Chairperson's Newsletter - December 2021

Frank Syfan
Ready for 2022?

Fort Worth SPE Chapter,

First things first!!  Thank you all very much for the overwhelming response to our November meeting.  We had over 40 people in attendance and Tracy did a fantastic job presenting her paper on using RockMSE to optimize proppant placement. 


Speaking of attendance, I was informed by our regional director that 2022 marks the 70th Anniversary for the Fort Worth Section!  Many thanks to all of those who have made this milestone possible for our section.

At our December 16th meeting Mr. Henry Lopez of Inteleum will be presenting his thoughts on oil and gas sustainability and how this sustainability affects M&A trends in 2022.  It should be a very interesting topic! At our meeting on January 20, 2022, we will hear from Ms. Nefeli Moridis who is the Developer Relationships Manager for Subsurface Applications with NVIDIA.  You may be familiar with NVIDIA as they are one of the top companies in computer graphics hardware. In this presentation Ms. Moridis will discuss how these same graphics processing units (GPU’s) can be used for subsurface energy applications.  Both presentations should be excellent and informative, so check your email in the coming weeks for registration information.

Normally, the SPE Fort Worth Section Golf Tournament is held in the fall of each year.  This year, however, we held it in the spring because of delays from Covid.  To get back on track, we are planning the Golf Tournament for the fall for 2022.  As an interim event, we are looking at a bowling tournament as our SPE Scholarship Fundraiser for the spring of 2022.   We will have the important details worked out this month and will send out registration information in early January.

A few housekeeping details for the general membership:

  • The exploration of a potential merger with AAPG is still ongoing, with each board considering the details of the potential merger ahead of an anticipated member vote early next year. For more information on the state of that discussion, please visit the merger website: https://www.aapg-spe-merger.org/
  • Nominations for the next SPE Regional Director of North America are currently being solicited. If you have any interest in learning more about the position and/or would potentially consider submitting a nomination package, please visit the nominations website on the following link: https://www.spe.org/en/about/nominate/
  • The 2022 SPE Awards process is underway and nominations for both international and regional awards are currently being accepted. The nomination deadline for international awards is February 15th, while the regional award deadline is March 1st. Information on the entire awards program is available on the following link:  spe.org/awards

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.  As we enter this Holiday Season, the Board and I want to wish each of you a Happy Holiday Season and we hope that 2022 will be prosperous for all!  May we count our blessings and be thankful to work in such an outstanding industry. 

The Fort Worth Board and I want to thank you again for the support of our section and also, in advance for your future support of our section.  As always, please check out our website for information on upcoming meetings, events, and society news.  I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming meetings.

Sincerely and Season’s Greetings,

Frank E. Syfan, Jr., PE
SPE Fort Worth Chairperson



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