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Oklahoma, London and New Orleans

I don't include ALL my travel in this blog so you won't get much on purely personal travel. We celebrated the US holiday of Thanksgiving with most of my family coming in to visit for the big day. I smoked a very large turkey and we all had a great time.

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Our first trip was to Oklahoma. They really roll out the red carpet for me when I visit there and it is one of my favorite spots. First I went to visit GE Oil and Gas. Now given that we are trying to merge our company with theirs this would normally have been a bit dicey but it is a long planned SPE event. I toured their R&D facility and made a presentation to the group.

That evening Devon hosted my gf and me at the OKC Thunder basketball game.

The next day I made several presentations at Devon to their technical staff and to the SPE members and young professionals in Oklahoma City.

Friday I went to the University of Oklahoma where (on behalf of Baker Hughes) I presented a large check to support the Department. I also spoke to the student chapter and members of the faculty. It was back to OU on Saturday for the Oklahoma Oklahoma State.

My next trip was to London and while it was primarily a visit to the Gaffney-Cline & Associates office I managed to meet several SPE leaders as well.

Finally a one-day trip to New Orleans. I met with the local section and we had an exciting "Petrobowl rematch" with some of the international 2nd place championship team of students and the "old geezers" from the local section. I will tell you that we rigged the first couple questions so that it would look like the "fix was in" for the senior team, but all for humorous effect. the students eventually won of course.

b]Other Blogs[/b]

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) 11,910 miles. SPE travel to date 460,760 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

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): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 1 Operas to date = 61

Posted by fracmeister 22:01 Archived in China Comments (0)

Singapore and Beijing

Back to Asia (with the gf)

SIngapore for the Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and section meeting then Beijing for a Hydraulic Fracturing conference. The map:
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SIngapore

I have been to SIngapore many times but while living in Hong Kong took my wife (the gf) there for the first time. Unlike all my prior visits we scheduled some tourist time. It was awesome. I had no idea Singapore was so interesting. We saw most of the "big stuff" and had a free weekend so did a bit more touring. We took a cooking class making Char Kwai Teow, chilli crab and onde onde. We went to Gardens by the Bay and ate many places including the newly Michelin starred hawker stand. My cheapest Michelin star meal ever.

Friday night we met with about 10 local SPE section leaders for dinner. Monday I gave the keynote address at the drilling conference and participated in the panels, papers and mixers. The Tuesday morning we left the Marina Bay Sands hotel (more impressive looking than a great place to stay) for Changi airport and flew to Beijing.

Beijing

First.... Beijing had beautiful weather with clear blue skies the whole time. Wow!

The schedule in Beijing was far more hectic than that in Singapore. I met with Mr. Wang Dongijin, Vice President, CNPC, Li Luguang, Assistant President, CNPC, Lv Gongxun, Vice President, PetroChina and General Manager, Petro China International Exploration & Development Company and Technical Programme Co-Chairman, Kim E. Code, Managing Director, Shell China Exploration and Production Company, Dan Hill, Department Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University and Technical Programme Co-Chairman, Wu Qi, Senior Vice President, PetroChina E&P Co., Liu Yuzhang, Research Professor and Director, RIPED, PetroChina, David Blanchard, Chairman, DB Global Energy Consultants and IPTC Board Chairman and I am sure others I forgot. I knew a lot more attendees since the topic is so near and dear to me. I gave the keynote address along with my friends Ahmed Abou-Sayed, Mark Pearson and Glenn Penny. Jan and I went out to dinner with the local SPE section officers and I gave the closing remarks for the conference.

Jan and I snuck off in the evening for a cooking class at the Hutong improving our dumpling making skills. I participated at the conference in multiple ways and had dinner with my great friend Dianbin Liu continuing our "best Peking duck" quest. We managed to go to church on Sunday and do a little tourism over the weekend. Specifically we had only been to the summer palace in the dead of winter. It was much warmer and greener this time! We went to the 798 Arts district, to church with old friends and bought some pearls at Hongqiao for my sister.

SIngapore Pictures

A few from the cooking class, Gardens by the Bay and around.
Waiting in line at the Hawker stand
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Cooking
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Gardens
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Beijing Pictures

Naturally there were a lot of SPElfies...here are a few.

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From our cooking class
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A little touring
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Dinner with a friend
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Some more tourist shots....
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Went to the 798 Arts District.... among other things an Andy Warhol exhibit

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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) 20,500 miles. SPE travel to date 390,325 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): 41
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 0 Operas to date = 49 Two months with no operas? I will shortly fix that!

Posted by fracmeister 06:44 Archived in China Comments (0)

May Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Aggieland!

From Aggieland to Asia. OTC, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, SIngapore!


View Big Asia run May 2015 on fracmeister's travel map.

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.
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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.

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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 .
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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!

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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!
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As I drove up I knew they had gone a little over the top.
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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.
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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.
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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.large_IMG_4761.jpglarge_IMG_4767.jpg

I met with Dr. Wang Dongjin, Vice Chairman, President of the company and Deputy General Manager of CNPC and other CNPC leaders.
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This is me in front of the "Iron Man of Daqing" statue.
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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.
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I also met with local section leaders, students from Peking University, Aramco's research center, and RIPED.

At Aramco:
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RIPED lecture
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I met with an old friend at Beijing University (BeiDa) and gave a lecture there.
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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.

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Other Blogs

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
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
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 = 14

Offshore Technology Conference

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Baker Hughes had an artist do a very large painting outdoors (#Artof Innovation).
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My old classmate and former SPE President Jitendra Kikani with our friend Moussa.
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Stanford classmates Caesar Palagi and Jitendra Kikani
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Old friend and SPE Board member Analise Lara with Petrobras' OTC award.

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No, not in KL. Promoting OTC Asia.

Jakarta

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Beijing

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In front of Mao's mausoleum

Hong Kong misc

Spicy food at Hutong and a Sichuan private kitchen
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Getting a suit made
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My wife at her favorite jewelry store in Hong Kong (where I get my cufflinks made)

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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.

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Yogyakarta (tourist Saturday)

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This reminded me of a giant drill bit!

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