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Improving People’s Lives Hope is not a strategy….but without hope there is no strategy(1). A great benefit of being SPE President is the chance to interact with students and young professionals around the world. Many are anxious about the future, but not panicked. I have been asked if this is the worst time ever in […]

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The first brief flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 did not immediately make the Wright brothers famous; however, within 5 years, enthusiasm for the new technology began to spread around the world. Louis Blériot won a prize for flying over the English Channel in a heavier-than-air craft in 1909, and Charles Lindbergh won the USD […]

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Originally published as http://spe.org/jpt/article/10176-presidents-column-36/ As 2016 SPE President I often speak of Baker Hughes’ purpose. In this post I would like to talk about the mission of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)? Why do we collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge? There are plenty of reasons why such activities are valuable. Our mission statement […]

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2016 SPE President’s Column published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology Each SPE president chooses a tagline for his or her monthly column, often referencing an  underlying theme. Improving people’s lives is what we do as petroleum engineers, so it is an important theme for us. Oil and natural gas production raises the standard of living […]

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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled “Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development” covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available in the next few months at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ As reservoir engineers, we can analyze most conventional oil and […]

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“You don’t get your social license by going to a government ministry and making an application or simply paying a fee… It requires far more than money to truly become part of the communities in which you operate.” – Pierre Lassonde, President of Newmont Mining Corporation. Introduction The shale revolution in North America has completely […]

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  Ethical dilemmas associated with Data and Image Manipulation “Manipulation—that term sounds so negative…” Image Manipulation Long before the days of Photoshop® or even personal computers(1), I had my first experience with image manipulation and ethics. A friend of mine and I spent a summer together at an honors program for high school students. My […]

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Impact of energy on improving people’s lives— and the world’s most significant health risk. My personal experience is that the availability of safe, clean energy is one of the most important things that contribute to improving the quality of life. Food, water, shelter are all essential; however, access to energy makes it possible for people […]

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Risks and opportunities associated with shale plays as unconventional projects go global. (Part 5/5) Some of this material was prepared for presentation at the ADIPEC 2013 Technical Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10-13 November 2013 in a presentation titled “A Consistent Approach to Source Rock Resource Evaluation and Optimization.” This is the fifth and final in […]

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Risks and opportunities associated with shale plays as unconventional projects go global. (Part 4) Some of this material was prepared for presentation at the ADIPEC 2013 Technical Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10-13 November 2013 in a presentation titled “A Consistent Approach to Source Rock Resource Evaluation and Optimization.” This is the fourth in a series […]

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