Pillars of Industry

Information on Member Technical Interests Guides SPE Programs

Should SPE start a new journal on HSE?

What would be a good topic for a workshop in Mumbai?

Which members might be interested in serving on a program committee for a reservoir simulation conference?

These are important questions in determining the direction of SPE programs. The answers would be easily arrived at if SPE knew how many members are primarily interested in HSE, what topics are of primary interest to members in Mumbai, or which members are highly interested in reservoir simulation. Unfortunately, in many cases, SPE doesn’t know the answers to those questions because the data SPE has captured on the technical interests of SPE members are incomplete. About 18% of SPE members haven’t provided any information on their technical interests. These members tend to be younger. About 35% are under 29, and 60% are under 40, in a Society with an average age of 48.

To help SPE deliver the right programs to the right places in the world, SPE young professionals are asked to provide the Society with information on what technical topics are of most interest to them. Selecting disciplines can be done online, and a member can go back to change these selections at any time as his/her career advances. 

To select a primary discipline, a member can go to, login with his/her SPE member login and password, and click on the box next to the one or two disciplines he/she considers to be his/her current main job focus from among the six major disciplines encompassed by SPE:

  • Drilling and Completions.
  • Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility.
  • Management and Information Technology.
  • Production and Operations.
  • Projects, Facilities, and Construction.
  • Reservoir Description and Dynamics.

Many members work in several of the six areas, but most can pick one or two that represent their primary focus.

While online, members also can select subdisciplines from a list of 62 technical topics to further refine their interests.  Doing so will help SPE evaluate and direct current programs and consider what new programs may be needed by SPE members.

Disciplines also can be viewed and selected when members pay their dues online. And members who do not have Internet access may contact any of the SPE offices by phone or fax to provide this information.


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