On the 17th of December 2014, The Society of Petroleum Engineers-Saudi Arabia Section held its third dinner meeting of the 2014-2015 term. Dr. Maha AlMuneef presented the topic “Violence Against Children: From Silence To Legislation” where she discussed how child abuse is becoming a major health concern, and pointed out that the official reports of child abuse that we see are just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Maha AlMuneef is the founder and the Executive Director of the National Family Safety Program in Saudi Arabia. She currently works as a consultant in King Abdulaziz Medical City at the Ministry of National Guard, and as an Associate Professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. Dr. AlMuneed graduated from Yale University and is certified by the American Board in Pediatrics Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology.
On the 10th of December 2014, SPE-KFUPM members volunteer in the Annual Orientation Day. The Orientation Day is where new students are introduced to all the majors that the university offers as well as the possible future career aspects of these disciplines. Our task involved informing students about Petroleum Engineering (PETE), the background that the discipline requires, and kind of work environment fresh graduates can expect to work in. Basic PETE aspects were also discussed, for example, the difference between a drilling engineer, reservoir engineer, production engineer and chemical engineer. Members worked in shifts starting from 8:00 AM up till 5:00 PM.
On the 26th of November, students attended the 6th Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition (SAOGE 2014), which was held at the Dhahran International Exhibitions Center. The SAOGE 2014 Student Program provides selected students with the opportunity to meet with key industry representatives, from both the region as well as international oil and gas companies. Participation in the Program provides students with great opportunities to network and establish contacts for their future, by visiting the Exhibition and taking advantage of the possibilities that this offers. After the event the students enjoy lunch which was a courtesy of SPE-KFUPM.
On the 20th of November 2014, Salem Akarri (Head of Scientific Contests Committee), Sami Alhameedi (President), and Abdulrahman Arafa (Vice President), helped to organize the 2nd Stage of the PETE Contest. In the 2nd stage the students faced questions that are much more challenging than those of the 1st stage. The questions cover all areas of petroleum engineering, including rock properties, fluid properties, well completion, well logging, etc. Contestants were required to solve 24 questions within 35 minutes. The first to submit the exam earned extra points. The teams enjoyed lunch, whilst waiting for the results to be announced. At the end 3 teams prevail. At 3rd place is ‘PetroEngs’ (1,500SR), 2nd is ‘FALCONS’ (2,100SR), and finally at 1st place is ‘Royals’ who win a total prize money of 3,000SR.
On the 19th of November 2014, SPE-SAS holds a dinner meeting in Le Meridian, Al-Khobar. This time more than 300 professionals and students show up. The highest numbers we have ever seen, so much so, that the hotel had to reserve a second room for the guests that showed up later. The talk kicks off at around 6:30PM. The title of the talk is “$40 Billion Learning Curve: Leveraging Lessons Learned in Unconventional Plays”. We begin with Mr. Fahad Al-Mutairy introducing our speaker, Dr. Christopher N. Fredd. Dr. Fredd has 17 years of experience with Schlumberger in a wide range of reservoir environments including carbonates, tight sandstones, shales and coalbed methane. Furthermore, he holds 18 patents and almost 30 publications in the areas of matrix acidizing, fracture acidizing, hydraulic fracture conductivity, and unconventional reservoir stimulation. Dr. Fredd earned his BS degree from Clarkson University and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, all in Chemical Engineering. During the talk Dr. Fredd states that “To maximize the value of investment we need: Technology, Integration, and Efficiency”, he then goes on to say “Horizontal drilling and multistage fracturing brought well count and cost efficiency over time”. The audience ask questions after the talk in the Q&A session. Dr. Fredd clarifies that “$40 Billion is the combined value of the learning curve in the Barnett and Eagle Ford Shale”. After the Q&A session gifts are distributed, photos are taken, and dinner is served!
The title of the talk is “Safaniya the Largest Offshore Oil Field”. Mr. Abdulaziz begins the talk with a general background on Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves, reminding the students that KSA’s first oil well was drilled in 1938. He then goes on to talk about how a geophysicist named Dick Kerr discovered the Safaniya Oil Field just one year later. Mr. Abdulaziz then speaks about the characteristics of Safaniya in detail. Details include, the field’s dimensions, drive mechanism, and operating areas. In the middle of the talk, at around 12:23PM, students and faculty members begin asking questions regarding the topic. Moving on, our speaker briefly outlines the differences between drilling engineering, production engineering and reservoir engineering. He then emphasizes on the responsibilities and challenges of being a reservoir engineer. The final subject of the talk was related to Intelligent Real-Time Systems that are being used nowadays in areas related to Reservoir Management. Whereas in olden days getting reservoir data would have required around a week, now it can be done in a matter of minutes. The Lunch and Learn event concluded at around 12:40PM.
On the 11th of November, Salem Akarri, Head of Scientific Contests Committee, and his crew organized the first stage of PETE Club Contest. The contest involved the members answering a 20 MCQ examination. 9 teams showed up, each team consisting of 3 members, making a total of 27 participants. Only 6 teams will be allowed to proceed to the second stage of the contest. Furthermore, members enjoy refreshments as usual and discuss the events to follow.