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Board and Forum Report for January 2005


The regular monthly Board meeting was held January 11, 2005 starting at 10 AM at the Long Beach Petroleum Club.  The highlight of the meeting is Chairperson Raj Updahyay’s planning for celebrating the 50th anniversary of LASPE.  Many members believe the section is much older than that beginning as a part of AIME.  The bases for doubt – the fact that we have so many members who are 50-year members of SPE!  None-the-less, it’s a good excuse for an event.  The celebration is scheduled to take place on evening of March 9, 2005 at the Petroleum Club beginning with a no host bar at 5 PM.  Speakers are being lined up and Raj made several committee assignments agreed to by the board.


In other business, Raj advised that Iraj Ershaghi and Rick Finken have been nominated for the Western Region Service Award.  This will be awarded at the March 30 – April 1, 2005 Western Regional Meeting in Irvine.


Software: Microsoft OfficeA scholarship award to Jimmy Quintana, a student at Cal Berkeley, preceded the Forum.  Jimmy received an award as an incoming freshman two years ago and this is a renewal in recognition of his excellent work studying engineering at Cal and his summer job involvement in energy industry.


Jimmy is to the right of John Yu, LASPE’s Scholarship Chairperson and also Vice Chairperson.





Software: Microsoft OfficeThe January Forum featured Dr. Mike Bruno with the topic “Analyzing Well Damage Risks and Optimum Well Designs for Compacting Reservoirs.”  Mike is a member of LASPE and a Distinguished Lecturer.  he presented interesting insights on dealing with the compacting reservoirs present in the Los Angeles Basin.  Mitigation techniques were reviewed and Mike provided copies of his latest paper to attendees.


Dr. Bruno is President of Terralog Technologies USA, Inc. and has more than 20 years experience in various aspects of reservoir and wellbore geomechanics, with more than 30 publications related to petroleum geomechanics.  


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