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Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) SPE Student Chapter, ChampionX Chemical Technologies, and Azerbaijan Chemical Society (AzeCS) have collaborated to provide a certification in "Oilfield Problems and Chemical Solutions" for students. The course is developed as a series of webinars to help students bridge the gap between the knowledge gained at university and in-house industry experience. Orkhan Hajiyev, an account manager at ChampionX, founding member of the AzeCS, and ASOIU alumni, who designed the course said, "The idea for the course stemmed from a call with the SPE chapter, who continuously look for industry professionals to share their knowledge. At ChampionX, we were investigating ways to boost our community engagement, so implementing a course which provides experience for students and will benefit their professional development was an ideal fit." The course is designed as a series of webinars beginning January and running until May. Sessions are provided by local and foreign experts with 1-2 sessions per month.
SPE awards recognize members for their technical contributions, professional excellence, career achievement and service to colleagues. This year the Canada Region would like to recognize several well-deserving members who have contributed exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines. Seven outstanding young professionals have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2020 International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Outstanding Young Professional Award. The biennial award celebrates the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional exploration and production experience. Get the latest SPE information and content relevant to you.
The month of January literally flew, and we have started February with so many ideas for the upcoming months. I truly hope that in the second part of 2021, we will be able to organise and attend in-person events. One of the most important, if not the most prolific event dedicated to students is the international global programme, PetroBowl. Founded in 2002 by the SPE Gulf Coast Section, PetroBowl used to take place once a year during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). As its popularity grew, a two-stage pilot programme was introduced in 2013 to transition the contest into a truly global event.
At first glance, well testing may not come across as high-tech. At a time of rampant digitalization, with catchy phrasing such as "machine learning" and "Internet of things," how can we compete with "slip joints" and "Bourdet derivatives" from the '80s? Further down Memory Lane, bubble buckets and semilog graph paper look even more as if they are from a bygone era. Yet the former are still relied upon in specific onshore applications (I used one 2 years ago), and petroleum engineering students continue to learn the fundamentals of pressure transient analysis with the latter. Most of today's equipment and interpretation methods are indeed not new.
John Etherington, a petroleum reserves champion and an SPE Distinguished Member, died 19 September. Etherington played a pivotal role in the development of the now commonly used petroleum reserves definitions, Petroleum Reserves Management System (PRMS). Over the past decades, he acted as a fulcrum for its development and updating through his work with several international societies, agencies, and governments in arriving at unified definitions for oil and gas reserves estimation. Among others, he is widely recognized by fellow SPE members and industry professionals for his primary role in drafting the 2007 SPE PRMS. Etherington advised many companies on reserves evaluation and audit during his long career.
The PetroBowl competition was founded in 2002, and was created, organized, and administered by the SPE Gulf Coast Section taking place once a year during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). As its popularity grew, a two stage pilot program was introduced in 2013 to transition the contest into a truly global event. This included two regional qualifiers taking place in Africa and Asia in 2014, and an expansion to six regional qualifiers in 2015. Following the successful completion of the pilot program, PetroBowl is now recognized as an SPE International global program.
If a contest or a division is not held in your assigned region, you can request to present your paper in an assigned alternate region. Every region has only one alternate region. To make an alternate region paper request, or if the alternate region is not holding a contest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. COVID-19 Updates: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions on travel, all Regional SPC competitions are aiming to run as virtual competitions. A guide on how this will be run can be found in the Student Paper Contest Video Conferencing Guide (pdf).
The collaborative series between TWA and SPE Student Chapters, "TWA Student Chapter Spotlight," aims to feature award-winning SPE student chapters from around the world. Each article in the series will spotlight a student chapter and share some of the chapter's main events and activities recently held. The SPE student chapter at Texas A&M University (TAMU-SPE) is a premier student organization within the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. As a recognition of its excellence, TAMU-SPE received the 2019-2020 Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter, which is awarded only to the top 5% percent of student chapters globally within SPE. In 2019, TAMU-SPE created a new event, "Aggies Invent–Energy Solution," which set a contemporary standard in size and scope for inaugural, student-conducted technical events.
The collaborative series between TWA and SPE Student Chapters, "TWA Student Chapter Spotlight," aims to feature award-winning SPE student chapters from around the world. Each article in the series will spotlight a student chapter and share some of the chapter's main events and activities recently held. Suez University (SU) SPE student chapter was founded in 2004, and over 16 years of inspiration, has been fulfilling the technical and business needs for Suez University students and enhancing its members' personal skills through various development programs. The section has been honored with the SPE Presidential Award for the Outstanding Student Chapter five times, in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and recently 2020. This year, the SU chapter is one of the only two chapters from the Middle East and North Africa Region to receive the award, and the only Egyptian chapter to receive the honor.