24-26 September 2018

Dallas, Texas, USA  

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center



Sunday, 23 September

Leadership Workshop

Section and Student Chapter leaders engage and share in a day focused on creating the best member experience. Attendees leave energized with ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized as the best in SPE.

Student Meet and Greet

Connect with students and friends from around the world in the lead-up to ATCE. Special activities at this event help you meet and network with fellow students while learning some valuable skills from guest speakers.

Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section Symposium

1300–1700 | Ticketed Event
The Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section is holding a half-day symposium. This important event will highlight the latest upcoming industry efforts, as well as technologies from outside the oil and gas space which could be adapted to drilling uncertainty prediction.

International Faculty Session

The International Faculty Session will present a report from the 2018 Petroleum Engineering Education Colloquium held in August. The focus will be on modernizing the curriculum to meet the needs of universities and the industry.

SPE Leadership Opening Reception

All attendees are invited to the SPE Leadership Opening Reception. Attendees can kick off their ATCE 2018 experience and meet SPE leaders at this networking event.

Digital Energy Technical Section Dinner

1930–2130 | Ticketed Event

A Mission of Uncovering the Value of Knowledge in Digital Transformation Projects in the O&G

Global energy is challenged by the increase of technological advancements, operational challenges, cultural disruptions, environmental regulations, financial constraints and technical competencies requirements, to name a few.    The new disruptions wave that the Oil and Gas industry has been going through has been witnessed in all the sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream.  One of the paramount disruptors is associated with digital transformation that has been expanding across most businesses beyond IT, marketing, finance, HR, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. The O&G industry is somehow unique in its processes and the uncertainties.  Although several discussions took place to discuss business improvement opportunities, challenges and risks within this industry; most of them looked at business dimensions but only a few focused on recruiting and retaining digitally-minded engineers to the oil & gas industry.  Despite the fact that there is no viable alternative to meet global energy needs other than oil and gas, volatile prices and job instability created misperceptions about working for this industry particularly in the digitalization arena.   In the foreseen future, the industry will continue to offer incredible opportunities and any change will likely be gradual; as the demand for petroleum will always remain and demand for talent in this business will also remain.  Digital Transformation endeavors in the petroleum industry exist at various maturity levels; nonetheless, many have already created an impact.  

This panel session undertakes the mission of uncovering various strategies and technologies for leveraging technologies, knowledge, experience, and decision making that accelerate the progress of digital transformation initiatives and harvest their maximum value.  This session will provide opportunities for attendees to actively participate with industry leaders, engage in high-level networking, exchange experiences, identify business improvement opportunities, understand technology trends and determine how to best exploit them for business benefit.   Our speakers will demonstrate the difference between those who participate in the future, and those who make it.


Dr. Nansen Saleri, Chairman & CEO, Quantum Reservoir Impact, LLC

Donald Thompson, Founder, President & CTO, Maana

Pieris Hadjipieri, Deputy CEO, PETEX

Research and Development Technical Section Dinner

19302130 | Ticketed Event

Maintaining Robust R&D in Cyclical Markets – Insights from $40 Oil Years on Sustaining Innovation

Market cyclicality invariably affects investment profile in all functions including that in Research and development (R&D). For our industry, which will always be defined by safety and technology, sustaining R&D and continuously making it more efficient has never been more critical. In the recent low oil-price cycle, the number of blind wells drilled increased noticeably. This has challenged us to improve the price-performance balance of logging and exploration technologies. Well construction practices are being required to deliver the well faster while maintaining safety and quality. The production technologies are under spotlight to quickly integrate and benefit from digital technologies. ROI expectations are relentless. We also face greater competition in attracting best R&D talent. While our industry and the leadership has done an admirable job to fulfill our mission of providing affordable energy to everyone, this is also an ideal time to develop insights from the recent low oil-price cycle and shape future outlook. The Research and Development Technical Section (RDTS) is bringing together a panel of leading technology leaders representing both the industry and academia. This panel will share new insights on how to, rebalance the R&D projects that shortens delivery time, increase ROI, safeguard digital technology developments, select white spaces to invest in, open innovation collaborations within industry and with academia, nurturing multi-disciplinary talent, and other key topics. Join this discussion with industry leaders, network with your peers and take back insights that could better prepare you for 2019 and beyond.


Danny Deffenbaugh, VP, Mechanical Engineering, Southwestern Institute (SwRI)

Navneet Behl, VP, Operations, APACHE

Greg Powers, VP, Technology, Halliburton

Monday, 24 September

How to Write a Good Abstract

0800–0845 | Ticketed Event
In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a free 45-minute session on how to write an abstract. In this session, we will cover the basics within the abstract process along with how to effectively construct your abstract.

PetroBowl® Championship

ATCE’s most competitive event, the PetroBowl Championship, pitches SPE Student Chapter teams against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and nontechnical industry-related questions. Can UNAM keep hold of the trophy or will a new team take the top spot?

How to Write a Good Technical Paper

0900–0945 | Ticketed Event
SPE is committed to helping authors submit their best possible paper to  conferences and journals. This free 45-minute session will cover the basic methods on how to write a good technical paper.

Opening General Session: Translating Big Data into Business Results

Senior executives will discuss the transformation of the E&P industry through big data, and specifically how to use big data to enhance safety and increase profitability.

Chairperson's Luncheon

1215–1345 | Ticketed Event
Sara Ortwein, ATCE 2018 General Chairperson
President, XTO Energy

The upstream’s digitized future is upon us. As oil and gas companies race to identify and implement digital technologies, they must consider several key elements in the transformation, including the people needed to make it all work. Creating successful digital ecosystems will require companies to evolve and adapt to new cultures, skill sets, and mindsets in order to seamlessly integrate people and technology.

Welcome Reception

Join friends and colleagues on the exhibition floor to network with more than 280 exhibiting companies.

University Alumni Receptions

Several universities will hold alumni receptions in conjunction with ATCE 2018. These events provide excellent opportunities for attendees to visit and get reacquainted with old friends, and build new relationships with other professionals.


Cairo University Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Arts District 4
Colorado School of Mines Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Greenville Ave
Indian School of Mines                                          Off-site (information coming soon)
LSU Alumni Reception Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Deep Ellum B
Mississippi State University Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Arts District 2
Montana Tech Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Fair Park 2
Oklahoma State University Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Trinity Ballroom 7
Pennsylvania State University Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Arts District 7
Stanford University  Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Deep Ellum A
Texas A&M University Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Trinity Ballroom 4 & 8
Texas Tech University Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Arts District 6
The University of Texas at Austin Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Trinity Ballroom 5 & 6
The University of Tulsa Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Trinity Ballroom 1, 2, & 3
University of Kansas Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Arts District 1
University of Oklahoma Omni Hotel, Level 3, Room – Fair Park 1
University of Southern California Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Arts District 5
West Virginia University  Omni Hotel, Level 2, Room – Cedars

Tuesday, 25 September

Student Paper Contests: Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD Divisions

Watch the winning presentations from the regional Student Paper Contests while they compete for the international prize. Contests take place across three rooms for Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD divisions.

Business Management and Leadership Session I: Professionals Exemplify Integrity and Ethics

0830–1130 | Ticketed Event
Facilitator: Susan Howes

Startup Village

0830–1700 | Ticketed Event
SPE, in partnership with the Rice Alliance, is hosting an event showcasing emerging energy companies. Eligible companies will compete for prize money, followed by afternoon discussions about building startups.

Expo Luncheon


Communications Skills Workshop

This workshop provides tips on communication methods vital for the modern global workplace. Explore different methods of communication, their pros and cons, and how to ensure your message gets heard.

Student Awards Luncheon

1200–1330 | Ticketed Event
A luncheon for students in which SPE will recognize the Outstanding Student Chapters, Petrobowl Winner, and International Student Paper Contest participants.

Business Management and Leadership Session II: Diversity

1300–1600 | Ticketed Event
Facilitator: Maria Capello

Career Pathway Fair/Young Member Reception

This is your opportunity to meet industry professionals and find out what you need to know to get on the right direction in your career. Get one-on-one advice to help you get ahead. The fair will be followed by our Young Member Reception, where we will present the 2018 Student Paper Contest winners.

Happy Hour on the Exhibition Floor


Annual Reception and Banquet

1830–2200 | Ticketed Event
Join us to celebrate key successes within SPE and the oil and gas industry as a whole. The Annual Banquet recognizes outstanding SPE members who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Wednesday, 26 September

Energy4me® Teacher Workshop


Energy4me® High School Student STEM Event


Women in Energy: Gender Diversity–Fueling the Future of Oil and Gas

Leaders from the industry will discuss critical career skills related to business management and leadership. Gain insights from this discussion to help advance your career and add greater value to your organization.

President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members

1200–1345 | Ticketed Event
ATCE wraps up with a favorite tradition showcasing 2018 SPE President Darcy Spady’s presentation on new achievements at SPE and upcoming initiatives. Notable volunteers and award-winning SPE Sections will also be recognized, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet SPE Board members and 2019 SPE President Sami Al-Nuaim.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


About the Conference

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