Losing the Job: An Inflection Point in My Work/Life Balance
The author delves into how he was fired from a job that he had let consume him—and how that blessing in disguise helped him realize that we aren’t defined by our careers, but instead, that they are simply part of who we are.
The Future of Oil and Gas Needs New Perspectives on Technology
Former BP CEO John Browne's new book creates links between the engineering principles that brought society where it is today with the principles needed to solve society’s most pressing problems—from climate change to privacy and data security.
The Effect of Shale’s Rise on Geopolitics
Cross-energy analyst and cofounder of Energy Aspects Richard Mallinson discusses how global policy and geopolitics have continued to evolve with the prolific US shale production.
The Role of Social Media During the Industry Transformation
The burgeoning population of millennials in oil and gas and diversified, global workforce means more engagement with social media will be necessary.
Drilling Optimization: Using Downhole Data Analysis, Drilling Software To Augment Bit Performance
Downhole drilling dynamics tools and software can assist in understanding the downhole environment, providing a meaningful avenue for drilling optimization.
Drilling Optimization: The Essential Role of Drill Bit Selection
With rig rates running upwards of a million dollars a day for some operations, shaving even a few minutes off the drilling time can result in tens of thousands of dollars in savings. One of the fundamental ways a drilling engineer can achieve this is through selection of a proper drill bit.
Reaching a Turning Point—Underbalanced Coiled Tubing Drilling Seeing Wider Implementation in Changing Oil Field
Underbalanced coiled tubing drilling has continually advanced since the first trials in the 1990s but remains a relatively niche drilling technology. With UBCTD projects set to start in many countries next year, this technology may be seeing a turning point.
#OperationLateralMobility—Members-in-Transition Success Stories for Recent Graduates
The SPE Gulf Coast Section Members-in-Transition initiative highlights success stories of recent graduates finding jobs in a low price environment. Members share their experience and advice to fellow young professionals.
Pipeline Innovations Improve Operating Efficiencies
From trenchless construction for environmentally sensitive areas to heated pipelines which reduce associated upstream and downstream facilities, innovation in pipeline technology is improving operating efficiencies.
TWA Forum Series: New Ideas Applied to New Places. Part II: Deep Offshore Field Development
In Part II of this series, Antonio Pinto, senior advisor, and Celso Branco, reservoir engineer, of Petrobras discuss advances in deep offshore drilling related to the enormous Santos pre-salt basin fields of Brazil.
TWA Forum Series: New Ideas Applied to New Places. Part I: Drilling Automation
TWA’s Forum section editors interview technical experts from two areas of technology: drilling automation and deep offshore development. In Part I of the series, Robello Samuel, chief technical advisor in the drilling division at Halliburton, speaks on automated and remote drilling.
Current Outlook for Oil and Gas Megaprojects: A Discussion
TWA Forum Section Editors interviewed experts from a diverse set of project types and discussed the development of the projects in the current economic context.
Perspectives on Career Transitions: Life Stories From Six E&P Industry Professionals
Six young professionals share the stories of the career transitions they have faced, the challenges involved, and the soft skills they used to succeed in them.
The Price Is Right: What Makes an M&A Deal Go Round, and What You Can Do When Companies Combine
The TWA Forum editors discuss with experts about what is driving the market, and how to prepare yourself if you are employed on either side of a M&A transaction.
The Sky is Falling—Again
Euan Mearns of Energy Matters blog, Jared Wynveen of McDaniel & Associates Consultants, and James Fann of Cenovus Energy share their perspectives on the oil price downturn.
Navigating the Oil and Gas Industry: Soft Skills Needed Along the Way
Technical skills aren't sufficient for success. Professionals also need to acquire the soft skills that will facilitate their growth within the industry.
Excelling in Your First 10 Years: Ten Life Lessons
Ten life lessons to help you excel—now and for the rest of your career.
Job Satisfaction and Security in the Oil and Gas Industry: Through the Eyes of Professionals
Results of TWA survey on job satisfaction and job security in oil and gas.
Entrepreneurship in YPs: What Does It Take?
Two YPs discuss how they became entrepreneurs, their success, and the biggest challenges they faced in starting their own business.
Mature Oil Fields: Preventing Decline
A discussion of mature oil fields focusing on preventing decline.
Oil: What the Public Doesn’t See Every Day
The public views the oil industry negatively without being aware of or understanding how many things in their daily lives come from oil.
Deepwater Development: What Past Performance Says About the Future
Technology has allowed industry to develop in ever deeper water to successfully add to energy supplies, despite the high capital requirements.
Interviews with Award-Winning YPs
Three young professionals recently recognized with SPE awards provide perspectives on SPE membership, YP activities, and how SPE has helped their career.
Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources
Unconventional oil and gas resources offer new challenges for the industry and great opportunities for young professionals.
Industry Leaders Give Views on Unconventional Resources
To give some perspective on the development of unconventional resources (UCRs), several industry leaders shared some of their thoughts on the rapidly expanding field.
Gas is the New Oil: What does it mean for young professionals?
Most young professionals surveyed work on oil-related projects. What are the differences for gas development and what opportunities exist?
Youth, Depth, and Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry
Is there a correlation between innovation/creativity and age? How young professionals can stimulate innovation.
Social Networking and Online Collaboration in the Oil and Gas Industry
In this article, the authors explore whether the E&P industry has taken full advantage of the Web 2.0 revolution or if there is still a significant opportunity to exploit social networking potential.
SPE’s Energy4me Program Makes It Easy to Get Involved
SPE's Energy4me program has developed materials designed not only to connect with students, but to make it easy for members to make presentations to schools and other groups.
Public Energy Education
Results of a survey on energy education's importance, opportunities, and audience.
Technical vs. Managerial Careers: What Experienced Professionals Say
In prior surveys, young professionals expressed a preference for managerial careers. So we surveyed experienced professional to get their feedback on the differences and making the right choice.
Oil Price Assessment: Survey Results
Results of a survey of young processions about the driving forces behind oil prices, how to adapt to uncertain prices, and the outlook for oil.
Expert Interview: Marc de Saint-Gerand
Marc de Saint-Gerand discusses oil price volatility and what actions could help stabilize the price.
Women in the Industry
Two young professional women discuss their roles and responsibilities in the energy industry.
Van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering Awarded to Two
SPE Foundation receives a bequest from Professor Nico Van Wingen.
Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Views From Industry Young Professionals
Results of a survey of young professionals on oil and gas industry sustainability and social responsibility.
YP PerSPEctive on Competency Management
Two young professionals of different nationality and primary work location, Miriam Andres and Dmitry Chernyshov, answer the same questions posed in the Forum survey.
Energy Professionals—Competencies for the Future
Find out what TWA readers said in a survey on the competencies that energy professionals will need for the future.
Forum: Old School vs. New School: Back to Basics!
Young professionals offer views on their preparation and orientation compared to more experienced workers.
Young Professionals PerSPEctives
Two young professionals talk about their career experiences in response to questions asked in this issue's Forum.
Energy for the Future
Young professionals discuss the future energy mix and the role of renewables.
Young Professionals PerSPEctives
Three young professionals respond to the questions posed in this issue's Forum survey.
The Dragon and the Tiger
India and China offer significant opportunities and threats to the oil and gas industry and the world economy. Young professionals offer their opinions on these opportunities and threats.
Young Professionals PerSPEctives
Two young professionals share their thoughts/experiences related to this issue's Forum questions.
Mentoring Today for Tomorrow
Mentoring represents the most powerful means to address the pending "crew change" and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from seasoned seniors to the young. Young professionals speak out on the subject.
A Risky Business
Young professionals examine questions surrounding two risk-related topics—risk perception and the value of risk analysis.
Changing Career Directions
Young professionals talk about their loyalty to the E&P industry, their motivation, and the importance of cross-disciplinary moves.
Young professionals are polled on their, and their company’s, perceptions and attitudes toward ethics.
Career Management in the Oil and Gas Business
Young professionals comment on their careers in the energy business and perceptions of corporate culture regarding career management.
The Job Market in the Oil and Gas Business
Young professionals discuss how they feel about their current jobs and their prospects for career advancement.
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12 March 2020