Outside of my department duties, I continue to be heavily involved in SPE. In fact, I’m currently sitting on the SPE Board of Directors as the first ever Completions Technical Director. Some of you might have seen the announcement regarding the split between the Drilling and Completions technical areas. I was heavily involved in that transformation, as well as in several other areas of the society. It’s been a great experience and one that I believe I’ll continue to enjoy during the next two years of my appointment.
As always, I have a few trips planned. I’ll be visiting China in August for the SPE Asia Pacific Hydraulic Fracturing
Conference. I’ll also be attending ATCE in Dubai and a few other miscellaneous conferences along the way. Personally, not too much exciting other than I’m building a new house. (Never, ever, ever again – and if you’ve built one before, you know what I’m talking about!) Otherwise, I’m just working on adjusting to being back on campus and settling into my new office. If you’re ever on campus or in the Golden area, please swing by and say “hi”. (Oh, the photo – a fairly successful fishing trip to Alaska just to prove that I do get out of my office occasionally!)
quizzes!) before stepping into the lab for the corresponding lab session.
Jorge and his wife, Chistina in Torquay, southwest of Melbourne,
OK, the first year is gone, and this time I will not spend much time talking about myself. That was basically the subject of the 2015 newsletter, right after my appointment to the PE department here at Mines. For those interested in my previous life/experience please refer to last-year’s newsletter.
It was a busy year, indeed. In Fall 2015 I took on three main activities: co-teaching PEGN311 (Drilling), co-teaching PEGN597 (Tubular Design) and, more intensely, being in charge of the demanding PEGN311L, known as the “Drilling Fluid Lab”. That was a big challenge. Workstations in poor conditions, instrumentation needing repair, missing chemicals, missing parts… and 24 students per day, 5 days a week, 3 hours per session, for 13 weeks. But we did it. Lessons learned were: (1) lab requires a lot of preparation (not simply getting the lab manual and running those experiments with mud); (2) the importance of complete workstations with all equipment, accessories and supplies; (3) clear experiment descriptions and supporting material; (4) previous reading (students) of theory, methods, and procedures. From these lessons, I redesigned the whole mud-lab for Fall 2016, introducing a new, thorough lab manual, and a novelty: video-clips with detailed description of all equipment, their use, and procedures. Students will have these video clips in Blackboard and will need to watch them (and pass the
In Spring 2016 I taught PEGN361 (Completion) and co-taught PEGN598B (Well Planning and Operations). The former is a tough course, demanding a lot of work from students. It really lacks some lab activities (for example, cementing design and tests), which we are considering introducing in 2018. Some cementing equipment were reborn from ashes like the two atmospheric consistometers (quite old indeed), which are now ready to be used in some cement tests. The plan is to get the funding to set up a full undergrad cementing lab, and also a grad (research) cement lab to be operational in 2017.
Beside the junior undergrad students, two graduates (a MS and a PhD) are helping me to help them get their degrees.
Now, just to talk a little bit about the life in Golden area, and Colorado in general. We must all be prepared for changes. Changes in life styles and life dynamics. Being an active person (or couple) we thought initially that we would irremediably miss the previous life style moving from Rio to Lakewood (yes, we now live in Belmar). Although it couldn’t be a surprise (remember I got my PhD here at Mines in ‘96) it was a real challenge. Want to know why? For those watching the Rio-2016 Olympic Games you must have seen those American TV correspondents broadcasting from their Copacabana Beach “Office”. Well... we used to live RIGHT THERE, in the beach-front apartment some two blocks away, where I could swim in the open beach everyday before going to work. So the challenge was: can we live without that? YES! Here in Colorado! No ocean beach, but mountains, lakes, rivers, trails, all these wealth of open activities, nature, beauty… and with grown-up kids, nothing else to worry about.
And to make things crazily complete, the wonderful staff in the Petroleum Engineering Department, the sharp students, a fantastic campus, make the perfect conditions.