From Aggieland to Asia. OTC, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, SIngapore!
May started off simply enough. I drove to College Station and addressed a large group of students. I stayed over on Saturday AM and met with Professors Dan Hill and Ding Zhu. Naturally we needed a few spelfies. In Chinese, selfie is 自拍 and is more of a verb since 拍 is to take a picture. Just so you know.
The next week I was "home" in Houston and spent the week at OTC. It is one of my favorite times of the year. Since photography is not allowed at OTC I just have a few shots with friends like these at the awards banquet and in our booth. Check out those pictures at the end of the post.
I spoke at a STEM (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology) event with a large group of students and teachers.
But by the end of the week I was on a flight to Tokyo and then to Singapore. Although there is a great nonstop to Singapore the long way was cheaper so I took off Friday before noon and landed in Singapore Sunday just after noon. A weekend in the air. I met with local SPE leaders and spoke to the section for the first time since I was an SPE Distinguished lecturer in 1991.
The first part of this trip was pretty hectic followed up by longer stays in Hong Kong and Beijing where my wife joined me. Unfortunately my SPE schedule was so hectic she and I were lucky to meet for dinner.
The first 10 days
Then off to to Pekanbaru via Jakarta where I drove to the Chevron Camp Hotel at Wisma Bukit in Rumbai. I had a great meeting with Chevron managers and addressed the SPE Sumatra Section Dinner Meeting .
Another highlight was a visit to University of Islamic Riau (UIR) Student Chapter and presentation to students there. This was a large group and one quite fond of selfies!
Then back to Jakarta and a presentation at the SPE Java Section Dinner Meeting. Then I had a great meeting with the Trisakti University and and University of Indonesia (UI) Student Chapters. It was amazing that they all turned up on a public holiday. Some of the students traveled 2-3 hours each way. Many selfies again!
As I drove up I knew they had gone a little over the top.
It was a great and enthusiastic group! I was amazed to see a large group of petroleum engineering students doing native dances.
Then off to Yogyakarta. I made presentations to the combined University Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) Veteran Yogyakarta and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Student Chapters. Two of the engineering students also entertained with cultural dances. I stayed Saturday to do a little touring in this historic city. Some of those pictures are at the end.
Next stop Kuala Lumpur and the SPE Forum on "Drilling Window Prediction and Real-Time Management: Getting It Right the First Time” where I gave a keynote address. I also attended the Asia Oil and Gas Conference sponsored by Petronas.
I was able to spend some time at the Forum and then stayed a few days in Hong Kong because the mainland PRC appointments were scheduled the following week. This seemed a good enough reason to have the gf join me so she flew to Hong Kong and stayed with me through the following week. I did take the ferry to Shekou and participate in the the SPE Deep Water Workshop organized by SPE South China Sea Section, themed “Seeking Innovative External Solutions to Address Local Deep Water Challenges.” I had a dinner meeting with with SPE volunteers and local executives from CNOOC and IOCs.
In Beijing, I met with Dr. Wang Zhigang, Senior VP of Sinopec and other Sinopec leaders. There have been recent management changes in all of the national oil companies in China.
I met with Dr. Wang Dongjin, Vice Chairman, President of the company and Deputy General Manager of CNPC and other CNPC leaders.
This is me in front of the "Iron Man of Daqing" statue.
I had a VERY large group of students attend a lecture at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing. It is the largest student chapter in the world.
I also met with local section leaders, students from Peking University, Aramco's research center, and RIPED.
I met with an old friend at Beijing University (BeiDa) and gave a lecture there.
Had dinner with an old friend from Hong Kong and my wife had cooking lessons at the Hutong as well as a private 1.5 hour class from the Ritz-Carlton chef.
You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blogis here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,
Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 23,429 SPE travel to date 164,064 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): 21
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 14
Offshore Technology Conference
Baker Hughes had an artist do a very large painting outdoors (#Artof Innovation).
My old classmate and former SPE President Jitendra Kikani with our friend Moussa.
Stanford classmates Caesar Palagi and Jitendra Kikani
Old friend and SPE Board member Analise Lara with Petrobras' OTC award.
No, not in KL. Promoting OTC Asia.
They took some liberties with my photo!
In front of Mao's mausoleum
Hong Kong misc
Spicy food at Hutong and a Sichuan private kitchen
Getting a suit made
My wife at her favorite jewelry store in Hong Kong (where I get my cufflinks made)
One of my former Boy Scouts works in Hong Kong helping domestic workers from the Phillipines and other countries to ensure fair treatment while working there.
Yogyakarta (tourist Saturday)
This reminded me of a giant drill bit!