Conversations: Not the Beginning of the End, But the End of the Beginning
- Behrooz Fattahi (2010 SPE President)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
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- August 2010
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- Journal Paper
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This is my last JPT column as SPE president, and I am writing it with mixed feelings. I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve, to visit with many of you around the globe and make so many friends, and to have our monthly conversation through this column. But I am also sad that this grand experience is coming to an end.
As I have met with members across the globe this past year, I have focused our conversations on the new and unique challenges posed by the fast-paced changes in our lives.
These challenges are global, and complex. Some of the most critical of these are clearly impacting us today. They include management of human assets, and its associated issues of an aging workforce; recruiting young talent, and developing their skills; intensifying effort for technology development, and speeding deployment in the field; incorporating process optimization, and promoting collaborative efforts to reduce waste, needless duplication, and cost; and the equally important issue of the industry’s public image. These are not new issues, but they have risen to the top and become, in my view, the most critical to the future of oil supply. I have urged our members not to be threatened by these challenges. Challenges create opportunities, and our industry has to constantly show the ability to redefine itself and meet the adversities.
At the end of my term, I believe more strongly than ever that as the largest, most global, and most prestigious professional society supporting our industry, SPE is well positioned to help the industry address many of these challenges. However, to play our role effectively, SPE must continue to face its own challenges. We must maintain the alignment of the vision and the purpose of the organization. We will have to maintain or improve the quality and integrity of our services, and to deliver them to all members wherever they may be. We will have to continue our globalization effort.
We also must continue to initiate and facilitate industry’s discussions of critical technical and professional issues of the future. I initiated creation of an SPE committee that brings together experts on the topics of sustainability to advise SPE on how we can support the industry. I have also formed a task force to examine issues surrounding our industry’s engagement of women in the workforce. SPE will play an important role in providing a forum for a renewed emphasis on safety and environmental protection, and to addressing what changes are needed in operations, equipment, technology, and training in light of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
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