Professional Ethics for Petroleum Engineers    

John Rogers Smith, P.E., PhD
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST
Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA, 70503

 Options to attend in-person OR online Zoom presentation starting at 12 Noon CST


Ethical practices in petroleum engineering are important for upholding industry standards, improving the public perception of our industry, and preserving our individual integrity. This meeting will include an introduction to concepts and guidelines for professional ethics and both in-person and online participants will discuss some real examples of the ethical challenges that arise in the practice of petroleum engineering. Please contact the speaker if you know of ethical issues or questions that would be beneficial to discuss in the meeting. Members of all experience levels and specialties should find relevance in the examples. Participants will be credited with 1 PDH to fulfill the annual requirement for continuing education on ethics for professional engineers and can potentially be used for those who still need an ethics credit for 2020.

Speaker Contact:  smithjohnrogers@gmail.com or 337-534-4107


John Rogers Smith retired from LSU where he was an associate professor in petroleum engineering. Before joining LSU, he had over 20 years of industry experience in drilling, production, research, and reservoir activities. John is a life member of SPE and got his earliest training in petroleum engineering in the continuing education seminars sponsored by the SPE Evangeline section.


April 27 Hybrid Meeting Feedback:

This will be the latest Evangeline Section's hybrid (In Person and Zoom) meeting, any feedback will be welcome at the venue or SPEEvangelineSection@gmail.com
ONLINE & IN-PERSON Registration Details are found within this email and on the SPE Evangeline Section webpage.


ONLINE ONLY Zoom Link Register HERE
No cost, RSVP before end of the day April 27.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Our Meeting Presentation begins at Noon CST.

FOR THOSE ATTENDING IN PERSON Register HERE no later than end of the day, APRIL 23rd.  Recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed. Lunch served ~11:30 AM.

*Note Pricing Details*

$25 if paid by April 23, 2021.  $30 if no preregistration.
$30 if registered before April 23, 2021, and select pay at door.  Note the email invoice will show $25, but $30 will be charged at the door.

If you use Petroleum Club Membership to pay for the meeting please register and choose pay at door.  Your Petroleum Club account will be charged $30.

Students $10 / $15 at door. Students contact Dr. Ezeakacha or Amanda Lange for a no-cost voucher. 

Members in transition (looking for work) - $0 in-person if pre-registered by April 23, 2021. Join us to network and keep your industry knowledge current at no cost if you are not currently employed.  Please email Chris Barnette.

CEU Cert for April 27 Monthly Meeting:

To receive a Continuing Education Credit Certificate by email, please email Continuing Education Credit Certificate by April 27th.


For more information, contact Chris Barnette at 713-823-7556 or  barnjamc61@gmail.com 


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Biography - Norman Ritchie   

    Norman Ritchie has worked in oil and gas for over 30 years. Educated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, he has gained broad expertise through engineering and management positions in exploration, production and capital projects. Ritchie’s experience covers the full hydrocarbon development life cycle from conceptual design to decommissioning. Since 1997, Ritchie has consulted in project management and enterprise risk management. As a Director of vPSI group, LLC, which he co-founded in 2003, Ritchie provides consulting and training in performance measurement and improvement, principally in the areas of risk, loss prevention, safety, problem solving and human factors. Ritchie holds a broad US patent for online JSA Systems and is a past Chair of the Houston Energy Corridor Section of the ASSP’s Gulf Coast Chapter.

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