November 16, 2004 Board Meeting and Forum Report
Twelve LASPE board members, chairpersons and guests attended the monthly board meeting. Chairperson Raj Upadhyay convened the meeting at 10 AM in advance of the Petroleum Technology Forum. Key issues reviewed included approval of a 2004 – 05 budget projecting a nominal surplus, plans to nominate Dr. Iraj Ershaghi as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer, support of Mark Shemaria's nomination for the 2005-08 SPE EHS Director position and plans for the 2005 SPE Western Regional Meeting to be held March 30 – April 1 at the Irvine Hyatt Regency Hotel. This meeting is being jointly organized by LASPE and SJVSPE. Scott Hara presented his plans for the WRM to add a Pacific Section AAPG Geology Session and an Electrical Submersible Pump Workshop to the technical program. He is also initiating a new idea to invite bright non-petroleum local engineering undergraduate students to the convention to introduce them to our industry, our technical challenges and to the SPE membership. The idea is to encourage more local students into our graduate schools and work force.
All LASPE members are welcome to participate in any future board meetings. These are always held starting at 10 AM at the Long Beach Petroleum Club in advance of the Petroleum Technology Forum.
At the Petroleum Technology Forum, Dr. Iraj Ershaghi gave an excellent talk entitled “Tunnel Vision Management of Mature Oilfields.” His talk highlighted the fact that while companies worldwide are spending large sums to find new fields, the resource in existing fields between current expected recoveries and residual oil saturation can be just as rewarding with innovative approaches and new processes.
Nearly 60 members and guests attended the session.
LASPE’s next Petroleum Technology Forum will be held on December 14, 2004 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club and will feature Distinguished Lecturer Usman Ahmed who will speak on Hydraulic Fracture Design, Treatment and Optimization: Lessons Learned from Case Studies.