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To Raj, upon his graduation

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Congratulations and good luck Raj! Written by Sriniketh Sukumar On behalf of all of TAMU-SPE, The Well Log would like to thank Raj Gautham Viswaprabarakan for everything he has contributed and all the excellent initiatives he took over the course of his time at Texas A&M that has been invaluable to both the Well Log, as well as our TAMU-SPE as a whole. Raj graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Geology this December. For the benefit of those who don’t know him, Raj was one [...]

Interview with Mr. Mark McLane

December 15th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with Mr. Mark McLane Interviewed By: Sriniketh Sukumar and Raj Gautham Viswaprabakaran "Don’t close any doors shut. You never know what opportunities may open up to you." Mark A. McLane is a Partner in the international consulting firm of Rose & Associates, LLP. He has a diverse technical and business background spanning more than 25 years in the petroleum industry. He joined Rose & Associates in January 2000 after three years with Pioneer Natural Resources and 17 Years with Exxon Company, U.S.A. He has co-authored several technical papers, served on the Professional Ethics/Registration [...]

Interview with Dr. Marcel Grubert

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with Dr. Marcel Grubert Interviewed By: Sriniketh Sukumar and Oscar Villa "Professional Development is an iterative process where gaining valuable information about the industry is the key to success" Dr. Marcel Grubert is an Unconventional Resources Advisor at OptaSense - Oil Field Services. He supports DAS/DTS flow profiling and hydraulic fracture applications on- and offshore. He was previously a Well Performance expert and Matrix Stimulation Technology team-lead at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. Dr. Grubert has over 12 years of expertise in well production optimization and surveillance, DTS/DAS, multiphase flow & metering, stimulation, [...]

Top 3 Fracking Myths

November 18th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

Top Three Myths on Hydraulic Fracturing Written by Ellin Belz You don’t have to be a petroleum engineer, geologist, or roughneck to have heard of fracking. Our media is saturated with a variety of claims about fracking practices, and, for better or worse, it seems like everyone has an opinion on the matter. After countless hours spent scouring online resources and major media news outlets, I have noticed three common misconceptions about fracking. In this article I share a brief overview of what exactly fracking is and dispel some common myths associated with the practice. Hydraulic Fracturing, or [...]

How to get the most out of my degree plan?

November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Professional Development|

Optimizing a Petroleum engineering degree Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar We’re all engineers in the making, and engineers like to optimize resources. An engineering degree plan comes with certain subtleties and nuances that are often overlooked. So, let’s discuss how we can optimize the resources provided to us in college to optimize our degree plan to better suit our needs. With registration time coming up in the next few weeks, this is the perfect time to talk about this! Some of the stuff discussed here is well known, and some, not as much. So this one's for [...]

Power Swtich Conference (Part 2)

October 28th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Battle For Energy (Part 2) Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar We continue our discussion of where the future of energy lies from where we left off last time, which discussed the role played by solar and nuclear energy. That article can be found here.  Without further ado, then, let's discuss the outlook for oil and gas in the future, as well as some interesting exchanges during the discussion panel after the end of the presentations. Oil and Gas: Mr. Greg Leville, CTO for Conoco Philips and experienced in unconventional resources represented the oil and gas industry. Mr. Leville opened [...]

Power Switch Conference

October 14th, 2018|Categories: News|

Battle for Energy Part 1 Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar Where does the future of the energy industry lie? Texas A&M SPE hosted the much-awaited Power Switch Conference last semester, which featured a panel of industry experts from the solar, nuclear and oil and gas industries, to form a think tank, and modern-day energy issues, and address the increasingly important question (especially to a crowd of petroleum and nuclear engineers). Excellent insights on the future of energy were presented then, and are presented now, as we begin to get increasingly busy with our schoolwork as the semester [...]

Complementing your Petroleum Engineering Degree

October 7th, 2018|Categories: What should I minor in?|

Complementing a Petroleum Engineering degree Written and Edited By Sriniketh Sukumar When I first arrived at Texas A&M, I made an appointment with Professor McLeroy from the petroleum engineering department and asked her about choosing this major. She told me to do it for the passion, and not just hope to graduate when the oil price curve peaks upon the time of graduation. With that said, over the past year I have attended multiple events, and now I’m here to share the perspective of many experts with you. We often wonder how we may complement a petroleum engineering [...]

Drilling 101

September 30th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

What does the drilling process really look like? Written and Edited by Raj Gautham Viswaprabhakaran What is Drilling? Drilling is process of create a hole in the earth to reach the desired hydrocarbons (oil & natural gas) in the ground. Stages First Step – Prepare the Location This process includes building roads for access to the site, clearing the area for pad construction, and creating necessary infrastructure for water and electrical needs. Next, the pilot Hole is dug representing the location of the main hole. After that the mouse hole is dug close to the main hole. The [...]

TAMU SPE-Sophomore Retreat 2018

September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Professional Development|

TAMU SPE-Sophomore Retreat 2018 Written by Ellin Belz, Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar This weekend last month, incoming petroleum engineering majors of the Fighting Texas Aggie class of 2021 (Whoop!) had an incredible time at the very first SPE Sophomore Retreat, a three-day campsite retreat hosted at camp Cho Yeh just before the start of the fall semester, aimed at welcoming and developing the new class of PETE majors. We know our student chapter’s pockets run deep, since incredibly enough, the organizing committee able to organize several sponsorships (special thanks to Adele Mouna),  to make the event not just [...]

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