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The SPE Benin City, Nigeria, Section held its first Young Professionals (YPs) Workshop May 9 at the Vichi Gates Hotel and Suites in Benin City. More than 120 people, representing a wide spectrum of YPs and practitioners from operating and service companies, government, and academia, took part in the 1-day workshop. The program was designed to provide avenues for both YPs and industry experts to exchange views and share ideas on important industry issues in Nigeria. Among the workshop's distinguished guests were Emmanuel O. Egbogah, SPE Africa Region director and special adviser on Petroleum Matters to the President of Nigeria, and O.A. Olaosebikan, SPE Benin Ciety Section director and managing director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC). Olaosebikan delivered the goodwill message, which focused on YP development and covered strategies for development, YP progress, and mentoring approaches.
The Netherlands YEPP chapter and SPE Netherlands Section brought 2005 to a successful close with the workshop "Mentoring in Practice" cochaired by Marc Amory (SPE Netherlands Section Continuing Education Chairperson) and Loris Tealdi (SPE Netherlands YEPP Program Chairperson). The workshop attempted to put into practice what is seen as a strong need today: mentoring. The workshop was split into two main sections in order to explore the theory of mentoring and then put those theories into practice. Speakers included 2005 SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni of Eni E&P, H. Edmundson of Schlumberger, and L. Desmond of Shell from the experienced professional side and, from the young professional side, Tealdi of Agip KCO. The first three speakers pointed out the value of mentoring from a senior perspective.
Rapid Improvement Workshops (RIW) have been employed by many industries in many countries as a means of generating improvements. Applications in the shipbuilding industry (or any industry beginning on the road to lean) have shown that RIWs can also be an important tool for change, not only in terms of incremental improvements, but also in terms of changing the culture of an organization. This paper describes the process of conducting RIWs, discusses the tools employed, and gives case studies of their use in shipyards.
The 2008 SPE SPE Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) took place in October 2008 at the Burswood Convention Centre in Perth, Australia. This event turned out to be very useful for young professionals (YPs) as the conference featured a variety of topical technical sessions, a broad range of exhibitors, good networking opportunities, and a YP workshop on day three of the conference. More than 50 exhibitors displayed products and many technical experts were on hand to answer questions and to give an insight into their technologies. The regional student paper/presentations and the Education Day provided opportunities for high school and university students to see and discover in depth what the oil and gas industry is about. The quality of the student papers were outstanding and covered an array of topics.