Sandrose

By: Hala A. Alhashmi

Message from the Editor-in-Chief

It is with utmost excitement that I present to you the second edition of SandRose Magazine for the term 2019-2020. It gives me great pride to see that, in the past couple of months, SPE-KSA has done many great services to the community. And because of this pattern of community service, the theme of SandRose stood out to us like a rose among thorns: Community.

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By: AbdulAziz K. Al Sufayan

A message from SPE-KSA Chairman

SPE-KSA has witnessed successes after successes throughout the years. In fact, in every term, the section’s boards would think that we have attained a level that cannot be surpassed; yet, we always manage to indisputably exceed all expectations, become more ambitious and raise the bar even higher. Despite the challenges that arise on our way to success, breakthroughs and positive results are always what shine through. The world’s dynamic changes resulted in a more complex environment and new challenges. Anyone would agree that such challenges are challenges that can only be tackled by having a great team. And this is what we have. But honestly, what is our secret? What makes SPE-KSA strong, agile, successful and recognizable? To make a long story short, it is the team’s diversity.

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By: Arwa Alhilal

Volunteer of the Year: Arwa AlHilal

My journey with SPE-KSA started in 2016 when I was invited as a guest speaker for the 2016 SPE-KSA Young Professionals Technical Symposium (YPTS) as part of my role in the Saudi Aramco Young Leaders Advisory Board.

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By: Sami Alnuaim

2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition: A Message from Sami Alnuaim

Oil & Gas professionals from around the globe attended the 2019 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Calgary, Canada to discuss hot topics related to safety, sustainability and technology advancement in the Exploration & Production (E&P) sector. ATCE is one of the largest gatherings for the industry. The conference includes: 300+ technical presentations, special sessions on relevant industry topics, 200+ exhibiting companies, 30+ training courses, multiple networking events and more than 5,000 industry attendees.

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By: SPE-KSA

SPE-KSA: Proud Moments

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By: SPE-KSA

Operationalizing Artificial Intelligence at Industrial Scale

On October 30th, 2019 the SPE-KSA Technical Programs team had a successful inaugural Dinner Meeting with Mr. Ed Abbo, President and Chief Technology Officer at C3.ai, as their esteemed guest and keynote speaker. The event took place at the Kempinski Al-Othman Hotel in Al-Khobar with around 500 attendees from different companies and professional backgrounds. Since digital transformation is currently one of the most discussed topics in the industry, Mr. Abbo accentuated the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at an industrial scale.

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By: SPE-KSA

Rotary Steerable Systems Current Trends and Future Directions

As part of their Distinguished Lecturer Program, Technical Programs hosted Mr. Geoff Downton in an insightful lecture at Salat Al Khalej on October 9 th, 2019. Attendance was at full capacity with more than 70 individuals present and eager to learn about the current and future trends of rotary steerable systems (RSS). Mr. Downton began with an introduction about the history of common directional drilling systems and how RSS came about in the late 1990s. The presentation then focused on the benefits, features, challenges and opportunities facing RSS.

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By: SPE-KSA

89th Saudi National Day Celebration

The SPE-KSA T&SA team celebrated the Kingdom’s 89th National Day on September 23rd, 2019. The celebration was hosted in collaboration with SciTech, which was the venue where the event was held.
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By: SPE-KSA

Blood Donation Campaign

The SPE-KSA T&SA team initiated the annual blood donation campaign during the month of September, 2019. The campaign was conducted in collaboration with King Fahad Specialist hospital and was held as following:
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By: SPE-KSA

AlShargyiah Wardyiah

The SPE-KSA T&SA team had the pleasure of participating in AlShargyiah Wardyiah, the biggest Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign held annually in the Eastern Region.

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By: SPE-KSA

Turn Up the Pink

In the spirit of promoting awareness on Breast cancer and supporting sufferers and survivors of this condition, the T&SA team held Turn Up the Pink Event at Salt AlBahar.

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By: SPE-KSA

Diving with Purpose

The Trips & Social Activities team was pleased to collaborate with The Eastern Province Municipality and Borders Guards to conduct “Diving with Purpose”, a beach and seabed cleanup campaign.

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By: Seba Almaghlouth

Energy4Me:Train the Trainer Workshop

The Energy4Me “Train the Trainer” workshop was held in Al Othman Office Tower in Dhahran on September 14th, 2019. The workshop was attended by 14 participants from both Saudi Aramco and Halliburton, all whom are SPE Members.

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By: SPE-KSA

Visit to College Preparatory Program (CPP)

The Student Outreach Team paid a visit to the College Preparatory Program (CPP) students at Saudi Aramco on October 8th, where a total of 200 males and females were in attendance. Student Outreach team members delivered a 40-minute presentation highlighting the status of the Oil & Gas industry and the role of petroleum engineers. A brief overview of the O&G journey was shared with the students as well.

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By: Hala A. Alhashmi

University Visits to Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University and King Saudi University

The SPE-KSA Student Outreach team met with two SPE Student Chapters in two different universities on October 17th: SPE-PMU and SPE-KSU.

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By: SPE-KSA

School visit to Dhahran Ahliyah School, AlHussan Schools and AlBassam School

As part of SPE-KSA’s efforts to create a bridge between our professionals and the student community, the Student Outreach Team visited five schools in the Eastern Region during the month of October. On October 8th and 9th, SPE-KSA members participated in a 2-day college fair organized by the Dhahran Ahliyyah School. Over these two days, more than 600 high school students, from both government and private schools, visited the college fair. Furthermore, the Student Outreach Team arranged visits to AlHussan and AlBassam Schools (males and females) and shared knowledge and experience about the industry through sessions that were delivered by the section’s talented engineers. Each visit encompassed nearly 100 high school students, bringing the total number of students reached this month alone to 900. Due to the great feedback the team received from the schools, the visits will continue, and the team will expand their reach to schools both in and out of the region.

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By: SPE-KSA

Student Outreach Engagement in the National Science Week at SciTech

The SPE-KSA Student Outreach team, in collaboration with SciTech, successfully engaged with and participated in the National Science Week that took place in SciTech during the week of October 27th – November 2nd. During this period, 15,000 students from local schools visited the SPE-KSA booth where our volunteers shared and discussed the opportunities available within SPE-KSA and the Student Outreach Program in particular. In addition, the team shared the academic and professional benefits of getting involved in the section and its activities.

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By: Team Estidamah

From the Land of Oil… A Solar Car

This October, team Estidamah competed internationally in a Saudi-made race car that operates completely on one of the Kingdom’s most abundant natural resources... the sun. Read More ...

By: Syed Haider

Artificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas Industry: Applications and Future

You log in to your Netflix account, and the first thing you see is a new movie trailer on your home screen, and you end up loving it. That’s not a coincidence, that’s the power of machine learning and data analytics in our day to day lives. Our interest is predicted accurately, and the options are presented accordingly. The applications range from trivial things like user-customized news and advertisements to advanced technologies like self-driving cars and real-time electricity consumption optimization in Google’s data centers.

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By: Reema S. Sharaf

Connection from Within

Employee Engagement. Is this the first time you hear those words? Do you think it is a fad? A short-lived concept? What is Employee Engagement in the first place? If you look it up, you will find numerous definitions that quantify Employee Engagement and set up a framework or approach that measures it through percentages and mathematical equations. But I want you to think beyond numbers. Tap into the first thing that crossed your mind when you initially read those two words. Did you think “Oh, this again…” and rolled your eyes? Did you wait for a definition to be offered from my side? Or did you feel something? Hope, disappointment, anger, boredom, or curiosity? Because I want you to hold on to that first impression that you got from reading the words “Employee Engagement”, and be aware of how you’re linking the term back to yourself and your experiences.

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By: Dr. Ahmed H. Altayyar

Preventing Disability by Enabling the Mentally or Physically Impaired

More than half a million Saudi citizens (1 in every 30 people) reported a disability in 2016, according to a Saudi National Survey.1

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By: Nouf Alotaibi

Recommended Reads by Our SPE Leaders

“Together we can shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people.”

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By: Haliburton

Sponsorship Article: The Next 100 Years

With the same values that have sustained the Company for the past century, Halliburton is leading into the future with a continued focus on innovation, collaboration, and execution to deliver superior customer service and unparalleled industry returns.

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