At the outset, I wish a very happy and prosperous festival season to all of you. This being the first issue of the newsletter this year, I would like to share some of my thoughts about the SPE New Delhi Section.
We have been regularly organizing technical meetings and events which are always very well attended by the young, the less young, and the old(er) generations of our industry. Captains of our industry actively contributed to the sessions, as speakers, session hosts and discussion panel members. The variety of topics provided by operating companies, service companies and academia was always well received. We have a beautiful diversity within our Section, in particular in membership age. Thanks to SPE’s pro-active initiatives, we are rest assured that our industry is very much alive & kicking and still has a very bright future ahead.
Professional societies provide a forum for like-minded people to exchange ideas, views and information. It gives ample opportunities to keep ourselves abreast about emerging technologies and create networks with other operating and service companies with whom we can share experiences, seek advice, share common goals, concerns, and perspectives. Professional societies contain a veritable wealth of information available through conferences, meetings, online, publications, and presentations. Besides SPE, there are a number of very good professional societies viz Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG), Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG), European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) USA, Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AEG) India, Society of Petro-physicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), Association of Exploration Geochemists (AEG), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) et al. It is time for us to take a lead in creating a platform for interfacing of these various societies with SPE. I believe in this age of cut throat competition, creating such an interface between like-minded professional societies can enhance our knowledge, skills and capabilities by the free flow and dissemination of state of the art scientific & technological knowledge and information.
It is really very heartening that our membership has grown quite a bit during the recent months. But, there is one issue that we must do something to improve. The membership of our Section is balanced in age, however, with respect to gender it is not. Female members represent a very less percentage of our total community. I am convinced that women will gain more ground and strengthen our local Section in the near future.
Apart from organizing the regular lectures, we are considering continuous education and social events, young professionals’ programme and getting SPE International Distinguished Lectures. Finally I would like to compliment the young generation for their increased involvement in SPE.
Having said all the above, I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to SPE in 2011, through membership, through participation at events and through active involvement in organizing committees and on our board.
The SPE New Delhi is in great shape and I look forward to this continuing in the coming months. See you all in the monthly meetings, special programmes and events.
Chairman SPE New Delhi Section