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LOS ANGELES BASIN SECTION SPE
APRIL 1999 NEWSLETTER
LOS ANGELES BASIN SECTION
Letter from the Chairman...
I recently attended a presentation given by Gerard Katz of the Foundation for Energy Education at Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach. The school invited Mr. Katz to speak to their 8th grade science class as part of their Career Week activities. His subject was thermal energy and how it can be converted into mechanical energy. I found his teaching methods to be very interesting. First, he chooses a little magic to grab the student's attention and then begins his lecture. He does this by performing some hand tricks while he's introducing his subject.
Mr. Katz then shows a short video about molecules and energy and finishes his classroom lecture by allowing the students to perform a hands-on demonstration with several science experiments that he has prepared. His lecture was very entertaining and informative. Mr. Katz's background is in science and he has a Master's degree in Education, specifically in curriculum development.
Mr. Katz is interested in designing a new curriculum for middle schools that would teach students about hydrocarbons. He envisions taking it from the molecular stage to some form of finished product. This would be tailored so that most persons could use it and would include a video, lecture notes, and simple classroom experiments or hands-on demonstrations. Mr. Katz recently received a DOE grant to develop an educational program related to energy. Therefore, he would like to know how many members would be interested, and if he needs additional funding can the Section help him. I've asked Mr. Katz to prepare a proposal for the Board's review and comments. However, I would also like to know how our members feel too. If you're interested or have any comments, please call me at 714/816-6847 or telefax 6853.
As a reminder, the Board of Directors is always looking for volunteers to help with our Section's activities or to become new board members. We hold our luncheon meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at the Long Beach Petroleum Club beginning at 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. If you plan to attend, please telephone a Board member on the back of this Newsletter. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM
Ed Santiago Chairman DOGGR (714) 816-6847
DATE: Tuesday, April 13, 1999
TIME: 11:30 am - Social
PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
COST: $15.00 General Admission
RESERVATIONS: Not Required
SPEAKER: Barry L. Evans
TOPIC: "Future Oil Prices, Gas Prices and Operating Costs" Results of the Western States Petroleum Association/California Independent Producers Association Survey
Recently oil prices reached their lowest levels in 50 years. This has had an extremely serious effect of California oil production, oil producers and engineering staff. The WSPA/CIPA survey included responses from 39 participants, 36 oil companies, and 3 consulting engineering firms. The oil companies represented produce over 90% of California's oil production. This survey includes forecasters of California (and WTI) oil prices, gas prices and anticipated operating cost escalation. Also, included are forecasts by other recognized organizations in the U.S.
The talk will also discuss the world oil price situation over the past 18 months and at the present time. This talk should be of special interest to engineers involved with project economic analysis including well economics and acquisitions.
Berry Evans is president of B.L. Evans & Associates, Consulting Petroleum Engineers. He is a member of SPE, SPEE and is a Senior Appraiser in the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). Prior to forming his firm, he was EVP and Manager of Operations for Century Oil Corporation, Vice President of Security Pacific Bank, Division Reservoir Engineer for Chevron USA, and Chief Reserves engineer for Honolulu Oil Corporation. He has lectured in petroleum engineering at USC, UCLA and Stanford. He holds BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from USC.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
Board of Directors Meeting
Petroleum Technology Forum
Continuing Education Short Courses
Desk & Derrick Club
DISCOUNT INTERNET ACCESS, EMAIL AND WEB SITE FOR LA SPE MEMBERS
The LA SPE has arranged for a discount Internet access account with the Internet Service Provider 95Net.
The "LA SPE Membership Internet Account" provides full and unlimited access to Internet/ World Wide Web for $15 per month per member account ($20 set-up fee). This account includes Email, Web Access, a Personal Web Page space, Newsgroups and FTP.
A LA SPE Membership account will have an Email address that looks like: "member@LASPE.org", and a Web Page address that is "www.LASPE.org/member".
For more information on the LASPE Web Site or Membership Internet Account contact LASPE webmaster, Larry Gilpin (e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 714/847-7119). 95Net can be contacted directly at 949/222-1034. Ask about the SPE Membership Internet Account program. Don't forget to ask for your local access phone number.
FELLOWS INSTALLATION AND AWARDS
SPE LA Basin Section members Jalal Torabzadeh, Vivian Bust
and Ed Santiago were inducted into the 1999 Institute for the
Advancement of Engineering (IAE) College of Fellows. The IAE
is an umbrella organization, its mission is to promote, recognize
and publicize the engineering profession and its achievements.
The IAE annual awards banquet and Fellows Installation was the
"kick-off" ceremony for
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
The Los Angeles Basin Section of the SPE will be awarding two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who will be attending college in the 1999-2000 school year. The candidates must be a child of an SPE member or be recommended by a member.
The candidates will be evaluated on their scholastic achievements, citizenship and community volunteer work. Preference will be given to those students who are majoring in engineering or an applied science.
For an application and more information, please call John Jepson, scholarship Chairman, at 714/816-6847 or visit our web site at laspe.org. The deadline for submittal of the completed application is April 30, 1999.
Effective March 20th all correspondence to the SPE LA Basin
Section Newsletter should be address to:
RIO HONDO GOLF CLUB
This year, RM Pyles is celebrating its 50th year of helping
Southern California youths. Through the donations and support
of the oil and gas industry, over 20,000 young men have had the
opportunity to benefit from Pyles' program. Your participation
in the Nomads' RM Pyles Golf Tournament will help ensure that
more young people will have this program available to them at
a critical point in their lives.
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