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31 Oct 2019

SPE YP | Top Golf Halloween Costume Party

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Top Golf Centennial | 10601 E Easter Ave, Centennial, CO 80112


Come Celebrate Halloween with SPE Young Professionals at our annual Top Golf event!

For $30/person, this frightfully fantastic takeover includes a party bus seat, delicious appetizers, drinks and hours of fun! Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Those interested in riding the party buss will meet at a downtown location TBD and be dropped off at Centennial Top Golf location.

We look forward to seeing you there for a casual and exciting SPE Top Golf event!


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, Well Data Labs


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.

16 Oct 2019

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.




9 Oct 2019

SPE YP | Lunch and Learn: Applying Fluid Tracking...

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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

Title: "Applying Fluid Tracking to Understand Hydraulic Fracturing Performance and Pitfalls"

Speaker: Ellen Scott, Engineering Advisor at Deep Imaging



Operators developing unconventional resources are constantly seeking to improve completions and increase their wells’ rates of return. This optimization process involves changing completion designs, well spacings, and flowback strategies. Diagnostics that evaluate the success of such changes are critical. One such diagnostic is Fluid Tracking through Controlled Source Electromagnetics (CSEM). CSEM is a proven, surface-based technology that has been applied to conventional resources in the past. Deep Imaging uses a CSEM application to image the movement and extent of fracturing fluid during the stimulation. This presentation describes the technique and presents case studies illustrating many applications for the technology.



Ellen Scott is an Engineering Advisor to Deep Imaging. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry, with roles in business development, GeoEngineering, and Field Engineering at Fracture ID, SIGMA3, and Schlumberger. Her areas of expertise include completions, hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, cementing, microseismic interpretation, and production enhancement field studies. She began her career in 2010 with Schlumberger in the Middle East. Ellen has a B.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a M.S. in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver Business School


Lunch will be provided by Deep Imaging.



Join us as well for our monthly Happy Hour at Rhein Haus at 4:30 PM

4 Oct 2019

SPE | 2019 Tennis Tournament

When: Friday, October 4, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gates Tennis Center | 3300 E Bayaud Ave (East of Cherry Creek Mall) 


Entry and Sponsorship Form 

Includes: court fees, lunch, refreshments, balls, awesome door prizes and awards

For more information call or e-mail:
Renee Supplee (303) 229-4920,

26 Sep 2019

SPE YP | Lunch and Learn: Innovating in O&G Using a Lean Methodology

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Halliburton | 1127 17th St. #1900,  Denver, CO 80202

Speaker: Josh Curlik, CEO/Founder, Well Data Labs


Join us as we hear from Josh Churlik CEO/Co-Founder of Well Data Labs on the lean methodology they used to go from an idea to a leading industry software platform. Josh will share the process and steps you can follow to drive your own innovations forward.


Josh leads product development and business activities for Well Data Labs. He has 18 years of professional experience with 13 years of Oil and Gas Industry experience, has founded several startup ventures and brings a broad base of experience in product development, marketing, sales and finance to Well Data Labs. He’s passionate about making Oil & Gas software simpler and easier to use while still meeting the challenging needs of the digital oilfield. Josh has an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Business degree from North Carolina State University. You can often find him mountain biking Colorado’s front range trails.


Lunch will be provided.

Join us as well for our monthly Happy Hour at Lime at 4:30 PM


26 Sep 2019

DATA ANALYTICS GROUP | Data Pre-processing & Exploratory Data Analysis for Neural Networks

When: Thursday September 26, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Encana, 40th Floor, Long's Peak | 370 17th St, Denver, CO 80202

Title: Data Pre-processing & Exploratory Data Analysis for Neural Networks

Speaker: Ayush Rastogi, Ph.D. Candidate at Colorado School of Mines


Ayush is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He is also working as a Data Science Intern at BPX Energy in Denver, CO. His research is based on multi-phase fluid flow modeling and gas well deliquification. He has completed his minor in Computer Science with a focus on Data Analytics and Statistical Modeling. His area of interest lies in applying machine learning techniques in the oil and gas industry for better business decisions. He graduated from University of Houston with Masters in Petroleum Engineering and published his work with SPE on production forecasting and type well construction for unconventional wells. He also has experience working as a Hydraulic Fracturing Field Engineer as an intern in Permian (Texas), Williston (North Dakota) and Denver-Julesburg (Colorado) Basin with Liberty Oilfield Services. Before joining Colorado School of Mines, he worked as a Reservoir Engineering Consultant in Houston from 2014-2015. He is an active member of SPE and was recently awarded Outstanding Student from SPE Denver Section for academic performance and leadership within the organization.

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