SPE provides a worldwide forum of oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) professionals for the exchange of technical knowledge and a professional home for more than 75,000 engineers, scientists, managers, and educators. SPE's eLibrary contains more than 42,000 technical papers — products of SPE conferences and periodicals, made available to the entire industry. SPE has offices in Dallas, Houston, London, Dubai, Moscow and Kuala Lumpur.
The history of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) began well before its actual establishment. During the decade after the 1901 discovery of the Spindletop field, the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) saw a growing need for a forum in the booming new field of petroleum engineering. As a result, AIME formed a standing committee on oil and gas in 1913.
In 1922, the committee was expanded to become one of AIME’s 10 professional divisions. The Petroleum Division of AIME continued to grow throughout the next three decades. By 1950, the Petroleum Division had become one of three separate branches of AIME, and in 1957 the Petroleum Branch of AIME was expanded once again to form a professional society.
The first SPE Board of Directors meeting was held 6 October 1957, making 2007 the 50th anniversary year for SPE as a professional society.
The following chronology lists major events in SPE's history and shows how membership has grown over time.1950s: During the 1950s, the petroleum membership of AIME grew significantly, leading to restructuring decisions that would shape the future Society of Petroleum Engineers. 1957: The Petroleum Branch of AIME becomes a full-fledged professional society - the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME. On October 6, 1957, the first Board of Directors meeting was held in Dallas, Texas, with President John H. Hammond presiding. 1958: The SPE Reprint Series begins with the publication of Well Logging. 1961: The first issue of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal is published. 1979: The first Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference is held. 1985: SPE is incorporated separately from AIME. Becomes a separate international Society with offices in United States, United Arab Emirates and London.
SPE has instituted a program to certify petroleum engineers by examination and experience. The certification states that the person receiving the certification has the necessary technical expertise and experience to be a petroleum professional.
This certification is similar to the Registration of Petroleum Engineers by the States in the United States.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers has determined the classication of oil and gas reserves. This classification is used by Oil and Gas Companines and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in determining the reserves. Petroleum Resources Management System
SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS DEBUTS OIL AND GAS FACILITIES MAGAZINE; PUBLICATION FOCUSES ON PROJECTS, FACILITIES, AND CONSTRUCTION.
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SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS AND EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOSCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (EAGE) SIGN AGREEMENT FOR INTERSOCIETY COOPERATION.
Dec 09, 2009; RICHARDSON, TX -- The following information was released by the Society of Petroleum Engineers: The Society of Petroleum...