Lafayette Chapter News
2016-2017 Fall UL Scholarship Honorees Named
Kobie Renard and Andrew Troslcair were recently awarded scholarships from the AADE Lafayette Chapter for the fall semester. Both are petroleum engineering students at the University of Louisiana and active members in the AADE Student Chapter. Congratulations to them both and keep up the good work! Andrew Trosclair, center, stands with AADE Treasurer Sharon Moore, left, and AADE President Kristy Bonner at the September General Meeting.
Lafayette Chapter 2016-2017 Session Off and Running
The first AADE General Meeting of the 2016-2017 Session for the Lafayette Chapter was held Sept. 19. Drilling engineer A.J. Silvia of Noble Energy offered an informative presentation on “Drilling Practices in the Eagle Ford Shale Play” to more than 70 attendees at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Thanks to A.J. for helping kick off the session on a great note! A.J. Silvia, center, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and First Vice President Jerred Clark.
At the final AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting of the 2015-2016 session, Fred Brink with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) discussed the “Final Well Control Rule” and answered questions from the group. The May 16 meeting was well attended with many anxious to hear more about the new regulations that begin within the next 90 days. Brink is a petroleum engineering graduate of Louisiana State University class of 2009. He has six plus years of offshore experience working with MMS/BSEE and started his career working as a field engineer in Lafayette. During his time in the Lafayette District, he served as a drilling field engineer for two years; and in the GOM Region, he served as well operations coordinator for District Operations Support. He currently is the lead on BSEE’s Hurricane Reporting Team and serves as the chief of District Operations Support in the Gulf of Mexico Region. Brink, center, was presented a gift of appreciation following his presentation by AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, right, and First Vice President Matt Hensgens, left.
Stone Energy’s Tim Mannon discussed Deepwater Well Design from a Geological Standpoint this month at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. Nearly 100 participants came to hear Mannon’s insightful tips.
In his presentation, he stressed that well design works best with good collaboration between engineering and geology; and, the more questions that can be asked on the front end, the better. Tim Mannon is a Deepwater Drilling Engineer/Rig Optimization Engineer.
After the presentation, Mannon, third from left, was presented with a gift of appreciation by Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, right. Here, he stands with UL Student Chapter President Garrett Carter, right, and Incoming Student Chapter President Amelia Smith, second from left.
Jude Boudreaux, Stone Energy's quality engineer, shared valuable insights for all oil and gas service companies on delivering quality to operators. His timely topic hit home for many at this month’s AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting as most companies are striving to edge out the competition in today’s competitive oil and gas business climate. Special thanks to Boudreaux for sharing his experiences with the large group in attendance this month. After taking several questions from the audience, Boudreaux, center, was presented with a speaker gift by AADE Lafayette President Alden Sonnier, right, and Secretary Jarrod Suire. A crowd of nearly 100 came to hear Boudreaux’s thoughts on quality and how you can get to the next level.
Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, offered an in-depth explanation on how we as an industry got! Briggs artfully illustrated his point on supply and demand and shared his optimism that the current situation would turn around. More than 130 people from across the energy industry gathered at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette to hear Briggs’ take on the current state of the oil and gas industry in his discuss at the Lafayette AADE General Meeting in February.
January Meeting Kicks Off 2016 With a Full House
Ryan Gradishar of Chevron offered an informative look at Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) to a packed house at the January AADE general meeting in Lafayette. Following the meeting, AADE Lafayette Chapter Vice President Matt Hensgens, left, presents Gradishar with a gift of appreciation.
UL Fall/Spring Scholarship Recipients Honored
The AADE Lafayette Chapter has chosen Andrew Trosclair, Kerry Marlett and Kobie Renard as the fall/spring scholarship recipients at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Congratulations to these deserving and dedicated students. A total of $15,000 was awarded to these students - $2,500 per semester to each student. From left, are Sharon Moore, AADE treasurer; Renard; Marlett; and ADDE board member Derrick Daigle. The Lafayette Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), in an ongoing effort to invest in the future of the oil and gas industry, has awarded $15,000 in scholarship funding to engineering students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Andrew Trosclair, Kerry Marlett and Kobie Renard were each awarded $2,500 scholarships for both the fall and spring semesters. Join us in congratulating these students for being selected for this honor.
T.R. Dartez Speaks on Well Abandonment in the Zombie Apocalypse: An Engineered Approach at Lafayette General Meeting
T.R. Dartez discussed well abandonments, post Katrina / Macondo, highlighting changes, challenges and technology at the Dec. 14 AADE General Meeting in Lafayette. In his discussion, titled “Well Abandonment in the Zombie Apocalypse: An Engineered Approach,” Dartez emphasized that hydrocarbons are essential to continuing life as we know it. In a nutshell: no hydrocarbons, no food. Without hydrocarbons, there is no way to transport, fertilize, etc. Dartez is a consulting engineer with more than 35 years of experience, specializing in well completions, workovers and concentric interventions. After the meeting, Lafayette Chapter AADE President Alden Sonnier, left, presented Dartez, right, with a special gift of appreciation for sharing his insights with AADE. A full house attended Dartez’s talk.
Representatives from Baker Hughes, NOV and Schlumberger presented at the AADE Lafayette Chapter inaugural Drill Bit and Reamer Forum. This was an informative and well-attended program. Shown, from left, are Taylor Brazzel, AADE Lafayette Chapter second vice president; Alden Sonnier, AADE president; Essam Ahmed, Schlumberger; Matt Hensgens, first vice president; Brian McCarthy, NOV; and Ryckman Callais, Baker Hughes. Thanks to our speakers for participating.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Receives $76,572 Donation from AADE for Testing Equipment
A nearly $77,000 donation was presented to Dr. Fathi Boukadi of the UL Petroleum Engineering Department at the November AADE General Meeting in Lafayette. A check for $38,934 from the AADE Lafayette Chapter and a donation of $37,638 from the National AADE Chapter will be used to purchase testing equipment for the Benny Manual Mud Lab at UL to give students the benefit of hands-on experience.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Awarded Scholarships for Fall 2015 Semester
This semester’s University of Louisiana at Lafayette scholarship winners are Andrew Trosclair, Kerry Marlett and Kobie Renard. Congratulations for earning this recognition. A total of $7,500 was given to the fall semester UL scholarship winners. From left, are Matt Hensgens, first vice president; Dr. Fathi Boukadi, UL; Renard; Alden Sonnier, AADE president; Marlett; and Taylor Brazzel, second vice president.
Drilling Engineer Shara Mayers with Brammer Engineering, Inc. offered an insightful discussion on her experiences working in the Cotton Valley region at a recent AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. Mayer’s depth of experience drilling hundreds of wells was clear in her talk on drilling successes during horizontal wells in this region. This was a great opportunity to hear about industry activity directly from such a knowledgeable source. After the meeting, Mayers stands with AADE Chapter President Alden Sonnier and board member Al Wambsgans.
Kristy Bonner Receives Meritorious Award
AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, left, presented Kristy Bonner with the Meritorious Service Award at the September Lafayette Chapter American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) luncheon for her generous contributions in advancing the AADE. Congratulations, Kristy!
Chris McLindon gave a presentation on a proposal for the oil and gas industry to do an assessment of its coastal infrastructure at the AADE Lafayette Chapter September General Meeting at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette, Louisiana. Currently, the New Orleans Geological Society is working to advance a proposal for the oil and gas industry to initiate an assessment of its critical coastal infrastructure that is likely to be impacted by relative sea level rise in the coming decades. This was a very informative presentation with more information likely to be available in the near future. And, a full-house was in attendance as McLindon shared research and data on this important topic. What a great way to start out the 2015-2016 AADE Lafayette Chapter Session. McLindon, center, stands with Lafayette Chapter Treasurer Jarrod Suire, left, and President Alden Sonnier, right, after the presentation.
Mark Barton with Brammer Engineering, Inc. shared stories of what could happen in well operations at the May AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting this week at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. In his presentation titled “Well Operation Perils,” Barton shared how he navigated tricky and unpredictable situations – such as hurricanes – and much more. It was an insightful presentation and a great way to wrap up the 2014-2015 session.
After the meeting, Mark, far left, poses with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, center, and Second Vice President Matt Hensgens.
John Dribus, global geosciences advisor for Schlumberger Oil Field Services, presented on potential drilling hazards in deep water at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting this month. Since the Macondo incident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil and gas industry has been diligent in addressing various drilling hazards that may be encountered in deep water. Dribus provided an information-packed overview on salt formations and potential drilling hazards. Dribus, center, stands with First Vice President David Gomez, left and board member Rick Voth.
22nd Annual AADE Scholarship Sporting Clays Tournament a Success
The AADE Lafayette Chapter held its 22nd annual Scholarship Sporting Clays Tournament at GOL Shooting Facility in Maurice. Proceeds from the tournament provide petroleum industry-related scholarships at LSU, ULL and Nichols State University. Hundreds of participants, sponsors and volunteers headed to the Maurice facility March 26 and 27 to participate in the two-day event. In spite of the downturn in the oil and gas industry, the event was well attended.
“Our 22nd sporting clays event was a success thanks to a dedicated committee and volunteers, generous sponsors and the ongoing support of participants in the oil and gas industry,” said Jeffery Svendson, AADE Sporting Clays Committee chairman. “The AADE Lafayette Chapter is pleased to consistently host a top-notch shooting tournament and grateful for the scholarships and donations that the organization can provide with the proceeds raised from the event.”
Here are the results of this year’s event:
2015 Sporting Clay Tournament Fun
Events and Raffle Winners
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2015 Sporting Clay Individual
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2015 Sporting Clay Team
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2015 Sporting Clay Ladies
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AADE National Tech Conference Winner
ULL undergraduate and graduate students recently attended the AADE National Conference. Graduate student Ezeakacha Peter Chinedum won first place in the Graduate Poster/Paper Contest. Peter, left, stands with Dr. Saeed Salehi, right. Great news for Peter and ULL!
LSU and UL students recently were given the opportunity to take a field trip to a working rig.
AADE Committee member Bruce Jordan helps spearhead this event to give university students an up-close and practical introduction to rig operations and equipment. Several groups of students toured the rig site with about 50 students for UL alone. See more scenes for the student tour. A special thanks to all those who coordinated this event to provide students with valuable first-hand experience.
UL Engineering Department Named Department of the Year
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Engineering Department has claimed the department of the year award based on a points earned system that considers several qualities an engineering department should have including volunteering (the second largest portion of the points) and competing in sporting events such as football, softball and soccer throughout the year. The majority of the points are earned during engineering and technology week when the different engineering departments compete in a mystery design challenge, quiz bowl, a poster contest and a paper contest. The big event happens midweek when every department shifts itself into an exhibition to display its attributes to more than 2,300 high school students that come from all over the country. The engineering department that earns the most points based on all of these activities wins the department of the tear title. Congratulations, ULL! See photos of the ULL petroleum students and facility members; the senior students with Dr. Boukadi and Ms. Connie; and Dr. Boukadi holding the trophy.
Spring 2015 UL scholarship recipients were presented checks at the February AADE general meeting. This semester’s UL scholarship recipients include Phillip Guinn, Damian Guillory, Kerry Marlett and Andrew Trosclair. Guinn and Guillory are seniors who both have previous degrees but are coming back to earn additional degrees. Marlett is a junior from California, and Trosclair is also a junior. Shown, from left, are Phillip Guinn, AADE Secretary Jarrod Suire, Kerry Marlett, AADE President Alden Sonnier and Damian Guillory. Congratulations to this semester’s UL scholarship recipients.
Bruce Jordan Discusses Turnkey Drilling at AADE Lafayette Chapter Luncheon
Bruce Jordan, president of Stokes & Spiehler and managing member of Drilling Partners, LLC, was the guest speaker for the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Lafayette Chapter’s March General Meeting at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Jordan offered shared a history of turnkey drilling projects and noted several players in these efforts. Additionally, Jordan shared Stokes & Spiehler’s story and answered questions on how the company approaches bids and more. This was another informative and well-attended AADE event!
Joe Leimkuhler, vice president of drilling for LLOG Exploration, spoke at the February General Meeting for the Lafayette AADE Chapter this week at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Leimkuhler offered an insightful and informative look at deepwater opportunities ahead, as well as challenges and risks. A full house attended to hear his discussion, which touched on the impact and perception of the oil and gas industry; politics at work; environmental and climate factors; and being diligent with safety concerns. Overall, it was an enlightening presentation!
January General Meeting
From left, Jason Leath of Cross Group, AADE Lafayette President Alden Sonnier, Craig Castille of Stone Energy and Kevin Smith of Stone Energy pose after the January AADE General Meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana. The trio of Castille, Smith and Leath shared valuable insights on Pompano Phase II, a brownfield revitalization effort, this week at the Petroleum Club. The group discussed governmental and engineering challenges as well as successes and lessons learned from this project at the January meeting.
A full-house was in attendance for this informative discussion.
Svendson and Crosby Honored with Meritorious Service Award for Years of Support
Jeffery Svendson and Jaime Crosby were honored with national awards of recognition for their many years of dedication to AADE. They have both served in many roles and lead numerous committees and efforts. It is people like them who make what the AADE Lafayette Chapter does possible. Thank you to them both for their efforts.
Operator Forum Meeting
The American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Lafayette Chapter held its annual Operator Forum in December 15 at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. This year's presenters will be Art Mixon and Craig Castille. Mixon is executive vice president of exploration and production for PetroQuest Energy and Castille is director of deepwater drilling and completions for Stone Energy. The Annual Operator Forum offers a look back at 2014 as well as providing insights on what these operators are predicting for the year ahead. This year's event had a full house in attendance! See scenes for the event.
This year's presenters will be Art Mixon and Craig Castille. Mixon is executive vice president of exploration and production for PetroQuest Energy and Castille is director of deepwater drilling and completions for Stone Energy. The Annual Operator Forum offers a look back at 2014 as well as providing insights on what these operators are predicting for the year ahead. From left, AADE President Alden Sonnier, Castille, Mixon and Treasurer Sharon Moore pose after the meeting.
Chris Chia Presents on MWD Passive Ranging at AADE Lafayette Chapter Meeting
Chris Chia, director of technical services with Scientific Drilling International, spoke to the AADE Lafayette Chapter on MWD Passive Ranging today at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Chris Chia, right, poses with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier after the meeting. Chris gave an insightful technical presentation, complete with informative graphics and detailed illustrations.
UL Team Makes It to the ATCE Quiz Bowl Quarter Final
The UL Lafayette Petroleum Engineering Department students made it to the Quarter Finals in the ATCE quiz bowl held in Amsterdam. They defeated Kansas, but were later eliminated by Penn State in the Quarter Final. The final score was 65-55.This is the furthest they have gone. According to Dr. Gathi Boukadi's calculations, they ranked 5th over 42 schools that competed. Quiz Bowl team members include, from left, Raj Kiran, Gavin Parria, Austen Catlin, Peter Ezeakacha and Austen Notariano. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishment in representing UL on a global stage! Go Cajuns!
Well Control - Then and Now Discussed
Odon Simoneaux of Wild Well Control spoke on Well Control - Then and Now at the October general membership meeting of the AADE Lafayette Chapter at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette, Louisiana. His discussion was very informative as he covered well blowout statistics, trends he and the Wild Well team have seen and ways blowouts can be prevented.
Current AADE Lafayette President Alden Sonnier, right, presented a plaque to Past President Derrick Daigle, left, at the October General Meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana. Derrick served two terms as AADE Lafayette Chapter president and was a great asset to the organization in this role, as well as the many other AADE efforts he is involved in. Thanks to Derrick for his service.
The AADE Lafayette Chapter has made a donation to the University of Louisiana Mud Lab. AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier presented a check to the AADE UL Student Chapter President Gavin Parria for $9,441.42. These funds will help with repair and maintenance of equipment in the UL Benny Manual Mud Lab.Here's where you can enter in text. Feel free to edit, move, delete or add a different page element.