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Letter from the Chair . . . John Jepson
I hope all of you enjoyed a great holiday season. For me the holidays roll by so fast I don't even know what hit me! I'm sure most of you are the same way, with busy families, hectic career commitments and less time to do more. Most of us think we have little time to attend a meeting or volunteer for an organization like the SPE.
But our events do not have to take a great amount of your time. For 2 hours a month you can network with your peers at the Petroleum Technology Forum, have a good lunch and learn about a new idea or technology that can effect your business. This year we have seen presentations on the East Lost Hills blow out, drill cutting and solid waste injection, and lower cost exploration and production platforms. Last month's talk on the future use of lasers to perforate and drill wells was one of the best talks I have heard in several years. The idea of using "star wars" technology, which we the taxpayers have paid billions for, to vaporize sandstone from the well bore is very exciting. It may be several years away but still just around the corner.
We also have several excellent speakers coming up during the next six months:
January 9 Iraj Ershaghi, USC
March 13 Bill Jentsch, Plains Resources
April 10 - Open
May 8 Chris Wright, Pinnacle Technology
June 12 Jim Eastlack THUMS Long Beach
July 10 Field Trip to ?
To mix it up a little, the February 13 talk on e-commerce by Mr. Mohammadi will be in the late afternoon at 4:00. We are hoping to attract more of you by changing the time of the meeting and adding additional time to socialize.
All of our Forum meetings are centrally located at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. If you cannot take the time for lunch and the talk, come out for just the presentation. They usually start at 12:30.
In addition to the Forum series we will have our Spring Barbecue
during March, the Western Regional
These events do take time out of our day, but consider they are only once per month and there are numerous benefits to attending. For two hours of your time you get to learn something new and network with engineers from other companies. Come out and join us next Tuesday, January 9.
Division of Oil and Gas Office, Cypress
Wednesday, Jan 3, 4:30 pm
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Tuesday, Jan 9, 11:30 am
Our successful outreach program continues to be an outstanding
success and has grown to 10 elementary schools in petroleum producing
cities in the
Thanks to B. J. Services for their contribution of matching funds to assist the LASPE in sending 5 USC students to the National SPE meeting in Dallas.
If you have an idea on how to improve the Section or know of an interesting speaker, please let me know by e-mailing at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (714) 816-6847.
Wishing you a happy and successful New Year.
Petroleum Technology Forum
DATE: Tuesday, January 9, 2001
SPEAKER: Iraj Ershaghi, Professor and Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at USC
TOPIC: Small Kids Playing Adult Games: Small Producers' Reservoir Management recipes for California Geriatric Oilfields
With the gradual departure of major oil companies from California, small independent producers are taking hold of the custody of large oil and gas operations. These producers with no R & D capabilities, while economizing, are investing creativity in reservoir management, in dealing with regulatory agencies and in implementation of off-the-shelf advanced technologies. A cursory review shows that at times they have done better than what the majors did in the past. This talk will review the problems and opportunities ahead for the research community, academicians and expert consultants.
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