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16 Sep 2019 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Fall 2019 Jack England Pass

When: Denver Atheltic Club | 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO

Denver SPE members who would like to pre-pay for the Fall General Meeting lineup may now do so through the purchase of a Jack England Pass. This $100 pass represents a discount below normal admission rate and provides access to the September, October, November and December General Meetings. If a pass holder is unable to attend a pre-paid meeting, they can transfer the pass to another member by contacting

18 Sep 2019 REGISTER


When: Wednesday September 18, 2019 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

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


16 Oct 2019 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Production Optimization...

When: Wednesday October 16, 2019 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

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

Title: "Production Optimization of Conventional and Unconventional Wells with ESP Real Time Data"

Speaker: Lawrence Camilleri, Schlumberger


Optimizing production has always been important, but there is naturally a greater focus on high rate wells, such as those produced with ESPs (Electrical Submersible Pumps). A key driver is arresting decline while minimizing infill drilling, which is often achieved by identifying wells with skin to identify stimulation candidates and increasing drawdown on wells with good pressure support. With unconventionals, accelerating production while minimizing power consumption become dominant goals. This presentation explains how real-time gauge data enables high-frequency, high-resolution downhole flow rate measurements on ESP wells. Thereby providing both rate and pressure, which are essential to enabling inflow characterization and thereby identifying optimization opportunities without the need for traditional buildups, which cause production deferment.

Fortunately, technology advances have improved real time data quality in terms of both sampling frequency and metrology.  There has also been a reduction in the cost of measurement, transmission and storage, which signals the true dawn of the digital age. The presentation therefore also reviews how real time data enables increases in well uptime and ESP run life as well as minimizing power consumption.  Using material from recent SPE papers, both theoretical methodology and real case studies are presented to illustrate the value of real time data for both conventional vertical wells and unconventional multifracked horizontal wells.  While the case studies are based on ESP applications, the lessons learnt on how to extract value from real-time data can be applied to other artificial lift techniques, especially since inflow characterization is generic.


Lawrence has over 33 years of experience in production operations of which 27 years have been focused on artificial lift in a variety of roles ranging from field and application engineer to his current role as Global Domain Head, which is Schlumberger’s most senior technical position in the Artificial Lift Division.  He has published over 16 SPE conference papers and 3 patents covering all aspects of ESP operation such as inflow characterization and advanced completions.  This body of work is particularly noteworthy as it combines theoretical explanations and field case studies using real time data.




20 Nov 2019 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Thriving in a Lower for Longer Environment

When: Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

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

Speaker: Mary Van Domelen, Van Domelen International


When the price of oil plunged in 2014, industry analysts predicted that shale plays would be shutdown as they would no longer be economical. In reality, the North America shale industry did not just survive, it thrived. How?

The most successful companies responded by exercising capital discipline and effectively managing their resources. As a result, breakeven prices for the key unconventional plays were decreased by 40-60%. Reduction of service pricing alone cannot account for the improvement in profitability relative to oil price. What other factors contributed? 

This presentation captures the key lessons learned. The organizational, operational, and technological advancements which allowed the shale industry to continue to thrive in a “lower for longer” price environment are illustrated through case histories. Geologists worked to identify each play’s core, while companies evolved from delineation to full field development. The synergistic effect of combining new technology with operational efficiency is illustrated by the ability to drill longer laterals with significant decreases in drill days. Completion optimization, fueled by the use of big data analytics, resulted in drastic increases in EUR allowing expansion of the core in many plays. Improvements in artificial lift technologies accelerated early time production, significantly increasing the net present value of capital employed. Throughout all these processes, cooperative relationships between the service sector and E&P companies was imperative to the continued success of the industry.

Can the lessons learned by the shale industry be applied in the global setting?  Absolutely.


Mary Van Domelen holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a SPE Certified Petroleum Engineer with over 35 years of experience. Mary started her career with Halliburton in research and operations roles based in the USA, Europe, Africa, and Middle East. She has held engineer advisor and management roles with innovative E&P companies such as Maersk Oil, Chesapeake, and Continental Resources. Her experience includes horizontal drilling and completion operations in multiple basins. She has co-authored more than 30 papers and holds several patents. Mary was a 2015-2016 SPE Distinguished Lecturer and was the 2016 SPE Mid-Continent North America Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award recipient.

18 Dec 2019 REGISTER


When: Wednesday December 18, 2019 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

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


19 Feb 2020

GENERAL MEETING | Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) for Unconventional Reservoirs: The Next Big Thing?

When: Wednesday February 19, 2020 | 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m

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

Speaker: B. Todd Hoffman, Montana Tech 


Unconventional reservoirs have had tremendous success over the last decade due to technical advances including long horizontal wells and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing; however, their potential may be even higher.  There are trillions of barrels of oil in these resources, and while wells start out at high rates, they decline quickly and primary recovery factors are low, often in the single digits. This clearly indicates a need for some form of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) for these types of reservoirs.

In this presentation, the efforts to implement EOR in unconventional reservoirs will be examined in full detail. A number of different injection fluids have been proposed including miscible gas, water and surfactants. Early work focused on modeling and lab studies, and this provided a base of knowledge that was leveraged to carry out pilot field studies. Pilots have been implemented in at least four basins, and the Bakken and Eagle Ford have both had multiple field trials. Huff-n-puff natural gas injection has been shown to be very successful in the Eagle Ford, and today, large-scale field development is occurring there.

Because most of the field trials have been completed in North America, the examples presented are mainly from there; however, as these techniques are reproduced in other basins, the worldwide potential is enormous, and that potential also is discussed in the presentation.

While much has been achieved over the last decade in unconventional reservoirs, implementing EOR in these types of reservoirs will likely bring about even greater success.


Todd Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech. He teaches classes on Reservoir Simulation, Enhanced Oil Recovery, and Unconventional Reservoirs. Prior to that, he was a reservoir engineering consultant to the oil and gas industry. Todd has worked on reservoir models for more than 30 fields on six continents, and has published over 50 technical papers. His research involves improved recovery for conventional and unconventional reservoirs, fractured reservoir modeling and history matching. Todd received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

8 Aug 2019

SPE | 2019 Denver SPE Golf Tournament

When: Thursday - Friday, August 8th-9th, 2019 | 7:30 am - 7:00 pm.

Where: The Ridge at Castle Pines North | 1414 Castle Pines Parkway, Castle Pines, CO 80108.

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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 $300 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 June 3rd. At that time registration will open to non-sponsors.



23 Jul 2019

SPE WIN | Predicting Trouble Stages Using Rock and Frac Data

When: Tuesday July 23, 2019 | 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Liberty Oilfield Services | 950 17th St. #24

Title: Predicting Trouble Stages Using Rock and Frac Data - How to Build a Scalable Process for Applicable Analytics

Speaker: Jessica Iriarte, Research Manager, Well Data Labs

Please join us for a reception hosted by Liberty Oilfield services as we kick off the Women In Hydraulic Fracturing (WHF) Study group as part of SPE WIN- Women In eNergy.


When analyzing treatment responses that occur in a frac job, a stage with lower injectivity tends to display a higher than expected pressure, lower than expected rate, and higher occurrence of screen outs. Injectivity is driven by a complex interplay of geologic and mechanical factors, thus each stage must be individually evaluated to identify patterns in the dominant controlling variables and come up with suitable mitigation measures.

The challenge is to identify these patterns, or events, with a systematic process and to compare them on a stage-by-stage basis. Manual selection of events in time-series frac data is often very time consuming and prone to inaccuracies due to the lack of uniform selection and variable interpretation methods across the industry.

This talk demonstrates the value of information available in existing high-frequency datasets and a process to automate the recognition of events in the data. This process facilitates the identification of outlier stages and it enhances critical decision making.


Jessica is the Research and Development Manager at Well Data Labs, where she is responsible for leading a team of data scientists and petroleum engineers. The group conducts a wide range of research combining completions and time-series data expertise with modern machine learning technologies to drive engagement with customers and build product functionality relevant to their business.

Jessica has more than 7 years of experience working with well completions, research, and data analytics in North and South America and in Europe. She holds a BS from Universidad del Zulia and an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. An active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Jessica has served on the Denver Board for three years and as a Committee Member for several workshops and meetings. Jessica is the recipient of the 2018 DBJ Top Women in Energy Award and the 2019 SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award.


21 Jul 2019

SPE YP | Ice Breaker

When: Sunday July 21, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: University Club, Downtown Denver


Kick off your URTeC 2019 experience with a young professional icebreaker in downtown Denver!

Hosted in the historic University Club by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Denver Geophysical Society, and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.

Enjoy drinks and appetizers with fellow industry professionals while overlooking the Colorado State Capitol. Register before tickets run out!


** URTeC registration not required to attend.

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