More than 400 students from 20 SPE student chapters across the US, Mexico, and Canada gathered at the annual SPE North America Student Symposium (NASS) held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge during 21–24 February. This year's symposium focused on data analytics and called upon a range of industry professionals to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of today's digital age. More than 25 SPE student members from 15 universities organized various events that honed in on the digital aspect of the oil and gas industry. Co-directors for the event included Abdul Homran (LSU), Adam Larson (Penn State University), and Bryan McDowell (Colorado School of Mines). Discussions at the symposium addressed the new wave of technology that's emerging in oil and gas--Big Data.
The SPE Saudi Arabia Section is pleased to announce its first Young Professionals' Technical Symposium for regional and international participants, which will be held 9 May 2007 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. "Leading the Future: An Era of Opportunities" is the theme of the symposium, and it is meant to become a worldwide event for young professionals to share expertise, experiences, and knowledge. The symposium will include technical sessions, poster sessions, guest speakers, panel discussions, best technical paper selection, a young professionals' day, and a student paper contest. Networking opportunities also will be provided. For more information, please contact the technical committee at email@example.com.
Young professionals are under huge pressure to develop fast so that they can take leadership roles in the industry. The first Saudi Arabian Young Professionals Technical Symposium was held on 9 May in Dhahran, focusing on the development of young professionals and attracting more than 300 participants. The theme was "Leading the Future: An Era of Opportunities." Key speakers included Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Southern Reservoir manager at Saudi Aramco; Khaled Nouh, vice president of Schlumberger Oilfield Services; and Mohammed Al-Askar, director of Information and Public Relations, Office of The Minister of Minerals and Resources, Saudi Arabia. Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifah, 2007 SPE president, and Fatema Al-Awami, a supervisor in Saudi Aramco, participated in the symposium's panel discussion, "Delivering Energy: How to Carry On." Five months of planning went into the symposium, and its objective was to provide a forum for a broad range of E&P topics, including drilling, production, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, reservoir characterization, gas technology, energy management, environmental issues, and information technology.
Public clouds are one of the emerging technologies that are minimizing the cost of processing the big data of the oil and gas industry. Among the hurdles to the wide-scale adoption of the cloud are security and access cost. A recently released report predicted that IoT networks will not take up as much of the overall market share as previously anticipated. IoT has become a popular phrase in various industries. For upstream oil and gas operators, an IoT infrastructure may present an opportunity improve quality control on their projects, potentially reducing costs and increasing production.
The past five years have witnessed great shifts in the global energy industry. Stakeholders across the value chain continue to adapt to the new oil price environment and pace of technological advancements by developing innovative strategies and processes to effectively manage cost and seize opportunities to create value. KMG have made huge steps in the Health and safety aspects of its business. Going hand in hand with HSE along with the obvious is increase in efficiency, lowering of costs, increased recovery and therefore margins and also team motivation and production and the social responsibility of the environment that all O&G companies operate in. However, in today’s O&G industry this is not enough.
Michael Dunkel, vice president for CH2M, believes water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. Effective water management is only possible with water infrastructure and there are many benefits for all the stakeholders to building the infrastructure. As governments around the world seek to lower energy consumption in the wake of the low oil price environment, the 2016 SPE President said the industry must be proactive in ramping up its sustainability efforts. The growing attention on sustainable development has prompted many oil and gas companies to take a hard look at their operations and to build a framework for making them more socially responsible.
Sponsorship for the North American Student Symposium goes directly to help with the costs of operating the program. The Society of Petroleum Engineers operates the Symposium through its Member Programs department, which is separate from other SPEI Events. As the program is operated through Member Programs, the Symposium is designed to not generate revenue and to break-even. If sponsorship is not available, certain activities currently planned for the Symposium will not be scheduled.
Sponsorship support helps offset the cost of producing Symposiums and allows SPE to keep the attendance price within reach of operations level individuals, those who benefit most from these technical Symposiums. Sponsors benefit both directly and indirectly by having their name associated with a specific topical event. Symposiums typically average +180 attendees, offering sponsors unique access to a focused group of key decision makers in the operating community. This is an informed audience discussing state-of-the art technology and best practices. While SPE prohibits any type of commercialism within the meeting room itself, the society recognizes that sponsoring companies offer valuable information to attendees outside the technical sessions.
Accommodations are NOT included in the symposium registration fee. Discounted rates are available at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel during the symposium as well as pre and post weekends. Bring the family out and enjoy some additional time in the mountains. We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Castle in the Rockies!' Attendee rate is guaranteed until 18 October. These rates are offered three (3) days before and after the symposium, based on availability.
The SPE North America Student Symposium is an annual student conference organized by SPE International students across North America. The Symposium presents an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of the oil and gas industry through the insights and experiences of industry leaders and advocates. It also provides attendants with a myriad of networking opportunities, as students, faculty, and industry experts from around North America will be participating. The theme for this year's symposium is "Data Sciences Transforming the Energy Industry."