ATCE 2015: Houston

Registration totals exceeded expectations as 13,500 global exploration and production professionals gathered at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) flagship event the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston over three days 28-30 September. This year’s event, despite the challenges currently being seen in the industry, was the second-largest ATCE on record.

OU brought a delegation of 130 students along with seven faculty and four staff. ATCE offered unique opportunities for people at all career levels – including young professionals and students – to meet industry experts, network with peers, and access new technologies. More than 400 technical presentations provided break-through and improved efficiencies for best practices for the oil and gas industry, and 500 exhibits offered promising new and enhanced products and services. MPGE students and faculty presented the following:

The First Master in Geothermal Engineering Offered by a Petroleum Engineering School: Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities
G. Falcone, C. Pawellek, Clausthal University of Technology; C. Teodoriu, University of Oklahoma

Design, Construction and Operation of an Automated Drilling Rig for the DSATS University Competition
V.A. Bavadiya, M.J. Aljubran, J.M. Kibe, S.M. Christy, H.N. Le, R. Ahmed, University of Oklahoma; F. Florence, Rig Operations, LLC

Study of Kerogen Maturity using Fourier Transmission Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
S.T. Dang, C.H. Sondergeld, C.S. Rai, The University of Oklahoma

A New Method to Detect Blockage in Gas Pipelines
K. Ling, University of North Dakota; X. Wu, The University of Oklahoma; Z. Shen, Weatherford

Case Studies Validate the Effectiveness of Aluminum-based HPWBM in Stabilizing Micro-fractured Shale Formations: Field Experience in the Peruvian Amazon
V.H. Soriano Arambulo, J.N. Pérez Colque, Pluspetrol Peru Corporation S.A; E.D. Ascencios, Pluspetrol Norte S.A; R.M. Ahmed, The University of Oklahoma

Concurrent with the conference, PetroBowl 2015 took place. OU’s team has always been strong in this competition, winning three championship titles and placing second last year. This year’s team consisted of veterans Jordan Stone, Son Dang, Daniel Rennix and newcomers Thom Anderson and David Fukuyama. They were well prepared and able to easily answer the questions thrown at them. In the end, though, the championship went to the first ever international team to win, National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Following Petrobowl, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy presented its new dean, J. Mike Stice, to the over 350 alumni and friends who attended the annual OU Alumni Reception.

MPGE alumnus Nathan Meehan concluded ATCE 2015 by beginning his term as SPE 2016 president and sharing his vision, “We are on a mission to educate and provide safe, affordable energy to improve people’s lives.” Meehan said his priorities for the year ahead will focus on stressing public benefit; mentoring the next generation; sustainability; as well as health, safety, and environmental issues.

ATCE 2016 will be held in Dubai September 26-28 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

IMG_6271 Attendees & Awardees President's luncheon Participants here Student PetroBowl 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan Student PetroBowl

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