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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: This overview class of best field development practices is for geoscientists and engineers wanting to understand how to build a field development plan (FDP), what data is needed and at what point in the evaluation, what is the value of the information, what objectives are trying to be obtained and by what measure and who is best to evaluate the data?  The difference between conventional and unconventional fields will be discussed as will how to high grade acreage for full field development and how to plan for drilling efficiencies.

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

SPE EVENING EVENT | Elizabeth Cambre - 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 LUNCH & LEARN | 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


16 May 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Extended lateral Performance in the Niobrara Formation of the D-J Basin

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Aquiles Agreda

Speaker Bio: Aquiles Agreda is Staff Reservoir Engineer in Niobrara Reservoir Characterization team in Rockies Business Unit at ConocoPhillips. He has over 14 years of experience in both development and applied reservoir engineering holding several positions as Lead Reservoir Engineer in charge of mature brownfield re-developments in Texas, USA. Previously, he worked for 3 years in Petrozuata (Venezuela) as Development Engineer in charge of the Central-North area of Zuata field development in the Venezuelan Orinoco Oil Belt. Mr. Agreda is a former staff member of the Applied Reservoir Engineering team at ConocoPhillips, USA, where he was working on several projects worldwide and domestic involving Full Field Reservoir Simulation, Production Optimization and developing new technology for well production optimization in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He has been using Machine Learning algorithms on different Oil and Gas applications and currently focused on studying extended lateral performance with different wellbore geometries.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad de Oriente, Barcelona, Venezuela.


24 May 2018 REGISTER

EDUCATION TRACK | Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test

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

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 | 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Where: The Denver Athletic Club Rooftop |1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80204 

Price: $20 (pre-registered)

Onsite cost $30 at the door


Join us for a fun evening to celebrate with fellow members another great SPE season, learn about all the benefits of being an SPE member. An event to kick off summer by celebrating our members and recognizing volunteers. Join us for games, music, food, drinks, and prizes!

3 Aug 2018


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.


8 Oct 2018 REGISTER

CONTINUING EDUCATION | Production Forecasts and Reserves Estimates in Unconventional Reservoirs

When: Monday, October 8th - Tuesday October 9th, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: TBD

Cost -

Members: $1400

Non-Members: $1800

Registration Cutoff Date: September 25th, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Training Course Description

This course teaches the skills and understanding needed to forecast production and estimate reserves in unconventional (ultra-low permeability) oil and gas reservoirs. The course emphasizes “simple” production decline models appropriate for routine forecasting for hundreds of wells in short periods of time. Both tight oil and gas reservoirs, such as shales resources, are discussed.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 or 2 Days

Why Attend?

There are various ways to forecast production and estimate the size of unconventional gas reservoirs. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each decline model and how to develop reliable forecasts in this course.

Who Should Attend

The course is for engineers and geoscientists who are interested in learning how to evaluate unconventional reservoirs.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. 


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day 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.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


W. John Lee is Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He previously held the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair at the University of Houston’s petroleum engineering program. Prior to this, Lee held the L.F. Peterson Chair and was Regent’s Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He was the former executive vice president of S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering for unconventional gas reservoirs. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007–2008, and was a principal architect of the new SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves.

Prior to beginning his career in academia, Lee managed Exxon’s Major Fields Study Group. He has written many technical papers and co-authored four SPE textbooks: Well Testing, Gas Reservoir Engineering, Pressure Transient Testing, and Applied Well Test Interpretation. He is also co-author of SPEE Monograph 4, Estimating Ultimate Recovery of Developed Wells in Low Permeability Reservoirs. Lee is an Honorary Member of SPE and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received his BChE, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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25 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: TBD


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

Calculator for example calculations.


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.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


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.


Other Courses by Instructor

19 Apr 2018


When:  Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 5:30 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



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