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Quality is a measurement of excellence that is often difficult to quantify. Providers of quality products and services command premium prices. Brand names we associate with quality inspire positive thoughts. They are names we trust to deliver what we expect of them—safely, reliably, and with flawless performance. Quality is a perceptual, conditional, and somewhat subjective […]

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There are many definitions of sustainability, but the 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission’s remains a standard. “Meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED 1987) Some think oil and gas have little role in a sustainable future; global realities suggest otherwise. How is it that […]

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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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  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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Engineering professionalism and ethics   A great deal has been written about professionalism and engineering ethics. This material along with expanded examples and detailed discussions of engineers as expert witnesses appears in the book Advanced Reservoir Engineering and Management[1]. This blog entry summarizes some of the specific requirements for petroleum engineers. Baker Hughes is committed […]

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At the beginning of this section we discussed the relative components of the various schemes including ownership, the manner in which entitlement to hydrocarbons is given or calculated, the manner in which payment is made, and operational freedom. No one single parameter defines a contract style.  There is a tendency to observe that tax/royalty contracts […]

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I am on the SPE Committee for a 2-day workshop readers may wish to try and attend. It is focused on the liquids rich unconventional plays and will be held April 11–12, 2011 in that hotbed of oilfield technology, Palos Verdes, California. The SPE-sponsored workshop will be held at the Terranea resort hotel and details can […]

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I joined the World Oil Advisory Board in 1996 while working for a large independent oil company. Each December World Oil (and my subsequent employers) have allowed me wide latitude to opine on technical, commercial and related issues that I think will be important to the industry. For this blog entry I have included this […]

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