Several of our section officers, including myself, were able to attend the ATCE in San Antonio last month. The conference was well attended and had an excellent technical program as always. There were many opportunities to network with students and members from around the world and to share our knowledge and experiences. One of the things we continue to receive positive feedback on is the free webinar we are providing to our members in Oklahoma City. We also learned of some of the changes coming in the structure of SPE.
One of the exciting changes announced is a newly created regional award for service. The winner of this award will be a member who performs outstanding service to the community. I am sure we all know someone that is applicable to receive this award. Nominations are now open for all regional and international awards. It is surprisingly easy to fill out an awards nomination. A couple of sentences is all it takes to get the process started and the nominee will then provide the requested details. If you know someone that deserves to be recognized on a regional or international level and don’t feel you have the time to fill out a nomination or would like to avoid talking to a potential nominee directly we can help. Just email me or any of our section officers with the name of the person you would like to nominate and why and we’ll take care of the rest. The deadline to submit an international award nomination is February 15th and the deadline for regional awards is March 1st.
The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference will start January 23rd of2018. The conference is held in the Woodlands each year and showcases fracturing and completions technical content as well as networking opportunities. In addition to our OKC oil and gas bi-annual symposium (formerly known as the POS) the HFTC, URTEC, and ATCE are great conferences to showcase your technical skills. There are additional technical events that can be found on spe.org under “call for papers” as well. We are always pleased to see how many of the OKC SPE section members have written and presented papers at these conferences. Have you considered writing a paper for a conference or technical journal and have any questions on where to start, what it requires, etc.? Let one of our officers know and we can pair you with one of our paper writing mentors to guide you through the process. There is no charge for the mentorship but BEWARE, we might call you up and ask you to present your topic at one of our local technical events.
Please be safe as we continue to increase activity and train employees who are new to our industry and have a great week.