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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.

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.


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.



6 Jun 2019

SPE | Summer Social

When: Thursday June 6, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

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

Come and celebrate with the Denver Section to kick off summer. Meet 25+ year members, mingle with the board, enjoy the food, music. There will be dorr prizes. Ticket includes 2 drink tickets.

Price: $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 walkin


15 May 2019

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.


8 May 2019

SPE YP | Lunch and Learn: How to Manage a Portfolio When Your Portfolio is a Basin

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: James Ruiz, Founder at QEngineering.


Many companies are searching for a way to create a map that highlights the real-time value of a basin, well by well. For those that have pulled this off, they have forecasted over 20,000 wells in multiple basins and have maintained those portfolios quarterly. It is a monumental challenge, investing months of time building and maintaining a portfolio that large, while continuing to contribute to normal business operations. To ease that challenge, I will be covering a way to easily create and maintain these massive reserves portfolios by using the concept of forecasting by exception, rather than individually forecasting every well in a basin. Every forecast has a shelf life, by identifying when the shelf life is expiring, intervention can be scheduled only when needed.


ames is passionate about solving impossible problems. He relies on his 15 years of programming experience to explore ways to enhance asset evaluation by analyzing massive data repositories. He has used his skills to obtain a provisional patent to evaluate reservoirs through computational algorithms. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. He joined the industry in 2008. He credits much of his success to his family, his mentors at Apache & CCI, and his closest friends.

James is one of the two founders at Q. Q’s product line was developed based on his experiences in New Ventures and Acquisitions, where he developed a sense of purpose around making effective investment decisions for his shareholders. He identified many gaps in the evaluation process that he believed reduced shareholder returns. James has set out to create a seamless investing experience for Asset Developers, Acquirers, and Bankers in the Oil and Gas Industry.

At Q, James focuses on directing the company vision to meet the needs of the industry, learning from his customers to develop novel solutions for them, balancing earnings with long term investments for Q, and enjoys working with the team to set the values and standards of Q. He loves working with his customers, and is always open for coffee, despite his constant heartburn – he also buys the plants for the office.




25 Apr 2019

COMPLETIONS STUDY GROUP| Anti-Collision Best Practices...

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: Halliburton, 1125 17th Street, Suite 1900

Title: Anti-Collision Best Practices for Drilling Across Pre-Existing Horizontal Wellbores

Speakers: Rachel Grande, Sr. Geologist & Erin Britton, Petroleum Engineer, Sundance Energy, LLC.

17 Apr 2019

CSM | Joint Session and Networking Event

When: Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Level 3, Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St, Denver, CO 80202

Colorado School of Mines students will have the opportunity to present their work as posters, at this networking happy hour. Come down and mingle with the students, vote on best in show and have a drink with colleagues

Sponsored by: Antero Resources


17 Apr 2019

SPE | Awards Lunch and 2020 President Keynote

When: Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 11:30

Where: Level 3, Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St, Denver, CO 80202

Shauna Noonan the 2020 SPEi President will be giving the Keynote address at the Denver Section and Rocky Mountain Regional awards lunch.

Sponsored by: TD Geosteering




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