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March 2016

March 2016: Around the world again. From Dallas to KL

An exceptional month with no breaks in the action

Well, here is the map. Another "Around the World" trip.
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Fort Worth

We began the month at the SPE/IADC drilling conference in my old stomping ground of Fort Worth, TX! I love this place and really enjoyed being back. XTO Energy has revitalized many of the historic buildings. The attendance was great in spite of the declining numbers of drilling rigs. I had the honor of giving a keynote address. I covered this in the last blog but we go straight from there to the SPE Board meeting started Sunday afternoon we had a weekend together!

Richardson, TX

The SPE Board of Directors meets three times annually with more committee meetings. One meeting is at the location of the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The SPE President gets to select the other two. So far I am a "complete failure" in my selections. My initial choices were Hong Kong (ruled out due to price) and Lagos, Nigeria (visas and security complexities). So I went for Dubrovnic and Anchorage. Then, with the layoffs at SPE I felt like we needed to do a further cost savings and relocated the Dubrovnic meeting to SPE Headquarters in Richardson.

The meetings in Richardson were great and Jan and I did catch an opera there. Not too many pictures unfortunately.

We returned home JUST in time to fly to Frankfurt Germany for the beginning of a long trip.

Here is a zoomed in map for just the European portion.
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Germany

Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Gottingen, Clausthal and Hanover

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We spent a night in Frankfurt and caught an opera before heading to Gottingen. I have of course been to Frankfurt's airport many times and either laid over or had subsequent trips to other places in Germany (Celle in particular). But this time I have a weekend day with my wife so we toured the city and it is far more interesting than the business visitor (I) could have imagined. Many great historical items, great museums, wonderful restaurants, etc. We made a side trip to the city of Wiesbaden for another opera. Two nights was great. On the way out of town we drove by the LDS Temple being renovated.
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The University at Gottingen was the next stop and it is a truly fascinating place with an amazing and historic university.

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TU Clausthal is an historic mining university holding a multiple university SPE gathering where I spoke and participated in various activities. Clausthal is sort of in the middle of nowhere but the students were enthusiastic and highly engaged.
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We next went to Hanover to catch a plane but naturally there was one more opera to be seen.
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We next went to Hanover to catch a plane but naturally there was one more opera to be seen.

Aberdeen

From Hanover we flew through LHR to Aberdeen. The SPE manages the Offshore Achievement Awards and it is a pretty big deal. The men are all wearing kilts or tuxedos (I opted for the latter since I don't own a kilt). All quite formal and an elaborate ceremony. I also met with YPs, section leaders and BHI people.

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Paris

From Aberdeen we flew to Paris. The Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) has a marvelous location and access to an amazing facility for the multi-university SPE activity over the weekend. Jan and I met and had an amazing dinner at a very historic location with the section officers. We also caught an opera at the Palais Garnier, calling on an old friend to help me get tickets for this very sold out event.
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Jan stayed in Paris and my daughter, her husband and four of the grandsons flew down from Norway to join her at Paris Disneyland. Not me! Next stop OTC Asia!

Kuala Lumpur

OTC Asia is quite a large event in which SPE plays a major role. My favorite part was a meeting with many of the students from many different universities. SPE students attended the event in disproportionately high numbers compared to the other professional societies who sponsor OTC with us.
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Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 24,456 miles. SPE travel to date 305,469 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 34
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 4 Operas to date = 42

Posted by fracmeister 12:48 Archived in France Comments (0)

Penn State, W. Va, OSU, MUST, Tulsa, KS, Fracturing, Butte

A lot of travel in the US.

I wound up with a pretty busy time with domestic only travel. Travel to SPE Headquarters for the Finance & Strategy and nominating committees and a Town Hall for the staff. Los Angeles for a KIN Catalyst session. A great trip to Penn State and West Virginia Universities. Then a trip to the University of Kansas, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa and Tulsa sections. Another trip to Montana (Butte) for an SPE Summit and back to DFW for the IADC/SPE conference in Fort Worth and a Board meeting in Richardson.
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Naturally we have a #SPElfie !
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I not only barbecue, I bake. Here is my applie pie.
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At the University of Kansas! Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!
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KU #SPElfie

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At the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla with a few #SPElfie s

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Then on to Oklahoma State with a great group of students and an obligatory stop at Stillwater's jumpin' little juke joint for some cheese fries.large_2016-02-17_18_09_10.jpg
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The University of Tulsa gave me extensive tours of their production, artificial lift, flow loop and drilling labs. I spoke to a large group of students and then participated at an industry event that evening at the Gilchrease museum.

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Nice to have some shots with Baker Hughes mud and ESPs!

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My old friend Eddie Schell's children all attended Tulsa including this petroleum engineer.
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Our favorite native American artist is Allan Houser.This is his greatest work now on loan at the museum.

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Raised a Bob WIlls fan I had to visit Cain's ballroom in Tulsa.

Great trip to Butte Montana for a Rocky Mountain student symposium. Students were enthusiastic and we toured the old mine.
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They put on a big barbecue for us including beef brisket and a whole hog.

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Ran into the daughter of an old friend,

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Back in Houston we saw the Rockets lose again.

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Off to Fort Worth for the IADC/SPE conference and saw many friends
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I absolutely love Fort Worth and the weather was great.
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The water gardens are a must see park downtown.
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Jan and I took our young kids to the museum school in Ft Worth and now we take our grandchildren there. A photo by the turtle is obligatory.

Went to Dallas to see Manon (the opera by Massenet)
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A few shots at Longoria's barbecue.
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And of course a stop at the symphony at the Bass Hall in Ft Worth
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A few more #SPElfie s
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Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 3,137 miles. SPE travel to date 281,013 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 33
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 5 Operas to date = 38

Posted by fracmeister 07:05 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

A quiet December, January easy going

Just a few short trips!

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The first 10 days of December was spent in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and described in the previous blog entry. I had plenty of SPE projects writing articles, nominating committees, schedule planning and making assignments. A week long trip scheduled for mid-December got postponed. I was happy for that as it allowed me to spend some time with my grandsons. We built a few gingerbread houses, I barbecued and smoked a turkey. The daughter from Norway, her drilling engineer husband and four sons visited twice. The daughter from Austin came along with my physics major son and my youngest daughter---made for a nice Christmas celebration. Football and Star Wars rounded it out along with a couple operas.

Nice to see Stanford win big in the Rose Bowl.

Datuk Mohd. Anuar, a senior Petronas executive and I conducted a "Virtual Town Hall" meeting. It was in the morning in Asia so from 8:30 to 10 pm here in Houston. The technology went well and we had 2,000 people listening and viewing at more than a dozen locations.

Drove to SPE Headquarters in Richardson, TX to address the SPE staff and participate in the Finance & Strategy Committee meeting and the Board Nominating meeting. We selected the new SPE Board members and 2018 SPE President from an impressive slate of nominees. After Board approval in March these will be published in the April JPT.

I made a presentation in Houston at a very well attended Reservoir Study Group.

I flew to Los Angeles to participate in a KIN Catalyst sponsored meeting. The subject was climate change.

I am a long-time member of the World Oil Advisory Board and participated in their annual oil forecast.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 3,137 miles. SPE travel to date 281,013 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 33
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 3 Operas to date = 33

Posted by fracmeister 07:04 Archived in Bahrain Comments (0)

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