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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 [...]

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 [...]

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