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Downhole Data at the Speed of Light

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

Fiber Optics with Apache Oil Written by Sriniketh Sukumar A past SPE general meeting featured an insightful presentation on the implementation of fiber optics technology adopted by Apache oil company, in completions and production operations. What is Fiber Optics? Fiber optics is an information transmission technology that uses the principle of “total internal reflection” (TIR) to transmit data through glass wires, continuously. These wires are cased with different indices of refraction, which ensures that TIR always occurs. TIR is the process where light (or really any wave) acts incident on a boundary of a surface of different refractive [...]

Oil in the News

February 20th, 2018|Categories: News|

President Donald Trump and New Offshore Drilling Written By: Meaghan Anderson The start of 2018 came with a significant announcement from the White House concerning offshore drilling. On January 4, the Trump administration moved to begin implementation of a 5-year plan that would open 47 new offshore leases spread along virtually the entire American coastline[1]. These include several leases off the coast of Alaska, where President Obama banned drilling in 2016 due to growing environmental concerns. President Trump has made it clear from the start of his presidency that offshore drilling was an important issue for him to [...]

SPEI 2017 President Janeen Judah Interview

November 1st, 2017|Categories: Interviews, Professional Development|

Interview with the 2017 SPEI President Janeen Judah Interviewed By: Raj Gautham Viswaprabakakaran & Meaghan Anderson Ms. Janeen Judah is the 2017 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International. She currently works for Chevron, where she has held several executive and management positions, including General Manager of Chevron’s Southern Africa business, President of the Environmental Management Company and GM for reservoir and production engineering technology. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a JD from the University of Houston. I think [...]

Texas A&M SPE: A History of Excellence

November 1st, 2017|Categories: News|

A Walk Down Memory Lane Written by Meaghan Anderson As members of our organization learned a few years ago in 2015, the Texas A&M Society of Petroleum Engineers has been around much longer than students originally thought. While the student organization did not officially become affiliated with SPE until 1978, some alumni dated its origins back to 1932 with the founding of the Petroleum Engineering-Geology Club and others even further to when the degree became available at Texas A&M in 1928. The beginnings of SPE itself stems back to when it began as a society within the American Institute of [...]

A Conversation with the Candidates

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with SPE Presidential Candidates: Jordan Argamany & William Nelson Conducted By: Meaghan Anderson & Sara Edwards Coming off one of the most controversial Presidential Elections in recent U.S. history, the SPE officer elections will have a lot to live up to. But, the candidates are sure to not disappoint. Every year, the turn-out for officer applications astounds the current officer team, and they are never afraid of leaving the organization in idle hands. Texas A&M University’s Student Chapter of SPE is world-renowned, and the officer candidates never take that lightly. Having run for office last year, I can honestly [...]

Dr. Lima Interview

November 29th, 2016|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with Dr. Heitor Lima Interviewed by Raj Gautham Viswaprabakaran Dr. Heitor Lima is a professor of practice in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. His main research areas include deep water drilling, deepwater well design, and advanced well control. Dr. Lima earned his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, MS in Petroleum Engineering from the State University of Campinas, Brazil and his PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. In Brazil, when I graduated from Civil Engineering, there weren’t any universities with petroleum engineering departments in the entire country. This [...]

Improving Decline Curves Analysis in Shale Wells

September 17th, 2016|Categories: Grad Corner|

Uncertainty Quantification in the Eagle Ford using a Bayesian Framework Author: Isaac Zhukovsky, Texas A&M University Once an oil or gas well has been drilled, one of the first questions usually asked is “What volume of hydrocarbons can we expect this well to produce?” To answer this question, the oil and gas industry can choose from a menu of many different methods. These methods vary widely in accuracy and complexity; one of the most common methods employed is called decline curve analysis (DCA). DCA is the process of fitting an equation to production data and using this fitted equation to [...]

SPE Gulf Coast Student Paper Contest: First Place Technical Summary – Master’s Division

April 19th, 2016|Categories: Technical|

Wave Propagation Models Capture Pressure Diffusion Behavior in Heterogeneous Unconventional Reservoirs Written By: Hanyu Li Hanyu Li is a first-year Masters student at Texas A&M University. He has recently been elected to serve as the 2016 - 2017 Graduate Representative for the Texas A&M Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Summary Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA) and Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) are two important tools used to analyze the reservoir. PTA uses the pressure data obtained at the well to estimate important reservoir properties such as porosity and permeability. RTA on the other hand uses the rate data obtained at [...]

Texas A&M Student Paper Contest 2016

February 15th, 2016|Categories: News|

An Overview of this Year's Contest Written By Jonathan Holstein Texas A&M is known for its traditions: The 12th Man, Midnight Yell, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Rings, and—if you are a Petroleum Engineering student—the Student Paper Contest. This contest, held each year at the end of January, is a unique part of the PETE curriculum, and is required to graduate. The “paper” is actually a presentation over a technical problem in the petroleum industry. On contest day, upperclassmen and graduate students all pile into different classrooms, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, presenting on the independent studies they conducted. As an [...]

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