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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)

Napa! Fiber optics, lasers and reservoir and well monitoring

See, this job isn't all international travel.

The big travel in August starts near the end of the month on a record setting trip I am still planning. As a result I only have a quick trip for the first half of August. I participated in the SPE Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management Workshop held in Napa, CA. In-well fiber optic installations have expanded and offer unique insights in wellbore monitoring. It was a real privilege to participate in and help kick off this workshop. I came away realizing that even in low cost environments, service companies and operators still need to take the long view on technology and that what was once a science fair project can rapidly become a money maker when applied correctly.

There were a lot of participants and sponsors at this workshop. The most interesting part for me was the level of advancements in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and how many ways it is being applied.

On the way home I had just enough time to take a picture.

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No university visits on this trip. No opera. I did stay home long enough to grill a few steaks and harvest some honey from my beehives.
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More grilling pics at the end.

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) 3,359 SPE travel to date 179,170 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): 22
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 21

Grilling pics

Grilled zucchini, red onions, red and green peppers from the garden, corn for the salad and the steaks. Details on the bbq blog referenced earlier.
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Hatch chiles are now in season. I made green chile cheeseburgers with a home made green chile salsa, hatch/smoked chicken chili, green chile cornbread... all of it involved smoking or grilling. My favorites.
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Plenty of colorful chiles besides the Hatch chile.
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You roast the Hatch chiles, put them in a ziploc to "sweat" them and then remove the tough (now charred) outer skin.
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And roasted corn is awesome.

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February in the US? Hooray

Palo Alto and LSU.

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February starts with the Hydraulic Fracturing Conference in the Woodlands. One of my good friends and heroes Professor Heber Cinco-Ley was honored as one of the Legends of Hydraulic Fracturing.

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The meeting had nearly 2,000 participants and was very successful. While there I was interviewed by the local paper and quoted several times.

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/02/05/adversity-stirs-innovation-at-hydraulic-fracturing-conference/

Then off to the Bay areas and back to Stanford University. I participated in a Natural Gas conference featuring a dinner with George Schultz and speakers including former Secretary of State Condie Rice.

I joined in with SPE President Helge Haldorsen and former President Ganesh Thakur for a Gulf Coast breakfast meeting with multiple SPE Presidents from the Gulf Coast section. Of course Helge now lives in Mexico but is here often.

I also gave an address during NAPE to the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Another highlight was the trip to Baton Rouge to visit with faculty, tour the campus and speak to an enthusiastic crowd of LSU petroleum engineering students. I toured many of their labs including the very impressive drilling lab.

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We had a good turnout and Baker Hughes paid for some pizza.
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The next SPE meeting was the Reservoir Simulation conference where I gave a brief set of remarks. It was great to see many old friends there. Reservoir simulation was a big part of my professional career.

The San Francisco trip is not really SPE miles so I am not adding miles during this entry. Baton Rouge trip 580 miles. SPE travel to date 92,640 miles.

Since I was home I had a chance to barbecue a lot. You can of course read about my barbecue at This site Here is apicture of me caramelizing the glaze on some ribs.
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My Baker Hughes reservoir blogis here.

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): 14
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Colombia
Czech Republic
Germany
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Singapore
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland)
USA

Operas this month = 1 (The Magic Flute in Houston). Operas to date = 7

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OKLAHOMA, OK!

2015 begins like it was 1975 as I go to OU

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I graduated from Georgia Tech in 1975 and started at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate student in petroleum engineering that year. It is the year I joined SPE. So it seems appropriate that the first trip of my 40th year as an SPE member should be back to Oklahoma. I presented an Ethics class at the Oklahoma City Section, made a longer presentation to a large group of engineers from Devon Energy and met with students at the University of Oklahoma. I also had the chance to go to an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game with old friends.

1975 was a long time ago. The movie "Jaws" came out and Microsoft was founded. Saturday Night Live started. Oklahoma City has changed and many of the obvious changes are associated with the growth of oil and gas activity headquartered in OKC.

The ethics class was attended by a very large group.

The internal course at Devon Energy had more than even more engineers present and included some lively discussions.

As per usual I really enjoyed going to see the students, this time at my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. We of course offer the now mandatory selfie. #SPElfie

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The SPE leadership team at OU.

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A large group of attendees!

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Friday was full of additional meetings with local industry leaders and the chance to go to an Oklahoma City Thunder game with some of the Devon Energy leadership.

833 miles this trip. 76,003 SPE to date.

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Round tripping Dallas

SPE Awards and an Ethics class for SPEE

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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a very large organization and this blog primarily documents my travel with respect to the three-year long commitment as 2016 President. I am also a member of the much smaller Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE). I teach the annual ethics class at their convention and write a twice yearly ethics article for their online publications. This trip has activities for both SPE and SPEE.

Some of the SPE international Award recipients from Texas were unable to attend the ATCE in Amsterdam. I presented their awards on 18 November at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute. the next day I presented a one-hour ethics class at the same location.

Award recipients included two Honorary Memberships. This is the highest award of the Society. The awards were given to Ted Bourgoyne and om Perkins. Marvin Gearhart also received the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal and Tom Sifferman was recognized as a Distinguished Member.

On Wednesday we had an excellent turnout as I taught the ethics class for a combined SPE/SPEE meeting. It was great to see many of my old friends there.

My wife Jan (who I typically refer to online as my gf) joined me for this trip as we drove up Tuesday AM and drove back Wednesday PM.

501 miles

SPE Travel to date 59,280 miles

At the hotel where we stayed, ice carvers from Harbin China created a lot of ice sculptures. The highpoint for me was when we saw one of them carving. I asked to speak to him but the employee said "he doesn't speak English." We started speaking Chinese and got along famously! I hope you enjoy these.

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The hotel from our room.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla and some fun in St. Louis


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I have some flexibility in where I go and because a) my son attends graduate School at MST and b) my good friend Prof. Shari Dunn-Norman has long told me I should come to see the school my wife and I headed to Rolla over Labor Day. We went to a wonderful barbecue restaurant in St. Louis --Bogart's Smokehouse. That is described at My Barbecue Blog

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We also caught the Cardinals for a game on Labor Day. I love baseball and especially in St. Louis. As a Houston fan I have some conflicting memories but as an 8-year old I saw my first MLB game in St. Louis with my Dad. When my son got married I had a wedding party in a skybox there. My brothers from England and Illinois joined me at an All-Star game there. This game was great as the Cardinals battled back from a 4-2 deficit to win 5-4.

I had the opportunity to tour the school which I remember as the Missouri School of Mines and then the University of Missouri-Rolla. I remember corresponding with Prof Leonard F Koederitz early in my career. A brilliant man, he was always helpful and I understand that although retired he stills helps out occasionally.

I bought some pizza and gave a lecture in a room with 100 chairs. Since 150 students showed up we were a touch crowded. I was very impressed with the integration of the earth sciences with petroleum engineering and their emphasis on mechanical earth modeling.

1,521 miles

6,615 miles to date

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Santa Fe for a Drilling Forum

One of the best things SPE does. Santa Fe and a trip to Denver.


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The SPE Forums bring experts together to talk about the state of the art and future problems in certain technical areas. This forum addressed the topic "Well Construction Efficiency: NPT, Reliability, and Process Improvement"

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Santa Fe, NM

The forum was five days of very technical information and discussions that are "off the record." This lead to very engaging discussions which I very much enjoyed. My wife came out at the end of the Forum and we spent the weekend there. The town is beautiful and I certainly enjoyed the great opera house and their creative interpretation of Carmen.

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The food is awesome. Lots of great dishes with green chilis.

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Santa Fe is a very colorful town with lots to do. We also saw some of the great area attractions.

And of course the opera. We went with some of our friends attending the forum.

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1720 Miles 2 flights.

Denver

Also attended UrTec, a very interdisciplinary unconventional conference in Denver. Very well attended. Two more flights, 1731 miles.

To date, 8,156 miles.

Operas to date=1 Carmen

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