Lafayette Chapter News
NOVEMBER AADE MEETING OFFERS GEOLOGICAL FOCUS
Chris McLindon of Upstream Exploration LLC spoke today at the AADE General Meeting at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. He offered an informative discussion on an NOGS/Louisiana Geological Survey research initiative. The goal of this initiative is to produce a fault atlas for the state of Louisiana. Special thanks to all who attended today’s event and to Chris McLindon for coming to Lafayette to share some geological insights and offer a glimpse of efforts ahead.
After the meeting, Chris McLindon, second from left, posed with AADE steering committee members Alden Sonnier and Craig Castille and AADE President Kristy Bonner, far left.
SCOTT HOWARD SHARED A HISTORY OF SIERRA HAMILTON AT THE OCTOBER MEETING
Scott Howard, Senior Project Drilling Engineer, with Sierra Hamilton shared a company overview, insights on Sierra Hamilton’s plans for the future and some local lore from the days of Petroleum Engineers, Inc., which got its start in Lafayette. One of the co-founders Al Bellaire joined us for the meeting and shared a few thoughts, too.
First Lafayette General Meeting for 2017-2018 Session was a Huge Success
A packed house attended this week’s special joint meeting with AADE and SPE ... with a very special guest - Scott A. Angelle, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Angelle offered an informative look at production and safety both being essential.
A special “surprise” guest, Louisiana Sen. Fred Mills, attended to introduce Director Angelle. Thanks to both Director Angelle and Sen. Mills for taking time out to join us at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette.
From left, SPE Chairman Marty Dymond, Director Scott Angelle, Sen. Fred Mills and AADE President Kristy Bonner pose together after the event.
THE F5 BON TEMPS COOKBOOK IS ONLINE NOW!
Download and enjoy your favorite recipes from this year's F5 Bon Temps event in Lafayette. Click here to download the cookbook.
Special thanks to our 2017 cookbook sponsors Foster Marketing and TriState Environmental.
We're already looking ahead to next year's event! See you there!
Charlotte Batson, CEO of Tuscaloosa Energy Services, spoke at the May AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting at the Petroleum Club. We finished up the 2016-2017 session strong with Baton’s update on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale region and other unconventional projects. Baton, a dynamic speaker and popular blogger, gave an informative talk on the rapidly changing world of oil and gas, including highlighting the tremendous amount of innovation and new practices that have been ushered in since 2014. AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, stands with Batson, center, and AADE board member Alden Sonnier after the May meeting in Lafayette.
LSU Spring 2017 Semester Scholarship Recipients Announced
LSU students Devin Samaha and Michael Riccobono each were selected to receive a $1,250 scholarship from the AADE Lafayette Chapter. Each year, the AADE Lafayette Chapter awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to students at UL, LSU and NSU who are pursuing degrees in petroleum-related fields. Congratulations to both Samaha and Riccobono for being selected as the 2017 spring scholarship recipients.
Craig Castille of Stone Energy gave an interactive presentation to the AADE Lafayette Chapter in April: Pompano – Brown Field Developments – Concepts to Sanctions. The audience was presented various development scenarios and asked to rank the development options as the presentation continued. It was a very engaging and informative presentation. Following the presentation, AADE President Kristy Bonner, left, and AADE steering committee member Alden Sonnier, right, presented Castille with a special gift of appreciation.
Special thanks to Scott McLeod of Chevron for his presentation, Chevron’s Thailand Performance Drilling - What Can Be Applied to Any Operation, which he shared this week at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette at another well-attended AADE event. McLeod spoke at the March AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting, sharing many thoughts on efficiency and fielding questions from the audience. It was a great presentation with takeaways applicable across many industries! McLeod, center, was presented with a gift of appreciation by AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier.
Lafayette, New Orleans and National Donate Funding to NSU Well Control and Drilling Simulation Lab
At the February AADE Lafayette Chapter general meeting, Nicholls State University was presented a check to assist with the purchase of four DrillSIM student stations and DrillSIM licenses, computers and monitors. AADE National, Lafayette and New Orleans chapters joined together to contribute the needed funding for the four student stations, which cost $56,272. Both Lafayette and New Orleans chapters contributed $14,068 each, with National matching these contributions.
Shown, from left, are Dr. John Griffin, Nicholls PETSM; Jeffery Svendon, AADE’s Nicholls representative; Julio Pabon, student and president of SPE student chapter; Katie Watson, student and president of AADE student chapter; Luke Huddleston, student; Michael Gautreaux, PETSM; and Derrick Daigle, AADE National representative.
UL Spring Scholarship Honorees Named
University of Louisiana at Lafayette petroleum engineering student Kobie Renard, left, was presented with a check at February’s AADE Lafayette Chapter General by AADE UL representative Derrick Daigle. Kobie and Evan Knight (not shown) were recently named AADE’s UL spring scholarship honorees. Congratulations to both deserving students!
Packed House at February General Meeting
Jerred Clark of PetroQuest presented at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting in February at the Petroleum Club. His well-received and informative presentation on drilling challenges in East Texas packed the house. Thanks to Jerred for sharing his thoughts and insights with the AADE Lafayette Chapter membership. Jerred, center, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and steering committee member Alden Sonnier after the meeting.
January AADE National Board Meeting Held in Lafayette
In January, a National AADE board meeting was held in Lafayette. National board members and chapter representatives participated in a dinner, a full day of meetings and attended the Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. The Lafayette AADE Chapter was glad for the opportunity to host this event and have representatives from multiple chapters join us for January’s discussion on the state of the industry by LOGA.
Thanks to LOGA for January Presentation
Louisiana Oil & Gas Association Director of Marketing & Membership Development Ben Broussard, right, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner after January's AADE General Meeting. Broussard offered an annual state-of-the-industry discussion sharing "Both Sides of the Story." January's General Meeting had a full house in attendance, with several AADE chapter representatives and National board members attending.
October General Meeting Focuses on Going Back to Basics
Gator Johnson, center, came to discuss Chesapeake's Haynesville success at the October AADE meeting in Lafayette. It was an informative and enjoyable event! Here, he stands with AADE President Kristy Bonner, left, and First Vice President Jerred Clark. The event was well attended.
2016-2017 Fall UL Scholarship Honorees Named
Kobie Renard and Andrew Trosclair 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.