May 2001

 

Los Angeles Basin Section Newsletter

 

 

 

Letter from the Chair . . . John Jepson

 

 

As we are coming closer to our major fund raising event, the SPE Charity Golf Classic in June, I want to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the programs we have been funding. But first we need to give several people a well deserved thanks.

 

Last month we had another outstanding barbecue at Weatherford in Carson. A hardy thank you goes to Roy Kassinger and his crew for going above and beyond. The tri-tip and beans were the best I ever tasted. Thanks also to Ed Santiago for planning and organizing the event. Ed was responsible for obtaining most of the major raffle prizes from the Hyatt, Westin and Marriott Hotels. Ed, another outstanding job! Thanks also to John Thompson for the donation of a gift basket and a gift certificate from the Southern California Gas Company. An SPE thanks to all those who donated prizes and attended the event.

Text Box: Schedule of Events

May 8		Petroleum Technology Forum
	Chris Wright, Pinnacle Tech.
	Mapping Hydraulic Fractures

May 19 	Long Beach Schools Science Fair
		Cal State Long Beach

June 8		SPE Charity Golf Classic

June 12 	Petroleum Technology Forum
Frank Komin, President of THUMS Long Beach Co.

July 26	Field Trip to the Urban Oil Fields of Downtown Los Angeles

A very important program the Los Angeles Section is funding is the Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) at Maple Paine Elementary School in Yorba Linda.

 

Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) is a national after-school program that promotes technology, science and engineering in grades 4-12. The primary mission of FSEA is to interest, motivate and educate young people in technology, math, engineering and science. FSEA Chapters are made of 20-30 students and are sponsored by businesses, professional societies and community organizations. The goal is to establish chapters in all elementary, junior high and high schools through-out the nation

 

Dr. Sam Sarem, LA Basin Section past Chair and Dr. Lyman Handy, past Chair of USC Petroleum Department are the mentors for this program at Maple Paine.

 

The LA Basin Section FSEA Committee is now working to create at least five petroleum engineering related projects for FSEA. If you are interested in helping develop petroleum related science projects for distribution to FSEA chapters throughout the nation contact Sam Sarem at sam4iprc@aol.com or at (714) 692-1198.


For more information about Future Scientists and Engineers of America look at their website at www.fsea.org.

 

            Please plan to join us on May 8 for our last SPE Distinguished Lecturer of the year, Chris Wright (announcement below). See you there.  

 

As always, please contact me with your ideas or concerns regarding the Section. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

John Jepson                

Section Chairperson

 

 

Students from Long Beach International School enjoyed the SPE Easter Egg Hunt on April 12. Thanks to all the SPE members who took part.

           

Legion of Honor Awards

 

Congradulation to the following SPE members for attaining the Legion of Honor Award. The award is given each year to the engineers that have been members for 50 years.

 

John F. Bergquist

 

Richard J. Aseltine

 

Henry J. Welge

 

Joshua M. Tharp Jr.

 

Orhan Salman

 

Downs McCloskey Jr.

 

John D. Lindner

 

Don E. Evert

 

Phillip G. Cook

 

William S. Bachman

 

 

The Legion of Honor Awards will be presented during the June Petroleum Forum meeting on

June 12. Please mark it on your calender and join us.

Forum. Pictures above are Scholarship Chairman Ted Garland, from Stocker Resources, Professor Iraj Ershaghi, USC, award winners Juan Anguiano, USC, Montserrat Martin, CSULB, Manuel Nuno, CSULB and John Jepson, Section Chairperson. Not pictured are scholarship receipients Ursula Wylie and Nitesh Rastogi. 

                       

 

URBAN OIL FIELDS OF LOS ANGELES

July 26

 

A combined field trip for the SPE and Los Angeles Geological Society

 

 

This field trip will introduce you to the historical oil fields of the Downtown Los Angeles. We will visit the 100-year-old wells in the Los Angeles City oil field. Then view the oil seeps near Wilshire Blvd. on our way to the La Brea Tar Pits and the Salt Lake Oil Field. Lunch will be at the Farmers Market. In the afternoon we will visit an urban oil production drillsite in the Beverly Hills Oil Field.

Estimated cost for the trip will be $50.

 

For more information contact John Jepson at jjepson@consrv.ca.gov

 

 

 

 

 

SPE PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY

LUNCHEON FORUM

 

DATE:            Tuesday, May 8, 2001

TIME: 11:30 am – Social

                        12:00 pm – Lunch

                        12:30 pm – Presentation

 

PLACE:          Long Beach Petroleum Club

                        3636 Linden Avenue

                        Long Beach

COST:           $15.00 General Admission,

$5.00 Students

RESERVATIONS:    Not Required

 

SPEAKER: Chris Wright, President of Pinnacle Technologies

 

TOPIC:
Unraveling the Mystery of
Hydraulic Fracture Growth: Direct Observations and Modeling Strategies

Hydraulic Fracturing has proven to be a fruitful well stimulation technique in an ever-increasing range of environments. Application has spread from enhancing production rates in low permeability reservoirs to fracturing poorly consolidated high perm reservoirs, fracturing of horizontal and deviated wellbores, fracturing of unconventional (often naturally fractured) reservoirs, fracturing for waste disposal, etc. While significant progress has been made in engineering hydraulic fracture treatments, the process complexity is still alarming.

Physical models of the fracturing process have been developed to predict the size and shape of hydraulic fractures. Production data analysis and well testing have also been employed. However, direct
observation of created fractures has been an elusive goal that has only recently become feasible outside of research settings. This seminar will present some conclusions drawn from direct diagnostic observations on hundreds of hydraulic fracture treatments. The direct diagnostic observations are mainly from downhole and surface tilt mapping, but also include observations from tracer logging, microseismic mapping, fracture growth into offset wellbores, and intersecting-well fracture core-throughs.

 

Widespread application of direct fracture diagnostics has answered many specific questions and identified complexities of fracture growth, but to fully exploit these findings, predictive modeling tools must incorporate them. A fracture model is required to evaluate economic tradeoffs of alternative stimulation or completion designs, in other words, to predict how a particular fracture design will grow. The seminar will conclude with some comments on how to enhance or “calibrate” our existing models with direct diagnostic observations of fracture growth in specific environments.

Biography:

Chris is the founder and president of Pinnacle Technologies. Chris has spent the last 14 years working

on various aspects of hydraulic fracturing – including technology development, consulting and services, and teaching numerous courses. He was co-chairman of the 1998 SPE Forum on Hydraulic Fracture Diagnostic Methods; and has received various awards for his contributions to hydraulic fracture technology. Before founding Pinnacle in 1992, he led the development of the Fracpro system at Resources Engineering Systems (RES).

 

For additional information, please contact:

John Jepson, DOGGR (714) 816-6847, chair@laspe.org,
jjepson@consrv.ca.gov

Tom Hoy, Long Beach Dept. of Oil Properties (562) 570-

3943, tohoy@ci.long-beach.ca.us
Brennan Campbell, THUMS (562) 624-3536,

Brennan_Campbell@oxy.com

Thais Montenegro de McComb, (714)962-1723,         tmontenegro@prodigy.net

John Thompson, The Gas Company (310) 578-2689,        jathomp12@earthlink.net

 

Chris Wright


 

 

 

Support your local SPE chapter and gain exposure with a business card advertisement in the LA Basin newsletter. Three months for $125. Contact Mike Bruno (626-305-8460; msbruno@terralog.com) for details.

 

Officers and Directors:

 

 

 

 

Section Chairperson

John Jepson, 01

DOGGR

jjepson@consrv.ca.gov

(714) 816-6847

Honorary Chairperson

Bruce Davis, 01

 

bnda@gateway.net

(714) 525-4105

Vice Chairperson

John Thompson, 02

S. California Gas

TPJAT@socalgas.com

(310) 578-2689

Director, Treasurer

Vivian K. Bust,03

Consultant

vivianb@net-star.net

(949) 786-1185

Director, Secretary

Rick Finken, 03

Consultant

Rdfinken@aol.com

(310) 543-8761

Director

Ted Garland, 03

Stocker Resources

teg@stockerresources.com

(323)298-2299

Director

Ed Santiago, 02

DOGGR

esantiag@consrv.ca.gov

(714) 816-6847

Director

Scott Hara, 02

Tidelands

scott.hara@tidelandsoil.com

(562) 436-9918

Director

Mike Bruno, 03

Terra Log

msbruno@terralog.com

(626) 305-8460

Committees:

 

 

 

 

Awards & Nominations

Sam Sarem

Consultant

sam4iprc@aol.com

(714) 692-1198

Comm Relations/COMET

Scott Hara

Tidelands

scott.hara@tidelandsoil.com

(562) 436-9918

Computer Users Group

Fred Crosby

Consultant

fred.crosby@home.com

(562) 431-5086

Continuing Education

Thais Montenegro

Consultant

tmontenegro@prodigy.net

(714) 962-1723

Golf Tournament 2000

Tim Liggett

Onyx

tliggett@onyx-industrial.com

(562) 981-6363 x117

Internet Webmaster

Larry Gilpin

Consultant

larry@laspe.org

(714) 847-7119

LACES Delegate

Harry Staubs

Consultant

H.L.Staubs@ieee.org

(310) 830-9128

Membership

Jalal Torabzadeh

CSULB

torabzad@csulb.edu

(562) 985-8181

Newsletter Editor

Mike Bruno

Terra Log

msbruno@terralog.com

(626) 305-8460

OCEC Delegate

Sam Sarem

Consultant

sam4iprc@aol.com

(714) 692-1198

Outreach Elem Schools

Ed Santiago

DOGGR

esantiag@consrv.ca.gov

(714) 816-6847

Petrol Tech Forum-CHR

John Jepson

DOGGR

jjepson@consrv.ca.gov

(714) 816-6847

Petroleum Tech Forum

Brennan Campbell

Occidental

Brennan_Campbell@oxy.com

(562) 624-3536

Petroleum Tech Forum

Tom Hoy

City of Long Beach

tohoy@ci.long-beach.ca.us

(562) 570-3943

Petroleum Tech Forum

Thais Montenegro

Consultant

tmontenegro@prodigy.net

(714) 962-1723

PTTC Representative

Rick Finken

Consultant

Rdfinken@aol.com

(310) 543-8761

Publications Mentor

Lyman Handy

 

lyhandy@home.com

(714) 525-6939

Scholarship

Ted Garland

Stocker Resources

teg@stockerresources.com

(323) 298-2299

Science Fair Delegate

Dan Dudak

State Lands

dudakd@slc.ca.gov

(562) 590-5201

Student Liaison

Ted Garland

Stocker Resources

teg@stockerresources.com

(323) 298-2299

Tech. Achievement Awards

Ed Mayer

 

none

(626) 796-4437

 

 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES BASIN SECTION

Society of Petroleum Engineers

c/o Mike Bruno

332 E. Foothill Blvd, Ste. B

Arcadia, CA 91006