Petroleum Engineering Alumni Newsletter - June 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

On May 7th we held a special dinner honoring our graduating students at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.  We honored about thirty B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students at this event.  Instead of having a guest speaker, we introduced each student with some background information.  Unfortunately, engineers tend to be unimaginative and I did not get any interesting information on many of them although I prodded everyone to come up with something.  It was a joyful evening and we had good participation from students and family members.  If you are interested in seeing the pictures of that evening, please visit the Photos page on the TU SPE Student Chapter website.  Four of our graduates are still looking jobs.  I should not complain since other schools are reporting percentages of unemployed graduates closer to 50%.  If you know of anyone who is hiring, please let me know and I will send you the resumes of those four students.   

I am sure that all of you are captivated by the BP spill.  We are all paying attention to it and are saddened by it.  Clearly, it will have an impact on the oil industry’s future.  I am reading everything I can find on this topic and am particularly fascinated by information on the official site of the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.   The website contains estimates of the well’s flow rate.  The current estimate is between 35,000 - 60,000 barrels/day.  Look more closely and see how the rate is measured, you will find that all committee members (except one) on the Flow Technical Group are non-petroleum engineers.  The way these rates are determined are either based on velocimetry analysis (monitoring the videos for frame by frame analysis) or mass balance analysis (observing the oil sheen and predicting the rates based on what is observed at the surface).  I am not an expert on any of these techniques and do not know how accurate such measurements can be but the lack of petroleum engineers on many of the panels is very interesting to me.   

Alumnus of the Month

Pam (Brooks) Logan graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  She joined Amoco Production Company in Denver.  Her first assignment was as a production engineer for the 100+ year old Salt Creek Field, Powder River Basin, Wyoming.  After several other assignments in production operations and reservoir engineering working both oil and gas fields, in 1997 Pam jumped at the opportunity to participate in Amoco’s year-long Petrophysics School back in Tulsa at the Amoco Research Center.  The year was invested in the integration of core, log, production, and simulation data and resulted in significant reserves additions and the publication of “Using Petrophysics to Improve Recovery:  Whitney Canyon-Carter Creek Field, Wyoming” in Society of Petroleum Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) technical journal, “The Log Analyst”.  Subsequently she returned to the business unit in Denver but left Amoco in 1999.  After working for two small independent oil and gas operators on assets in California and Colorado she joined The Williams Companies in 2001 as an acquisitions engineer.  2005 brought another opportunity with MAP Royalty to prepare acquisition evaluations for this $1B natural gas royalty acquisition company.  In 2008 Pam returned to the operations side with The Williams Companies where she is currently a Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer evaluating new plays and basins as part of an integrated team in the Exploration Group.  For more on Pam, please visit our June 2010 Alumnus of the Month feature online.  

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