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A Technical Section represents a grouping of global members who share an interest in a specific technical topic. These communities of SPE members share ideas, promote competence, and develop projects related to their technical interest. Technical Sections tend to be more task-oriented than discussion-oriented. They meet virtually for the most part, but are encouraged to hold a face-to-face meeting at least once a year. The Technical Sections Operations Manual (TSOM) is your go-to source for information about how to conduct your technical section activities. You can learn about your individual role and find the forms and deadlines associated with your duties. Questions may be directed to your staff liaison, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local sections exist within SPE in order to provide a framework for SPE activities within set boundaries. The following requirements must be met and submitted to SPE International by 1 January, 15 June or 15 October. Sections must have 25 professional members residing in the geographic area. Sections must indicate and be named for the city in which they intend to meet. Other cities in close proximity may be included in the jurisdiction if not currently served by another section.
Local student chapters exist within SPE in order to provide a framework for SPE activities within set boundaries. The following requirements must be met and submitted to SPE International by the 15th day of February, June or October. Membership Student chapters must have a minimum of 25 student members enrolled in the university with at least 25 students not graduating within one year of establishment. Jurisdiction Student chapters must be named for and located at a single university. Student chapters must be at a university that offers a three-year degree program related to the upstream oil and gas industry or a two-year degree specifically in petroleum engineering.
SPE International (SPEI) recognizes that a technical section may need to disestablish due to inactivity. This policy outlines the requirements and procedures for technical section disestablishment. It is expected the technical section maintain certain requirements. The technical section board must meet at least 6 times per year. The technical section must hold at least one meeting of the membership per year.
Kate H. Baker is the 2004 SPE President. Baker is Technology Unit Coordinator of Reservoir Performance for BP Upstream Technology Group and Senior Subsurface Adviser for BP Group. Baker began her career in the oil and gas industry as a research geologist for Exxon in 1975 and held various supervisory positions during her 19-year tenure at the company. In 1994, she joined Amoco Production Research as Director of Geoscience Technology and later became Operations Manager of the Greater Green River basin asset in North America and Manager of the Technical Service Group for Amoco Worldwide Exploration. When BP and Amoco merged in 1998, Baker became Director, Upstream Digital Business, for BP Amoco before assuming her current positions at BP in 2001.