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Colombia

Bogota, Santa Fe, San Antonio

The journey continues


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Three great cities and some time for fun on the weekends.

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It was nice to be home over the US Independence Day celebration. Some of my children and all of my grandchildren were here. I cooked a lot of barbecue and harvested some honey from my beehives. Then it was time to get on another airplane!
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My BBQ for Independence Day!

The SPE Latin American Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Conference was held 7-8 July 2015 in Bogota. This conference explored state-of-the-art technologies and their effects on Sustainability (Balancing Economic Growth, Social Development and Environmental Protection). It addressed outstanding challenges and experiences in Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability for successful execution of oil and gas projects.

This gathering explored and discussed what has worked, what not worked, and areas where future technological innovations are required to strengthen the social license to operate. It also provided an opportunity to networking, sharing and learning from professionals in the industry.

Topics included:
-HSE Management
-Health and Safety
-Environment
-Sustainability
-Innovation

On Monday I made multiple visits with Baker Hughes colleagues to Ecopetrol, Pacific Rubiales and Equion. More SPE meetings. Tuesday I gave an opening speech at the conference, a press conference, meetings with oil company executives. On Wednesday I met with old friends, had a meeting with Ecopetrol CEO Javier GutiƩrrez and made presentations at the local SPE section. Bogota is an amazing city at an altitude of a little more than 8,300 feet.
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Spelfie with some of the students attending the conference
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The iguana is the symbol of ECOPETROL. This one is in their lobby. Selfie at the end.

Grandsons came to visit. Always fun times. I have seven grandsons. Here is the youngest.
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The gf and I took a week off from the craziness and cashed in some hotel points and enjoyed three operas in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. We toured the area including Los Alamos and ate our favorite Mexican food (New Mexico style!). We took a couple cooking classes to learn the Santa Fe style. It was great.

Then back to SPE activities as I spoke at URTEC the big multi-society unconventional resources conference in San Antonio. Jan and I enjoyed returning to San Antonio and I learned a lot about what operators are doing in the lower price environments. Summary: we are NOT running out of ideas!

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Here I am with the current SEG President.

I had a chance at the end of the San Antonio trip to drive around and see the former missions there. Pictures 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) 6,289 SPE travel to date 175,811 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 = 3 Operas to date = 21

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I did get a chance to do some smoking when I was at home....

San Antonio Pictures

The video is of Johnny Stout feeding some deer. He is a custom knifemaker and old friend. http://www.stoutknives.com/ for some amazing custom knives.

We also had a nice dinner with my college roommate and his wife and went to the Gruene dance hall Friday night. Then took the Austin grandsons to Schlitterbahn (ALL DAY) Saturday. We returned home exhausted at midnight and looking forward to being at the office this next week!

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The rest are at the San Antonio missions. Of course the Alamo is the most famous. Can you name the others?
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This is a part of an old aqueduct serving the missions

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In Santa Fe we saw three operas at the great opera house and saw (and bought) some nice art.

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At Bandolier National Mounument

Posted by fracmeister 08:00 Archived in Colombia Comments (0)

News from the road.SPE Board meeting in Cartagena, Colombia

Not official yet but the travel begins in earnest


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It is a real honor to be selected to serve as a President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. I joined the SPE in 1975 as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma where I earned my M.Sc. in petroleum engineering and started attending my first SPE meetings. I had the good fortune to meet and get to know may of the SPE Presidents and eventually one of them---M. Scott Kraemer---mentored me at Union Pacific Resources. His recommendation allowed me to become a Director of the Society and eventually go back to grad school and earn my Ph.D.

The process of becoming SPE President is well documented but to recap it starts with an open nomination process--then a committee narrows the nominees list to five candidates. These candidates are given a series of questions and provide answers via a video. The nominating committee makes a recommendation to the SPE Board who then ratify the nomination. The name of the Board nominee is published in JPT and an opportunity for other nominations is made available. If the required petitions are not received, the Board nominee is considered elected. This nominee becomes President-elect of the Society at the end of the ATCE and joins the Board for a period of three years. A year later the President-elect becomes President for a year followed by a one-year term as Past-President. The time commitment for the 1st and 3rd year is estimated to be 50-75% with a nearly 100% commitment during the Presidential year. I am really grateful to my employer, Baker Hughes International for their support during this Commitment.

In this blog I will track my travels and make a few observations from the road. The first semi-official trip was to the SPE Board meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. The SPE President gets to select the locations for two Board meetings and the previous one was held in Myanmar. The third meeting is held in conjunction with the ATCE. Although I was not officially on the Board as a voting member I was able to participate in all but the closed sessions of the meeting.


Colombia is a wonderful country and Cartagena is fantastic.

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IAH-PTY
PTY-CTG
CTG-BOG
BOG-IAH
4,093 miles
First SPE related trip, so 4,093 miles to date. 4 flights.

Posted by fracmeister 04:09 Archived in Colombia Comments (0)

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