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October 2011 Newsletter - petroleum engineering colorado school ...

FACULTY LETTERSBATTALORA CONT.On a personal note, I continue to take ballet classes andpointe classes weekly. Swimming, hiking, and soon crosscountryskiing fill in the gaps in my fitness schedule. MyPhD program in the Civil & Environmental EngineeringDepartment at CSM is underway, under the direction of Dr.John Spear. I am beginning my research this semester.“Rosebud,” my brilliant Boston Terrier, will be three yearsold in December. She continues her education a few days aweek at Animal Lodge, the doggie daycare of Alameda EastVeterinary Clinic, where she has made many new friends.She is litter-box or more accurately, newspaper-box trainedand prefers The New York Times to The Denver Post. Sheis a joy to be around and never fails to make me smile. Asocialite, she loves people and other dogs. She asked meto call on all CSM PE alums with furry friends to send aphoto and bio of their furry friend to her email address:Rosebud122008@gmail.com. She’ll see what she can doabout getting some “alum” four-legged photos in nextyear’s PE Department newsletter!Thanks for yourcontinuing supportof the PetroleumEngineering Departmentand Mines! We lookforward to seeing manyof you at ATCE 2011 inDenver and of course, wealways enjoy seeing youon campus for alumnievents and recruiting!Rosebud with her BuckyballALFRED W. EUSTESControl as well as taking on the leadership of a section ofPEGN 315 field session. The field session is covered later.My trips to Tripoli, Libya, where I was to teach four shortcourses this year were canceled. Actually, the email that“suspended” the course work was one of the most prescient,as well as sad, documents I have read in a very long time.Clearly, many in Libya knew the revolution was coming.Dad and Daughter, Alicia, on Field SessionLast year at this time, I was looking at the largest numberof students in my drilling class ever. I was wrong; it is thisyear’s class that is the largest! We are living in a huge rampup and given the economy and all of the news articles onPetroleum Engineering coming out on how great it is to be aPE. I believe this is the new normal.I continue to teach the drilling courses on and off campus. Iam still teaching PEGN 311 and PEGN 361 and working withthe CSM 101 students. I also continue offering graduatecourses, including a new one last spring on Advanced WellWe ask a lot of you for our students. We have tours, meetings,gifts, service, and donations because of your generosity. Iwant to acknowledge those of you working with the 311/361classes. The Mining Department up at the Edgar Mine reallycomes through for us with tours and with a new experimentwe are trying this year. We have taken that small rig I had ofthe NASA JPL experiments, moved it up to the Mine, and areplanning on letting the students poke holes in the mountainto get firsthand experience in drilling. My plan is to take therig, instrument it, mechanize it, teleoperate it, and finally, toautomate it. This is a multiyear project and anything youwould like to contribute is appreciated.I also want to commend David Hobbs, Tim Anderson, andtheir team at Noble Energy and Tommy Thompson, RandySprouse, John Strahan, and their team at Anadarko forgraciously donating their time and efforts for giving thePEGN 311 class three rig tours each last fall! I also want tothank Dennis Heagney for coming on campus last Decemberto give a “state-of-the-art” talk, as he has done every year,on the “Introduction to Offshore Drilling”. Only this year,5


FACULTY LETTERSEUSTES CONT.the subject matter was clearly on the Macondo accident andwhat that means to the industry and to us individually. Ialso acknowledge the efforts of the Denver Chapter of theAADE. Besides scholarships, they have donated manypieces of equipment such as scanners, video projectors, mudkits, and repairs. And this year, even more.Our fund raising efforts for the upgraded drilling simulatorare ongoing. The Denver SPE chapter has donated $25,000and the Denver AADE Chapter has donated $15,000 withanother $15,000 from National. Wow! In addition, we aresending out requests for more funding not only to get theupgrade but also to maintain what we will have. If you oryour company wishes to contribute, please send your giftsto Colorado School of Mines Foundation, PO Box 4005,Golden, CO 80401-0005 or contact us.In a similar vein, with the support of Dr. Will Fleckensteinand the Tech Fee Committee, we will soon have threeportable well control simulators, identical to those used bywell control schools around the world. This will give thestudents many more opportunities to practice where theonly thing we can hurt are egos.In other news, I have been named the UndergraduateCoordinator for the upcoming ABET accreditation cycle in2012. For us to have a successful outcome (six more years ofaccreditation), we will need to document outcomes. We havebeen doing a good job here on campus. However, it is thealumni that ultimately show our success. We need to surveyour alumni with certain questions to highlight how well (ornot) we prepare you for your careers. You can find the onlinesurvey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H9X3RQC.Thank you in advance for your responses. We will need thiscompleted by December 31st.I do have a great job. This is a fun place to work. Ourfaculty and staff team work well together. The studentsare the best and the alumni are wonderful. My health isimproving with every year. I have a fantastic wife and twowonderful children. We lost our beloved Golden Retrieverlast year to leukemia; but, we now have a six month oldGerman Shepherd that can “woof” in three languages:German, English, and Dog. I will continue to be visited byyou and visiting you, maybe on field session or a conferenceor wherever our paths may cross. Until then, stay safe. Seeyou in Denver at the ATCE!WILL FLECKENSTEIN - BP ADJUNCT PROFESSORGreetings from Golden.This year BP againsupported my positionas an adjunct, and I thankthem for their support.This last year I taughtan interdisciplinarygraduate class focusedon shale reservoirswith Dr. Tom Davisfrom Geophysics andDr. John Curtis fromGeology. There wastremendous interestfrom the students,and industry was veryhelpful for providingspecialized speakersand case histories aboutthis quick changingWill, somewhere in the Middle Easttopic. I also taughtgraduate classes inDrilling and Workover Operations, which were taught in theevening to encourage industry participants to attend.I traveled to the SPE Conference last year in Florence. Italywas full of friendly and interesting people, which was greatsince I do not speak a word of Italian. It was impressive tosee the works of Michelangelo one minute and a paper onhydraulic fracturing the next. It also gave me an appreciationof someone trying to bring large scale hydraulic fracturingoperations to the countryside in Europe, and it really gaveme pause trying to imagine maneuvering frac equipmentand build infrastructure through the European countrysideand on the smaller roads, once you left the main highways. Ialso traveled to consult on a deepwater project in the EasternMediterranean, and helped an offshore operator fight forreasonable regulations in the wake of Macondo.My research efforts yielded a novel technique, which Minesis seeking patent protection for, with a Provisional PatentApplication filed with the Patent Office titled “METHODAND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING A TUBULARANNULUS OF A WELLBORE”. Mines decided the bestway to commercialize this invention was through a startup, and with the help of the Boulder Innovation Center(BIC), FracOptimal LLC was born. BIC is a non-profit thatwas established in Boulder to help incubate startups fromColorado university research, and Mines has entered intoa relationship with them to do the same with our research.6


FACULTY LETTERSFLECKENSTEIN CONT.The participants in the BIC brings the tools needed to movea startup forward, including corporate legal assistance inpreparing the contracts and agreements involved in startingthe company, including the formulation of term sheets, nondisclosureagreements etc. Through many meetings withoperators involved in multi-stage fracturing in horizontalwells, we narrowed the focus of the technology to improvethe current method of diversion in horizontal wells. Currenttechnology can reach about 40 hydraulic frac stages in ahorizontal well, FracOptimal’s technology can double ortriple that number of stages, and improve the efficiency ofthe process while doing that. There are other applicationsfor the patented technology, such as ultra-short horizontalsidetracks, but what appears to hold the biggest interest forpotential investors is the multi-stage fracturing applications.Any parties interested in participating in FracOptimal,please contact Dr. Will Vaughan wvaughan@mines.edu atthe CSM Technology Transfer Office, or myself atwflecken@mines.edu .I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and look forwardto seeing many of you at the CSM Alumni Reception at theSPE ATCE in Denver this fall.TODD HOFFMAN“matches” the greatest good for the greatest number, andyou are contractually obligated to go where you matched.So when the dust settled on my normal interview processand I was offered the faculty position last February, westill had to wait another month to see if Holly “matched”a program in Denver. She did, and now she is working atSt. Anthony North – her first choice. Often it is difficultto make dual careers succeed, but fortunately for us, it isworking out well.Todd and Holly relaxing in HawaiiIt is amazing how sometimes the stars line up just right andyour life changes quickly and significantly. Just over a yearago, I sent an email to Ramona. I was coming to Keystone,CO for an SPE workshop on the Bakken and wanted to knowif I could stop by to talk to her about the possibility of someadjunct teaching opportunities for the fall of 2011. Ramonawas traveling when I came to town (surprise, surprise), sowe didn’t get to meet, but she did let me know that theywere posting a position for a new faculty. Well… long storyshort, here I am. :-)Ok, it wasn’t that easy, but mainly because my wife, Holly,was finishing med school and applying to residencies. Forthose of you lucky enough not to know how residencyapplications work, let me fill you in (it is different thanany application process I know). The first part is normal;you apply to programs and get interviews at some. Afteryou have finished all of your interviews, you rank theprograms from 1 to whatever AND the residencies rankall the applicants from 1 to whatever. Still with me? Nowthe weird part. The rankings from all the applicants and allthe programs are thrown into a big supercomputer, and itNow that I am here, let me give you my quick background.I grew up on a cattle ranch in Idaho and went to collegein Montana. Although I had never seen an oil well beforeor even knew much about the industry, I kind of fell intopetroleum engineering – and loved it. After my BS, Iworked in Houston for Anadarko. The job was great, butHouston and I didn’t fit. By then, I had started to considerbeing a professor, so we decided to head to California whereI did petroleum engineering graduate work at Stanford. Ireceived my MS in 2002 and my PhD in 2005, and I wentback to Montana Tech to teach. After three years, we movedto Seattle where Holly went to med school, and I worked asa consultant – first independently, then for the last year anda half with Golder Associates. Consulting was convenientwhile Holly was going to school, but I was really lookingforward to getting back to the academic world.I am teaching an EOR graduate level class this fall andPetroleum Geostatistics next spring (and I might try tohelp out Senior Design – by far my favorite class to teachwhen I was at M. Tech). I am doing some research onrepresenting complex hydraulic fractures and improvingreservoir modeling and history matching, but currentlythe main focus of my research is on gas injection into shaleoil reservoirs such as the Bakken and Niobrara. Primary7


FACULTY LETTERSKAZEMI CONT.in August, which I am currently enjoying. Finally, the NFLgames are beginning to shape up to satisfy my interest insports through January 2012. I think the NBA season will bedoubtful for this year which will make college basketball theplace to focus!My summer was really a working summer. Seven of my PhDstudents stayed at CSM to work on their theses. Hopefully,we will be able to graduate four or five of these students byyear-end 2011. Another student conducted her research inHouston while flying back and forth to CSM to review herwork.matrix-flow dominated reservoirs with discontinuousfractures, and especially our experimental work. In fall2011, I will teach Reservoir Simulation with an emphasis onDiscontinuous Galerkin finite-element method. This course,as usual, will be both a fluid flow and a numerical simulationcourse. In spring 2012, I will teach Flow in Naturally FracturedReservoirs and Numerical Simulation.I wish everyone the best in health and a productive academicyear.Adding to this were students’ technical papers, theses andother documents. Obviously, it is the age of the internet andwe must work 24/7! Last summer I wrote that according toTony Komaroff of Business Week, Harvard doctors’ secretsfor healthy living was to “ditch the iPhones.” How true, butthis has not worked out for me so far and I continue to add tomy iDevices!As for the upcoming fall semester, I am very excited aboutthe prospect of making significant progress in our researchprograms on low-permeability shale and sand formations,The Black Bear with a White Spot on its Chest in theCabin Backyard, MT, July 2011MARK G. MILLERAnother year brings manystudents to our department- an ongoing headline.CSM has done very wellin various ratings andsurveys, bringing lotsof students to campusand our department inparticular. Last fall broughtapproximately 110 studentsinto the junior classes. Thisfall’s junior enrollmentis over 150. In additionto teaching the juniorsprogramming this semesterMark G. Miller and production next, Iteach a section of graduateproduction, and am also responsible for our department’scomputer labs, computers, printers and servers. It was verysatisfying last spring to receive teaching awards from thestudents. The seniors voted me “Outstanding PetroleumEngineering Faculty”. The Order of Omega also awarded methe “Teacher of the Year” for the petroleum faculty.In addition to school year duties, I was able to help withthe second field session and our SuperSchool. Leadingfield session was a lot of fun, but I am glad Jennifer is back.More about it is in the 316 field session section. Bill Eustescoordinated most of this year’s SuperSchool field trip.However, I would like to thank Ramsey King of Anadarkofor helping organize the production facilities part of the day.Finally, I was saddenedto learn of Bill Mitchell’spassing. Bill always hadan interesting story to tell.Whether talking aboutthe forces on spaghetti,chasing monkeys throughthe Venezuelan rain forest(with a helicopter), or howto make yourself into amillionaire, he enjoyedhelping students learn. Iwill miss Bill’s charismatichandling of classroomduties, seven a.m. lectures,and extra-curricularadventures.Mark showing off his “OutstandingPetroleum Engineering Faculty” award9


FACULTY LETTERSCARRIE McCLELLAND - ADJUNCT PROFESSORSeeking balance while on vacation atLake Powell. Yes, that log is floatingin the water…Greetings to all of you!I am very excited tobe writing this article,and to be a part of thisdepartment. First letme introduce myself. Iam a Mines alumnusfrom the EngineeringDepartment and aProfessional Engineer.After many yearsof constructingpetrochemical plants,working in hydraulicsand hydrology,consulting and raisingbabies, I finally decidedto pursue my love ofengineering and ofteaching. I earned my M.S. in Environmental Engineeringfrom the University of Colorado. I am now finishing myPhD, also at CU. My research is focused on how to makeeffective engineering decisions and long range plans, whileconsidering uncertain future conditions, and accountingfor technological, social, political, legal, and energy relatedissues.I am serving my third year as an adjunct professor for thePE department and am having a blast. I have spent the lasttwo years trying to fill the very big shoes of Karl Nelsonteaching Fluid Mechanics to the department sophomores.I continue to try to make this class a challengingand interesting introduction to fluids and petroleumengineering.This summer, I was lucky enough to get to take a PEGN 315group to Texas and Louisiana. The highlight of the trip wasthe many “Nerdy Moments” that the students in my vanand I enjoyed. We marveled over driving past wellheadsand knowing for the first time what we were seeing. Wemarveled over beautiful bridges and the Superdome.And we were astonished as we drove over 8 miles acrossthe spillway in Louisiana that was relieving the greatMississippi River floods of the summer. Imagine… milesand miles of water that was all at least 10 feet deep!This year I will teach Fluid Mechanics again, as well as,the PE Senior Seminar class. It will be fun to discuss allthe aspects of engineering that they don’t always considerto be important aspects of the profession. These includeprofessionalism, technical writing, making presentations,and considering issues such as ethics and diversity. I amhonored to get the opportunity to work even more with thestudents and more with the Petroleum Department.JENNIFER L. MISKIMINSJennifer in front of VoznesenskyCathedral in Almaty, KazakhstanHello to you all! I hopeyou are having a good2011 so far. I’m writingthis article while sittingin an airport. This is notsurprising since I feel likeI have been in airports andhotels more during thelast twelve months than Ithink I’ve been in my ownhouse. You might recallfrom last year’s newsletterthat I was planning ontaking a sabbatical this pastacademic year, and that’sexactly what I did. Whata wild, enjoyable, busy,intense, and wonderfulexperience!! The majorityof it was spent touring as a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE,giving a presentation entitled “Unconventional Frac Jobs forUnconventional Reservoirs- What Should You Be ConcernedAbout?” I provided over 30 lectures at locations in theUnited States and around the world, during which I had theopportunity to meet a number of new and interesting people.I appreciate all of the alumni that came to the various sectionmeetings and said hello – it was great to see you and haveyour support. I won’t mention where my favorite visits were– that could get me into trouble – but I can say I enjoyed theoverall experience tremendously!In addition to the lecture series, I also had the opportunityto spend some time teaching classes at the Delft Universityof Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands over a periodof several weeks last spring. I thoroughly enjoyed getting tomeet and work with new colleagues at the university andsee how they approach their teaching and research needs. Ialso loved the opportunity to experience living in the Dutch10


OZKAN CONT.Institute. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the students andappreciated very much the hospitality of the PI. Lookingforward to future opportunities, I left Abu Dhabi forIndonesia. I taught a one-week short-course on Tight Gas andShale Gas Reservoir Engineering in Bandung to professionalsfrom a variety of background and companies. It turned outto be a very interactive class which will help my Shale-GasReservoir Engineering class at CSM next spring.In the rest of the summer, I was in Turkey spending time withthe family, working on a couple of projects, and trying tofinish a paper before the extension deadline. I returned homejust the day before school started and I was still working onthe paper. This is the second week of the school; the paper isfinished but not much hope for the rest of my to do list. Atleast, I will have my newsletter article done. I hope to see youin Denver at the SPEATCE.MANIKA PRASAD“The Ones Who Work”In every group, there are some people who do all the workand there are others who understand enough to stay out ofthe way and cause as little damage as possible. Obviously,I belong to the second category; my students belong to thefirst. This year, we feature them in their own words:Patricia Castillo - MSPatricia A. Castillo is an MSc.Petroleum Engineeringstudent at CSM, where shealso serves as a Researchand Teaching Assistant.She received her BS inPatricia Castillo Petroleum Engineeringfrom Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2007. Duringher Bachelor program she developed a software namedDryGasMB using C++ language, for calculating the materialbalance in dry gas reservoirs. This work received theMaximum Score and Honors from UCV and was presentedin the SPE Venezuelan Student Chapter.Her research aims to achieve a better understanding ofthe behavior of relative permeability curves and capillarypressure in low-permeability sandstones and attempts tofind an empiric relationship with additional informationobtained from logs. Additionally, since pore structure exertsa determinant control on the gas flow in low permeabilityformations, imaging analysis and modeling is used togain a better understand the pore geometry. Establishedrelationships would be useful in predicting behavior ofprospective intervals and would provide an importantcriterion to decide the optimum completion placement.12Onur CongerOnur Conger - MSA picture talks more: Onuris studying the effectivestress coefficient and Biot’scoefficient for seismicproperties in shales. Hehas a B.Sc. in Geology fromAnkara University and hails from Ankara, Turkey. He has apassion for soccer –he was training with the Ay Yıldızlılarfor the FIFA World Cup 2014. In a practice match, he wasfouled by Xavi Hernández and now has a torn ACL – at leastthis is the version he gave his CSM team.Piya Dechongkit - MSLast summer was my last semester in CSM. The two yearsI spent here went so fast. I gained wonderful knowledge,experiences and friendships from many of you, and ofcourse they are invaluable!! This confirms that I made a rightdecision to pursue my degree instead of taking an overseaassignment. After school, my life will return to reality,working in Thailand BU. The funny thing is when I was atCSM, I counted the days returning to my home country as Imissed several things from there. But with the time to leavearriving, I think of the past days I lived here because I willmiss several things, especially....all of you.Note: Piya has since left for Thailand and has joined Chevron againLemuel Godinez - MSHello my name is Lemuel Godinez. I am from Mexico andam currently pursuing my MS in Petroleum Engineering. Ienjoy my family, my friends and my Faith. I am a big fan ofSoccer and Baseball and have to have my music to keep meon point.Saul Rivera - MSGreetings,My name is Saul Riveraand I am originally fromMexico. I obtained my BSin Petroleum Engineeringjust this past May andSaul Rivera now am “back for somemore action. I am verydelighted to be joining the graduate studies in this veryprestigious petroleum department. I plan to do my researchin the Monterey Shale Oil, which many speculate to be the“next wave of U.S. exploration and production”, larger inresources than the Bakken and Eagle Ford as reported by theEIA. I am very excited to start on this new topic of studies.


FACULTY LETTERSPRASAD CONT.On a more personal note this summer I have enjoyed thebeautiful scenery that the 14ers in Colorado have to offer. Ihave visited eight of the 54, and I hope to one day completeall of them. I hope everyone had a wonderful year and I lookforward to the start of this new academic year.Utpalendu Kuila - PhDI’m currently a Ph.D.graduate student. I havea MS in Applied Geologyfrom the Indian Instituteof Technology Bombay,Mumbai. At CSM, myUtpalenu Kuilaresearch is focused onthe changes in the physical properties characterization ofshale gas and clays in general. I have worked as a VisitingScholar in CSIRO Perth, Australia, on mechanical and elasticproperties of deforming shales. I have also had internshipswith the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India,ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, and Chevron ETC. I’minterested in working on rock physics and shale gas coreanalysis in general.Milad Saidian - PhDMilad is a new PhD student in our group. He has an M.Sc.degree from the Sharif University of Technology (SUT),Iran and a B.Sc. degree from the Petroleum University ofTechnology (PUT), Iran, both in Petroleum Engineering.While he decides his PhD topic, Milad is working onexperimental investigation of asphaltene precipitation onelastic properties of rock; extracting and characterizingasphaltene particles using SARA, MBMS; measuring rockbulk properties for damaged and undamaged core samples;making 3D images of core samples with Micro-CT andScanning Acoustic Microscope; and measuring the extent ofpermeability damage using core flooding setup.In addition to my internships, I carried out an experimentaland modeling work to determine the impact of fabricheterogeneity on flow and elastic properties in carbonaterocks. I presented this work in recognized internationalforums and also wrote my Masters thesis. At the end of 7thsemester, I am done with all the formalities for the doctoratecandidacy except for finishing my dissertation (All-But-Dissertation, ABD).On the personal front, I have a wife and a daughter and theyboth are very accommodating. My efforts are concentratedon passing out of the school before my daughter plans tostart on it. I am thankful for being a part of this researchgroup where we are adequately challenged.Saeed Zargari - PhDSaeed is a new PhD student in our group. He has an M.Sc.degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering fromWest Virginia University; an M.Sc. degree in ChemicalEngineering from the Sharif University of Technology (SUT),Iran and a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering fromthe Petroleum University of Technology (PUT) in Ahwaz,Iran. Saeed is working on reservoir characterization of theBakken shale for his PhD. His current research involveselastic property measurements of the various componentsof shale formations using atomic force microscopy and othernanoscale techniques and then combining them to make amacroscale model of the physical and seismic propertychanges with maturation.Potentials – MS / PhDWith new students, Kannappan Swaminathan (MS), DeboGao (PhD), and Saleh Goodarzian (PhD), we are in theprocess of checking each other out!Have a wonderful year!Ravi Sharma - PhDI have completed sevensemesters of my PhDprogram in this department.Coming from a geophysicsbackground it was not aneasy journey to undertake.Ravi SharmaThe necessary drive forme to take this challenge came from the very fact thatthis engineering domain holds immense possibilities ofintegration with active seismic exploration by means ofiterative Petro-Elastic Modeling (PEM). To obtain theindustry perspective on this integration, I underwent threeinternships with leading E&P companies and carried outwork that in part supports the idea of PEM to be developedas an exploration tool in the near future.ManikaManika having a little fun at the White Sand Dunes in Arizona13


FACULTY LETTERSTUTUNCU CONT.our inaugural distinguished speakers for the CSM ARMAstudent chapter events, and I would like to thank both ofthem for their support on the campus as well as other UNGIactivities.In my opinion, the PEGN 315 summer field classes offeredfor the undergraduate students, not only add a uniquelearning experience from technical implementationperspective, but also provides the opportunity for nurturingcamaraderie as they spend two weeks side by side withtheir fellow classmates creating bonding that will last therest of their careers. I joined the East Coast team, first evertrip organized in department’s history to the East this year.You might see the direct connection between the boom inMarcellus shale gas operations and our decision to organizea trip there. Everywhere we went industry welcomed usand made this a wonderful experience for us. We enjoyedspending a hot Sunday afternoon at the Drake well whereColonel Edwin Drake struck oil along the banks of Oil Creekin August 1859 and making history by initiating the industrywe are all in with his world’s first commercial oil well. It iscaptivating to walk on the same grounds as Colonel Drakeand see the 152 year old structure standing there and stillproducing. To those who helped us organizing this trip andspend time with us, we are so grateful and appreciate yourcollaboration and contributions to make our visits a success.Among many of the Alumni I had met this year, one had avery special place on my career. I am so fortunate to have met,Harry D. Campbell. Harry graduated from our departmentin 1942 and ever since contributed greatly to enriching Mines’worldwide reputation as a top engineering university withoutstanding teaching and research capabilities. His supportenabled the department to establish an endowed facultyChair position that was named after him. It is a profoundhonor for me to be the first faculty member to hold thisdistinguished position at Mines. I feel very fortunate havingthe opportunity to meet Harry in person on several occasionsbefore he departed us this year. In spite of the short time Iknew, Harry; I enjoyed learning of his adventures and whyhe had such a successful career, with his sharp mind andwonderful vision. I will always cherish my time spent withhim and his family.The friendship and support I have from the entire facultyand staff has been remarkable and I am so fortunate to behere. Hope to see most of you during this year in manyhappy occasions…CRAIG W. VAN KIRKCraig and granddaughter, Ellie, at the ATCE Conference in Florence, ItalyGreetings to you alumni and other friends of CSM. Thisis my annual CSM PE Department Newsletter, with bestwishes for you and yours. My family and I continue to enjoygood health and good fortunes, and I hope you are similarlysatisfied. Each of these annual newsletters contains somenew news, with some natural overlap and repetition fromyear to year; so for this 2011 version to make the most senseyou can refer back to last year’s 2010 newsletter published ayear ago, if you like.As you know, so much of our activities include internationalcomponents, such as students, teaching, training, research,joint projects, partnerships with IOCs and NOCs, andothers. And, many of our international associates are fromthe Middle East and North Africa, the MENA region. Withthe “Arab Springs” starting this new year of 2011 andcontinuing at this time, many of my daily efforts addressthese historically significant events and transitions currentlyunderway. My best wishes for success go out to thesepeoples and their countries, and it is my privilege to helpout as much as I can.Coincidentally starting this past January 2011, my “official”role here at CSM went to 50% as part of the State of Coloradoand CSM’s Transitional Retirement Program, so I amproceeding at that “level”, with plans to do so for many moreyears. Consequently, this past Spring semester I taught onecourse, Introduction to PE for freshpeople, PE 102 with 127students. This coming Fall 2011 I expect to teach the seniorPE 423 Reservoir Engineering course with 125 students, withgreat pleasure. Each semester I plan to teach 1 or 2 courses,including frosh and seniors and graduate students.The rest of my “50%” is composed of serving on gradstudent research committees, service to CSM and for CSM,and “Outreach” activities both on and off campus. In fact,15


FACULTY LETTERSYU-SHU WU - CMG CHAIRYu-Shu with graduating seniors, Victoria Marques and Harrison Godwin atWhitney Dedeluk’s graduation partyMy third year as a PE faculty member at CSM turned out tobe a very good year for me. While maintaining high-levelactivities academically, I enjoyed more and more teachingand life, in general, of Colorado. The highlights of the pastyear for me must have been when I saw so many happy facesof our graduating seniors in December and May as well as Ihad my first Ph.D student graduated at CSM.In the past year, I devoted most of my efforts and time tothe research in the two areas: (1) develop new fundedresearch projects/programs and (2) carry out state-ofthe-artof research in reservoir simulation and in energyresources in general. Our new PE research team, the EnergyModeling Group (EMG), established the year before, hasgrown significantly in its research activities, volume,XIAOLONG YINXiaolong on the steps of an ancient Roman Coliseum in Arles, Provenceand outcomes. EMG now consists of 7 team members ofgraduate students, faculty members, post-doctoral fellows,and visiting scholars. The mission of the EMG is to developand promote reservoir modeling technology and simulationtools in research, teaching, and application in the fields ofsubsurface energy and natural resources, and environmentalscience and engineering.One milestone accomplished by EMG in the past year wascompletion of the development of a CO2-EOR reservoirsimulator, sponsored by PetroChina after a two-year effort.In addition, significant progresses have been made on ourtwo major DOE-funded, multi-year research projects on CO2sequestration and geothermal engineering in the efforts tocouple rock mechanics with multiphase fluid flow and heattransfer in reservoirs.Also, I am very happy to report to you that there is a suddenjump in my scientific productivity, since I joined CSM in 2008.In the past academic year alone, for example, I authored andco-authored 20+ publications with 10 peer-reviewed journalpapers published.In the coming year, I would expect more interactions betweenEMG, PE faculty, students, and our alumni to enhance ourEMG modeling capabilities in energy related fields of thePE department, such as conventional and unconventionalpetroleum reservoir simulation, geothermal systems, andCO2 sequestration. Ultimately, we will develop a CSMreservoir simulation system for our teaching and research.It is amazing how fast another year has passed! What arethe marks that I left in the year of 2010-2011? On my job,both teaching and research activities are going reasonablywell. I enjoyed my time spent in PEGN 310 Reservoir FluidProperties, PEGN 511 Advanced Fluid Properties and PhaseBehavior, and PEGN 315 Field Session trip to Houston thisMay 2011 with Dr. Ozkan. This 2011 fall semester, I amco-teaching PEGN 310 with Dr. Hoffman, and PEGN 414Well Testing with Dr. Ozkan and Dr. Wu. On the researchside, thanks for the hard working students, the projectshave been progressing steadily, and some new excitingtopics and projects are emerging in cryogenic fracturing,porous media flow, and suspensions. Some of my graduatestudents’ work will be presented at the 2011 SPE ATCE andthe 2011 Canadian Unconventional Resource Conference aswell as American Physical Society Meetings. A manuscripton synthetic porous media experimental model will be17


VIEW FROM COURTYARDVIEW FROM CHEYENNE WAYmines.edu • giving.mines.eduMARQUEZ HALLGROUNDBREAKING OCTOBER 8, 2010VIEW FROM COURTYARDMARQUEZ HALL BREAKS GROUND Written by Johnmines.edu •Bristowgiving.mines.eduPosted on October 10, 2010Although the sky was overcast and the wind was blowing,spirits could not have been higher this past Friday for thegroundbreaking of the newest addition on the campus,Marquez Hall. Festivities started off with a performance bythe CSM marching band and chorus, followed by a pleasantacknowledgement to the many people who helped makethis building a reality by President Scoggins. “As you mayknow, 1980 alumnus Tim Marquez and his wife, Bernie,laid the groundwork for this new facility with a generouschallenge grant of $10 million in 2005. Since then, morethan 150 individuals and corporations stepped up to thatchallenge, contributing nearly $27 million and helping Minesfulfill its vision for a new home for petroleum engineering atthe school. Thanks to donor support, Marquez Hall is thefirst academic building on campus completely funded withprivate resources.” President Scoggins then thanked thestudents for their support in helping fund the addition to thebuilding through a portion of their student fees, “Becauseof [the student’s] own investment, we were able to addapproximately 25,000 square feet of much-needed classroomspace through a separate wing addition that will be built onthe southeast side of the Marquez Hall building.”Ramona Graves, department head for petroleumengineering, was next to speak on the advantages of thenew, state of the art facility will bring to students of theschool. “The building will be truly state-of-the-art, and willfurther our position as a global leader with a unique breadthof industry expertise.” With hopeful optimism for the futureof the department, Ramona Graves continued on about thenew features of the building, including “smart classroomsenabling interactive audio-visual technologies, 3-D and4-D visualization labs, adaptable space for classroominstruction and interdisciplinary research, and one of themost sophisticated drilling simulators in the country.”Other speakers at the event included Tim Marquez, whowas proud to dedicate the building to his family and thefuture of petroleum engineers at Mines’ Mike LeBaron,a senior in petroleum engineering who expressed manythanks to the long list of donors who have empowered thepetroleum program; and Harold Korell, recently retiredCEO of Southwestern Energy Company and graduate ofMines. Each of these speakers focused on the future that thisbuilding will bring to the school with the hopeful intent thatit will help the school gain even more recognition in the areaof petroleum engineering.Among the crowd for the event were members of theColorado School of Mines Foundation’s Board of Governors18MARQUEZ HALLVIEW FROM CHEYENNE WAYand members of the school’s Board of Trustees along withGROUNDBREAKING OCTOBER 8, 2010famed architect Peter Bohlin, designer of such buildingsas the New York City Apple Store and Pixar Studiosheadquarters in California, and now Marquez Hall here atMines. To end the reception and start the groundbreaking,President Scoggins displayed his appreciation for all thosein attendance, “You are all a part of the community thatkeeps this institution moving forward.”Major Gift Donors to Marquez HallNameAmountTimothy M. ‘80 and Bernadette Marquez $10,000,000Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. $2,000,000Margaret Jalili (Mahir Jalili estate) $1,387,051Southwestern Energy Company $1,250,000Harold M. ‘68 and Patricia M. Korell $1,250,000Chevron $1,000,000ConocoPhillips $1,000,000Hess Corporation $1,000,000Marathon Oil Corporation $1,000,000Schlumberger $1,000,000Harry D. Campbell ‘42 (Deceased) $700,000John G. Underwood ‘53 (Deceased) $652,940Anadarko Petroleum Corporation $500,000BHP Billiton Petroleum $500,000Devon Energy Corporation $500,000Noble Energy, Inc. $500,000Questar Corporation/QEP Resources, Inc. $400,000Marshall C. III ‘67 and Jane Crouch $253,000Vernon A., Jr. ‘64 and Kaye Isaacs $253,224Bill Barrett Corporation $125,000William W. Fleckenstein ‘86 ‘88 ‘00 $125,000SM Energy Company $125,000Lawrence B. ‘49 and Rose Curtis $105,000Bonanza Creek Energy Company $100,000Pioneer Natural Resources Company $100,000Ward Petroleum Corporation $100,000Whiting Petroleum Corporation $100,000Michael R. ‘83 and Patricia K. ‘83 Starzer $50,000Grace Wanner $50,925Joe S. ‘42 & Mary G. Keating (both deceased) $26,174William J. and Louise K. Barrett $25,698SPE Denver Chapter $25,000If you don’t see your company on the major donor list, there are stillnaming opportunities in Marquez Hall. If your company or youpersonally would like to donate, please contact Kim Senger-Director,Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Colorado School of MinesFoundation at ksenger@mines.edu


CSM President Dr. Scoggins thanking Tim and Bernie Marques andthe many people who helped make the building a realityA performance by the CSM marching band to help celebratePE Professor Azra Tutuncu with Harry D. Campbell(another generous contributor to the building)Tim Marquez was proud to dedicate the building to his family andto future petroleum engineers at MinesRecent progress of Marquez Hall. You can monitor the construction progressvia webcam by visiting http://ccit.mines.edu/webcamDr. Craig Van Kirk with Tim MarquezGroundbreaking with Dr. Scoggins, Dr. Graves, Tim and BernieMarquez and Peter Bohlin (architect)19


FACULTY LETTERSsubmitted soon to Lap on a Chip, a premier journal onmicro- and nanofabrication.In the past summer, I had the pleasure of visiting InstitutUniversitaire des Systèmes Thermiques Industriels inMarseille, France, and worked with my French collaboratoron suspension flow and transport modeling. It was a greattrip. After the work, my wife and I visited a couple ofcities in France and, of course, took many pictures. I trulyenjoyed the rich art and history of France and the sun ofMediterranean. My “Picture of the Year” was taken onthe steps of an ancient Rome coliseum in the city of Arles,Provence. Another picture was taken in the street of Paris,where I accidentally bumped into Mines Paris - les Mines -Mr. Conrad Schlumberger’s alma mater.Xiaolong in front of Mines Paris-Mr. Schlumberger’s alma materAL SAMIAl with students Brittany Smith and Amanda Bell enjoying theATCE Conference in Florence, ItalyWe are increasingly excited, counting minutes and secondsfor the completion of Marquez Hall and moving day. As weare preparing to move into a brand new and one of the firston-campusLEED buildings, space management is beingplanned ahead of the time. The space in Marquez Hall is notunlimited.fractures. acoustic impedance under high confining stressand 3D reservoir modeling are few more.A project of my own that I finally have permission fromthe CSM Office of Technology Transfer to openly reveal is anew attachment for a centrifuge, which demonstrates thatthe direction of migration in centrifuge is not parallel to thehorizontal plane. Also, it offers the capability to implement allside forces (tensional and linear moment of inertia) towardsthe direction of migration, mechanically. This attachmentalso, responds to the changes in the center of gravityand radius of gyration during the gradual and on-goingmigration through the core, proportional to the speed ofthe rotor.I am very pleased to mention that the department has a newfull time associate lab coordinator, Joe Chen, who startedlast May. With Joe being on board, we together, will be ableto turn the priorities around a lot faster and more efficiently.Wishing all acontinued success.The resolution for moving to the new building is a lot moreimportant than the resolution for a New Year as it happensvery few times in our lifetime and the other happens oncea year.New work places, new policies, new strategies, new plans,new expectations, new thoughts, new methods ....... muchtowards the next level in research. Among a few projectsthat I know are the third phase of non-Darcy flow andmodeling of proppant transport in horizontal natural20Our new Lab Coordinator II, Joe Chen


PE FACULTY 2011Our last year in Alderson HallFrom left to right- Jennifer Miskimins, Hossein Kazemi, Azra Tutuncu, Mark Miller, Manika Prasad, Bill Eustes, Ramona Graves, Will Fleckenstein,Carrie McClelland, Todd Hoffman, Linda Battalora, Yu-Shu Wu, Xiaolong Yin, Erdal Ozkan, Craig Van KirkTHANKS TO DR. GRAVES FROM THE PE OFFICE STAFFand Pisa. In Rome we made the most of the few days wehad left, and saw the Coliseum, Vatican, St. Peters Basilica,Pantheon, Forum and the many piazzas. Meanwhile, Pattigraciously stayed back in the office to keep the departmenton track. But no worries, she went on field session in Maythen immediately back to the Florida Keys for two and halfweeks in June for some very deserved rest and relaxation.With the PE department growing so fast and the move toMarques Hall, we will have no problem keeping busy,maybe too busy.Denise and husband, Jim, in front ofthe Trevi FountainTerri and husband, Bill, in PisaWe hope to see many of the familiar faces of graduatedstudents at the ATCE alumni reception in Denver.Thanks to Dr. Graves, Denise and Terri had the rareopportunity to go the ATCE conference in Florence, Italy.Since we were responsible for travel arrangements for bothfaculty and PE students, we thought it was worth a tryfor us to attend as well. The PE Students would definitelyneed a few chaperones to help out when needed, instead ofbothering the faculty. At least that was our twist on howto get to Italy. What a wonderful experience it was. Withour husbands in tow, we watched the Petro Bowl, visited thebooths, and made sure the alumni reception ran smoothly.After the conference, the PE students went off to Romewith us following not far behind with a side trip to SienaPatti and Clifford Sanden heading to Venoco, Platform Grace withthe California Field Session21


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSPE SENIOR - STUDENT BODY PRESIDENTFirst, I would like tosay that I am extremelyhonored to be in thisnewsletter as the StudentBody President of theColorado School of Mines.I feel that it shows howmuch our faculty memberscare about the students inthe Petroleum department,and how much they wantto see us succeed. Withoutthem, I would not be whereI am today.I preach every day to my peers and to underclassman abouthow important it is to be involved in school activities. It notonly teaches us leadership skills we will take with us intoindustry, but it makes each of our time here at Mines moreenjoyable and successful. Get involved, GO MINES!Brenden Swensen As for myself, I was bornand raised in AnchorageAlaska. I attended the same high school as my father, andgained the tools I would need to succeed here at Mines.My father has been a very successful manager of multiplecompanies over time, and I have been able to learn manyof my leadership skills from his parenting and through hislessons as a hockey coach. My mother has given me the bestlove and support I could ever ask for, which has allowedme to focus on school and really thrive as a leader here oncampus.Brendan playing hockeyAs for industry experience, I have to give a sincere thankyou to Forest Oil for whom I have interned with for the lasttwo summers. While there, I did decline analysis for theHaynesville Shale both summers which was a fun project tocome back to a year later and see the fields development. Ialso did a small field study on the Arkoma Basin in Oklahomaand Arkansas that helped the engineers to understand whysome wells in the field were not producing as expected. Thelargest project I worked on was a field study on the GraniteWash in Mendota Ranch across Hemphill and RobertsCounties in the panhandle of Texas. Through each of these,I have gained knowledge that will undoubtedly be valuableto me in the future.Thank you again to my family, friends, teachers and mentors.I hope to make you proud.Student school spiritMy first leadership role at Mines was becoming a ResidentAssistant my sophomore year, which I continued thru myjunior year as well. I learned the planning process for events,sharpened my people skills every day, and developed strongtime management skills while making hundreds of friendsalong the way. From being involved in Residence Life, Ilearned more about our school every day, and couldn’t getenough. This led me to become the Vice President of ourIce Hockey Club and also join our Student Government myjunior year.Since then, I am now a Teacher Assistant for Dr. Miller’sComputational Methods as well as being elected as ourStudent Body President. I am extremely excited about bothmy positions, as I get to learn new leadership roles at CSM.22Looking at the new pedestrian walkway with the new Brown Buildingaddition to the left, Recreation Center to the right, and the newresidence Hall, Maple Hall in the far left.


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSSOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERSAs I sit down to writethis, a new school year isabout to start and withit, plenty going on withour SPE Chapter. If youdon’t know me, I am ChrisEnger, President of SPEhere at Colorado Schoolof Mines. I am in themiddle of my term andI can tell you it is a greattime to be in the industryand involved in SPE.Last September around20 student membersChris Enger (including myself) wereable to attend the ATCEconference held in Florence, Italy. We all had a great timein Italy (and at the conference) where we listened to recentlypublished SPE papers being presented by their authors. Iwould like to thank all of our industry support for giving usthe opportunity to send so many students to the conference.After that long haul, this year ATCE will be held in Denver.While this may be a little disappointing for some, it will allowall of the students to attend and meet industry professionalsand students from around the world.Now looking at what’s coming up, our Fourth AnnualGolf Tournament will be September 30th at Fossil TraceGolf Course in Golden. This year our tournament will bedonation only as a thank you to all of our support from theDenver SPE Chapter and from companies.PE Student taking time out from the ATCE SPE conference,to enjoy the nightlife in Florence ItalyOngoing throughout the school year, we continue to havelunch and learn presentations, which involve industryprofessionals giving a technical presentation which alsoincludes lunch. We have had a great support from bothcompanies willingness to come to campus and studentsshowing up to learn (and get some free food). If you wouldlike to host a lunch and learn on campus, please contact me.To close, I would like to thank all of the support we havereceived from the Denver SPE Chapter. This year alonemore than 25 students received scholarships from DenverSPE. Also, I would like to thank all the companies thatdonate their dollars and time to helping us learn and spreadpositive information about the industry.E-days Carnival and Oilfield Olympics: Ty Thompson, Michael LeBaron,Andrew Bosela, Clifford SandenApril was a busy month for us. First, we hosted our SecondAnnual Sporting Clays Tournament. This year it was agreat success with over 20 teams participating! The nextday as part of CSM’s E-Days Celebration, we held OilfieldOlympics where students were able to learn what it’s liketo be in the “real” oilfield. Events included coffee drinking,doughnut eating, bean spitting, and a race to put on PPEand make-up and breakdown frac iron connections. Alsoin April, we held our annual Joint-Session meeting withthe Denver SPE chapter. This year we were blessed tohave our own Dr. Jennifer Miskimins speak about fracingunconventional reservoirs, which is the topic she spent thepast year speaking about as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer.Best regards,Chris Engercenger@mines.eduSPE Clay Shoot at Kiowa Creek23


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSPI EPSILON TAUHello, I am Graham Patton,the 2010 - 2011 Pi EpsilonTau chapter president. PiEpsilon Tau, the PetroleumEngineering honor society,was founded in 1947and first established atthe Colorado School ofMines in 1983. This honorsociety accepts PetroleumEngineering studentsthat have demonstratedexcellence in both leadershipGraham W. Patton and academics. The society’sobjectives are to create acloser bond between its student members and industry, tobroaden the scope of activities of members, and to maintainthe high ideals and standards of the engineering profession.This past year, the chapter has continued to have tremendoussuccess and growth. Another record setting initiationceremony took place on April 6th, where 52 new memberswere initiated. While Dr. Graves was unable to attend, Dr.Eustes did an excellent job in her place and again led theinitiates in the singing of the chapter song. Pi Epsilon Tauhelped to get the department involved in the annual Racefor the Cure. This year over 50 students and professorsparticipated in the race and nearly $3,000 was raised. Thedepartment was again able to persuade Dr. Scoggins todeclare October 1st “Pink Friday” on campus, encouragingeveryone to wear pink to show their support. This past year,Pi Epsilon Tau also organized two successful fundraisersto support the Haiti earthquake victims and the Japanesetsunami victims.I would like to take this time to introduce the new 2011 - 2012Pi Epsilon Tau officers.President – David ClarkVice President – Andrea SwitzerTreasurer – Ashley ReedSecretary – Jon NilemoActivities Chair – Marcus ArguetaI give my best wishes and support to the new officers ofPi Epsilon Tau and hope that the motto of Pi Epsilon Tau,“Success is the product of knowledge and effort,” continuesto be embodied by the students of the Colorado School ofMines Petroleum Engineering department.Best regards,Graham Wilson PattonPET Race for the cureAMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF DRILLING ENGINEERSLast semester was both productive and exciting for the CSMStudent Section of the American Association of DrillingEngineers (AADE). We are working hard to continue thegrowth and involvement of AADE throughout the 2011-2012school year.I believe the growth of CSM AADE is directly related to theinvolvement of our newly elected officers and to the effortsof our growing membership. There are an incredible 15officers this year.This is impressive because there are years inthe past that had fewer than 15 members total.Ben Radelet and Justin Cremer excited about the third place award forPosters at the 2011 AADE National Technical Conference in Houston, Tx.The Denver Chapter of AADE has continued to showtremendous support.Over this last year, the Denver Chapterhas contributed a significant amount of time and moneyto our section. This support never goes unappreciated. In24


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSAADE CONT.a small way, our CSM AADE has tried to give back to thechapter. This is exemplified by Hunter Dunham and SethDickson – these two Joint Session officers did an excellent jobrepresenting CSM to the local professionals and members ofDenver AADE.We also contributed multiple students to helpout at the First Annual Fin, Feather, Fur Food Festival heldin September.One of our goals this past semester was to become more activein both the local community and the oil and gas industry.With generous funding from Denver AADE, we were ableto attend the 2011 AADE National Technical Conference inHouston, TX. This was a great opportunity for students todiscuss with industry leaders, network and promote CSM.In addition to attending the conference,Ben Radelet and Iprepared and presented an academic research poster titled“Drilling Simulators: A Cost Benefit Analysis for PetroleumEngineering Departments.” Ben did an excellent job in thefinal judged presentation and received Third Place – but mostimportantly, the poster helped raise industry awareness onthe role of simulators in education.In April, CSM AADE wrote a proposal on behalf of thePetroleum Engineering Department for the purchase of threenew small portable type drilling simulators.We are proudto announce that this request was funded through the CSMTechnology Fee. However, the funding by the Technology Feemay not have been possible without the generous donationby Dr. William Fleckenstein. This donation will increase thetotal time that PE students have access to drilling simulatorsby 300%! Dr. Fleckenstein’s contribution will have a lastingimpact on the education of PE students at CSM.We continueto raise funds for the full-scale drilling rig simulator slatedfor the first floor of Marquez Hall.We hope to increase our involvement in the local communitythis semester.In September, we will be volunteering at theDenver AADE’s Second Annual Fin, Feather, Fur FoodFestival. All proceeds from this event will be donated tothe Food Bank of the Rockies and the Children’s HospitalColorado. Students are looking forward to helping this funand worthwhile event.Several educational opportunities are offered to students thisfall semester. In September, George Stewart from Weatherfordhas agreed to teach a fishing class to our members. This fishingclass is scheduled to be four hours long and will be similar toan industry short course. Carrying on the tradition from lastyear, we have planned several “Lunch & Learns” from topcompanies.Lunch & Learns have proven to be valuable forstudents, who benefit from hearing engineers discuss howthey are applying the very things taught at CSM.I would like to emphasize that AADE’s accomplishmentsthis past year would not have been possible without theleadership and expertise provided by Dr. Alfred Eustes. Hehas devoted countless hours of his free time to ensure thesuccess of his students and this section. On behalf of CSMAADE, I would like to thank Dr. Eustes for making us apremier student organization.We would enjoy your input. If you have any questions orsuggestions or would like to become involved, please don’thesitate to contact me at jcremer@mines.edu.Best regards,Justin CremerColorado School of Mines AADE Student SectionFrom left to right: Mehdi Mokhtari, Anil Tokcan, Jonathan Harrelson, Henry Unger,Chris Hatcher, Justin Cremer, Seth Dickson, Ben Radelet, Afiq Ishak,Matt Taulton, Felipe Silva, Anjali Jha, Brian Harclerode, Kailey Kilcrease, Ricardo Mendez,Ghysella Nababan, Hunter Dunham, Trevor McIntoch, Barbara Hatcher, Juliane Von Pichl, Katie Mills, Ty Thompson, and Stuart AllenIn Houston, Texas for the 2011 AADE Conference.25


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONSAMERICAN ROCK MECHANICS ASSOCIATIONSen Guan at the 45th US RockMechanics/Geomechanics Symposiumin San FranciscoEstablished: My nameis Sen Guan, yourColorado School of MinesAmerican Rock MechanicsAssociation student chapterpresident. Our StudentChapter at Colorado Schoolof Mines was established in2011 and we are very proudto be the first studentchapter of ARMA.On Friday, September 2nd, our organization participated inthe Celebration of Mines.Officers:President: Sen Guan ,Treasurer: Tlek Kadyrov, Secretary:Patricia Cuba, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Azra N.Tutuncu HarryD. Campbell Chair, and the Director of UnconventionalNatural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI)Purpose: ARMA student chapter’s goal is to disseminateinformation through presentations, publications (ARMAE-News), lectures and topical symposia to inform Mine’sstudents and other members of the organization about the stateof art in geomechanics knowledge and promote the innovationsand contributions to the knowledge within the field.Activities: Our chapter was established in mid-Spring 2011and, in spite of the short history; we have already been quiteactive on campus. The first event was a Lunch and Learnwith guest speaker Dr. Dan Moos of Baker Hughes, onbarriers for shale reservoirs and how geomechanics providessolutions for optimization.Our next distinguished speaker was Tom Bratton ofSchlumberger. Mr. Bratton not only gave us a lecture on theimportance of geomechanics for lifecycle operations, but alsoprovided Petrel training to all students who were registeredfor Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics, Introductionto Geomechanics and Shale Reservoir Engineering classes.In both events ARMA CSM Student Chapter presentedappreciation certificates to commemorate these specialinaugural events for the chapter26Lecture given by Tom Bratton on the importance of geomechanics forlifecycle operationsFrom Left to right; Tlek Kadyrov (Treasurer), Patricia Cuba (Secretary),Sen Guan (President), officers at the Celebration of Mines ARMA boothOur exhibition drew a lot of attention during this event andwe had opportunity to introduce geomechanics key conceptsand its use in the oil industry throughout the life cycle of theoperations to freshman and sophomore students. More than60 people signed up to be new ARMA members during thisevent.In June, we rented an exhibition booth at the annual US RockMechanics/Geomechanics Symposium organized by ARMAin San Francisco and represented CSM and UNGI at theSymposium. Vladimir as well as several student membersfrom Engineering Department and Dr. Tutuncu also hadtechnical presentations at the annual event representingMines. Dr. Tutuncu has also received a presidentialrecognition as the past president for her significantcontributions to the organizations various activities andher consecutive organizing committee membership at theannual event.Dr. Ömer Aydan from Tokai University, Ocean ResearchInstitute, Shizuoka, Japan visited us and gave a guest lectureon The State of In-Situ Stress in the Earth’s Crust and theTechniques for Inference and Measurement of In-Situ Stresson September 14th. We have other guest lecturers scheduledthroughout the academic year and are looking forward toseeing all of you to become a member of our chapter. Havea successful academic year full of fun.Dr. Azra Tutuncu introduced ARMA and UNGI at the 45th US RockMechanics/Geomechanics Symposium in San Francisco


FIELD SESSIONSFIELD SESSION – THE NORTH EASTERN UNITED STATES By Alfred EustesThis year for field session, we had a new location to checkout. And did we! This year, I took a group of 42 students,along with Dr. AzraTutuncu, Denise Winn-Bower, and threeteaching assistants; Felipe Silva, David Schanbel and AnilTolkan. For the first time, we traveled to the north easternUnited States.Our first stop was unplanned. As we were acceleratingdown the runway at DIA, a generator in the Boeing 757tripped offline and immediately, the pilots slammed onthe brakes. We shut down on a side taxiway and afterdiscussion (United has the “from the cockpit” channel Ilike to listen to), they brought her back to the terminal toget another 757 (we stole the next Boston flight’s jet). Wegot to Boston much later than anticipated. After a challengefinding our vehicles in the rain, we managed to get to ourhotel really late. The next morning, we drove to downtownCambridge to Schlumberger’s Doll Research Center. Thanksto Dr. Martin Poitzsch, Ms. Susan Sparks, Mr. BradEales,Ms. Dena French, Dr. Yi-Qiao Song, Dr. Brad Roscoe, Dr.Abigai Matteson, and Dr. Giovanna Barazzutti, we had afantastic tour of Schlumberger’s R&D facilities. They treatedus well! Some of you may remember Dr. Neil Hurley; he isdoing quite well there in Cambridge. We left that afternoonand managed to get to Middletown, NY in a blinding rainstorm by 8:30 that night.Having a good time with Williams inPennsylvaniarigs. I might add that Ms.Susan Oliver coordinatedthe entire time. We spentthe entire day with themnot only touring rigs withMr. Randy Reinhold, Mr.Jack Dueitt, and Mr. ScottDaniels; but, also goingto stimulation operationsand a brand new gas plantwith Mr. Dean Tinsley andMr. Mike Hopkins. Theyalso fed us well with afinal meal in an old antebellum home restaurant for dinner.I appreciate the efforts of Alfred Tischler for getting thisstarted. Saturday saw us driving in the opposite direction tovisit Weatherford with Mr. Tim Smithand Mr. Kevin Davisstudying wellheads in Punxsutawney, PA, yes of groundhog fame. And that city doesn’t let you forget it. Thank youto Mr. Darwin Trahern and Mr. Rick Davis for getting thisarranged. We had to drive through Amish country to getthere, too. It is interesting dodging horse carts. Later thatevening, Dr. Graves joined the team for the rest of our fieldsession.On Sunday, after a late morning, we all saddled up andheaded out for the birthplace of the petroleum industry, theDrake Well! What a journey through time. We had a picnicat the site where Cody and Nina Teff and their childrenjoined us. We then toured the park with an incrediblevariety of old equipment including, of course, the shrineitself: the Drake Well. I don’t recall ever seeing Dr. Gravesso enthused before!Scott Chesebro explaining an Anadarko rigThe next morning, we left for Williamsport, PA andAnadarko. We met the Anadarko team led by ScottChesebro at the Watertown Tavern, a quaint restaurant from1825 in the back woods of north central Pennsylvania. Whoknew Pennsylvania was so pretty? We dropped by one oftheir Precision Drilling rigs on a pristine location followedby a visit to their water impound facility. Helping with thetours was Ms. Stephany Mitchell, Mr. Doug Shotts, Mr. MikeMicozzi, Mr. Matt Peloquin, Mr. Mark Barbier, and Mr. NickFornicola.Unfortunately, by then, yet another blinding rainstorm hit and cut things short. On our way to Pittsburghthat evening, we stopped in on Dr. TurgayErtekin at PennState who treated us to a campus tour and an ice cream treat!Our next day saw us bright and early south east of Pittsburghwith Williams Exploration and Production. Mr. JimJackson started off our day with Williams with a tour of twoMonday, we left Pittsburgh and after a bus tour of RangeResources’ (the founder of the Marcellus as I understandit) operations in southwestern PA with Mr. Mark Windle,Mr. Mike Mackin, Mr .Travis Henry, Mr. Justin Relivar, Mr.Shawn Hodges, and Mr. Brad Wernicki, we entered WestVirginia and EQT’s operations. At the Savanna Rig #640E,The group at the Savanna rig 640E27


EAST COAST CONT.EQT showing a well headMr. Steve Schlotterbeck of EQT and his team consisting ofMr. Chad Stallard, Mr. Joe Pletcher, Mr.Richard Hill, Mr. JimRose, Mr. Brad Maddox, Mr. Jeremy Smith, Mr. Beau McQue,and Ms. Janet Klein (who coordinated a lot of this)amongmany othersalong with their service providers had set up atent with a demonstration of bits, mud, directional drilling,mud logging, well heads, and stimulation as well as a rigtour with Mr. Steve Van Howe. We ended up with a dinneron site that beat just about anything I have experienced inthe many years of field session.The next day, we spent the morning visiting the NationalEnergy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV. I havealways wanted to see that lab. They really showed a lot oftheir operations and cutting edge research. Thanks go toMs. Jessica Welling, Ms. Holly Biddle, Mr. John Duda,Mr.James Ammer, Dr. Mehrdad Shanham, Dr. Peter Balash,Dr. Alexandra Hakala, Ms. Staci Kief, Ms. Leah Briner, Mr.Don Fergason, Mr. Grant Bromhal, Mr. YongkooSeo, Ms.Eilis Rosenbaum, and Dr. Dustin Crandall .From there,we motored over to Washington, D.C. That evening, Mr.Peter Smeallie, Director of the American Rock MechanicsAssociation, stopped by our hotel to give us the “low down”on Washington DC and how it works (or doesn’t work as thecase may be).On Wednesday, after a challenging rush hour drive todowntown Washington, we all met the deputy director ofthe new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulationand Enforcement (BOEMRE), Dr. Walter Cruickshankat theDepartment of the Interior along with the Chief of Staff, TomLillie. That was an interesting discussion. Then, from there,we walked over to the White House for a tour. For all theworld, the White House reminded me of an European castlewith American furniture. The “big guy” as per the guards,was not there for comments. We left downtown for theUSGS in Renton and a grand tour of those facilities. Thankyou goes out to Mr. Douglas Duncan, Mr. Robert Ryder,Mr. Michael Trippi, Mr. Alex Demas, Ms.JanetAmeson, Ms.IoneTaylor, and Ms.BrendaPierce. We ended up with a talkwith the director of the USGS, Dr. Marsha McNutt, thisyear’s spring commencement speaker.We left for Newark, NJ the next day with a stop at GettysburgNational Military Park and an afternoon at ExxonMobil’sresearch center in Annadale. Dr. David Yale and his team aredoing some unique and fascinating research there. Thankyou goes to Ms. Kathy Edwards, Mr. Max Deffenbaugh,Mr. Bill Horn, Mr. Hubert King, Ms. Dalia Yablon, Mr.Brian Wiggins, Mr. Paul Oldenburg, Mr. Dave Moser, Mr.Arnie Kushnick, Mr. Alex Kanevsky, Mr. Laurnet White,Mr. HuseyinDenli, and Mr. Rohan Panchadhara. We stayedin Newark, NJ that evening which makes me appreciateDenver all that much more.Our last day was one of the more unique days in fieldsession history. Dr. Bill Murphy of e4sciences/Earthworksand his team consisting of Mr. Matt Art, Mr. James Trotta,Ms. Caroline Cianni, and especially Mr. Daniel Rosales (ourA group photo at the Drake Well Museum28


EAST COAST CONT.coordinator) met us at Elizabeth Harbor, NJ. There, weboarded the Sorenson Miller, a fine ship, and made a tourof New York harbor. We were reviewing the geophysicalstudies that e4sciences is doing of the harbor floor, studyingthe geology, and noting the environmental remediationefforts (centuries of harbor traffic can make a mess). Weended up at North Cove Marina in south Manhattan, next toGround Zero. In an emotional moment, we embarked andoverlooked the construction efforts of the new World TradeCenter and paid our respects to the lives lost on 9/11.to Boston in reasonable time. We left at 7 am on Saturdayand returned to Denver, safe and sound, no aborted takeoffsthis time.What an intense trip this one was. We saw, did, and hearda lot! I cannot thank Azra, Ramona, and especially Denisefor their efforts and assistance. I also appreciate Felipe,David, and Anil’s work along with John Stubbs and SarahNowak, two student drivers. And of course, kudos to allthose companies and people that made this a fantastic fieldsession and a signature event for the Petroleum EngineeringDepartment and the Colorado School of Mines. I know Ihave missed some that should be named. If so, pleaseforgive me and please accept our gratitude!Geophysical tour of the New York HarborWe left Manhattan and, after the drivers and I retrievedthe vans from NJ and met the students on Staten Island,we all had to get to Boston. Keep in mind this was Fridayafternoon on Memorial Day weekend with all of New Yorkbetween Boston and us. I now can say I have driven throughManhattan on a holiday weekend during rush hour. It wasn’ttoo bad until we hit Connecticut, then it ground down to aslugging match. Luckily, the e4sciences people gave me adriving tip (CT 15) that made it somewhat easy to make itThe group with a famous lady in the backgroundPEGN 315 FIELD SESSION – CALIFORNIA By Linda BattaloraThanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our manyalumni and friends, the 2011 PEGN 315 Field Session inSouthern California and Bakersfield was a great success!Fifty-two students, four graduate student TAs, Patti Hassen(Administrative Assistant to Dr. Ramona Graves), Al Sami(PE Lab Coordinator) and I, arrived in Los Angeles onMonday, May 16, 2011 and once again set up “camp” at theLa Quinta Inn in Ventura. We began our first full day onTuesday with a morning tour at Weatherford “Oil Country”followed by a delicious lunch catered by Weatherford at thePirou Petroleum Club. In the afternoon, Kris Khircher andAndrew Prestridge, DCOR, arranged an informative tour ofDCOR’s Rincon Onshore Separation Facility. Many thanksto Weatherford and DCOR for a great first day!about formation fractures and regional fracture developmentand structural traps amidst higher than predicted tides andcold Pacific Ocean water! The students had their first tasteof “unexpected conditions in the field” and quickly learnedthat it’s wisest to remove shoes when wading through waterthat is thigh-high. Best question of the day (and perhapsIt wouldn’t be Field Session in California if we didn’t meetwith Jon Schwalbach, Aera Energy, for our annual “beach”geology field trip in Arroyo Burro Park and Loon Point.Together with Dave Mayer, Berry Petroleum, and IndarSingh, Aera Energy, Jon succeeded in teaching the studentsKris Khircher of DCOR, with students Hope, Andrea, Nadiah and Nanthini29


CALIFORNIA CONT.Ventura Geology field trip with Jon Schwalbach, Area Energythe entire Field Session) asked of Dave Mayer by one of thestudents: “Hey, do you have an extra pair of shoes?”we are very appreciative of his interest in our students andthe Field Session.On Sunday, May 22, 2011, we arrived in Bakersfield for atour of the Kern County Museum, the CSM Alumni Picnicand three more action-packed days. We would like to thankTiffany Brewster, Peter and Michelle Ashton, Lonnie Kerley,Dave and Billie Mayer, Joe and Beth Nahama and manyothers who worked behind the scenes to organize the AlumniPicnic. The students had a great time meeting alums, theirfamily, and playing Frisbee. Once again, Lonnie assumedthe position of master griller and grilled the burgers whiletelling the students stories of what it was like when he wentto Mines.On Thursday, we visited Venoco Inc.’s Platform Grace.Divided into two groups, the students enjoyed acomprehensive tour of the platform including delicioussnacks provided on the platform and the boat rides. TheBilly Pugh ride is always a big hit bringing delight not onlyto those being transported but also to those watching fromthe boat and the platform. We thank Venoco for providingthe Safety Training on Wednesday afternoon in anticipationof the Thursday tours and for their generosity in arrangingthe platform tours.On Friday morning, geologist Don Miller led us on a tourof Vintage/OXY’s San Miguelito Field and arranged adelicious hot lunch for us on the beach. In the afternoon,we visited SoCalGas’ Honor Rancho storage facility wherethe student’s learned that petroleum engineers not onlyproduce resources from the subsurface but also can storethem underground.The students enjoyed a half-day geology field trip onSaturday led by John Harris, Numeric Solutions, LLC,which concluded with a “hands on” exercise at the naturaloil seeps on Highway 150. This is the second year that Johnhas given up his Saturday morning to lead us on a tour andVenoco Inc, Platform GraceVintage/OXY, Don Miller going over geology in the San Miguelito FieldWe are fortunate that so many alumni step up to volunteertheir time and facilities for Field Session days, especially inBakersfield. We have so many opportunities that we arenow scheduling site visits on a yearly rotational basis. Thisyear Mike and Patricia Starzer of Bonanza Creek arranged afield tour and provided lunch for the students at PanoramaBluffs Park. The students really enjoyed the opportunity totalk with Bonanza Creek representatives informally aboutproduction equipment, steaming, gathering treating andsales. In the afternoon on Monday, we visited the Bureauof Land Management where the students learned aboutCalifornia regulations of oil and gas operations.On Tuesday morning we visited Aera Energy’s BelridgeField. The tour began with a safety meeting followed byan impeccably arranged tour of the field featuring a varietyof contractors including BJ, Weatherford, Pengo Wireline,Pro Tools downhole equipment, Key Production Rig andCoiled Tubing. Many thanks to Angel Forsling and TravisRansom for coordinating the tour along with Michael Dixonand Tiffany Brewster. The tour was followed by a deliciouslunch at Aera’s headquarters in Bakersfield, a question andanswer session with President & CEO Gaurdie Banister, Jr.,and a panel discussion with CSM alum Aera employees30


FIELD SESSIONSCALIFORNIA CONT.Indar Singh, Tiffany Brewster, Michael Dixon, Irina Hardestyand Travis Ransom. We finished the day with a tour of theCore Lab facility led by Linda Specht who always providesdelicious snacks including cookies from an independentbakery!Oil seepPE students enjoying some free time on the beachOur final day in Bakersfield was split with tours in themorning by Schlumberger and in the afternoon by OXYElk Hills. Schlumberger provided breakfast burritos for thestudents before sending us in multiple groups in multipledirections at two different facilities so that all aspects oftheir operations could be presented to our students. BrentVangolen of OXY Elk Hills arranged lunch and an afternoontour of Elk Hills field operations. The students had a greattime seeing drilling operations in progress and meeting withvarious vendors on locations. Many thanks to OXY Elk Hillsfor providing a top notch tour!Our final day of the Field Session was spent with THUMS/OXY Long Beach, Inc. We appreciate CSM alum MikeCarter’s time and effort in organizing a full day of hospitalityincluding breakfast at The Reef Restaurant, presentationsabout THUMS and the Wilmington Field, a site visit to TigerWireline’s new shop to learn about packers, ESPs, and more,lunch at the boat dock and finally, a tour of Island White.This field session in Southern California and Bakersfieldwould not have been possible without the generosity ofour alumni and friends in the area. The students, TAs andFaculty had a wonderful learning experience and anotherenjoyable visit to California. Thanks again! We hope to seeyou next year.Schlumberger in BakersfieldGroup photo at the CSM Alumni Picnic in Bakersfield31


FIELD SESSIONSPEGN 315 FIELD SESSION – GULF COAST By Xiaolong YinGroup photo taken at the Spindletop Museum, Spindletop, TXThis year’s summer field session trip was larger than ever!Our field session group had nearly 50 students. As a resultwe had to add a van (and a driver) to our team. The tirelessdrivers that ventured to the Gulf Coast this time includedmyself, Dr. Ozkan, Carrie McClelland (she taught PEGN251 before the field session and every student knows her)and three Graduate Teaching Assistants – Baharak Barzegar,Juan Carlos Carratu, and Midowa Gbededo.The first day, May 16th, was a travel day. We flew toHouston Hobby Airport and picked up the vans. We spenta couple of hours on the beach front in Kemah, Texas andhad meals. After that we drove into Houston and checkedinto our hotel.The next day, we visited the corporate offices of MarathonOil (morning) and Anadarko (afternoon). Both trips werearranged by our alumni and it was great seeing some ofour recent graduates. We took an early leave from TheWoodlands and drove to Fairfield, TX where we stayed forthe night.18th, Marathon Oil hosted us at the Mimms Creek Field – atight gas sand reservoir – in the morning. In the afternoon,we visited EOG production facilities near Tyler, TX. OnMay 19th, we visited Devon operation in Carthage field.We spent Friday the 20th with Shell and visited the offshoretraining facility in Hammond, LA. The drilling simulator atthe facility, in particular, was very impressive.The weekend activities, as always, were thoroughly enjoyedby both students and the drivers. We visited the Oak AlleyPlantation on the bank of the Mississippi, and then did theswamp tour in the afternoon. As usual, the students spentgood times with alligators, and they learned that we produceoil and gas from the swamps! We had dinner in the FrenchQuarter. Luckily, we were able to get all students back to thehotel by midnight. We headed back to Houston on Sunday(22nd) and on the way visited the Spindletop Museum – oneof the most famous oil gushers in Texas oil history – andGalveston via the ferries.The next two days were tours on field operations. On MayTripp to Mimms Creek field-lecture on surface facilitiesDrilling rig@ EOG32


FIELD SESSIONSGULF COAST CONT.The field session “classes” continued on Monday. We visitedChevron offices in downtown Houston, SchlumbergerReservoir Completions Center in Rosharon, and BakerHughes. Again, hosted by Marathon Oil, we visitedthe Energy Museum in Houston, TX and looked theiroutstanding exhibition and collection about oil and gasindustry.A well in the middle of the swampHappy students on the swamp tourThe last leg of the trip was made in the Eagle Ford Shalenear San Antonio. We visited Anadarko operations in therich condensate field in Maverick Basin, and the Pioneerproduction facility in the east. In the evening of Thursdaythe 26th, after touring the Alamo and enjoying a break at theRiver Walk of San Antonio, we drove the students back toHouston Hobby at 5:00AM.I would like to use this opportunity to thank the excellentwork of faculty members and teaching assistants. We alsothank the enthusiastic support from our alumni and thecompanies. Without your commitment and dedication thistrip would not be possible!Trip to an Anadarko drilling rigStudents discussing where to go in Bourbon Street, New OrleansPioneer Stimulation operation site33


FIELD SESSIONSPEGN 316 FIELD SESSION - MASSADONA By Mark MillerAfter having the pleasure of watching Dr. JenniferMiskimins run field session for the past two years, I wasplaced in charge of this summer’s Massadona experience.Dwayne Bourgoyne, myself, and geologists Peter Bucknamand Maria Brunhart-Lupo led two groups into the wildsof northwest Colorado and eastern Utah. Each section hadabout 55 students. The first section was marked by rain andmore rain. Exercises were shifted around to avoid gettingstuck in mud and potholes of unknown depth. While allexercises were completed, the Raven Ridge exercise will beone that sticks with this year’s students. On that exercise,road conditions made it prudent to walk two miles to thetop rather than drive. Unfortunately, on the way back therain was more than a light drizzle. It was soak you to thebone rain. Everyone was drenched by the time cars werereached.Step on a frac and break your brothers backThe rain also made everything cold. More than a drum ofkerosene was used during each section to keep the cabinswarm. The rain also made roof leaks readily apparent. Aquick survey showed that 100% of the cabins with asphaltroofs leaked. Some of them were leaking right aroundelectric outlets, a bad situation. Dr. Bourgoyne noticed someBarbara Fletcher, Ghysella Nababan, and Alex Corey just finishing theirsketch of an outcrop at Dinosaur National Monumentsurplus sheet metal roofing sitting in one of the cabins. Withthis, skilled students (bribed with steak dinners), and somenew power tools (of course) he was able to put steel roofson four more cabins, two in the first section and two in thesecond. Stripping the roofs down to the plywood revealedsome interesting repair techniques that may have led to the100% figure. Fortunately, the recent metal roofs have neededa lot less maintenance.The students also worked hard at shoveling. For decades,cows have loved the Massadona site because of the shadeand wind protection. In return for the shade and protection,they leave behind good garden fertilizer. Lots of it. In places,they left more than a foot piled next to the buildings and their4”x6” wood foundations. From the lack of paint on the baseof the buildings, you could tell that it had been years sincethe bottom portion had seen the light of day. Unfortunately,leaving the beam foundations covered in rich organicmaterial was too much of a good thing. Portions of theexcavated foundations were gone, completely rotted away(and in cases into the 2x4 sub-frame). While wheelbarrowMassadona group 134


FIELD SESSIONSMASSADONA CONT.after wheelbarrow was removed, there is still a lot to go. Ifyou need a source of fertilizer, feel free to come on out. Takeas much as you want.Both sections visited Chevron and Production LoggingServices. John Clausen arranged a day of talks about theRangely Oilfield. He and his teammates focused on thetools and the logs they produce. They found it interestingto see a log that had been run only a few days before. BothChevron and PLS made the comment that the studentswere attentive and asked great questions. Thanks students.Thanks Chevron. Thanks Production Logging Services.Homework isn’t so bad when you’re in the great outdoors!Chevron Discovery Well in Rangelygeology and reservoir engineering needed to develop thisgiant field. It was interesting to see that the expected life ofthe field was always about 20 years, regardless of whethera study was done in the 70’s or recently. Technologyimprovements have always been able to keep the field going.The students greatly appreciated being able to see how thefield is being produced from rocks that they had climbed onthe previous week. We again thank John and Chevron forproviding the educational link between the outcrop and thefield. Production Logging Services (PLS) also hosted bothgroups. They provided vital production logging trainingfor the students. The students got a hands-on look at theGraves and Miller taking a break from the hardships of MassadonaMassadona group 235


U.S. PostagePAIDGolden, COPermit No. 7Department of Petroleum EngineeringColorado School of Mines1500 Illinois StreetGolden, CO 80401Alumni Reception at SPE ATCETo Our Petroleum Alumni:Please join us for the Colorado School of Mines, Petroleum Engineering Alumni Receptionto be held during the Annual SPE Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado.October 30th through November 2nd, 2011The Alumni Reception will be held onMonday evening, October 31st at theGrand Hyatt Convention Center, in Centennial Room DNOTE THIS IS MONDAY1750 Welton Street, Denver5:30 to 7:00 pm.Cost $30As always, there will be plenty of food with a cash bar.All are welcome to attend this reception, regardless of attendance at the SPE Conference.You may now RSVP and pay online at www.minesonline.net/SPEDenver2011Don’t hesitate to email Terri Snyder (tsnyder@mines.edu) with any questions.

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