A Travellerspoint blog

October 2015

Utah and California

(Quick trips!)

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In this trip I visited the Salt Lake City Section and student chapters at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. It was cool because I got to see my youngest son who is a physics major at BYU. I joined the BYU students for a football game.

My first stop was a barbecue sponsored by the U of Utah student section where I received a shirt.
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I then had a great tour of the nanofabrication labs and then went to EGI.
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In the evening I was able to help give the Regional Service award to my friend Arnis Judzis. Also helped deliver some of the scholarships the section gave to SPE members including one who had traveled from Butte, Montana!

The next AM we spent at EGI meeting with petroleum engineering faculty, students and researchers.
large_IMG_5827.jpg In the afternoon it was off to Provo for a tailgate with the BYU students and a football game.
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This picture is only about half of the attendees because they came and went in the hours before the game. We had plenty of time to discuss career options.

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Over the weekend we enjoyed being in Salt Lake City and I headed to California... The gf returned home.

I then flew to Santa Monica to participate in a KIN Catalyst session on Creating a new multi-Stakeholder beginning in unconventional oil and gas. This diverse group of people seeks to better use energy resources and serve as a focal point for rational discussions of what we should do to develop unconventional oil and gas.

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) 3.301 mile. SPE travel to date 210,494 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): 29
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 21

Posted by fracmeister 10:28 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Houston! Great to be home for a few weeks!

I go from President-elect to President

The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is the big annual meeting for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This year's Houston meeting was a huge success. I spent less time on the exhibit floor than normal! The SPE Board meeting precedes the ATCE and as the incoming President my schedule is hectic. I will leave out all the committee meetings, filming of videos, teleprompter practices, etc. However, we do have some fun. On Thursday night we had a dinner at the home of Roger Hite, an old friend and incoming Director. My gf has also made many friends on these SPE trips and it was fun for her to see old friends.

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The Board meetings started for me on Wednesday AM and continued in earnest through Sunday. I spoke many times for the Board, as a keynote at the R&D Technical section, at the Presidential luncheon, recording welcoming greetings for various upcoming meetings, speaking to the YPs at their reception, kicking off the Petrobowl, leading the industry advisory board discussion, etc. Helge turned the gavel over to me on Wednesday and I gave my first speech as SPE President.

Along the way I had a LOT of #SPElfies taken and have published over 75 of them here.

Here are a couple for fun. I will add a lot more ATCE 2015 pictures in a separate post.
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These are the U of H students

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Finally, as my first act as SPE President I spoke to a Baker Hughes audience for their annual technology awards banquet.

It wouldn't be long for my Presidential year to kick off in full swing as I left for Utah and California the next morning!

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 was just back and forth to downtown so I didn't add any! SPE travel to date 207,193 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): 29
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 21

Posted by fracmeister 09:12 Archived in Brunei Comments (0)

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