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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 [...]

Applications of Nanotechnology in the Oil and Gas Industry

September 16th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

Applications of Nanotechnology in the Oil and Gas Industry Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar Nanoparticles augment nature. It provides us with the unique opportunity to rearrange structures and systems of substances on an atomic level. Materials optimized in this way are called nanomaterials, and are typically less than 100 nanometers in size (in at least one dimension). Nanomaterials exhibit various interesting properties as predicted by the laws of quantum mechanics. Nanotechnology is without a doubt, the buzzword of engineering today, as it helps engineers optimize resources and increase process efficiency. It combines the principles of physics, chemistry [...]

Applications of Electrodynamic theory in Reservoir Engineering

September 8th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

Applications of Electrodynamic theory in Reservoir Engineering Written by Kittipong Limchuchua Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar Electrodynamic theory is a fundamental theory used to describe how electric and magnetic forces interact in our universe. Even though most applications in petroleum engineering rely on the principles on fluid mechanics, Electrodynamic theory contributes several interesting applications in the hydrocarbon industry. Petroleum engineers rely on electronic instrumentations to obtain data on important petrophysical parameters of the formation. Specifically, Reservoir engineers draw analogies from electromagnetism to predict and model reservoir depletion phenomena and forecast oilfield production given changing production rates, how reservoirs will [...]

The Oil and Gas Industry: A Bigger Picture

September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

An Exposition on the Upstram and Downstream facets of the Oil and Gas Industry Written and Edited By Sriniketh Sukumar SPE and AICHE Texas A&M student chapters jointly hosted the ‘Upstream & Downstream: The Big Picture’ seminar, which featured presentations by Dr. Ibere Alves from the Petroleum engineering department and Dr. Faruque Hasan from the chemical engineering department. From Dr. Ibere Alves: What is the objective of an Oil and Gas Company? Prior to learning about the nuances and intricacies of the business, it is important to understand the underlying purpose of these operations. First and foremost, an oil [...]

Future of Geopolitical Relations in the Gulf Coast

August 27th, 2018|Categories: News|

Future of Geopolitical Relations in the Gulf Coast Written by Oscar Villa Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar According to the Mexican government and PEMEX (Mexico’s Main Oil producer company), there is “major potential of crude oil” with a resource prospective of about 29,500 million barrels of crude oil under deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, covering a surface of approximately 575,000 Km2 (222,009 square miles), which represents 56% of Mexico's total oil resources.  As regulations have recently changed, the deep water Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is an attractive place to invest for many companies outside of Mexico. There [...]

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 [...]

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