Past Events Archive: 2017

Past Events Archive: 2017

by david
January 2017

SPE Aberdeen/EI event: Personal Resilience – Surviving Challenging Times 17th January 2017

SPE Aberdeen Section and the Energy Institute Aberdeen Highlands & Islands section are pleased to be running a new series of personal wellbeing seminars in conjunction with the BMI Albyn Hospital Aberdeen. The first of these – “Personal Resilience – surviving challenging times”.

SPE Aberdeen Evening Dinner Meeting: Greater Britannia Area Asset Management: Markel Hubinette, ConocoPhillips.

During the last 9 Years at ConocoPhillips Markel has worked as a Well Integrity Engineer and spent 4 years offshore at Ekofisk as Operations Engineer and Operations supervisor before returning to shore to assume the Team Lead role for the Production Delivery group in Norway. In 2014 he was sent to Aberdeen as the J-Area Development Manager and has been in his current role; Greater Britannia Area Asset Manager since 2015.

February 2017

YP Unplugged 360 Series Presents: Psychology of Great Presentations by Dr. Bill Robb

Dr. Bill Robb has been serving the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, in the UK and internationally since 1995. He has given numerous sessions for the YPs and in July 2010, he received an award from the Aberdeen Branch of the SPE for his outstanding contribution to health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

Does Heavy Oil Recovery Need Steam? SPE Distinguished Lecturer Johan van Dorp – Shell

Johan van Dorp holds an MSc in Experimental Physics from Utrecht University and joined Shell in 1981. He has served on several international assignments, mainly in petroleum and reservoir engineering roles. He recently led the extra heavy-oil research team at the Shell Technology Centre in Calgary, focusing on improved in-situ heavy-oil recovery technologies.

March 2017

Simplified Series: The Journey to Sustainability – UKCS. Presented by Brenda Wyllie, OGA

This talk is a sequel to the January Simplified Series presentation on the Future Competiveness of the UKCS, which addressed a number of key points including, the supply and demand curve & key factors; unit costs; factors affecting our competitiveness, and what we can do as an industry to remain competitive. Brenda Wyllie will bring in fresh insight from the perspective of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), on the considerable work being undertaken to transform the UKCS into a more competitive basin.

NASA in Aberdeen – ‘The Truth Behind Gravity’ Public Lecture

Come along to The Truth Behind Gravity at Robert Gordon’s College, to hear from NASA Astronaut, Rick Hieb, and NASA Scientist, Dr. Sue Lederer, who will give their experience and knowledge of zero gravity and how it affects us.

ICoTA Lunch & Learn: World Record E-Line Mechanical Cutter: Seven Cuts in a Single Run. Welltec.

Offshore Germany, an Operator, had accidentally cemented in 500m of 5in drillpipe. This was required to be cut and fished out in 20m stands. Welltec’s Well Cutter was run on e-line. 24 cuts were performed over 5 runs including a record 7 cuts in a single run. The Lunch and Learns provide a forum for sharing case […]

Dry Hole Analysis: What I Have Learnt About the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry from My Failures. SPE Distinguished Lecturer Steve Mackie, Geosim Consulting Pty Ltd .

Finding and producing oil and gas are the major objectives of any upstream oil and gas company. Both, however, can be highly elusive. Dry hole analysis is an exploration methodology to determine what can be learnt from drilling failures. Using a series of case studies from my own career I look at what we can learn from “failures” – not just those that occur during exploration, appraisal and development but also those that relate to the business as a whole.

April 2017

YP Simplified Series – Reservoir Engineering: from Seismic to Surface by Mike Smith.

Reservoir Simulation plays a key part in field development planning, and for an industry that is moving towards more complex projects, a simulation tool which uses the latest hardware and software technology is required. The purpose of this evening’s presentation is to offer a brief introduction to reservoir simulation and to discuss the key challenges faced during field development planning.

Joint Institution Social Event – Curling

Together the IChemE, IMechE, SPE, EI, IMarEST and ICE are arranging a Curling social event to bring together young members in Aberdeen. Join us at Curl Aberdeen for an evening of fun on the ice. No experience required at all. Attendees will receive a coaching session and the evening will conclude with some friendly competition. […]

YP Unplugged 360 Series Presents: Enhancing Your Employability by Campbell Urquhart

In what remains a difficult and challenging local employment market, candidates need to do everything they can in order to stand out from the competition and succeed in getting an interview, let alone a job offer. This session will provide some practical tips and guidance on how to improve your own employability.

ICoTA Lunch & Learn: Abandonment Flow Assurance. David Devine, Halliburton.

The Lunch and Learns provide a forum for sharing case histories, field experience and new technologies. Don’t miss this excellent networking opportunity. Members £30.00 plus VAT Non Members £40.00 plus VAT To book your place or for more information, click here   To join ICoTA, visit

Operational Geochemistry at Work: Integrate or Perish! SPE Distinguished Lecturer Daniel McKinney, Sarawak Shell.

Fluid properties have a profound impact on the exploration and production business; everything from acreage positioning, subsurface evaluation, reservoir performance, top sides design, flow assurance, metallurgy, etc. relies heavily on fluid properties.

Please check back for events in 2017.