worry like me, the dichotomy of our new reality can be very overwhelming.
In times like these, I have found some solace in thinking about the positive changes that these last few months have brought:Technology, technology, technology!
More time for…everything!
Noticing and appreciating “the little things”
I hope that all of you have seen and experienced at least a handful of positive changes in your lives recently. I also hope that as we continue to utilize more virtual technology to bring you technical content, you feel that we are providing a worthy service to you. We will continue to evaluate future in-person events but for now, I highly encourage all of you to sign up for our upcoming virtual monthly and study group meetings (dates will be posted soon). For those who I have not met yet, I’d love to connect with you at our upcoming YP virtual networking events (dates also to be posted soon). If you have any suggestions, tips, questions, concerns, or would just like to reach out to share your tidbits of positive changes, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.
Colin Beasley Newsletters 2019-2021
April 2020Section Members,
I hope everyone’s families are doing well through this whole weird time we’re living in: a virus that appears to transmit very easily in human populations, negative oil prices, and a potentially different world ahead of us compared to what we knew before. We’re living in a liminal time, the hazy in-between two times that we’ll remember forever, pre-quarantine and post-quarantine.
Liminality is the transformative space and time between two points. Other examples include Pearl Harbor and 9/11. You could also say religious rites, like baptism or bar and bat mitzvah, are liminal times in someone’s life. We are living through a very long transition, that many of us are sick of. Some enjoyed the beginnings of it, others have grown accustomed to it, and the large majority are hopeful to be able to sit in a crowded restaurant sooner than later. Whether you feel like opening the economy is the correct move or not, there’s a big chance you feel confined and miss your normal gatherings. I certainly do.
As the world changes, so does SPE. I’d like to present next year’s Board of Directors Slate for the Dallas Section:
Please thank all of them for their service and commitment to improving the section.
March 2020Section Members,
What a month! WTI hit $20.06 amidst a price war and fears of the coronavirus bringing the world economy to a halt. I know my portfolio has taken a massive hit, much like others’ (I’m assuming). The last decade has been an unprecedented bull market that history tells us has to eventually stop. It seems like now is the time the bear emerges from hibernation. Prices always recover, it may just take a while.
I’m assuming many of you, like me, are working from home. We’re having to learn to spend all day in the same place, develop new routines, and change how we experience the world. Warm embraces are now met with skepticism and disdain, customary western traditions like handshakes and cheek-kisses have all been pushed aside for elbow bumps and foot taps.
The last couple of weeks have been wild: raids for toilet paper, emptying grocery stores of all unperishable items (and perishable items as well), and the 24-hour news telling us how we’re all going to die from this virus. Amidst all the craziness, I wanted to share a few positives I have seen in the last week:
While I don’t want to underplay the current state of the world, I will say the world has seen much worse in terms of disease and economics. Many of our parents, grandparents, and possibly great grandparents survived the Great Depression and World War II, and ultimately experienced some of the wealthiest times ever known to mankind.
If it feels like we’re just entering the tunnel, rest assured there will eventually be light at the end of it.
In response to canceled events, SPE International has provided opportunities for us to experience Distinguished Lecturer Webinars, which we should all take advantage of.
Thank you all for being so understanding during these times. I hope everyone, and their families stay safe and healthy. Like always, feel free to contact me. email@example.com.
February, 2020Section Members,
As 2019 ends, I'd like to highlight some of the contributions from your fellow SPE volunteers for which I'm thankful. That way if you have an opportunity to see them, you’re able to thank them or congratulate them for the hard work.
There are many more volunteers that make Dallas SPE function. I’m extremely thankful for all of them and all the work they do. Putting events together truly takes an army, and ours is one of the best. Unfortunately, I can’t write something about all of them, or else I’d set a record for longest newsletter of all time. Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who has proofread these newsletters for me and helped make them more concise, entertaining, and coherent.
September, 2019Section Members,
August, 2019Section Members,
The last couple of months have been challenging and rewarding. I have found that as I put myself into challenging scenarios, I become more and more comfortable in them. For example, speaking in front of people typically has been a challenge for me, regardless of the size of the audience. Now, I have become much more comfortable doing so. Another scenario I am much more comfortable in is speaking to strangers.
Strangers, by definition are people who I am not acquainted with. As I get to know them, they are no longer strangers. While this may seem overly simple and arbitrary, most of this world are still strangers to me. Most of the world wouldn’t help me in any way, merely because I am a stranger. Selfishly, I would prefer help should I need it. As I mentioned in my first newsletter, jobs seem to come from acquaintances more so than close friends. If that is true, then I could benefit greatly by speaking to strangers and developing more acquaintances for when the day comes that I seek employment. As utilitarian as this may seem, the truth is that we don’t overcome our weaknesses by leaving them guarded and unexposed. Speaking to strangers was a weakness of mine.
Now, speaking to strangers is second nature. Every bashful Uber driver, cashier, and clerk dread the day I show up. They’ll be asked about their day, where they’re from, and what their thoughts are on some benign topic. I’ll admit I don’t talk to everyone, but I am much better than I was before. Speaking to strangers has given me the opportunity to write all of this to you. Speaking to strangers has given me the confidence to share this one, seemingly odd weakness of mine with all of you. As odd of a topic as this may be, I have a reason for writing about it.
Dallas Section membership has dropped with the downturn, naturally. I think we all expect this, but clearly something is different since 2017, not 2016, is the lowest membership we’ve had.
The trend of students seems to be dropping off as well, but that’s also expected given oil prices over the last few years. Companies have either become more efficient and have not hired people back as they’ve grown, or we (SPE) are becoming less relevant to professionals. There has been some growth between 2017 and 2018, but we fully expect a pretty flat year for 2019. Layoffs, although still happening, seem to be less prevalent than years past. Whatever the cause, we have not been able to clearly identify it.
About 30 of you responded to the survey we sent out last year, several of which I’m guessing were on the board of directors. I don’t know who the responders are, but thank you for your much-needed input. Ultimately, I think I’m guilty of not talking to those of you I don’t know. As much as I talk to strangers in innocuous situations, I haven’t done a very good job of talking to strangers in important situations. I’m going to make an intentional effort to do so in the coming events. If you feel nervous about that, find solace in your odds of 1/1600 in the section or 1/100 for some of the larger events.
Had I attended all the July events and spoken to strangers, your odds of having a delightful conversation with me would have been as follows:
Odds of Delightful Conversation
YP/Intern tour at the Weatherford Sucker Rod Plant on July 12
Estimating Molecular Weight Compositions with Gas Chromatograph and Hydrocarbon Dew Point on July 17
Study Group: Prescriptive Analytics for Completion Optimization in Unconventional Resources on July 24
*assumes my conversation is “delightful”
Since those opportunities are hypothetical, here are the upcoming events where we may have a chance to talk:
July, 2019Section Members,
Happy Independence Day! Thank you all for being a part of SPE. Without members, this is all for naught. I appreciate all of you, and if you ever have an idea or something you would like to share with me, please feel free to contact me directly.
As time goes on, I have learned that everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher. Regardless of age, experience, IQ or background, there’s always something to learn and always someone to teach. I’ve noticed this recently with my mentor, who has had a very different career path than mine. Even with our differences, I have learned a lot about working with people, how to approach problems, and different resources that are available for me to use. Similarly, I have run into scenarios where I can share knowledge with someone much more experienced than me. I think this extremely important for our industry: there’s a large population older than 55 who have mastered the oilfield technologies young people have yet to learn, and similarly a large tech-savvy population under the age of 35. This can be seen in global SPE membership from a 2016 SPE membership review:
Figure 1 SPE Professional Membership in 2006 and 2016. Source:(Parshall, 2017)
Both groups have an opportunity to be a student and teacher. The 55+ age group needs to pass down their knowledge to the younger people so that our institutional knowledge doesn’t disappear. The younger generation needs to keep the older generation up to date on advances in software and an ever-evolving tech space. Just like advocating for our industry, teaching and learning must be approached from a place of humility. Arrogance and pretentiousness only hinder the passing of knowledge. I know that I am guilty of assuming I know a specific topic, then I find out I know very little about it. My arrogance has definitely reduced my learning potential in many things, and I hope one day to remediate that.
Based on the people I know; this will not be an issue. Some may retire later than anticipated, or come out of retirement to consult 10-20 hours per week. Given Dr. Roberto F. Aguilera’s outlook on oil prices over the next 20 years, I may find myself on the other end of this problem. By then I will hopefully have remembered lessons learned through our current predicament, remained a student and a teacher, and apply them to weather that storm.
June was a very fun month for SPE events. The golf tournament, which is older than me, celebrated its 36th birthday on June 3rd. If you’ve never played in it, I will personally attest that you do not need any sort of golf skill to have a good time. Make sure you thank the golf committee; they spend a lot of time putting on an amazing event every year.
On June 19th, our last Distinguished Lecturer of the season, Dr. Roberto F. Aguilera, came and gave a talk on the price performance of oil. Fascinating and eye-opening.
Also on June 19th, the YP group hosted a networking event at Bishop Cidercade. What’s more fun than cider and arcade games? There were close to 40 attendees.
Lastly, the annual Summer Seminar, “Learning Through Success and Failures: A Collection of Completion Case Histories” was held on June 26th. Please make sure to thank Pragnya, Tami, Danny and any other volunteers you came across. This is a big event for us and requires a lot of work.
If you ordered a shirt, please come to our meetings to pick up your shirt!
Please share photos! We are going to start posting more event photos on the website, so please email any you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, they cannot be candid photographs (for privacy reasons).
Parshall, J. (2017, June 29). After Years, 'Big Crew Change' Has Passed, But Learning, Training Challenges Remain. Journal of Petroleum Technology, 69(7).
June, 2019Section Members,
So far, 2019 has been another interesting year in the oil industry. We’ve seen oil prices climb over 40%, major acquisitions, and still, layoffs and early retirement packages. Many companies will come and go, especially in the Dallas market. Even with rising oil prices and general knowledge of how oil makes the world go ‘round, there are still those out there who see our industry as antiquated and soon to be obsolete.
We seem to be portrayed as selfish, greedy, money-grubbing fools who want nothing more than to earn a buck at the expense of the rest of the world. We are seen as the character from the Simpsons, Mr. Burns. My experience, much like many of yours, has been quite the opposite. Many of the people I work with genuinely care about my well-being. They are kind, pleasant, people who work diligently to provide for their families. Many people I know have been laid off, and their next employment opportunity seems to come from an acquaintance. We are all extremely fortunate to work in such a business, which is why I would encourage everyone to advocate for our industry. We have a lot to be proud of:
For all these reasons, I ask that when someone outside of the industry you know decides to bring up fracing, you approach them with an advocacy mindset. Be kind and calm, and remind them how they got to Hawaii for their honeymoon, what their iPhones are made of, and why Legos even exist. Never assume ill intent if it can be explained with ignorance.
We had Luis Mendoza-Natividad discuss Decision Quality in Field Development Strategies in the general monthly meeting on May 15th.
The Study Group featured Kevin Wutherich, who spoke about stage-specific diverter strategies using lateral heterogeneity.
If you were one of the lucky ones, you pre-ordered your t-shirt. Thanks for everyone that supported that effort.
My second favorite SPE event, Casino Night, was held on May 3rd. I heard it was a lot of fun, as per usual.
My favorite SPE event, the Annual Golf Tournament, will be happening on the 3rd. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out there.
Our last Distinguished Lecturer of the season will be speaking about the Exceptional Price Performance of Oil, make sure to register. For more information on the Distinguished Lecturer Program, click here.
The YPs will have a networking event at Bishop Cidercade, that will be graciously sponsored by Schlumberger.
There will not be a Study Group meeting this month. Instead, we will be holding our annual Summer Seminar. This year we’ll be learning about completion case histories through successes and failures.
Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn, where all our events (and more) are posted: https://www.linkedin.com/company/spe-dallas/.
Thanks to the early adopters of our advertising campaign, SPL and Axis Energy Services. For those that would still like to advertise, contact Joseph Fu: email@example.com
If you have any ideas, comments, concerns or would like someone to talk to, feel free to contact me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better late than never they said; and this being the oilfield, I didn’t want to “hurry up and wait”.
It is a pleasure to introduce myself as this year’s SPE Chairman for the 2018-2019 term. Welcome to the June through August e-Newsletter and my first installment of the Chairman’s message for the SPE Dallas Section. Although June 1st marks the beginning of a new year for the Section, your board has been working feverishly behind the scenes to bring you the best technical information, speakers and networking possible.
I’d like to thank Rob Bruant and the 2017-2018 Dallas Section board for their leadership and hard work over the last year. While we are excited to have several board members remain with us another year, we are thrilled to see several new faces on the board. This year the Section will continue to provide quality educational programs via our monthly section and study group meetings, our YP members will continue to grow and mentor the younger members of the section, our sports and social committees will provide quality programs to allow members to network as well as raise funds for scholarships, we will continue to provide significant scholarship and networking opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in the region. We also will promote a positive image of our industry in our schools and community. One of the ways we can do that is to volunteer and there will be several opportunities to do so.
To recap the beginning of our year:
We started out the year with a bang on June 20 in Trevor Rees-Jones where led us on a “Walk down the Road of the Shale Revolution” along with some history on Chief Oil & Gas. It was one of highest attended meetings since I’ve been a part of SPE in Dallas.
On June 4th we had our annual golf tournament at Firewheel golf course followed by the annual summer conference “Emerging Technologies in Unconventional Development” on 27th of June at Brookhaven. These two events are very important to our section and help accomplish our goal of disseminating technical information to our members and raising money for scholarships. Special thanks to our board and committee members who volunteer their precious time to make these a success.
Our monthly meeting on July 18th was Don Fry, a consulting geophysicist, who spoke to us about “New Concepts for Drilling and Completion.” Last week we had Dr. Stephen Molina, the UT Dallas Energy Management Program Director, come speak to our study group about the U.S. Energy Independence. We are looking forward to working with UTD and meeting their Energy Management Program students at upcoming SPE monthly meetings.
Our Young Professionals group, the lifeblood of the organization has really come on strong and we are excited what the future holds for the section. Being a middle aged guy, it was fun being invited to share a few “Don’t do this / This didn’t work out to well for me / That was dumb” moments at the monthly YP networking event. If you are a young professional, I hope you make it out to get to know others in the same boat as you. If you are old like me, the YP’s can surely learn from our mistakes and I hope you consider sharing your experiences with them. We hope the rest of you will come out in support of the section and help us grow to our largest membership yet.
On August 15th James Harden III will discuss “Oil Price and Valuation” at our section meeting. The talk will discuss what's moving oil prices and potential scenarios of oil prices. The cost of capital and public company equities' relationship to oil prices will also be discussed. On August 29th, we will learn about “Improved Artificial Lift Design to Reduce Operational Costs and Risks” from Jeff Saponja (CEO, HEAL Systems) at the Study Group meeting. Our YPs will also be hosting a networking event on Thursday, August 9th from 6:30pm at Sherlock’s in Addison.
This coming year:
While the success of our section is certainly related to the hard work of the Section Board and Committee chairs, the biggest part of our success is dictated by you, the members of the section. One of my main priorities this year will to grow the section and bring more members to our meetings and events. We currently have over 1500 paid members in our section. After looking at our section data, something was very apparent to me. Over half of our membership is within retirement age in the next 5 years. That tells me if we don’t grow the section, (and fast) we stand to dwindle into sub 1000 members.
That should never happen in Dallas of all places. There was a show named after our city that created the oilman stereotype - but unlike those stars who had no clue how to pull a well or find the key to the v-door, our section membership is incredibly talented. It is my hope this year that everyone in the section will assess these talents and look for at least one opportunity to volunteer and help us achieve our outreach and growth goals. Take a look at the annual membership year over year.
As you can see, the downturn knocked us in the head pretty good. I need your help to turn this around. You can start by renewing and if you can read this chances are you already have. Please encourage your friends and engineers that aren’t getting this to come to a meeting and see what great technical info we put out and networking opportunities we provide.
Speaking of opportunities to help: Did you know we are the home team for ATCE this year? This year’s SPE Annual Technical Conference is right here in Dallas on September 24-26th, 2018. We will be needing some help and as the home team I hope we can depend on many of you to show up in force. Please contact me or any of the section leadership for how to get involved, we can most certainly use the help.
As always, we are looking for suggestions on how to improve our section and advance our profession. If you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is Robert.Martinez@TitanRockEP.com and my door is always open.
Robert C. Martinez, P.E.
The holiday season is fast upon us, where has the time gone?
This month our general section meeting is scheduled for November 10th. The Dallas SPE section is holding a joint meeting with the Dallas section of SPEE to cover our annual ethics topic. The speaker is Rick Valdes, a representative from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The December general section luncheon is scheduled for December 14th with Dwayne Purvis presenting “Caveat Emptor in Acquisitions”.
The production study group luncheon on October 26th presented Steve Kennedy, VP and Head of Energy Banking for Amegy Bank. His topic, heard by a 67 members, was “How Does the Current Energy Downturn Differ from the Major Downturn of the mid-80’s”. Their next meeting is Randy Freeborn, Energy Navigator, addressing “Two Vital Secrets for Building Reliable Type Wells” on November 30th. They will not hold a December meeting due to the holidays and will return in January with the annual Paper Writing Seminar. Planning has started for the annual one day seminar in June.
Our social calendar for 2016 will conclude with the annual “Shoot for Your School” sporting clays event to be held the afternoon of December 1st. Be on the lookout on the website and for email blasts for more details. This is always a great event which fills up fast!
I harp on this every month but membership is the life blood of SPE. Renewal notices have gone out. Our section is striving to retain members in the current environment. I cannot think of a better investment than maintaining membership in the SPE to stay current with our rapidly changing industry. Please remind your friends and colleagues that might have let their membership lapse that SPE has a program for members without a job to assist them with membership costs.
The board is considering a program of mentoring for our student chapters at SMU, UNT and UTD. This “Trailblazers” program has been beneficial to other sections and student chapters. While we are still in the investigative stage, if you might be interested in mentoring a college student please contact me at the email below and we will be back in touch as things develop.
Our Young Professionals group has lost its leader, Joseph Bowens, to a transfer out of town. We are searching for younger members to restart this vital link by joining a committee to develop programs and social events. Anyone interested in leading or helping on this effort should contact me.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings or events. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can participate.
Regards, Steve Hudson
We had a good crowd for our September 14th monthly luncheon with a presentation by 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer Reidar B. Bratvold on “Creating Value from Uncertainty and Flexibility”. The production study group luncheon, with about 40 attendees, was held on September 28th on “Water Management: Costs, Trends and Risks” presented by Michael Dunkel, VP of CH2M.
This month our general section meeting is scheduled for October 19th. We are honored to host 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer Franks Blaskovich to discuss “Energy Policy: Is It Effective? Is It Fair?” The Dallas SPE section is holding a joint meeting with the Dallas section of SPEE on November 10th to cover our annual ethics topic. The speaker will be a representative from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
The production study group luncheon is scheduled for October 26th. Steve Kennedy, VP and Head of Energy Banking for Amegy Bank, will discuss “How Does the Current Energy Downturn Differ from the Major Downturn of the mid-80’s”. Future meetings include Jeff DaCunha of Pioneer addressing Gas Lift Optimization in November and the annual Paper Writing Seminar in January.
Membership renewal is fast approaching at year-end. Our section is striving to retain members in the current environment. I cannot think of a better investment than maintaining membership in the SPE to stay current with our rapidly changing industry. Please remind your friends and colleagues that might have let their membership lapse that SPE has a program for members without a job to assist them with membership costs.
I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable vacation this summer as it seems the pace of things always picks up after Labor Day. The same is true for the Dallas SPE section. In the coming months we have a number of good programs lined up, our social calendar continues with the Shoot for Your School event, our YP group will be posting some fall events, the student chapters are back in action after the summer break, and our community outreach through Brookhaven College is working the annual STEAM events.
I believe the website and registration system issues have improved and I hope this becomes a minor issue going forward.
An ongoing problem our section faces, like all of our industry at present, is declining membership. We have over 400 members who have not renewed for 2016. They have not moved to another section, just dropped out. Please encourage your colleagues to retain their membership. If you know of someone who is out of work, let them know that SPEI has a program for unemployed members to receive 2 years of free membership.
On August 17th our monthly luncheon presentation was made by Dallas section board member Terry Palisch of Carbo Ceramics on the "Latest Advancements in Far-Field Proppant Detection". The 70 or so people in attendance heard an interesting presentation on Carbo Ceramic's latest data on the field trials of detecting actual proppant placement in fractures. The Dallas section had the honor of receiving more insight from Carbo Ceramics at our August 31st study group meeting with a topic of "Multifunction Proppants to Reduce LOE" presented by Jeff Hebert.
This month our general section meeting is a week early (next Wednesday, the 14th) due to travel scheduling as we are honored to host 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer Reidar B. Bratvold presenting "Creating Value from Uncertainty and Flexibility". The production study group luncheon is scheduled for September 28th on "Water Management: Costs, Trends and Risks"presented by Michael Dunkel, VP of CH2M. The Labor Day weekend earthquake in North Central Oklahoma and subsequent reaction by the OCC UIC division and the EPA make both of these topics very timely.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings or events. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can participate.
Well it is the “dog days” of summer and it seems everyone is out of town including yours truly. If you can stand the heat it is a great time to enjoy our local attractions as traffic on the streets and in restaurants is light. Our July Board of Directors meeting was similarly low on new business, the Section social calendar is complete for the year (excluding Shoot for Your School in October), our student sections are out for the summer, our annual one-day seminar is complete and our program committees have great line-ups in place for the fall. The highlight of our monthly meeting was board approval of the scholarship committee recommendations for grants for the 2016-17 academic year. We approved scholarships totaling $31,500 (the Dallas Section’s expected net “profit” for this year from all of its activities). Twenty Three students from six colleges were awarded varying amounts based on need and merit.
I want to highlight two of our students, Jonathan Burwell, a junior at New Mexico Tech, and Minh Hoang, a junior at Texas Tech. Each was awarded $3,000 for the 2016-2017 Scholarship term. These two students we awarded the highest amount due to their outstanding applications, dedication, excellent grades and the effort and commitment that they were able to demonstrate to their career as future Petroleum Engineers.
The Dallas Section membership has suffered along with our industry over the last two years. Though we currently have approximately 1600 active members, we are missing over 400 members who did not renew this year for some reason. If you have colleagues or friends that may have dropped out please encourage them to consider re-instating their membership. You can also forward them this monthly email as they have been dropped by the system. Please encourage them to attend our events. SPEI offers those unemployed a free membership for a period of two years.
Well, last month I was a little optimistic when I stated that all of the bugs have been fixed in our website registration system, I did hedge my bet with the “I have my fingers crossed” comment. Again I ask for your patience. The “pop-up blocker” issue with PayPal had not showed its ugly head before. We have been told that once you enable pop-ups for PayPal with your browser that it will not be a problem again (as long as you don’t switch browsers or possibly delete cookies from your system).
On July 20th our monthly luncheon presentation was made by 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Mary Van Domelen of Continental Resources. Her topic was “Bridging the Gap between Drilling and Completions, Challenges and Solutions in Horizontal Wells”. Attendance was about 100. Regional Director Michael Tunstall presented three region awards to: Pat Handren, Denbury – Mid-Continent Region Service Award; Rob Bruant, Pioneer – Mid-Continent Region Award in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility; and Pioneer Natural Resources - the Mid-Continent Region Award for Distinguished Corporate Service.
The August monthly luncheon is scheduled for the 17th. The topic is “Latest Advancements in Far-Field Proppant Detection”, presented by our Dallas section board member Terry Palisch of Carbo Ceramics. This should be a very interesting talk as it will cover Carbo’s development and field trials of a proppant that can be detected by subsequent cased-hole logging beyond the near wellbore effects. You should consider early registration as seats should be limited.
As I am writing this prior to leaving on vacation I wasn’t able to attend the July study group meeting on the 27th, with a presentation by Dallas section board member David Hamilton on the topic of “SS-25: Sign of Things to Come?” I am sorry to have missed what I expect was an interesting review of the failure and remediation of wellbore integrity of the leaking gas storage well in California.
August 31st is the date for the upcoming study group meeting with a topic of “Multifunction Proppants to Reduce LOE” presented by Jeff Hebert of Carbo Ceramics.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can participate.
Last month I addressed the primary mission of our section: the dissemination of technical knowledge to our members. This is the most noticeable of our functions as a Board and a large share of our efforts go into planning and staging monthly section meetings, study group meetings, annual seminars and young professional ‘lunch and learn’ events. Another group of volunteers plan and stage our social events to provide another avenue for participation and promotion of networking opportunities for our young and veteran members alike. More volunteers provide community outreach to various constituencies including STEM students, our college student chapters and the general public. The end result of all of these efforts raises money to support all of the above for the benefit of our members with the “profits” dedicated to our college scholarship program for petroleum engineering students, our future members and leaders.
Planning is underway for our annual scholarship awards. During the “good” years of the previous decade the Dallas Section was able to award approximately $100,000 per year in scholarship assistance to deserving candidates. Industry conditions during the last two years are finally affecting our fund raising significantly, however, I am pleased to share with you that our members and their companies have dug deep to allow us to continue this very worthy program at a meaningful level.
Our scholarship committee, headed by Anagabriela Trevino of DeGolyer and MacNaughton, are unsung heroes, toiling in the shadows. They have been hard at work for several months soliciting applications and reviewing the numerous candidates. Your directors will be reviewing the committee’s work over the summer to award our scholarships for the upcoming academic year. I hope to profile a couple of our winners in future newsletters so that you can see what a difference your efforts make.
The Dallas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers 33rd Annual Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 6th, at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland. Even though the tournament was scaled back from 2 courses to one, we were oversold by 3 foursomes and were able to raise $6000 towards our scholarship program. Cuddos to Clayton Conine, David Creach, John Tabor and the entire golf committee for their efforts in a tough environment. Thanks also goes to the sponsors who will be listed on the website.
On June 15th our monthly luncheon was a fine presentation by 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Robert Sutton entitled “Understanding Liquid Loading Will Improve Well Performance”. Attendance was about 120 including a student group from Quito, Ecuador.
June 22nd was the date of our day-long seminar on Refrac’s led by the production study group’s Terry Palisch. A good crowd of approximately 130 was on hand to hear from 8 well received speakers. The seminar was the beneficiary of the gracious sponsorship of 8 companies listed here on our website. Thanks to them and our volunteers for raising close to $14,000 for our scholarships.
Numerous changes have been instituted to our use of the Brookhaven facilities. I want to apologize for the confusion at the check in last month for the monthly meeting. We are trying to work out the bugs given the constraints that Brookhaven has imposed. We appreciate your patience. Speaking of patience, it now appears that most of the bugs in our registration system have been solved. I have my fingers crossed. Also, please have patience with the PayPal system. You are not required to have a PayPal account and with diligence you can locate the credit card option hidden at the bottom of their menu.
The July monthly meeting will be held on the 20th. The topic is “Bridging the Gap between Drilling and Completions, Challenges and Solutions in Horizontal Wells”. The speaker is 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Mary Van Domelen of Continental Resources.
I am pleased to announce that Michael Tunstall, Halliburton, our regional director at SPEI, will present the following awards at the meeting to:
Pat Handren, Denbury – Mid-Continent Region Service Award
Rob Bruant, Pioneer – Mid-Continent Region Award in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility
Pioneer Natural Resources - the Mid-Continent Region Award for Distinguished Corporate Service.
I want to recognize David Hamilton for his tireless efforts in championing our section and recipients.
Speaking of David Hamilton, he will be our speaker for the July study group meeting on the 27th, with a topic of “SS-25: Sign of Things to Come?” Don’t know what SS-25 is? Neither did I, but I’m sure you heard of the leaking gas storage well in California last winter. David has prepared an interesting review of what happened and how it was remedied. While not on the scale of Macondo by any means, it is always interesting to hear what really happened from a technical standpoint so that history might not repeat itself on your watch.
Hello! My name is Steve Hudson and it is a pleasure to introduce myself as the Dallas Section Chair for the 2016-17 term. Please join me in extending thanks to Gary Schein and the outgoing members of last year’s board of directors for a job well done. I want to thank our incoming board and all of our committee members in advance for their generous donation of time to our section and SPE overall. I hope you can assist in improving our section and your technical knowledge by your participation in our section activities.
I plan to focus on a number of activities our section provides during my tenure as chairman. I start with the overall mission of SPE which I will paraphrase as the commitment to the exchange of technical knowledge related to the oil and gas industry. As a section we do this through our monthly section and study group meetings, posting on our website and through our annual technical seminars.
For a long time I thought the continuing education requirement of my professional engineering license was a burden, being a number of years removed from my college years and the training courses of my early career. With ongoing experience (for me now approaching 40 years) it can be easy to settle into a particular career path or segment of the industry, whether it be reservoir, drilling or production. Ruts can be hard to see out of much less get out of. A new path in my career about 10 years ago opened my eyes to how much had changed while I was busy doing my job! Since then I have done things technically on wells that I was originally taught to avoid at all costs. For those of us that have been around for a while, it can amaze you how the industry has changed.
The Dallas section has approximately 1700 members. We generally have attendance of around 100 at our monthly meetings and 30-50 for the monthly study groups, a fairly low participation rate. I believe the best way to stay current on our changing industry is to take advantage of what SPE has to offer. Our job as a section is to support the SPE mission. I hope you will avail yourself of the options we present.
As a section I would like to increase participation in our technical offerings. Other sections have study groups in other areas beyond our production group. Topics can range from business development (very popular in the Ft. Worth section) to reservoir or HSE. I encourage anyone interested in leading such an effort contact me at the address below and we can explore the possibilities.
The May 18th meeting hosted Eric Schmelzl, VP of NCS Multistage. His presentation "Redefining Refracs – What is, What Isn’t and What Might Be" was informative and timely considering the interest in this subject within the industry and as a lead in to our June Seminar on Refracs. Attendance was close to 90 members.
The production study group meeting was held on May 25th with a program presented by Bob Chitwood of Key Energy on "Unconventional Strategies for Conventional Wells". Turn-out was approximately 30 members with several new faces.
This month our meeting will be June 15th with a presentation by 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Robert Sutton, Robert P. Sutton Consulting. The presentation is entitled “Understanding Liquid Loading Will Improve Well Performance”. The Dallas section is privileged to participate in the DL program and the speakers are tops in their field. Hope you can attend.
Please mark your calendar for June 22nd as our education group will facilitate a day long "Refrac Seminar”. This educational seminar has sold out in the past and registration is currently available on the website. All speakers have been confirmed and finalized for this event and there are several industry experts providing presentations as well as operators providing case histories on some real world refrac examples. Opportunities for sponsorships are available for this event and are on the website as well. There is a student rate such that companies that have summer interns can provide them with a great learning experience at a reduced cost.
The Dallas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers will be hosting its 33rd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6, 2016 10:00 to 5:30 p.m at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, Texas. The tournament needs financial sponsors to make it a success. Sponsorships of $1000 (Diamond), $750 (Platinum), $500 (Gold) and $250 (Silver) are solicited. Contributions for ditty bags, hole, and door prizes are also needed.
Registration for participants and sponsorships is now open on the Dallas SPE website. http://connect.spe.org/dallas/home.
Our SPE Young Professionals continue working to provide programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to various groups within or community. This program provides a great opportunity to educate our young people on our industry. Please feel free to get involved and contact an YP representative for more information.
Our scholarship committee has been hard at work soliciting and reviewing scholarship proposals from various engineering students for the 2016-17 academic year. The proceeds of all of our section functions go to support our scholarship program. The Dallas SPE section has historically provided more in annual scholarships than any of the other local societies of professional engineers. We all want to thank our members and sponsors for allowing The Dallas Section to help the next generation of engineers in oil and gas.
Special congratulations go to two of our members and one company who recently received Mid-Continent Region Awards for 2016:
Chairman’s Corner – May 2016 by Gary Schein
Greetings all, another month has passed as well as this past year and marks the end to my time as Chair for the Dallas Section. It is time for the May edition of the Chairman’s Corner and the last monthly message from me. Steve Hudson will take over as the 2016-2017 Chair beginning June 1. It has been a pleasure to represent our section this past year and I want to thank our members for the support you have provided in these most trying times.
We have seen an increase in the price of oil that provides some optimism that improvement is ahead in our industry. It will however be a long road to a more sustained recovery and the return to better times and opportunities for companies increase activity and employ more people. Our SPE section is committed to help where possible.
On another note I want thank the outgoing board for their commitment and support that made my year as Chair rewarding and enjoyable. With the New Year we welcome a new board made up of both new and old members. This should make for a seamless transition into the New Year. New members include Robert Martinez as Program’s Chair, Robert Rogers as Secretary, and Danny Bell handling technology and communication. The complete board is listed at the end of this newsletter.
Lastly I want a special thank you to Dina Blair - Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc for her work in keeping me on track to send the chairman’s message and sending information about our section and upcoming events.
We have a number of great speakers coming in the few months and through the summer. Please plan to attend these meetings as you can to support our Section as well as the speakers that take their time to come to Dallas providing these talks. Sports and social events have highlighted these past few months with the Softball tournament and Casino Night. Many thanks to the participants and the sponsors that stepped up and helped make these great events a success. It is not over yet as our annual Golf Tournament is around the corner and provides another opportunity for many to participate. In order to have these events for our section and the local industry we desperately need not only participation but also sponsors. It is through these events that we are able to fund our scholarships for the coming years.
Therefore please consider sponsoring one or more of these events.
The April 18th meeting hosted Rick Reischman from Schlumberger, who provided a talk "Evaluating Horizontal Cased Wells for Completion Design". The presentation by Rick was informative and had excellent attendance by over 80 members.
The SPE study group meeting was held on April 27th with a program presented by Aaron Adamczyk, North America Technical Advisor - Expro Americas LLC on "Production Logging in Horizontal Wells". There was a good turnout with approximately 50 members attending.
This month our meeting will be May 18th with a presentation by Eric Schmeizl, VP Strategic Business, NCS Multistage. The presentation is entitled “Redefining Refracs – What is, What Isn’t, and What Might Be”. This is a timely topic leading up to the educational seminar on Re-Fracs.
The industry’s interest in refracs is a predictable phenomenon in a low commodity price environment. Many in the completions industry are becoming convinced that most unconventional wells will ultimately require one or more refrac treatments at some point in their productive life in order to maximize the financial return on investment, and ultimate EUR. When successful, refracs have proven financially advantageous vs. new drills, but refrac failures can quickly reduce the appetite for widespread refracturing programs.
The May meeting of the SPE study group meeting will be held on May 25th with a program presented by Bob Chitwood, VP of Operations - Key Energy Services on "Unconventional Strategies for Conventional Wells"
The current market conditions have led many producers to change their strategies to improve efficiency, production, and cost savings. Many legacy wells hold the power to do these things with a little investment and adjustment in strategy. This presentation will cover well candidates, procedures, and rig selection of how to achieve new production through casing exits and the use of a work-over rig.
Please mark your calendar for June 22nd as our education group will facilitate a day long "Refrac Seminar”. This educational seminar has sold out in the past and registration is currently available on the website. Almost all the speakers have been confirmed and finalized for this event and there are several industry experts providing presentations as well as operators providing case histories on some real world refrac examples. Opportunities for sponsorships are available for this event and are on the website as well. There is a student rate such that companies that have summer interns can provide them with a great learning experience at a reduced cost.
There are three great and traditional events the coming up in April and June that you should make plans and discuss with your management opportunity to participate and provide sponsorship. It is understandable that budgets have been reduced however consider that the funds from these events are used to provide scholarships to petroleum students.
SPE Dallas Ninth Annual Co-Ed Double Elimination Softball Tournament was held on Saturday, April 16 with 12 teams participated. Many thanks go to Brian Chacka with Denbury Resources for organizing and running this great event. The eventual winner was Epic Lift Systems. Congratulations to them for going undefeated in the tournament.
Also the 24th ANNUAL SPE Casino Night event was held on Friday, April 22th. This event is a mainstay event and this year did not disappoint with over 180 participants. A great time was had by all thanks to the sponsors and committee members, David Creach, Shaun Goodwin, Josh Poole, Cara Hill, Harold Hill, Robert Rogers, Donnie Harris, Arved Vonzurmuehlen, Peggy Tibbetts, Heath Huff, and Pat Handren,
The Dallas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers will be hosting its 33rd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6, 2016 10:00 to 5:30 p.m at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, Texas. The tournament needs financial sponsors to make it a success. Sponsorships of $1000 (Diamond), $750 (Platinum), $500 (Gold) and $250 (Silver) are solicited. Contributions for ditty bags, hole, and door prizes are also needed.
Registration for participants and sponsorships is now open on the Dallas SPE website. http://connect.spe.org/dallas/home.
Our community outreach led by Sam Larkin has had a great year and opportunities will be available in this next year in programs such as “Reach for the Stars” and the STEM Fair.
I also want to recognize the efforts of Orkhan Samandarli - Pioneer Natural Resources, Anil Kumar – Omak Technologies, and Davood Ghorbani – Denbury Resources who all stepped up to judge the Society of Petroleum Engineers Southwestern North America student paper contest held in Austin. Also many thanks to David Hamilton – Denbury Resources and Betsy Cook who served as judges for the SPE Petrobowl. These are all events that occur outside the normal work schedules so if you see these people thank them for their volunteer work.
Below is a list of the 2016-2017 Dallas Section board and officers for next year for your reference.
2016-2017 Dallas SPE Board
Immediate Past Section Chairperson
First Vice Chairman (Programs)
Second Vice Chairman (Education)
Third Vice Chairman (Membership)
Elected Director 1 (Sports & Social)
Elected Director 2 (Community Relations)
Elected Director 3 (Technology/Comm)
Young Professionals Chairperson
Director at Large 1 Appointed (Awards)
Director at Large 2 Appointed (Student Chapter Liaison)
Director at Large 3 Appointed (Advertising)
Director at Large 4 Appointed (Sports/Social help)
Director at Large 5 Appointed (Speakers Bureau)
Again is has been a pleasure to serve as your Dallas SPE Section Chair.
Chairman’s Corner – April 2016 by Gary Schein
Another month has passed and it is time for the April edition of the Chairman’s Corner. We have seen a slight uptick in the price of oil yet mostly a result of speculation of additional demand and impact of declining rigs. It is a shame that this downturn has hit companies and people hard and much worse than many of the past downturns. It appears we will be dealing with low oil and gas price for a long while.
We have many great speakers coming in the next couple of months as well as some sports and social events that should provide fun and opportunities for everyone to participate. In order to have these events for our section and the local industry we desperately need not only participation but also sponsors. It is through these events that we are able to fund our scholarships for the coming years.
At the March 9th meeting our section hosted David R. Spain, 2015-2016 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Senior Advisor for Unconventional Gas Petrophysics, BP Upstream Technology Group who provided a talk "Beyond Volumetrics: Unconventional Petrophysics for Efficient Resource Appraisal". The presentation by David was informative and had excellent attendance by over 110 members.
The SPE study group meeting was held on March 30th and had a program presented by Trey Lowe, Completions Technology Manager, Devon Energy - a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on "Fiber Optic Sensing Improves Unconventional Reservoir Development".
This presentation discussed completion design for fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and how this data is incorporated with other advanced monitoring techniques. Real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how these new measurements are used to optimize completion design.
There was a good turnout of over 50 members for this study group to hear an excellent talk.
This month our meeting will be April 20th. We had a speaker schedule change such that as of this newsletter do not have the speaker and topic lined out however rest assured we will have the meeting with a quality speaker and topic. Check the website at the link in this newsletter for details. We will see you there.
The April meeting of the SPE study group meeting will be held on April 27th with a program presented by Aaron Adamczyk, North America Technical Advisor - Expro Americas LLC on "Production Logging in Horizontal Wells". Understanding where fluid and hydrocarbon production is coming from in horizontal, multistage completions is critical to completion optimization as well as future development planning. One classic approach to answering this question is the use of production logs.
This talk should provide additional insights to the technology of horizontal well production logs.
Also mark your calendar for June 22nd as our education group will facilitate a day long "Refrac Seminar”. This educational seminar has sold out in the past and registration is currently available on the website. Although all the speakers have not been finalized for this event there will certainly be some industry experts providing presentations and several operators providing case histories on some real examples. Opportunities for sponsorships are available for this event and are on the website as well.
SPE Dallas will be hosting our Ninth Annual Co-Ed Double Elimination Softball Tournament on Saturday, April 16 at Heritage Yards Softball Complex in Plano. The tournament will start at 8:30 or 9 am depending on the number of entries and should finish by 6 pm. In this difficult work environment, it is very challenging to secure sponsorship, so we greatly appreciate those willing to step up and help.
The Sports and Social committee is planning the 24th ANNUAL SPE Casino Night. The event will be held Friday w April 22th, 2016 w 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas 4099 Valley View Lane (west of Midway off I-635)
The Sports and Social committee is planning the 33rd ANNUAL SPE Golf Tournament. The event will be held Monday w June 6th, 2016 w 10:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, Texas
To follow up from previous notes the Dallas SPE community outreach led by Sam Larkin as several from our stepped up to provide presentation and hands on activities at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair held at the Brookhaven College on February 20th and 21st. I want to thank Kathy Stewart, Steven Laramay, David D’Souza, John Guffey, Kathy Reynolds, Matthew Gross, Rob Bruant, Brian Chacka, Gary Patterson, and Trudy Boudreaux who stepped up to give up their week end to participate in this event.
Lastly at our recent board meeting and at the monthly meeting the slate of new officers and board members were presented and unanimously approved. They will be taking office in about two months (June 1st). Over this time the current officers will be busy transitioning to the new board, and we will be summarizing our 2015-16 activities to SPEI in our Annual Report. Below is a list of the 2016-2017 Dallas Section board and officers for next year.
2016-2017 Dallas SPE Board
Chairman’s Corner – March 2016 by Gary Schein
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Chairman’s Corner. We continue to move through this year without a lot change in the oil and gas market and continued news of reductions in personnel, budgets, and activity. The low price environment has not changed much and improvement still seems far off. However there have been a few signs that prices may have found a floor at least for the time being. It is just sad that much of this is beyond our control and we continue to hope for improvement.
We all have enjoyed this early spring with many activities both inside and out. Within the Dallas Section of SPE things are just as active with many excellent events, great line up of speakers as well as opportunities for you to participate.
At the February 17th meeting our section benefited from an excellent program with Christi Craddick, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas presenting on "State of the Texas Energy Industry: A Broad Overview". The presentation by Commissioner Craddick was extremely informative and provided insights into the business and concerns of the commission. This meeting had excellent attendance by over 130 members.
The SPE study group meeting was held on February 24th and with a program presented by William DuBose (PDC Development) & Aron Deen (Downhole Innovation) – Ulterra on "PDC Evolution - How PDC Bits Have, Do and Will Continue to Advance Drilling Performance" This presentation provided a primer on the technology that goes into the design and manufacture of PDC bits and diamond cutters. Although there was a modest turnout several in attendance commented that there was some excellent information presented. This highlights how the study group meetings provide great information on specific topics.
Please note that this month our meeting has moved up to March 9th to accommodate the SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Mr. David R. Spain. He is a Senior Advisor for Unconventional Gas Petrophysics, BP Upstream Technology Group and will provide a presentation on "Beyond Volumetrics: Unconventional Petrophysics for Efficient Resource Appraisal".
Unconventional Reservoirs require a new petrophysical paradigm and must go “beyond volumetrics.” Efficient unconventional resource appraisal should consider not only the static (storage) and dynamic (flow) properties within the context of the petroleum system and the current day pore geometry and fluid saturation distribution, but also the geomechanical stress regime and its implications for efficient completion design and reservoir performance prediction.
The SPE study group meeting this month will be held late in the month on March 30th and will have a program presented by Trey Lowe, Completions Technology Manager, Devon Energy - a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on "Fiber Optic Sensing Improves Unconventional Reservoir Development".
This presentation will discuss completion design for fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and how this data is incorporated with other advanced monitoring techniques. Real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how these new measurements are used to optimize completion design.
Trey Lowe is the Completions Technology Manager at Devon Energy, where he leads a team focused on optimizing completions across the United States. Trey has spent more than 15 years working on completion and production operations in various countries around the globe.
Our Study Group and Education Committee is planning an educational seminar on June 22nd this year on Re-Fracs. This event has drawn great participation and help is needed this year to facilitate organizing and running the event. If you can help please contact me or email Terry Palisch at Terrence.Palisch@carboceramics.com
There are two great and traditional events the coming up in April that you should make plans and discuss with your management opportunity to participate and provide sponsorship. It is understandable that budgets have been reduced however consider that the funds from these events are used to provide scholarships to petroleum students.
Also coming soon will be information on the SPE Golf Tournament. A must attend event that has many years of tradition.
The Dallas SPE chapter community outreach is led by Sam Larkin as several from our stepped up to provide presentation and hands on activities at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair held at the Brookhaven College on February 20th and 21st. Thank you Sam and everyone that volunteered.
Our SPE Young Professionals continue working to provide programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to various groups within or community with a presentation to students at D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. This provided a great opportunity to educate our young people on our industry. Please feel free to get involved and contact an YP representative for more information.
Congratulations are in order for Jack Harper and Ganesh Krishnan who were honor as SPE Engineer of the year and Young Engineer of the year respectively at the TSPE Engineers Week Luncheon held on February 25th.
Chairman’s Corner – January/February 2016 by Gary Schein
Welcome to this two month edition of the Chairman’s Corner. I apologize for not getting a newsletter out last month. It seems the Holidays and the New Year’s activities delayed sending something out until I decided two combine the January and February news. The low oil price environment has not improved and hopes of a start of a change are too far off at this point. In any event rest assured things will change as all things do.
I trust that everyone has had a busy start to the New Year just as we have within the Dallas Section of SPE. There is great line up of speakers as well as opportunities for you to volunteer or participate in several events.
At the December meeting we had very interesting program at the monthly meeting with Graham Radler, CEO/President; Baseline Energy Services presenting on "Natural Gas Generators - Cost Efficient Power Solutions for Artificial Lift & Facilities" This presentation is posted on the Dallas Section website.
Also during this meeting we had an opportunity to give back by providing toys in lieu of payment to benefit some of those in need at Christmas. There were over 40 toys and games donated that went to the toy store at Christian Community Action in Lewisville, Texas
I want to personally thank all those that participated and brought toys for this cause. They organization was extremely appreciative of our donation.
Our January meeting modest turnout for a presentation by B.R. Reddy, Senior Petroleum Engineer Consultant - Aramco Services Company, Past SPE Distinguished Lecturer presenting on "Oilfield Chemicals and Global Issues That Influence Them" Again this presentation is posted on the Dallas Section website. Please support our chapter with your attendance at our monthly luncheon.
Also this past month the study group and the YP’s (Young Professionals) held a joint meeting with an Education/YP Seminar by Deborah Hempel-Medina - Lecturer, University of Texas – Austin on “Soft Skills for Engineers Seminar”. Thanks to Deborah for her efforts to prepare and present this seminar. Approximately 40 people heard a great talk.
Thank you to Terry Palisch for organizing this event as well as taking a the time to provide the attendees with a short refresher and tutorial on how to write an SPE Paper abstract that improves the chances of acceptance.
This is the third year a seminar of this type has been offered by our section and has been free with lunch provided as well. What a great opportunity to network, learn and participate in an event of this type. I would like to encourage members to support these opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussion at this and other study group opportunities.
This month on February 17th we will have an excellent program with Christi Craddick, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas presenting on "State of the Texas Energy Industry: A Broad Overview"
A native of Midland, Christi earned both her Bachelor’s Degree as a Plan II graduate and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin. During her career as an attorney, she specialized in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.Our December meeting will We will again be collecting new unwrapped toys to be given to a deserved organization joy to children that are in need.
The SPE study group meeting this month will be held on February 24th and will have a program presented by William DuBose (PDC Development) & Aron Deen (Downhole Innovation) – Ulterra on "PDC Evolution - How PDC Bits Have, Do and Will Continue to Advance Drilling Performance" This presentation will provide a primer on the technology that goes into the design and manufacture of PDC bits and diamond cutters. In addition, the talk will review how these bits have driven drilling performance over the decades, as well as how they will lead advancements going forward.
The Sports and Social committee is planning the 24th ANNUAL SPE Casino Night. The event will be held Friday w April 22th, 2016 w 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas 4099 Valley View Lane (west of Midway off I-635) Registration for participants and sponsorships is now open on the Dallas SPE website. http://connect.spe.org/dallas/home.
The Texas Hold’em Tournament was canceled this year in light of the industry conditions so that people and companies can better participate in the Casino night event. Remember events such as these are the only methods we have to fund scholarships and other community activities.
Also note that the SPE Softball Tournament will be held in April again this year. More information to follow.
The Dallas SPE chapter community outreach is led by Sam Larkin and has had a number of activities the past months as well as the upcoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair to be held at the Brookhaven College on February 20th and 21st. There is still time to volunteer and help with this event. Please contact Sam Larkin at email@example.com to participate as there is still need for people to volunteer at this event.
The Future Cities competition was held on January 23rd at Brookhaven College. This is a program to reach more students around North Texas and inspire them with technology and engineering. Special thanks to Sam Larkin, Rob Bruant, and Trudy Boudreaux for their willingness to step up and volunteer for this event.
Also thanks go out to Kathy Stewart with Fuse Energy and a Dallas SPE Section member by providing a keynote presentation to and all girl "Reach for the Stars” event giving these young ladies with great information about her career and opportunities in STEM careers.
Our SPE Young Professionals continue working to provide programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to various groups within or community with current plans to present to students at D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. This is a great opportunity to educate our young people on our industry. Please feel free to get involved and contact an YP representative for more information.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer.
Chairman’s Corner – December 2015 by Gary Schein
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Chairman’s Corner. This is a busy time as we prepare for yearend activity in the industry and the fast approaching Holidays. Regardless of the situation within our industry let’s remember to be thankful for what we have and this great country in which we live. Also remember to thank our veterans, military, and first responders for their sacrifice and service.
This past month we had very interesting program at the monthly meeting with Alan W. Farquharson, Sr. Vice President - Reservoir Engineering & Economics with Range Resources presenting on "The Resurgence of the Appalachian Basin". This presentation is posted on the Dallas Section website.
Also this past month the study group and the YP’s (Young Professionals) held a joint meeting with a presentation and discussion by Robert Martinez, Asset Manager, Compass Production Partners on "Basic Accounting and Project Evaluation for Oilfield Engineers - A Practical Approach". Approximately 45 people heard a great talk. Thank you for the increased attendance for this study group meeting as I know those that attended benefited from the program.
These study group meetings are a great opportunity to network and participate in more detail. I would like to encourage members to support these opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussion at these technically focused meetings.
This month on December 16th we will have Mr. Graham Radler- CEO, Baseline Energy Services presenting on "Natural Gas Generators - Cost Efficient Power Solutions for Artificial Lift & Facilities" Graham co-founded Baseline Energy Services in 2011 and serves as CEO and President. As the primary operating partner of the company, Graham enjoys leading and serving alongside other Baseline team members in various capacities including business development, power operations, investor relations, and logistics.
Our December meeting will be an opportunity to give back. We will again be collecting new unwrapped toys to be given to a deserved organization providing some Christmas joy to children that are in need.
Bring a Toy in Lieu of Payment
For the December Monthly Meeting only, the SPE Dallas Section will be accepting a toy in lieu of registration payment. Here's how you do it:
1. Register for event on the website.
2. On the payment screen choose payment type: "Generate an Invoice (for Check/Cash or Payment Order)"
3. Bring a new unwrapped toy to the meeting (preferably one that costs approximately the same as the registration fee).
It's that easy! We encourage everyone to help make a child's Christmas wish come true.
There will not be a SPE study group meeting in December because of the holiday. However make note that the education and SPE Young Professionals will join to have an educational seminar entitled “Soft Skills for Engineers Seminar”.
This seminar will be led by Deborah Hempel-Medina - Lecturer, University of Texas - Austin on January 26th from 10 AM – 2 PM at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) and registration is now available on the Dallas Section SPE website. Best of all this seminar is Free and includes lunch.
The seminar will review these soft skills and their importance in the daily work for engineers; as well providing ways for improving them. In addition, Terry Palisch (Author on over 50 SPE papers) will provide a short refresher and tutorial on how to write an SPE Paper abstract that improves the chances of acceptance. He will also cover the mechanics of submitting the abstract to the SPE “Call for Papers”. Come learn or refresh yourself on how your communication and soft skills can help you in your career.
Our SPE Young Professionals continue working to provide programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to various groups within or community. Please feel free to get involved and contact a YP representative for more information.
Lastly in the SPE/SPEE held a joint meeting on ethics led by Mark McLane with Rose and Associates on "Reserve Overbooking – An Issue of Professional Ethics". This was highly attended with approximately 130 from SPE and SPEE organizations.
Chairman’s Corner – November 2015 by Gary Schein
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Chairman’s Corner. We are into the fall and getting closer to Holiday activities. It appears the “El Nino” is coming so prepare for more rain and wet weather in addition fall brings an end to daylight savings time as will see less daylight and early darkness. Kind of mirrors our industry at the moment.
This past month we had an excellent program at the monthly meeting with SPE Distinguished Lecturer Mr. Robert Shelley a 38 year industry veteran currently with StrataGen presenting a talk on "Optimization of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Completions; A New Industry Challenge".
If you missed his presentation I would encourage you to take a look as it was an excellent presentation. It is posted on the Dallas Section website.
This past month the study group presentation by John Alderman - Oil & Gas Services Specialist, Terracon on "Methane Regulations - Past, Present and Future Impact on the Oil & Gas Industry". Approximately 20 people heard a great talk. Attendance was down for this study group meeting as I know these are busy times with budgets and planning for the future as I would ask that everyone help get the word out about these more focused meetings.
Keep these study group meetings in mind as they are a great opportunity to network and participate in more detail. I would like to encourage members to support these opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussion at these technically focused meetings.
This month on November 18th we will have Alan W. Farquharson, Sr. Vice President - Reservoir Engineering & Economics with Range Resources presenting on "The Resurgence of the Appalachian Basin". Alan joined Range in 1998 and has held the positions of Manager and Vice President of Reservoir Engineering before being promoted to Senior Vice President – Reservoir Engineering in February 2007 and his current position in January 2012 with his assumption of additional responsibilities for strategic allocation of capital. This presentation will provide an overview of the historic growth in the Appalachian Basin, including changes in drilling and completion practices that have improved efficiencies to new industry levels.
On November 11th the study group and the YP (Young Professional) will have a joint meeting with a presentation and discussion by Robert Martinez, Asset Manager, Compass Production Partners on "Basic Accounting and Project Evaluation for Oilfield Engineers - A Practical Approach". While most oilfield engineers don’t need accounting degrees to perform their day-to-day jobs, some basic understanding is important. In fact, knowledge of these basic principles is critical to allow for the successful economic evaluation of many everyday oilfield projects. The purpose of this presentation is to present some of these basic ideas, and put them into real-world examples.
I want to thank all those that participated, worked and sponsored the 11th Annual "Shoot for Your School” Sporting Clays event held this past month. This event was a great success particularly given the state of the industry.
In particular would like to acknowledge John Tabor, John Semmes, Darrell Haney, Brad Hunsucker, Rick Stevens, Tim Hilton, and Gary Dittmar. These individuals on the committee made this a most successful event. Please thank these folks when you see them around town or at industry events.
Also on Tuesday, November 17th SPE/SPEE will jointly host a meeting on ethics which will count as educational credit that may be needed for members P.E. or other registrations. The program will be led by Mark McLane with Rose and Associates from 11:30-1:00 at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) and registration will be available on the SPE and SPEE websites. The title for this talk is "Reserve Overbooking – An Issue of Professional Ethics".
Our December meeting will be an opportunity to give back. We will again be collecting new unwrapped toys to be given to a deserved organization providing some Christmas joy to children that are in need. The toys will be in lieu of payment for the meeting.
Our SPE Young Professionals have been working to provide programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to various groups within or community. Please feel free to get involved and contact an YP representative for more information.
Chairman’s Corner – October 2015 by Gary Schein
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Chairman’s Corner. We have rolled into the fall season and are hopefully on the downside of 90F temps for this year. Our industry continues to experience tough times. If there is light at the end of the tunnel it appears to be a very long tunnel, however members in our industry are tougher than those in any other business. We will preserver.
This past month we had another excellent program at the monthly meeting with Matthew Hornbach, Associate Professor, Geophysics Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University presenting on "Causal Factors for Seismicity near Azle, Texas" – Earthquakes”. As anticipated well over 100 were in attendance for this timely topic.
If you missed his presentation it is posted on the Dallas Section website. Although the parking lot has been restored there are still some challenges to finding a place to park. It will get better as more parking is made available on other parts of the campus. Thank you for your patience.
This past month the study group had a well-attended presentation and discussion by Justin Butler - US Business Development Manager - NCS Multistage on "Stimulation Stage Optimization – Single Point Entry for New and Old Wells". Approximately 60 people heard a great talk.
Keep these Study group meetings in mind as they are a great opportunity to network and participate in more detail. Some of the attendance has been down during the summer and would like to encourage members to support these opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussion at these technically focused meetings.
This month we will have and SPE Distinguished Lecturer presenting another excellent program on October 13th. Please note that this meeting is on Tuesday next week to accommodate the SPE Distinguished Lecturer program. Mr. Robert Shelley, 2015-2016 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and 38 year industry veteran currently with StrataGen will be presenting on "Optimization of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Completions; A New Industry Challenge". This presentation will describe the challenges engineers face and the methodologies which are being used to improve hydraulic fracture understanding and support decisions related to the completion and stimulation of multi-fractured horizontal wellbores. Examples from several horizontal development targets including the Bakken and Eagle Ford will be shared in this presentation.
On October 28th the study group will have a presentation and discussion by John Alderman - Oil & Gas Services Specialist, Terracon on "Methane Regulations - Past, Present and Future Impact on the Oil & Gas Industry". Given the scrutiny of our industry by the public and environmental regulators this should be a very informative meeting topic.
Another reminder that time to register at a discount for the “Shoot for You School Sporting Clays Tournament” is coming to an end on October 8th. You can still register after that time at a higher cost if space is available.
This major event for the Dallas section will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports in Dallas. This is the 11th Annual "Shoot for Your School” Sporting Clays Tournament – and will be a 100 Bird event The goal for 2015 is to raise at least $10,000 for the Dallas SPE Scholarship program to be distributed to your school. Your sponsorship and/or donations can make this possible!
Our November program will include topic on “Reservoir Engineering & Economics” by Alan Farquharson, Senior Vice President –Range Resources.
Also on Tuesday, November 17th SPE/SPEE will jointly host a meeting on ethics which will count as educational credit that may be needed for members P.E. or other registrations. The program will be led by Mark McLane with Rose and Associates from 11:30-1:00 at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI) and registration will be available on the SPE and SPEE websites.
With regard to community outreach the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair to be held at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute was cancelled for the fall and will be re-scheduled for spring. More information will be available as that time gets closer. Thank you to all those who stepped up to volunteer and we hope you can help at this event in the future.
Chairman’s Corner – September 2015 by Gary Schein
The summer is winding down; although you cannot tell by the 95 degree days we continue to have. In addition to that it has been either feast or famine with too much rain in the spring and now too little rain. Kind of reminds us about our industry and the highs and lows we experience. For many of our younger members with 10 years or so of experience you have never seen a real downturn in our industry. For us more seasoned members, although we have seen this before, it just seems different this round. With commodity pricing out of our control we just have to try hanging on for a wild ride.
Ironically with this summer drought we are experiencing our August monthly meeting had an excellent program with Stephen McNair - Vice President, Infrastructure Development and Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources speaking on "Permian Water Management for the 21st Century". Again a nice turnout and if you missed his presentation it is posted on the Dallas Section website. Some really good news along with that is the parking lot has been restored to normal making access to the facility much better. Thank you for your patience.
The Study group meeting was held in August with a presentation and discussion by Greg Darby - Vice President, Pro-Ject Chemicals, Inc. on “Improving Paraffin Treating by Modernizing Chemical Application via Pressurized Injection”. Keep these Study group meetings in mind as they are a great opportunity to network and participate in more detail. Some of the attendance has been down during the summer and would like to encourage members to support these opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussion at these technically focused meetings.
This month we will have an excellent program at the monthly meeting on September 16th. Matthew Hornbach, Associate Professor, Geophysics Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University will be presenting on "Causal Factors for Seismicity near Azle, Texas" – Earthquakes”. It is anticipated to be a highly attended event so I would encourage everyone to sign up early to ensure a place.
On September 23rd the study group will have a presentation and discussion by Justin Butler - US Business Development Manager - NCS Multistage on "Stimulation Stage Optimization – Single Point Entry for New and Old Wells". Given the industry focus on horizontal wells this should be an interesting meeting topic.
A major upcoming event worth noting is the Dallas section will be holding the 11th Annual "Shoot for Your School” Sporting Clays Tournament – This will be a 100 Bird event held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports in Dallas. The goal for 2015 is at least $10,000 to the Dallas SPE Scholarship program to be distributed to your school. Your sponsorship and/or donations can make this possible!
Future programs will include topics such as “Optimization of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Completions” in October by one of the SPE Distinguished Lecturers and “Reservoir Engineering & Economics” in November.
With regard to community outreach the Dallas Chapter SPE will be participating in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair to be held at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute on October 17-18, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm. Volunteers to help with the hands-on activities related to the oil and gas industry are welcome.
Our SPE Young Professionals held an Educational Happy Hour August 20th with a program on "Oil & Gas Economic Consideration of Entrepreneurship". This month our YP’s will be providing programs through the Ambassador Leadership Program to the Imagine Academy in McKinney and a presentation to the Dallas SPE sponsored SMU SPE student chapter meeting.
Hope to see you one of the upcoming meetings. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer.
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Chairman’s Corner – August 2015 by Gary Schein
Now that we are in the midst of summer it appears this is what was meant when the term “Dog Days of Summer” was used. Hopefully everyone has found ways to stay cool and take some time off and away from reading about oil prices.
Regarding oil prices our July monthly meeting had a great program with Dave Pursell from Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. speaking on "Crude Oil Markets – The Case for Improved Markets in 2016". We had a great turnout and if you missed his presentation it is posted on the Dallas Section website. We appreciate everyone’s attendance these past few months with the challenges the current parking situation at Brookhaven College. Thank you for your patience and perseverance to attend the events. I believe the parking lot issues will be resolved by our next meeting date so hang in there.
The Study group meeting was held in July with Rebekah Stacha, CAE – SPEI Senior Manager Technical Publication discussing “How to Use and Contribute to PetroWiki - A Powerful Tool”. Keep these Study group meetings in mind as they are a great opportunity to network and participate in more detail.
The July meeting was highlighted as well by the presentation of the 2015 SPE Mid-Continent Regional awards to several members of the Dallas Section. Although all our recipients were not able to attend, we will catch up with them at a future meeting, they are listed below so congratulate these people on their contribution to our industry.
Gary Schein - Completions Optimization & Technology
Deepankar Biswas - Reservoir Description & Dynamics
Terry Palisch – Service
Richard Lemon – Service
David Hamilton - Service
This month we will have another good program at the monthly meeting on August 15th. Stephen McNair - Vice President, Infrastructure Development and Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources will be presenting on "Permian Water Management for the 21st Century". On August 26th the study group will have a presentation and discussion by Greg Darby - Vice President, Pro-Ject Chemicals, Inc. on “Improving Paraffin Treating by Modernizing Chemical Application via Pressurized Injection”
Future programs will include topics such as Earthquakes in DFW area and in October one of the SPE Distinguished Lecturer will be presenting on “what else” shales.
With regard to service within our community our SPE Young Professionals group worked to give back to our local Dallas community and work on building a house for a family in need through a Habitat for Humanity Volunteering Event held on July 18th. Big Thanks to these people who volunteered their time to help others.
Hope to see you at the next meeting. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer.
Chairman’s Corner – July 2015 by Gary Schein
Although Danny Bell has left the board he has been instrumental in the success of our education programs and study group meetings for these past years. His efforts are to be commended and look forward to the guidance he has and will provide to our section in the future.
New to the Board are Keenan Voit who will be taking over as Secretary, Rob Bruant who will take on the position of Programs Chair, and Kimberly Lacher who will assist on our advertising efforts for the section. These folks are to be commended for taking a step forward in their leadership of the Section.
2015-2016 Dallas Section Board
Elected Director 3 (Technology/Communications)
Director at Large 2 Appointed(Student Chapter Liaison)
Director at Large 3 Appointed(Advertising)
Director at Large 4Appointed(Sports/Social
Director at Large 5Appointed(Speakers Bureau)
This has and will be a challenging year given the low oil price environment we are faced with. With the reduction in expenditures throughout the industry sponsorships and participation in outside events has certainly been affected. However even with these challenges our volunteers have worked diligently to put on quality events.
The 24nd Annual Casino Night, led by David Creach and the 33rd Annual Dallas Section Golf Tournament (June 15th) were great events. Even with the golf tournament having to be postponed two weeks because of the flooding proved to be an outstanding led this year by Peggy Tibbetts with John Tabor’s 30 plus years’ experience and guidance. Remember, these are our primary scholarship fundraisers.
In addition to these fun events the community relations outreach, led by Sam Larkin has continued our relationship through Brookhaven College with sponsorship to TexPREP program to promote STEM education for young people in the Dallas area. In addition an “Engineering on the Bus” event, thank you to Brian Chacka, was held on June 12th where over 13 educators traveled to a drilling rig and to a fracturing location and were the provided informative presentations on the oil and gas business.
Lastly we have some great programs up in the coming months that we hope to see you attend. This month’s program will have Dave Pursell from Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. speaking on "Crude Oil Markets – The Case for Improved Markets in 2016". Future programs will include topics such as water management for the Permian Basin operations, Earthquakes in DFW area. So as you can see our programs chair has performed a great job of lining up some great topics.
Hope to see you at one or more of the meetings this summer. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer.
Chairman’s Corner – September 2014 by Jack Harper
Summer is just about over and Fall will soon be here. Of course that’s hard to believe when it’s 100 degrees outside. With the Fall season we have a number of activities to tell you about. But before I get to those I wanted to make sure everyone heard the big news. Our Dallas section has been selected to receive the President’s Award for Section Excellence from SPE International. There are approximately 190 sections in roughly 135 countries, and we are one of 17 sections receiving this honor. If you are able to go to the ATCE in Amsterdam please make sure to attend the award ceremony and be sure to thank the members of last year’s Board of Directors for all of their hard work. Now on to this Fall’s events.
In September the Young Professionals are having a Happy Hour at the Top Golf Dallas. Keep in mind you don’t have to play golf to have fun and you don’t have to be young to attend. The monthly lunch meeting will be on September 24th, it’s not our normal meeting time because it is the first of our SPE Distinguished Lecturers. The speaker will be Dr. James Crafton speaking on “Shale Well Performance Metrics, We Shale Succeed”.
On October 18th, the Young Professionals are holding the first annual Kickball Tournament. For those who have never had the joy of playing, kickball is like baseball except the ball is bigger and you kick it instead of hitting with a bat. It should be a lot of fun, teams are forming now so don’t wait too long to sign up.
And of course our 10th annual “Shoot for Your School” Sporting Clays Tournament is Thursday October 30th. Please contact John Tabor if you are interested in sponsoring this event. The sign up is on our website and there are limited spots available and they do fill up fast.
Hope to see you at the section activities this month. Please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details.
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Chairman’s Corner – August 2014 by Jack Harper
I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer. I hope you all have had a chance to take a few days of vacation before the school year kicks back off. SPE Dallas had a great speaker, Bill Savage, who spoke about “A Better Modeling Approach for Hydraulic Fractures in Unconventional Reservoirs”. It was a well received talk and I hope you had a chance to hear it.
In August we have Lynn Taschner with Exxon speaking about “The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040”. Our YP Group is not having a speaker but instead is doing a community outreach event. On August 16th they are working at the Turn Hunger Into Hope – Dallas Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event. Please see our website for more information. As always, you do not have to be a young engineer to participate.
Speaking of participation, have you ever thought about volunteering with the SPE Dallas? Throughout the year we have quite a few events and lunches that are completely organized and run by volunteers just like you. We are making an effort to make it even easier to get involved by creating a volunteer pool. All you need to do is get your name on the list and we will help you get in contact with the various event chairmen to get you on the committee that is organizing the event. If you are interested, please let myself or any of the other board members know and we would be happy to give you additional information.
Hope to see you at the section activities this month. Please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details.
As always we have started off the summer with a flurry of activity. We actually had two different golf activities in June. The first was the fantastic Golf Tournament that happened the first week. Once again we sold out the event. Thanks to all of the sponsors and participants we raised over $17,000 for our section. I would like to thank John Tabor and his committee for all of their hard work. An event such as this doesn’t happen without many hours of preparation. The second golf event was the YP Top Golf social. Seth and his group did a great job organizing and running this and I encourage everyone young and old to consider attending the YP events.
Another event we had in June was our Formation Damage Seminar. For those that attended you probably noticed the change in venue. Long story short, we found out the week before the seminar that we would not have access to the big room at Brookhaven that we normally use. Thanks to some quick negotiating with the folks at the Brookhaven Geological Institute, Danny was able to find a suitable solution to our problem. I’m glad we have Danny as a volunteer and if you see him be sure to give him a pat on the back. Without a meeting room it could have been a disaster.
Speaking of excellent volunteers our section once again had a number of people receive awards from the Mid-Continent Region:
Darrell Davis – Mid-Continent Region Reservoir Description & Dynamics Award
Brian Walter - Mid-Continent Region Management & Information Award
Gary Patterson - Mid-Continent Region Service Award
David Lewis - Mid-Continent Region Drilling Engineering Award
Baker Hughes - Mid-Continent Region Distinguished Corporate Support Award
Please join me in congratulating these members on their much deserved awards. We also need to thank David Hamilton for his efforts as the SPE Dallas Awards Committee Chair. Someone has to fill out the nominations before anyone is even considered for the award.
I hope everyone has a safe summer and as always if you are interested in volunteering with the SPE Dallas section it’s never the wrong time.
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It’s hard to believe another year has passed and summer is here again. With that comes the passing of the torch from the old board to the new board. As Terry mentioned in the last month’s Chairman’s Corner we have quite a few changes this time around. I would like to welcome the new board members Patrick, Clayton, Seth, and Marc. I would also like to thank the previous board for all their hard work. It was an outstanding year we gave over $100,000 in scholarships and we’ve continued to host quality events. I hope we can continue to provide great functions that are both entertaining and educational.
One of the biggest things we did last year was assist in adding two new SPE student chapters, one at SMU and one at the University of North Texas. We have extended open invitations to these students to all of our events. Please make sure to welcome the students if you see them.
As always, June is a busy month for SPE Dallas. Our annual Golf tournament is June 2nd and as of this writing it is sold out. Our monthly luncheon will be on June 18th, we have Jeff Voorhis with Hy-Bon Engineering speaking on “Making money and Dealing with oil and Gas Rule: Rules, Tools and Solutions.” On June 19th the YP’s are hosting a summer social at Top Golf. Keep in mind that just because the YP’s are hosting it you don’t have to be a YP to participate. On June 25th we are having a one day “Formation Damage Seminar” which I strongly encourage everyone to consider sending your summer interns.
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Chairman’s Corner – May 2014 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the May installment of my Chairman’s Corner. This month not only marks the last Chairman’s Corner that I will write, but more importantly May 31st officially brings to a close the 2013-2014 program year. On June 1st a new Board (see below) will take the reins of the Dallas Section. While we will see new faces in all but four positions on the Board, ten existing Board members will take on new roles and four positions will be filled by first time Board members. The beauty of this is that the transition will be relatively seamless as new members will be supported by “veterans”. Of course, the biggest key to an orderly transition is that the rest of the Dallas Section membership will continue to support the Board with their volunteer efforts.
Kelly Blackwood and Richard Lemon will be leaving the Board after many years of service, although I am confident that both will continue with their dedicated service to SPE and our Section. Lesley Hughes and Andrew Roberts will be leaving the Board, but unfortunately they will also be leaving the Section, as both have taken jobs outside of Dallas. We wish tall of them good look, and thank them for their service.
New to the Board are Patrick Slaughter who will be taking over as Secretary, Clayton Conine who will start a two year term first as Assistant Treasurer, followed by a term as Treasurer. Seth Thomas will become the YP Chair and continue to lead that exceptional group of young professionals, and Marc Punjak as been appointed as one of the five Directors at Large, to take over the section Advertising duties. I want to thank them for taking a step forward in their leadership of the Section.
Speaking of the leadership in the section, thanks to Brian Chacka for once again running the 7th Annual YP Softball Tournament. Congratulations to team Pioneer who triumphed over team Denbury to retain their title, while Halliburton and Baker finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Thanks to all who participated, and in particular, thanks to our Sponsors, without whom the tourament would not have been successful (see our website for a list of sponsors).
Next up is the 22nd Annual Casino Night (which will have already occurred by time you read this) and the 31st Annual Dallas Section Golf Tournament (June 2nd). We hope to see you at these important (and fun!) events. Remember, these are our primary scholarship fundraisers. Thanks to Jeff Stokes and John Tabor for leading these events.
As I transition to Past-Chair, Jack Harper will officially take the reigns of the section June 1st. I hope that all of you will give him, as well as the rest of the 2013-2014 Board, the same support you gave this year’s Board….and more! As I step away, I want to thank the current Board for their hard work and dedication to the Section.
Hope to see you at one or more of the activities this month. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer. And don’t forget to pay your 2014 dues….NOTE that this is the last month that you will receive email updates from SPE Dallas until your dues are paid in full.
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Chairman’s Corner – April, 2014 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the April installment of my Chairman’s Corner. Spring is finally here, for at least a few weeks! Spring brings a feeling of new beginning and increased activity….plants are beginning to green up, it is time to plant our annuals, and we are eager to get to our outdoor activities.
It reminds me of our Dallas Section. As I mentioned last month, a new slate of officers and board members have been nominated, and they will be taking office in less than two months (June 1st). Over this time the current officers will be busy transitioning to the new board, and we will be summarizing our 2013 activities to SPEI in our Annual Report.
April also starts a very busy season for us in the Section. In addition to the above activities, over the next several months we will be holding several of our premier annual activities…
April 26th – 7th Annual YP Softball Tournament – McInnish Park in Carrollton…spectators welcome!
May 2nd – 22nd Annual Casino Night – Doubletree Dallas Galleria. Early registration ends April 10th. There are also still plenty of sponsorships available. Lots of GREAT prizes will be given away including a 3 day/2 night Las Vegas vacation as well as a Luxury Suite for 18 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Register now before it fills up.
June 2nd – 31st Annual Dallas Section Golf Tournament – Firewheel Golf Course, Garland, TX. Start gathering up your foursomes, as this tournament is always a fun time. As in the past, there are numerous opportunities for sponsorships at all levels.
While all of these activities provide for a lot of fun and networking opportunities for the participants, they also represent a significant part of our scholarship fundraising efforts. Recall that in 2013, we were able to fund nearly $150,000 in scholarships, grants, student chapter and community support, and we would like to continue to grow that amount. It also contributed heavily to the Dallas Section receiving the SPEI Award for Outstanding Student Support in 2013. Please help us continue to provide this much needed support by signing up and/or sponsoring these events. Your help is very much appreciated by the recipients of our financial assistance.
Plans are also being finalized for our annual summer symposium. For the last two years, we have held a well attended “Hydraulic Fracturing” seminar. This year we will be changing it up and presenting a seminar on “Formation Damage”. We have three top-level speakers lined up for this Seminar to be held on June 25th. Everyone will benefit from these experienced speakers, including not only those of us already in the industry, but also our summer interns and new-hires. Space will be limited at Brookhaven College so mark your calendars and be on the look out for registration to open very soon.
Finally, I have more exciting news on the Student Chapter front. Several members of our UNT student chapter recently participated in a wellsite visit to view several forms of artifical lift as well as a workover rig (see picture). A big thanks to Mike Warren and J-W Operating company for leading/sponsoring the trip.
In addition, I am excited to say that last week SPEI approved a new student chapter on the campus of SMU, becoming the second student chapter sponsored by the Dallas Section. Congratulations to student chapter president Madeline Ryder and her officers, as well as faculty advisor John Kiser. I visited with the section a couple weeks ago and they are a motivated group of students. If you or your company are interested in hosted field trips or making presentations to either of our student chapters, please contact me or Ganesh Krishnan (our Student Chapter Liaison).
Hope to see you at one or more of the activities this month. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these and other upcoming events as well as how you can volunteer. And don’t forget to pay your 2014 dues!!!
Chairman’s Corner – March, 2014 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the March installment of my Chairman’s Corner. Last week we attended the annual Texas Society of Professional Engineers awards luncheon, where Richard Lemon was recongized as SPE Dallas’s Engineer of the Year, and Lesley Hughes was recognized as our Young Engineer of the Year. SPE Dallas sponsors at the TSPE Awards luncheon every year as a part of Engineer’s Week – congratulations Richard and Lesley!
Speaking of them, the nominations committee (Richard, Lesley, Steve Hudson, Jack Harper & myself) has been working hard to assemble the members of the 2014-2015 Board. At our February Board meeting, the committee presented the nominations slate and the Board accepted them unanimously. I’m pleased to present to you the nominations for the 2014-2015 SPE Dallas Section Board:
Board Approved Slate for 2014-2015
We are excited to have four new nominees this year (asterisk)! The 2014-2015 Board will officially take office on June 1st, and I am confident that with the help of all section members, they will do an outstanding job. Please plan to support them.
This month we have several events that you won’t want to miss, including:
March 12th - YP Informational Luncheon – Davin Bell with Northstar will be holding a session on money management and other financial issues for our YPs on the campus of SMU.
March 19th – Section Luncheon – Ken Morgan, Director of the TCU Energy Institute will be speaking on “Domestic Shales and Our Energy Future”
March 26th – Study Group Luncheon – As a follow up to last month’s discussion on Beam Pumps, Scott Malone (Norris Production Solutions) will be presenting “Selection of an Investment in Sucker Rods”.
Also, don’t forget that the 7th Annual Softball Tournament is scheduled for April 26th….put together your team and come join the fun! More details can be found on the Section website.
And finally, I want to highlight two exciting recent events that the Dallas Section has participated in through our Community Relations Committee. Sam Larkin led several volunteers to help judge projects at the Future Cities – NTX competition (see picture below) held on January 25th, as well as participation at the STEM Earth Science Fair on February 22nd-23rd. In both cases, we were able to connect directly to children and teens in the DFW area to promote careers in science and engineering. Thanks to Sam, John Alderman, Bo Henk, Ganesh Krishnan, Jennifer McClarren, Melinda Reitman, Kathy Reynolds, Kathy Stewart, Seth Thomas and Michael Villalva, etc.
Chairman’s Corner – February, 2014 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the February installment of my Chairman’s Corner. I recall many years ago while living in Alaska, that despite being the shortest month of the year, February was very slow and always seemed to drag out….I suspect that had a lot to do with the length and severity of winter. Of course now I live in Dallas, and we don’t really have that issue (although we have certainly had our share of winter!!!). Why do I bring this up? February is anything but a slow month for the Dallas Section, its officers or its members. Below is a snapshot of the many things we have going on in the coming weeks….please take a look…see how you can help….and plan to participate!! For more details on how to become involved in any of these events, please visit the Dallas Section website (www.spedallas.org ).
Feb 15th - YP Volunteer Event – The Young Professionals will be giving back to the community when they work with the Texas Trees Foundation to plant new trees and provide maintenance to existing plants. Everyone is invited!
Feb 19th – Section Luncheon – This month we will have another SPEI Distinguished Lecturer, Mr. Dan Daulton, who will be speaking on “Hydraulic Fracturing Myths, Reality and Environmental Stewardship Through Better Chemistry.”
Feb 21st – Texas Hold ‘em Tourney – Our annual tournament is fast approaching. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets now. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. This is one of our premier scholarship fundraising events.
Feb 26th – Study Group Luncheon - David Doyle will be presenting “Beam Pumping Units – From the Bottom Up".
Feb 27th - TSPE Engineers Week Awards Luncheon – Two Dallas Section members will be honored at the annual Texas Society of Professional Engineers luncheon – Richard Lemon is our Engineer of the Year, and Lesley Hughes is our Young Engineer of the Year. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more details are available at www.TSPEEngineersWeek.com . Come help us honor our winners.
So while February can be a “quiet” month (unless you have two boys who play high school baseball), we have a lot going on this month that I think you will find educational, beneficial and fun!! And of course, in most cases you will be supporting our Section Scholarship Fund!
Hope to see you at one or more of the activities this month. As always, please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org ) for more details on these and other upcoming events, as well as how you can volunteer.
Oh, and one more item….if you have not paid your SPE dues for 2014, please take a moment to do so now (it can be done online!). This will ensure you continue to receive your JPT, and emails from SPE and the Dallas Section.
Chairman’s Corner – January, 2014 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the January installment of my Chairman’s Corner. Seems odd to write “2014”....2013 sure flew by in a hurry. I hope that everyone had a safe and restful New Year’s. As we roll into the new year, while it can certainly be instructive to review the highlights of last year (I covered some of that in my last newsletter), I’d like to spend some time looking forward to 2014. Many like to do this in the form of “New Year’s Resolutions” (although I have read that most of them end up being broken at some point in the year!). Regardless of whether you have made new year’s resolutions for 2014, I’d like to encourage everyone to make at least one – resolve to get more involved with your professional society (SPE). There is something for everyone, and I can assure you, you will get much more out of the volunteer experience than you expected.
While there are many opportunities to get involved, let me just list a few that will hopefully peak your interest:
Please consider how you can help. I am confident there is a position and/or opportunity that will fit your interests and schedule. You will meet other great colleagues, develop your leadership skills and expand your network….you will not be disappointed. I encourage you to contact a Board member, or Richard Lemon (who is coordinating the volunteer pool in the section).
Hope to see you at one or more of our section activities this month. Please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these events as well as more details on how you can volunteer.
Happy New Year!
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Chairman’s Corner – December, 2013 by Terry Palisch
Welcome to the December installment of my Chairman’s Corner. I hope that everyone had a safe and restful Thanksgiving. Of course by time you read this, whether we like it or not, we will be in the middle of the Christmas season. Black Friday will have occurred, sales will be upon us, and decorations will be up. However, before we leave Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to think about the many things for which I am thankful. While I could list many, many things in my personal life, I would like to recall those things which pertain to our industry, SPEI and SPE Dallas. So here goes….
While December is busy for many of us, and most likely results in a shortened month for the holidays, I do want to remind everyone that we have some great programs this month. The Study Group will be hosting Syed Hamid (Halliburton) at BCGI on the 11th who will be discussing “A Practical Method for Predicting Scale Formation in Well Completions”. On Dec 18th we are honored to have George King speaking at our Monthly Meeting at BCGI on “The Facts on Environmental Risk in Fracturing & Well Construction – What do the Numbers Say?”. Remember that you may bring a toy in lieu of payment to this meeting, with all donations going to Toys-for-Tots.
Hope to see you at one or more of our section activities this month. Please be sure to take a look at our website (www.spedallas.org) for more details on these events as well as opportunities to volunteer.
And I hope everyone has a great Christmas and safe New Year.
Current SPE Dallas Section Board
Chairman’s Corner – November, 2013 by Terry Palisch
October was another busy month for the section (and SPE). Of course many of you attended the Society’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Word is that this year’s exhibit space was the largest on record, and at over 12,000 attendees, it was the highest attendance since 1999. Brian Chacka, Anil Kumar and Fred Stalkup all received their SPE International awards, and our section received its Outstanding Section Student Support Award. Plans are now underway for next year’s meeting which will be held in Amsterdam. Note that the Call for Papers for that conference is now open, with a deadline for abstracts of January 27th, 2014. Have you ever considered writing a technical paper? What new technology are you working that you could document and share? What case history could you present? I would like to encourage you to consider submitting an abstract next year for either ATCE, or perhaps another meeting or workshop. Sharing technical information is critical to the success of our society. It’s also a great way to develop your technical writing and presentation skills. I have served on several SPE technical committees and written over a dozen papers, and I am confident that everyone has some interesting and important technology to share. If you have any questions about how to submit an abstract, or write a paper, call me….I’d love to help!
We welcomed Norm Warpinski (Pinnacle-Halliburton) to our October Section Meeting, and Gary Davis (Wellbore Fishing) to the Study Group Luncheon. The YP’s hosted a happy hour and social, and we had another sell out crowd at the Annual Shoot for Your School. I also want to thank our Community Relations committee and all of those that helped man booths at the Earth Science Fair held at Brookhaven College of Geotechnology Institute. In addition to providing hands on activities for the students, the Dallas Section covered 50% of the costs for the Fair.
Speaking of students, perhaps the most exciting news I have to share this month is that the Dallas Section now has its first “Student Chapter”. For the last few months our Section has been working with students at the University of North Texas to establish a student chapter there. They were sanctioned buy UNT, and held elections of officers a few weeks ago. Earlier this week we were informed that all paperwork is in, and SPEI has approved their application! The Dallas Section is now considered their sponsoring section. The students are very motivated, and the university is excited to start offering oil & gas related courses and seminars. If you would like to speak to their section about any aspect of either your job, or the industry, please contact a board member and we will put you in touch with their programs chair. Brian Chacka and I have both already spoken at chapter meetings, and I think you will find it very rewarding.
I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming November section events. We have our annual joint meeting with SPEE on Ethics on Nov 7th – recall that this will meet your PE requirements. Matt Young (Lufkin) will be discussing Artificial Lift at the YP meeting on Nov 13th and Craig McPherson (EVP-COO Denbury) will be discussing Denbury’s CO2 Projects at our Section Meetingon Nov 20th. Our next Study Group meeting is in December.
Chairman’s Corner – October, 2013 by Terry Palisch
As you read this “Corner”, over 10,000 industry professionals will be descending on New Orleans, LA, for the Society’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. This conference is the hallmark event for our society. It features cutting edge technical advancements presented by SPE members during the multiple-track 3 day technical sessions. Many companies will launch new products and technologies in the exhibition hall. SPE sections and members will be recognized for their contributions to the Society and industry at the Awards Luncheon. And a new Society President will take office at the Annual Meeting. If you have never attended an SPE ATCE, or haven’t attended in several years, I would encourage you to make plans for next year, when the Conference will be held in Amsterdam. Write an abstract, join a committee, or just plan to attend – the technical exchange and networking opportunities are tremendous.
At our last section luncheon/meeting we were pleased to host the then-current SPE International President, Egbert Imomoh, who gave us an informative update on the current status of the Society, as well as a glimpse into the future. He reminded us that "SPE is YOU....YOU are SPE!"
Earlier this fall, we sent out ~$40,000 in undergraduate scholarships and the Scholarship committee is currently working on awarding $25,000 in graduate student grants. In October we have another one of our top university support fundraisers – the Annual Shoot For Your School. This event is always a lot of fun, and raises money that goes directly to the universities of the winning teams. The event will be held on October 21st, so register now! Registration details can be found at our website.
Also in October (19th & 20th) the Section will be joining with Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute to host the Earth Science Fair at BCGI. This is a great volunteer opportunity that allows us to impact students of all ages. Please contact Sam Larkin if you can help, even if only for a few hours!
Looking to hire someone? Looking for a job? Did you know that there is a tab on our Dallas Section website that lists job openings? Contact our webmaster – Kelly Blackwood – if you would like to post a job.
SPE Dallas Section
Chairman’s Corner – September, 2013 by Terry Palisch
Wow, is it September already….where did the summer go? While it is only a matter of time before the summer heat breaks (hopefully that occurs soon), your Dallas Section as been hard at work. First of all, I am pleased to report that Dan Auces and his Scholarship Committee met and evaluated the many applicants for Dallas Section Undergraduate Scholarships. After a lot of hard work, they awarded over $86,000 in scholardships to 59 students from 12 different universities for the 2013-2014 school year. The first semester awards in the amount of $44,000 went out in July, and we have begun to receive thank you letters and pictures of the recipients. I encourage you to check out the Dallas Section website to see some of the winners and the smiles on their faces. I hope that everyone realizes that the hard work we put into fundraising, sponsorships, and attendance at many of our events is having a positive impact on these students.
We’ve also had a great line up of speakers this summer at our monthly section, study group, and our YP meetings. After an enlightening talk on Energy Policy in America by SMU’s Bud Weinstein in July, our August section meeting saw a full house listen to Congressman Joe Barton R-TX speak to us about Hydraulic Fracturing, The Evironmental Lobby and America’s Energy Future. Not to be outdone, a packed crowd learned about Denbury’s Large Scale CO2 Projects at the Study Group in July, followed by a similar crowd in August who came to hear about Pioneer’s successful Choke Management System. In July, the YP’s had an incredible speaker, David Rodriguez, who discussed energy efficient buildings and the LEED rating system, and in August they did volunteer work at the North Texas Food Bank.
I encourage everyone to take a look at September’s line up of speakers….at the YP Meeting on September 11th, John Turley will present an Engineering Look at the Cause of the BP Macondo Blowout….the September 18th Section Meeting will feature SPE International President Egbert Imomoh…. and Chuck Bell will discuss Frac Fluid Selection and Proppant Transport at the Study Group meeting on September 25th. All will be populare and are sure to be well attended, so get your reservations early.
Finally, I want to thank the Baljit Sehbi and Sam Larkin, and his team of volunteers who put on the 3rd Annual “Engineering on the Bus” field trip on August 16th. The participants (primarily area school teachers) had many great things to say about the trip, and I’m confident it had a positive impact on those who attended, as well as those who volunteered to speak. Thanks also to the companies who made the drilling rig and frac operation visits successful, including Eagle Ridge Energy and Newark E&P, as well as FTS International and Weatherford International.