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  • A new cover for our Technical Bulletin

    The SPE Italian Section Technical Bulletin 4/2019 is now available. With our new cover!

    The main contents of this issue are:

    - The Eni's exploration model - A story of success made of competences, technology, creativity & processes. Interview with Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer Eni SpA;
    - Exploration excellence and the challenges of decarbonisation by Matteo Bacchini, SPE Italy Chairman;
    Fast tracking exploration projects by proprietary seismic imaging technology;
    - The culture of data management and their growing importance in the energy industry;
    - Unveiling Reservoir event sponsored by Eni in collaboration with SPE Italian Section.

  • SPE Distinguished Lecture - Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    When:  Jan 20th, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Italian Time), Sala Goliat - V Building Eni

    Associated with SPE Italian Section

    Drilling Decision Management in the Age of Drilling Automation

    by Distinguished Lecturer Richard Meehan, Schlumberger



    Drilling automation is coming. Most Drilling Control System vendors have early commercial drilling automation solutions, and many are working on new and improved systems.  Forward looking Operators and Drilling Contractors are evaluating these offerings, and many are actively pursuing field tests.  Some Operators are even developing their own in-house methods. These systems will help exploit the capabilities offered by modern AC-VFD rigs, but many challenges remain. Automated systems are good at executing instructions – the key to improving performance is to make sure the instructions are suitable for the task in hand, and that they can be easily modified and improved based on actual outcomes.  Effective drilling decision management requires a combination of data driven offset well analysis, understanding of the capabilities of automated execution, and the ability to make the link between cause and effect in drilling processes and procedures. Effective decisions also need to consider the contractual and business relationships between the players involved, and the equitable spreading of risk and reward will be key to future progress. Drilling Automation could be a remarkable enabler for our industry.  The one key idea to take away from this presentation is that by working together and "focusing on a system approach" we can take advantage of this developing technology to make sustainable improvments to well construction.



    Richard Meehan is the Drilling Automation Program Manager for Schlumberger, based in Katy, Texas. After graduating in 1985, with a Master of Science Degree in Thermal Power from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom, Richard joined Schlumberger Cambridge Research where he worked as a Research Scientist. In 2000 he moved to Houston, to lead a team developing Drilling Engineering software applications for both internal Schlumberger and external commercial use.  Since then, Richard has held various drilling engineering related positions in Schlumberger in both the US and China, taking the lead role in Drilling Automation in 2013.

  • SPE/EAGE/ASSOMIN "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Award 2019

    The deadline for the submission of the abstracts for the 27th edition of the "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Award is now approaching.

    Anyone interested in the contest can access the award announcement and the application form at the following links:


    Application form

    Necessary information, details and contacts are included in the award announcement.
  • Support SPE Italian Section activities!

    SPE Italian Section relies only on support from members and supporters. This contribution is vital for the Italian Section and helps us to organize for you events and initiatives having a special focus in the energy sector.

    You can donate as an individual, or through a foundation, trust or company.

    Click here, thank you!
  • BtT Registrations for the Bucharest event are now open!

    After the success of the first edition, we hereby invite you to the Second Edition of the Beyond The Borders program, which will have its second Event hosted by SPE Romanian Section in Bucharest from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st September 2019, themed ‘Business Transformation for a Sustainable Future’. As usual, there will be interesting forums, conferences, business visits and cultural visits, all mixed with a lot of fun and opportunities to meet international peers and make new friends!

    Just click at the following google link: https://forms.gle/oiVZX3fcH6ss5EzC8

  • Election of the new Section Board 2019-2020

    Dear SPE member, 
    we are renewing the Section Board and below you find the link to view the detail of the proposed composition and to vote.
    There is time until July 18th at 5pm.


    Looking forward to see the results and to meet you at the New Board Kick Off on July 18th!

  • Beyond The Borders - II Edition - Registration to Paris event is now open!Register by May 10th

    Registration for the Paris event is now open!

    A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles!

    We want to shorten miles and increase SPE-friends all over the world and for this… we need you!!!

    After the success of the first edition, we hereby invite you to the Second Edition of the Beyond The Borders program, which will have its first Event hosted by SPE France Section in Paris from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June 2019, themed ‘Wellhead to downstream’. As usual, there will be interesting forums, conferences, business visits and cultural visits, all mixed with a lot of fun and opportunities to meet international peers and make new friends!

    Travel costs are self-funded by each participant, while accommodation (+breakfast) and at least one meal per day are in charge of local section. Two Young Professionals will be selected from the Italian Section to participate at the event depending mostly on their motivation: register (https://forms.gle/LnGRpAMW5dZhNBNp7) by the 10th of May to the event to be our ambassador at the Paris event!

    But that is not all we have got in our basket! As you might be aware of, SPE YP borders are broadening and, as of today, the Beyond The Borders program has seen the inclusion of many Sections from all around Europe: Bergen, Portugal, Vienna Basin and Germany, which add to the already existing cooperation between Italy, France and Romania.
  • Congratulations to the "Gustavo Sclocchi" Theses Awards Winners

    We are happy to announce the winners of the 2018 edition of the SPE EAGE- Assomineraria “Gustavo Sclocchi” Theses Award.

    Categories Master of Science & Philosophy Doctor:
    • Amadori Chiara “3D architecture and evolution of the Po Plain - Northern Adriatic Basin since the Messinian salinity crisis through Pliocene-Pleistocene time”
    • Chesi Claudio “Facies and depositional architecture of two transtensional continental basins: the Permian succession of the Orobic Basin and of the Norwegian Danish Basin”
    • Giuliani Marco “Computational intelligence: a hybrid technique for process modeling and production optimization of an oil field”

    Categories Bachelor of Science & 2nd Level Master:
    • Luciani Italo “Streamlines integration in Reservoir Management workflow to optimize water injection in a brown field”

    Special mentions:
    • Zhen Xing “Two-grid full-waveform surface-wave inversion by means of a genetic algorithm”
    • Reguzzi Simone “Lithostratigraphy and petrographic analysis of the Permian succession of the Orobic basin margins (Pizzo Dei Tre Signori - Barbellino Lake, Orobic Alps, North Italy)”
    • Russo Giorgio “Implementation of virtual metering models using real time data”
    • Lazzeri Giacomo “Experimental use of drone remote sensed data for quick mapping of wildfire burnt areas”

    The Award Ceremony will take place on March 21st in the Aula Magna of Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, and will be followed by the SPE Talent Dinner. Follow the link for more information.