27 Sep 2018 REGISTER

COMPLETIONS & PROD STUDY GROUP | Data Quality, How It Can Be Managed

When: Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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

Title: Data Quality, How It Can Be Managed, and Where It Fits within the Overall Data Picture.

Speaker Bio:

Charles Ro has 18 years of experience in Oil and Gas, the capital markets, and finance. He has worked closely with C-level executives and has managerial experience, including P&L and budgetary responsibilities. His O&G career began on the land side, working with the most difficult data, broadening when he explored creating a software company which would integrate with all facets of upstream. This continued in working with an O&G analytics group, furthering his understanding of the complexities of decision making processes. His technical background includes building databases with reporting and financial analysis tools. He began his education as a Mechanical Engineering major and holds a BS in Statistics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. 

10 Oct 2018

SPE YP | Lunch & Learn | Financial Planning 101

When: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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

Title: Financial Planning 101

Speaker: Jessica Veitch, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual


This seminar is for people new to financial planning who want to learn the basics. It breaks finances down into 5 key considerations – Save, Spend, Grow, Protect, Give.

Speakers Bio:

Jessica came to be a Wealth Management Advisor via an unexpected path. A self-proclaimed geek, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Pre-Medicine and Biotechnology, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jessica built her first career in biopharmaceuticals serving in a number of validation, quality and compliance roles. Her love of financial planning began in 2006 when she and her husband, Kirk, tried for baby #2 and were instead blessed with babies #2, #3, and #4. Yes, triplets! As Jessica worked to regain control of their drastically altered financial situation, she realized that many of her closest friends, while absolutely brilliant, didn’t know how to manage their own financial goals either. In 2007, Jessica began a financial club in her living room, meeting monthly with her friends to learn about financial topics and develop the knowledge they needed for their families. Jessica became a client of Northwestern Mutual in 2008 after asking one of her mentors who he trusted. In 2013, Jessica made the decision of leaving behind a corporate career that she had been cultivating for 15 years to start her own financial planning practice and has never looked back. Jessica says, "I love to empower families and individuals to feel confident about their financial position and direction. I find it very rewarding to know that I am helping people reach their goals.”

Jessica holds FINRA series 6, 63, 65, and 7 securities licenses. Jessica has her Life & Health insurance license as well as her Long-Term Care insurance license. Jessica is proud to be the first woman promoted to Wealth Management Advisor in her network and the fastest person in her network to achieve that title.

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spe-yp-october-lunch-learn-tickets-47920390177

17 Oct 2018 REGISTER

GENERAL MEETING | Well Collision Avoidance - The Way Forward

When: Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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

Speaker: Steve Sawaryn, Consultant


The consequences of an unplanned intersection with an existing well can range from financial loss to a catastrophic blow-out and loss of life. The process of well collision avoidance involves rules that determine the allowable well separation, the management of the associated directional planning and surveying activities and assurance and verification. The adoption of a particular minimum allowable separation rule, no matter how conservative, does not ensure an acceptably low probability of collision. Many other factors contribute, such as the level of compliance by office and rig personnel with collision avoidance procedures, and the completeness and correctness of the directional database. All these factors are connected.

This is not a new subject, but current guidance is disparate, company specific and occasionally contradictory. As a result, the guidance can be difficult to understand and implement. Standardisation is required. This standardisation has been the goal of the SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section (WPTS). The resulting recommendations are a culmination of the work and consensus of industry experts from both operators and service companies.The effects of a standardised separation rule and attendant practices are far reaching. They influence slot separations, trajectories, drilling practices, surveying programme and well shut-in, with commercial as well as HSE implications.

Although collisions are rare, investigation of 19 anonymous collision events suggests they occur more frequently than formal accounts would lead us to believe. Common themes across these events can be identified and these lead to a conclusion that all such collisions are avoidable.

Speaker Bio:

Steve Sawaryn is an independent drilling engineering consultant specialising in drilling systems. During the previous 35 years he held a variety of national and international posts in BP’s Drilling Engineering Division in drilling operations, consultancy and projects. He is also a chartered engineer and fellow of the British Computer Soc. Sawaryn holds PhD and M.A. degrees from Cambridge U. He has authored more than 35 SPE papers and has served on a number of SPE committees. He received the 2010 SPE North-Sea Region Technical Award for Drilling Engineering and now chairs the SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Collision Avoidance sub-committee.


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

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-spe-yp-topgolf-halloween-costume-party-tickets-50375148425‚Äč

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).


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

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.


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