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28 Nov 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Interference in Horizontal Well Developments

When: Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Robert (Bob) D. Barree, (PhD., P.E.) President of Barree & Associates


Most unconventional reservoirs are developed with pad drilling of multiple, closely spaced horizontal wells which are then fracture stimulated with closely spaced fracture initiation points.  These wells, fractures, and fields are subject to several sources of interference during the drilling, completion, and production phases of development.  This talk discusses various forms of interference and their impact on economic development and resource recovery.

Speaker Bio:

Robert (Bob) D. Barree (PhD., P.E.) is president and principal investigator of Barree & Associates.  Previously Dr. Barree was a Senior Technical Consultant at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center.  He has been involved in the development of hydraulic fracture design simulators and fracture diagnostic procedures for nearly 40 years, and is the author of more than 70 technical publications.  He has served as SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of new philosophies in hydraulic fracturing, and has served on many technical committees for SPE annual and regional meetings, Applied Technology Workshops, and Forum Series.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering (B.S.) from the Pennsylvania State University and Colorado School of Mines (PhD).


29 Nov 2018

SPE & SEG YP | Negotiation Skills Panel Session

When: November 29, 2018 | 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Where:  Well Data Labs | 1675 Larimer St, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202


DENISE Liebetrau - Strategic HR Consultant & Negotiation Coach

SISSY Theisen - President, Land Seismic Noise Specialist

LUIS Rodriguez - Founder & CEO, R


Drinks and appetizers will be provided!

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12 Dec 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Soft Skills for Hard Times How to Succeed in the Industry Downturn

When: Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Lori Dalrymple, CEO of Architecture of Communication, (AOC, LLC)


The Oil & Gas Industry is in a downturn. In the last two years, over 300,000 jobs have been lost or eliminated through attrition or termination. Profitability is limited. Some of the smaller companies have closed or face bankruptcy. Projects are being delayed or canceled.

These are difficult times for the industry. Even though the price of oil is slowly rising, and the industry seems to be rebounding, the stability is fragile. Recent studies show that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge.

Soft skills are Interpersonal Relationship Skills. In the Oil & Gas industry today, these skills are more critical than ever. Organizations (and workers) are struggling to find meaningful ways to remain competitive and be productive. Teamwork, leadership and communication are underpinned by soft skills development. Since each is an essential element for organizational and personal success, developing these skills is crucial.

Soft Skills and Technical Skills work together synergistically.  Many major organizations such as SPE, AIME, & AAES have developed soft skills committees. Major companies, such as OMV, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Exxon, Nalco Champion, and many others have incorporated soft skills into their employees training.

Take Home Message: Soft Skills Help You Succeed

Speaker Bio:

Lori Dalrymple is the CEO of Architecture of Communication, (AOC, LLC).  She developed a Global Soft Skills Training Program for the Oil & Gas Industry.  Her expertise in Soft Skills training helps Professionals and University Students to achieve higher levels of interpersonal communication, both internal and external. She has been working as a subject matter expert in Soft Skills training since 2005, and is a member of SPE and a standing member of the Soft Skills Committee.

Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and Performance, an Associate’s degree in Sales & Marketing, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Multicultural Psychology, along with University studies in geology, and the sciences to increase her technical understanding.  She holds multiple certifications in motivational training as well as Praxis Global and SPE Workshops on Oil & Gas. Lori volunteers as an SPE representative to teach Soft Skills to Petroleum Engineering Departments at Universities around the globe.


16 Jan 2019


When: Wednesday, Jan 19, 2019 | 11:30 AM

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

26 Feb 2019 REGISTER

CONTINUING EDUCATION | Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Solutions

When: Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Liberty Oilfield Training Room, 950 17th Street, Floor 24 Denver, Colorado 80202


Members: $1400

Non-Members: $1800

Registration Cutoff: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019


This course is designed to give trainees an overview of various artificial lift solutions and related production optimization concepts. After introducing participants to the need for an artificial lift system, training will focus on each of the following lift methods: Gas lift, Reciprocating Rod Lift, Progressing Cavity Pumping, Hydraulic Pumping, Electrical Submersible Pumping, Plunger and Capillary System. For each lift type, the course covers main components, application envelope, relative strengths and weaknesses. Animations, field cases, and example-calculations are used to reinforce concepts. A unique feature of this course is discussion on digital oil field as applicable to lift optimization. The course will close with a discussion session wherein trainees would discuss their challenges and plans for lift systems with a view to understand applicability of the concepts learned during the training.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced, depending on course length selected.

Course Length

2-5 Days (The course length may be adjusted to meet the learning level of the target audience.)

Why You Should Attend 

Every oil and gas well requires a lift mechanism at some time-point. Often times during a well’s life cycle, changing conditions, necessitate switching from one to another lift method. Each lift system’s applicability often overlaps with other lift systems and it is important to understand when to use one and why not to use another. This course while providing instructions at awareness level will arm attendees with sufficient details to participate in informative decision making process.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning about lift systems application. Production and field operations engineers, operators, geoscientists, and reservoir engineers who wish to understand the implications of lift systems on their field/reservoirs.

Special Requirements

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Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements. 

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as Optimizer for Accutant Solutions of Houston – A training and consulting services provider for production optimization. 

In a career spanning over 30 years, Chokshi has worked on petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design, and production optimization in oil and gas industries for national oil company and service providers. He continues to consult and teach professional courses in these areas. His interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally, technology integration and commercialization.  

Dr. Chokshi is a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 year. He also serves on the SPE global committees for training and production awards. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India respectively; and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.


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15 May 2019 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Developing the Next Generation of Completion Engineers

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Mark L. Van Domelen, Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions.


As the development of oil and gas reservoirs continues around the world, the need for innovative solutions to economically produce these reservoirs remains as strong as ever. Building a talent base within an organization is paramount for this task. The successful exploitation of these often- challenging plays will require completion engineers who can implement new technologies and function within a multidisciplinary work environment. This presentation will describe technical training options and available resources for developing high performing completion engineers within an organization. A case study of an advanced engineering training program implemented within a major service company will be presented, along with recommendations for external training and development programs.

Our industry faces several challenges related to advanced engineering training and technology application including generation gaps brought about from industry downturns, global expansion of unconventional reservoir plays, cost constraints, and the complex nature of the reservoirs we work in today.   Companies that recognize this changing landscape and focus their efforts on engineering development will be rewarded with a more productive workforce, higher retention of their technical employees, and a more seamless transition through the years ahead.

Speaker Bio:

Mark Van Domelen is an industry-recognized expert in hydraulic fracturing and well completion methods.  He is currently the Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions, and worked for Halliburton for 31 years in a variety of roles including engineering, technology, operations management, supply chain, and training positions.  Nearly half of Mark’s career has been spent in international positions in The Netherlands, Angola, Egypt and Denmark.  Mark has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a member of SPE since joining the industry in 1984.  He has authored or co-authored 17 industry papers and has served on several committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

A few of Mark’s major accomplishments include his involvement on several startup hydraulic fracturing projects in frontier areas such as Kuwait, Oman, Thailand, Poland and West Africa, startup of a new technology center in the Netherlands, becoming the first category manager in Halliburton for global sourcing of proppants, and advancing well stimulation operations in Africa as the Regional Manager.

Mark is passionate about training young professionals and spent the past several years developing and implementing an advanced engineering training program called the College of Completions Engineering for Halliburton engineers in the area of unconventional reservoirs. He has also recently published two SPE papers on the topic of multidisciplinary training, and participates as a mentor for young engineers through the SPE Trailblazer and E-Mentoring programs.


14 Nov 2018

SPE YP | Lunch & Learn: Perforating Design Impacts on Hydraulic Fracturing

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 11:30 AM

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 950 17th Street #24, Denver, CO 80202

Title: Perforating Design Impacts on Hydraulic Fracturing 

Speaker: Steve Baumgartner, Senior Engineering Technical Advisor, GEODynamics Inc

The presentation will cover perforating techniques and designs; and how they affect hydraulic fracturing in horizontal well completions. Examples of limited entry designs and the fracture diagnostic tests used to evaluate perforating designs will be presented. Current and emerging perforation technologies will be discussed. Case histories comparing different perforating designs and techniques will be presented.

Steve joined the GEODynamics team in March 2018. He was a Senior Technical Consultant for Marathon Oil from 2007 to 2018. At Marathon, Steve provided technical and operational support to all Resource Play Asset and Exploration Teams for completion and well stimulation. His responsibilities included development, identification and implementation of new completion technologies and techniques. He contributed fracture modeling, DFIT interpretation, fracture diagnostics integration, fracturing chemical optimization, post treatment analysis, training and mentoring. Steve held positions in research and development, operations, technical sales, and management throughout his pressure pumping services career with The Western Company of North America and BJ Services. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity run most commercially available hydraulic fracture models and diagnostic tools. Steve is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He is an active member of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has co-authored SPE technical papers, industry technical publications, and internal technical publications on well stimulation chemistry, treatment design, execution, and evaluation. Steve has prepared and presented numerous completion and well stimulation seminars, workshops, and schools. He has served on program committees for technical conferences, symposiums, and workshops. He is a Technical Editor for SPE publications and a member of the SPE-GCS Westside Study Group.

Lunch will be provided!

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31 Oct 2018

SPE YP | Top Golf Halloween Costume Party

When: October 31, 2018 | 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Where: Top Golf Centennial | 10601 E Easter Ave, Centennial, CO.

We’ll have the bays for 3 hours and we’ll be providing drinks, appetizers, and handing prices to the highest scores and best costumes. We’re also planning to have a bus from/to downtown Denver (~5 PM), to facilitate transportation to the place.

Sponsorship: 1 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 5 x Bronze

$1500 Gold or Title Sponsor ("SPE YP Halloween Party Sponsored by ___________")
- Includes 3 free registration spots

$1000 Silver Sponsor (Tournament Sponsor)
- Includes 2 free registration spots

$500 Bronze Sponsor (Food, Drinks, Gifts, or Bus Sponsor)
- Includes 1 free registration spot

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25 Oct 2018

COMPLETIONS & PROD STUDY GROUP | New Concepts for Drilling and Completion.

When: Thursday, October 25th, 2018 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Halliburton Downtown Office | 1125 17th Street, Suite 1900, Denver, CO 

Title: New Concepts for Drilling and Completion, Leading to Substantial Cost Savings.

Speaker: Donald J. Fry, 50/50 Energy, LLC


Engineers and other Oil and Gas specialists have become increasingly adept in targeting a wide range of reservoirs with extended reach laterals, with overall positive production results. As such the term ‘dry hole’ is becoming nearly obsolete, and drilling locations in the thousands rest on the books of numerous energy companies. One would think that this status would suggest nothing but a rosy future, both near term and far for the energy sectors.

However, investor expectations, service company and other costs, regulations, and commodity prices in particular continue to weigh heavily on outcomes, such that what appears to be so stable and promising finds itself still to be highly vulnerable to markets and events. Energy companies have limited control over these above mentioned variables. But in general, if the return on investment can’t with certainty remain up, the cost of finding may need a ‘step-change’ to go substantially down.

One key way to accomplish this is to actually drill wells differently, in particular shorter laterals, but to do so in a unique way that generates additional effective porosity, and then complete these wells with focused methods that take advantage of this induced porosity. As a result one can obtain wells that produce on par with extended length laterals, but at a significantly reduced cost, that is greater than 25%. These methods have been tested, and show not only great promise for new drilling areas, but further for infill and edge drilling as well.

Speaker Bio:

Don currently works as a consulting geophysicist after a 36 year full time career. He worked for Amoco/Crescendo Resources/BP for 24 years, followed by four years with Ward Petroleum, three years with Sandridge Energy, and finally three years with Devon Energy. Don has three degrees, including a Masters in Geology from the University of Tulsa.

Don’s career has taken him to Denver twice, Amoco’s Tulsa Research, Houston three times, Amarillo twice, Enid, OK and Oklahoma City, as well as an overseas assignment in Cairo. Don currently resides in McKinney, TX.

Don has worked major basins throughout the US and in several foreign settings. His most recent assignment with Devon was in the Barnett shale play where he began the development of the techniques being shown.

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