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19 Mar 2018 REGISTER

RESERVOIR STUDY GROUP | Myths and Misunderstandings of Reservoir Engineering

When: March 19th, 11:30 AM to 12: 30 PM

Where: Halliburton Office - 1125 17th st, Denver CO 80202

Abstract: Myths and Misunderstandings of Reservoir Engineering takes aim at some of the most common and intransigent fallacies, even among reservoir engineers. The wide-ranging discussion addresses concepts like drainage area maps and the concepts of depletion and interference and how they differ between millidarcy and nanodarcy reservoirs. It detours into tilted oil-water contacts before returning to the concepts of transient and boundary-dominated flow, the use of a constant b-factor, the utility of daily production data and how those relate to reserves categories.  Armed with a better fundamental understanding of reservoir dynamics,  engineers and the geologists who work with them are better able to interpret and predict future behaviors

Speaker bio: Dwayne Purvis, P.E.  has spent over two decades in reservoir engineering and executive leadership as a consultant and operator.  He has led or participated in hundreds of field studies and reserve analyses over dozens of basins in the United States and abroad, and he has participated in the sale or acquisition of projects valued from tens of thousands to billions of dollars.

Before starting his own consulting practice in 2015, he served Jetta Operating Company as Reservoir Engineering Manager and Reserves Manager.  Prior roles include founder and Executive Vice President of consulting firm The Strickland Group and partner at Cawley, Gillespie & Associates.

Mr. Purvis has published on issues of reserves, risk analysis and shale reservoirs.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, member of SPEE, AAPG, SEG and a 25-year member of SPE.

21 Mar 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Caveat Emptor in Acquisitions

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Where: Denver Athletic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204

For any dietary restrictions please contact

Registration closes at 5 PM on Monday, March 19th


Caveat Emptor in Acquisitions (or Ways I've Seen People Get Burned) Tuition in the school of hard knocks is particularly expensive.  Mr. Purvis draws on his long experience as a consultant and manager to tell cautionary and entertaining tales of acquisitions and projects gone wrong, and a few gone right.  Come join this interactive presentation to hear stories about LOE inflated by the costs of car washes and about the guy who had "a reservoir built over his field", as well as other rarities that you may want to avoid.

Dwayne Purvis, P.E.  has spent over two decades in reservoir engineering and executive leadership as a consultant and operator.  He has led or participated in hundreds of field studies and reserve analyses over dozens of basins in the United States and abroad, and he has participated in the sale or acquisition of projects valued from tens of thousands to billions of dollars.

Before starting his own consulting practice in 2015, he served Jetta Operating Company as Reservoir Engineering Manager and Reserves Manager.  Prior roles include founder and Executive Vice President of consulting firm The Strickland Group and partner at Cawley, Gillespie & Associates.

Mr. Purvis has published on issues of reserves, risk analysis and shale reservoirs.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, member of SPEE, AAPG, SEG and a 25-year member of SPE.

22 Mar 2018


When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: Colorado School of Mines | Marquez Hall 206, 1600 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401


To register, you need to click on the hyperlink, click on STUACT-STACT, click on Mudbug Masquerade 2018, then fill out your info. 

The Mudbug Masquerade is an annual crawfish boil sponsored by the petroleum-focused student clubs on the Colorado School of Mines campus. This year's event will be organized by CSM's American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student chapters.

Registration is open to the public for the first time at $25 for all-you-can-eat crawfish and sides. A cash bar (sponsored by Denver SPE) will also be provided.

22 Mar 2018


When: Thursday, March 22, 2018


23 Mar 2018


When: March 23, 2018


27 Mar 2018 REGISTER

DRILLING STUDY GROUP | RSS Monobore Well Design: Key Points and Advantages

When: March 27th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Schlumberger Offices | Suite 700 | 1675 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202

Abstract: Efficient and accurate wellbore placement that maximizes reservoir exposure has long been the ultimate goal of any drilling program. Recent developments in Rotary Steerable System (RSS) technology now enable operators to achieve these goals like never before.

RSS allows operators to drill so called “monobore” or “two string” well designs to meet placement objectives. With this well design the vertical, curve, and lateral sections are all drilled in the same hole size, preferably in one run. Additionally a monobore design helps bring down costs by eliminating a trip for a BHA and removing an intermediate casing string. RSS tools have been around for years but high operational cost and low dogleg capability has made operators hesitant to utilize them in their U.S. land drilling programs. With advancements in technology and design improvements, RSS is now more competitive in operational costs as well as in high dogleg output. As a result, they have become the go-to technology for maximizing financial returns. 

This session will discuss the technical aspects of adopting RSS in monobore well designs and compare the performance between RSS and conventional steerable motor technology.

Speaker bios: Brandon Sackett earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2008 and has worked in LWD technologies both in the field and in management roles for ten years with Baker Hughes. He is currently a Drilling Services Operations Coordinator in the Rocky Mountain Geomarket supporting operations in Pinedale, Powder River, and DJ-Niobrara basins.

Steven Cano earned his M.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 2017 and has worked in LWD applications both in the field and office roles for eight years with Baker Hughes.  He is currently a Drilling Applications Engineer supporting operations in the Rocky Mountain Geomarket.

29 Mar 2018 REGISTER

EDUCATION TRACK | Artificial Lift - Gas Lift Design and Application

When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Black Hills Exploration and Production Office | 1515 Wynkoop St. Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202

Description: Artificial Lift - Gas Lift Design and Application class is designed for engineers and anyone interested in optimizing production.  This class is built to better understand when/why gas lift is needed and how its applied to ever changing reservoir issues common to all basins.  Understanding the advantages and challenges of gas lift along with the types of gas lift and how it fits your well.  

Instructor: James Staton, Dover Artificial Lift 

Bio: James Staton has over 20 years in the industry holding various positions from operations manager to Corporate Sales. James is working for Dover Artificial Lift in their Gas lift division where he has shared his practical and technical expertise in gas lift.  James has 10yrs of  Gas Lift experience, design and field operations. James Staton has recently taught short courses at the Colorado School of Mines as well as various Engineering level classes and field training for numerous Oil & Gas Operators in the Denver, CO area, up to North Dakota.   James holds an associate business management degree from USL (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA) and completing his Bachelor’s at CSU’s Global Online degree program.

6 Apr 2018

CSM Sporting Clays Tournament

Annual Fundraising Clayshoot
Friday, April 6th | 11:00 am
KIOWA CREEK SPORTING CLUB: 46700 E County Road 30, Bennet CO

Lunch Provided

Prizes to be handed out on an Individual and Team Basis

$600 4-Person Industry Team
$400 3-Person Industry Team with Student as 4th Member
$150 Individual

$50 Individual
Students also have opportunity to be sponsored by an Industry Team

and click STUACT-STUACT to sign up under the “SPE Clayshoot Registration” link

Registration Dead Line: March 28th, 2018

11 Apr 2018

YP L&L | Premium Pipe Connections for HPHT horizontal wells

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC.

950 17th Street

24 Floor

Denver, CO 80202


Presented by: Tenaris

19 Apr 2018


When:  Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Embassy Suites Downtown Denver | 1420 Stout St, Denver, CO 80202

Early registration cost: $40 for members / $50 for non-members. Walk-ins will be $60

That includes dinner and one drink ticket.


Speaker: Sami Al-Nuaim

Bio: Sami Al-Nuaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, where he has worked in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and at the upstream computer center. He currently serves as manager, Petroleum Engineering Application Services, where he has full responsibility for providing technical information technology support to all upstream operations, including exploration, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and facility design. A current area of focus is reservoir simulation of giga cells and giga models using Saudi Aramco’s GigaPOWERS simulator.

Al-Nuaim has a long history of service to SPE and is currently a member of the SPE Middle East Board of Directors. He has won several local, regional, and international awards, including the SPE Regional Service Award for the Middle East in 2010 and the SPE Distinguished Service Award and SPE Distinguished Member in 2011. He currently serves on the society’s ­DeGolyer, Rand, and McConnell Awards Committee and the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Executive Advisory Committee.

He has published a number of technical papers, holds several patents related to well performance, and teaches petroleum engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Al-Nuaim serves on the petroleum engineering departments’ advisory boards at KFUPM and King Saud University. He is a key figure in the Saudi and Middle Eastern energy and media sectors, having published more than 300 articles on oil and gas and energy in Saudi newspapers.

Al-Nuaim obtained BS and MS degrees from KFUPM, and a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, all in petroleum engineering. He completed the Wharton Executive Management program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Advanced Asian Business and Culture Program from the Center for Global Business Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Entree options are as follows:

Vegetarian: Spinach Gnocchi

Pan Seared Lemon Chicken**

Charbroiled Scottish Salmon Filet**

Charbroiled Bone In Pork Chop**

** Denotes Gluten Free Options



25 Apr 2018 REGISTER

EDUCATION TRACK | Short Overview of Oil and Gas Field Development

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 950 17th St. Floor 24, Denver, CO 80202

Course Description: More info to come.

Instructors: Jeffrey B. Aldrich & John Seidle

Bios: Jeffrey B. Aldrich is a Partner in MHA Petroleum Consultants, Inc. (MHA) and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist, #6254, by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and a Licensed Professional Geoscientist, #394; He is an active member of the AAPG and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).  He has over thirty years as a practicing petroleum geologist/geophysicist with multiple companies and over twenty years of experience in oil and gas reserve evaluations.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.

John Seidle is a Partner and Senior Reservoir Engineer with MHA Petroleum Consultants LLC in Denver, Colorado.  He has more than thirty-five years of experience in unconventional gas and oil reservoir engineering in domestic and international plays.  His current duties include unconventional reservoir engineering, reserve studies and economic evaluations, unconventional well performance analysis, and serving as an expert witness for litigation and regulatory hearings.  Dr. Seidle is an instructor for industry classes, primarily unconventional reservoirs.  Privileged to work with others on over 29 technical papers, he is the author of “Fundamentals of Coalbed Methane Reservoir Engineering”.  He is editor and chapter author of SPEE Monograph 4, “Estimating Ultimate Recovery of Developed Wells in Low-Permeability Reservoirs”. He received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, is a member of SPE, AAPG, and SPEE, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.  Unconventional reservoir experience includes USA, Canada, Australia, China, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Colombia, Mexico, France, UK, Turkey, Poland, Mongolia, Ukraine.

26 Apr 2018 REGISTER

SPE EVENING EVENT | Elizabeth Cambre’s Story of GRIT

When: April 26 th , 2018 | 5-7 PM with refreshments

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services, 950 17th St Suite 2400, Denver

Cost: $10 members; $20 non-members


Elizabeth Cambre will open-up for the first time with stories of her experiences over the past ten years, as she relentlessly worked her way up from a field engineer in the Middle East with Schlumberger to owning her own company that helps upstream oil and gas companies expand internationally.

Elizabeth will also speak about her vision and mission with the AdvanceHer Program. She will share her perspective on what is needed in the Energy Industry to see more females in global leadership positions.


Elizabeth Cambre is currently the President and founder of GGC Synergy, LLC based in Houston, Texas. Her mission in founding the company was to put her ideas of synergies involving upstream oil and gas technologies and blockchain to work. She is a champion for female career advancement and serves as the Creative Director for the AdvanceHer Program that brings cutting edge tools and programs to professional females. She also recently pioneered a special edition of the Hydraulic Fracturing journal that features all primary female authors. She is currently working to kickstart the new professional committee, Women in Hydraulic Fracturing.

Previously, Elizabeth was the Global Product Line Manager for Production Enhancement at Baker Hughes, GE. She led the introduction of new technology with diverse global teams in locations such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, China, Indonesia, Brazil, UK, India, New Zealand and USA.

Prior to working for Baker Hughes, GE, Elizabeth worked for Schlumberger as a Hydraulic Fracturing Engineer in remote locations including Oman, offshore Qatar and offshore UAE. She holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Math, Economics, International Affairs and Chinese from University of Colorado at Boulder. She studied Chinese at the East Normal University in Shanghai, China. She has published over 10 technical papers and is a part of the 2018 PESA Executive Leadership Program. Elizabeth is a native of Denver, Colorado and graduated from Denver’s East High School.

9 May 2018

YP L&L | Applications of Viscosity-Building Friction Reducers as Fracturing Fluids

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services

950 17th Street

Floor 24th

Denver, CO 80202


Speaker: Mark Van Domelen, Downhole Chemical Solutions, SPE Distinguished Lecturer


24 May 2018 REGISTER

EDUCATION TRACK | Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 2:30 AM

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 950 17th St. Floor 24, Denver, CO 80202

Class Description: Since the introduction of the G-function derivative analysis, pre-frac diagnostic injection tests have become a valuable and commonly used technique.  A consistent method of analysis of the G-function, its derivatives, and its relationship to other diagnostic techniques including square-root(time) and log-log plots and their appropriate diagnostic derivatives must be applied to obtain useful results.  Examples are presented to show the application of multiple diagnostic analysis methods, including specialized analyses necessary for tests at the toe of horizontal wells. The goal of the short-course is to provide a method for consistent identification of after-closure flow regimes, an unambiguous fracture closure time and stress, and a reasonable engineering estimate of reservoir flow capacity from the pressure falloff data, without requiring assumptions such as a known reservoir pressure.

Instructor: Robert Barree

Bio: Robert D. Barree is president and principal investigator of Barree & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in stimulation and well performance optimization. Previously Dr. Barree was a Senior Technical Consultant at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center. His 24 years’ experience at Marathon developed extensive expertise in the areas of well completion, stimulation, numerical simulation, special core analysis, formation damage, rock mechanics, and equipment design.  He has been involved in the development of hydraulic fracture design simulators and fracture diagnostic procedures since 1980 and is the primary author of the fully three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator GOHFER.

5 Jun 2018


When: June 5, 2018

More details to follow!

3 Aug 2018

2018 Denver SPE Golf Tournament

All proceeds benefit the Denver SPE Scholarship Fund, with over $20,000 donated in 2017!

Date: Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Format: Four-person scramble

Location: The Ridge at Castle Pines North

Tournament Information: Each foursome will play one round with a Shotgun start time of either 7:30am or 1:00pm depending on your selected preference. Sponsors will receive first preference on Tee Times.

Tee times will be guaranteed ONE month prior to the tournament and not before!

Fees: $800 per foursome – includes breakfast/lunch for morning tee times or lunch/dinner for afternoon tee times. Door and Skill prize drawings take place following each round.

Sponsorships: We offer four levels of sponsorship donation. Those companies generously donating $1,500 or more will receive the ultimate recognition as a Platinum Sponsor. Likewise, companies donating $1,000, $500 or $200 will be recognized as Gold, Silver, or Bronze sponsors. The sponsoring companies will be recognized at the tournament and in the SPE Newsletter.

Registration will only be open to sponsors until May 15th. At that time registration will open to non-sponsors.


10 Aug 2018 REGISTER



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