General Section Meeting and Upcoming Training Courses

San Joaquin Valley SPE General Section Meeting

Data Analytics for Steam Injection Projects

An Extra 45 Minutes Can Provide
a World of Knowledge

Thursday, October 17th @ 11:30 AM         

Petroleum Club, 12th Floor
5060 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309 

Speaker:  Suzanne Castrup, President, Integrated Sciences Group

Reservations:  RSVP by Oct. 14th to avoid walk-in payments

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Or Email Guillaume Moog at gmoog@sentinelpeakresources.com



Data analysis methods for evaluating heat migration efficiency through surface piping, down injection or cyclic wells, through the reservoir, up producing wells and through casing vapor recovery systems are illustrated. Methods for integrating and interpreting qualitative information, such as surface terrain, reservoir structure and stratigraphy are also illustrated. Data normalization techniques are presented to properly evaluate steam injection requirements and better characterize production response.  Recommended practices are also presented for establishing, calculating and evaluating key operating parameters to clearly identify and implement project improvements in a timely manner.


Ms. Suzanne Castrup, President of Integrated Sciences Group, has over thirty-six years of experience in heavy oil recovery.  She has developed several petroleum engineering and measurement science courses and provided engineering consulting services including surface and subsurface design, monitoring and optimization of various heavy oil projects in California, Canada, South America and the Middle East. She has published numerous technical papers, holds several patents relating to heavy oil recovery and is a recipient of the 2007 SPE International Award for distinguished contributions to petroleum engineering projects, facilities and construction. Prior to joining Integrated Sciences Group in 1999, Ms. Castrup was Technical Advisor for Thermally Enhanced Oil Recovery in Chevron’s Western Basins Group providing in-house consultation on all aspects of steam flood and cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) project design, implementation and evaluation.  During this time, she also conducted characterization and simulation studies for both heavy and light oil reservoirs and coordinated annual business planning efforts for various heavy and light oil-producing properties.

San Joaquin Valley SPE Training Courses

Day 1: An Overview of Enhanced Oil Recovery

Monday, October 21st 

      8:30 AM - 5:00 PM        

Aera Oaks, Room CC33
10000 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Instructor:  Dr. Behrooz Fattahi Ph.D.

$625.00 SPE Members, $700.00 Non-SPE Members (SPE Annual Membership is $110)

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Or Email:

Amir Khan at
Usama Sultan at
SPE membership link: https://www.spe.org/join/


Day 2: A Soft Transformation Approach to Career Success

Tuesday, October 22nd 

       8:30 AM - 12:00 PM       

Aera Oaks, Room 1L01
10000 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93311


Price:  $200.00 SPE Members, $240.00 Non-SPE Members (SPE Annual Membership is $110)

Pay Online:  Online Payment Link

Or Email:

Amir Khan at
Usama Sultan at
SPE membership link: https://www.spe.org/join/

A Soft Transformation Approach to Career Success

Success can be measured in many different ways, and by a variety of criteria such as educational achievement, wealth, private lifestyle, family and marriage, career achievement, etc. But whether there is an absolute, and universal definition or benchmark for success, soft competencies have emerged as universally accepted essential ingredients for achieving success in many aspects of our private and professional lives.


Dr. Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014. He was the Heavy Oil Development Coordinator at Aera, and in his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery. 

Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.

Dr. Fattahi served as the Chairman of the Board, and the 2010 President of SPE International. He was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, AIME. He is now the President of the EnerTrain Institute, providing petroleum technical training and consulting 


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