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Letter from the Chairman...

Every year the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recognizes a special group of members that have attained new status as Legion of Honor members. This classification is given to persons that have had continuous membership with SPE for 50 years. Their dedication and involvement in SPE are certainly one of the reasons why the Society has remained successful. The following persons are to be congratulated:
Mr. Charles Wright, Mr. Tyler Brinker, Mr. Fred R. Mulker, Mr. Craig R. Norton, Mr. Charles Robert Olson, and Mr. Harrison L. Staub.

These members will be honored on March 16, 1999, during our SPE Distinguished Lecturers Series. Please join us in celebrating our new Legion of Honor members at a buffet luncheon at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. They have been invited as our guests and I would like to show them our Section's appreciation. Marina Voskanian has agreed to host the presentation of the SPE Legion of Honor Certificates and has also attained copies of the members original applications for a bit of fun. Please refer to the announcement within the Newsletter for more information.

Also, on March 31, 1999, beginning at 5:00 PM, the SPE LA Basin Section is having their 5th Annual Santa Maria Style BBQ Fundraiser and SPE Membership Drive at Wetherford Enterra. They are located at 19722 S. Alameda Street in Rancho Dominguez, about 100 yards north of Del Amo and Alameda on the right hand side. The proceeds from this event helps to provide over 150 kindergartners with Easter eggs filled with wrapped chocolate candy and their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. These children are from the Long Beach International Elementary School and many of them are from low socio-economic families. The BBQ is always a good time with lots of great food, socializing with industry friends, and plenty of nice prizes. Plan to attend and be sure to invite your friends and co-workers. For further information, please call me at 714/816-6847.

Ed Santiago
1999 Chairman



Ed Santiago Chairman DOGGR (714) 816-6847
John Thompson Program Gas Co. (562) 578-2641
John Jepson Treasurer DOGGR (714) 816-6847
Kirby Lindsey Secretary THUMS (562) 624-3347


DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 1999

TIME: 11:30 am - Social
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Presentation

PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue

COST: $15.00 General Admission
$5.00 Student


An SPE Distinguished Lecturer

SPEAKER: Robert A. Skopec
Petrophysical Applications International

TOPIC: "Reservoir Evaluation and Data Integration in Horizontal Wellbores"

Achieving the maximum economic benefits from horizontal drilling requires through understanding of reservoir characteristics. The key to successful horizontal drilling in integrating a wide variety of static and dynamics measurement: core and log analysis, rock mechanics testing, in-situ stress determinations, wellbore stability modeling, and large scale reservoir diagnostics. Measuring rock properties directly from undamaged, oriented core is critical in horizontal wellbore design. In many drilling scenarios, vertical pilot hole coring, advanced wireline logging, and evaluation of the in-situ stress tensors can be used to optimize well placement. This approach allows timely evaluation of the reservoir before the horizontal well section is drilled.
Robert A. Skopec is president and Principal Consultant for Petrophysical Applications International, Inc., Houston. He is involved in coring, core analysis, rock mechanics, and petrophysical interpretation. Bob previously worked for Texaco, Sun E&P, Sohio, and Gearhart Industries. He has lectured at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and has consulted for oil companies and oil service companies worldwide. He has a BS and MS degrees in Geosciences from KSU and is completing a Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen. Bob currently serves as Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering journal and has served as a distinguished Speaker for the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts.

5th Annual Santa Maria Style BBQ
& SPE Membership Drive

March 31, 1999 * 5:00 PM
Call Ed Santiago for tickets
714 / 816-6847



Independent oil and gas producer seeking production / reservoir engineer with a minimum of 15 years of diverse California experience, ranging from light oil and gas production to heavy oil thermal recovery. Ideal candidate will report directly to senior management and must be field oriented, capable of designing and directing remedial / workover operations as well as designing and supervising construction of surface facilities. Familiarity with South San Joaquin Valley a plus.
Submit resumes to:
Naftex Operating Company
1801 Avenue of the Stars #302
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Fax: 310 / 277-0677


Charity Golf Tournament
and Dinner


Last year's theme was "The Dream Makers". We set out to help our local schools to develop programs that help students with aptitudes in math and science, as well as continue our scholarship program to assist local college students pursuing an education in petroleum engineering.

I am pleased to announce that we were very successful. We awarded a record setting six scholarships and expanded our school programs. We were also able to expand our contributions to an additional charity. "ALIVE" (Alternatives to Living in a Violent Environment), a program to inform and assist our youth of the alternatives when confronted with domestic violence and teen dating.

We are making a big difference in many young lives. We would like to continue playing a part in their lives by "Framing their Future". By continuing to support events like this, we will be able to frame the future for many kids in our community.

It is the mission of this committee to promote and support educational opportunities by developing the financial mechanisms. This golf tournament is a great way to help build the future of our young people as well as create a quality experience for our contributors.

By donating and/or participating, we will ensure these programs are innovative, effective and most of all possible.

Thank you,
Timothy Liggett
Tournament Chairman
LA Section SPE

Editors Note: CLICK HERE for the Information & Registration form for SPONSORS and PLAYERS. Do NOT put it off...send in this form WITH a check to Tim A.S.A.P. This tournament fills up quickly!!!


from Fred Crosby

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In an Explorer or My Computer window, find your address book and take note of its location. (For example, if you use Outlook Express, this file is C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\Wab.exe. With a disk in your floppy drive, right mouse click on the file, select Sent To, and then choose 3-1/2 Floppy (A), or if you prefer, copy the file to your disk in some other way.) If you ever need to restore this file, just copy it from the disk back to its original location (in this case, the Windows folder).


Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 3rd, 12pm

Petroleum Technology Forum
Tuesday, Mar. 16th, 11:30am

Desk & Derrick Club
Wednesday, Mar. 17th, 6pm
Call for Reservations: 562/425-3872

5th Annual SPE BBQ
Wednesday, Mar. 31st, 5pm
Wetherford Enterra

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