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Chairman's Message - March 2017

Chairman's Message - March 2017

March 2017

Ian Phillips Dear SPE Aberdeen members, colleagues and friends, Our Continuing Education committee has finalised its calendar of events for the year ahead and the result is an exciting programme of events including new topics alongside some of our well established and popular events. Our first event is DEVEX, now in it’s 14th year; this year the theme is: Building Resilience – Driving Growth. This is organised jointly with PESGB and AFES with support from the OGA. With the continuing financial support of the conference partners, 350 free delegate places were made available - a great achievement. Unsurprisingly these places went very quickly and there are now a limited number of ‘at cost’ places available. The final conference programme will be announced very soon. This is followed by the first new event of the year, Seismic 2017: Seismic through the asset life cycle. This is the first seminar of its kind to be held in Aberdeen and will explore the entire spectrum of seismic. Judging by the number of abstracts received this will be a very popular event. Another new event for SPE Aberdeen is Topsides UK 2017: Shared learnings, multiplied savings – balancing efficiency, integrity and investment. This event aims to explore key areas affecting every aspect of Topside operations. Due to its popularity and relevance our Well Abandonment seminar is now held annually and the 7th in this series is being held in June: Gather Data, Plan Better and Cost Effective Execution. The exhibition space at this event has already sold out and a waiting list is now in operation. Our members identified a need to share knowledge on the issue of rig reactivation or alternative solution experiences and as a result the SPE Aberdeen 1st Rig Reactivation and Alternatives seminar is being held back-to-back with the Well Abandonment seminar. Our Inwell Flow Surveillance and Control seminar continues to go from strength to strength with the third in this series being held in October: Delivering Surveillance Solutions & Driving Well Performance through Flow Control. Abstracts are currently being sought. The final event of the year will be the annual SPE ICoTA Well Intervention conference in November– Unlocking our potential – innovation and collaboration to maximise recovery. This collaborative event has been running for an impressive 23 years and continues to be the largest and longest established conference of its kind in Europe; abstracts are also being sought. Details of these all these events, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities can be found on the section website If there is a specific topic you would like to see featured at one of our events please get in touch with Steve Cromar, the chair of our Continuing Education committee at I look forward to seeing you at our events.

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