San Joaquin Valley SPE Section General Section Meeting

Developing the Next Generation of Completion Engineers

An Extra 45 Minutes Can Provide
a World of Knowledge

Thursday, May 16th @ 11:30 AM         

Petroleum Club, 12th Floor
5060 California Ave, Bakersfield 

Speaker:  Mark Van Domelen, VP Downhole Chemical Solutions

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Developing the Next Generation of Completion Engineers

As the development of oil and gas reservoirs continues around the world, the need for innovative solutions to economically produce these reservoirs remains as strong as ever. Building a talent base within an organization is paramount for this task. The successful exploitation of these often- challenging plays will require completion engineers who can implement new technologies and function within a multidisciplinary work environment. This presentation will describe technical training options and available resources for developing high performing completion engineers within an organization. A case study of an advanced engineering training program implemented within a major service company will be presented, along with recommendations for external training and development programs.

Our industry faces several challenges related to advanced engineering training and technology application including generation gaps brought about from industry downturns, global expansion of unconventional reservoir plays, cost constraints, and the complex nature of the reservoirs we work in today. Companies that recognize this changing landscape and focus their efforts on engineering development will be rewarded with a more productive workforce, higher retention of their technical employees, and a more seamless transition through the years ahead.


Mark Van Domelen is an industry- recognized expert in hydraulic fracturing and well completion methods. He is currently the Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions and worked for Halliburton for 31 years in a variety of roles including engineering, technology, operations management, supply chain, and training positions. Nearly half of Mark’s career has been spent in international positions in The Netherlands, Angola, Egypt and Denmark. Mark has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a member of SPE since joining the industry in 1984. He has authored or co-authored 17 industry papers and has served on several committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mark is passionate about training young professionals and spent the past several years developing and implementing an advanced engineering training program called the College of Completions Engineering for Halliburton engineers in the area of unconventional reservoirs. He has also recently published two SPE papers on the topic of multidisciplinary training and participates as a mentor for young engineers through the SPE Trailblazer and E-Mentoring programs.



An Introduction to California Oil Industry Legislation and Regulations

 By Dr. John P. Yu

Where: Room 355, Science Building II, CSUB, Bakersfield 93311.

Dear SJV SPE Members,

The SPE is pleased to announce an Introduction to California Oil Industry Legislation and Regulations course in Bakersfield on the 3rd-4th June 2019 at California State University Bakersfield.

This two-day course is an introduction to California oil & gas legislation and regulations, which will cover: general statutes and regulations associated with new drills, injection wells, abandoned wells, idle wells; well stimulation applications (SB4) and inspection requirements; and the underground injection control (UIC) and aquifer exemption application processes.   The course also describes relationship between the EPA, Water Board, Kern County and DOGGR during the permitting and project review processes.  

The cost of the course will be $990 for SPE members and $1,200 for non SPE members. (SPE annual membership is $110).  Registration is required by 30th April, but registration is encouraged sooner as this is expected to be a popular course.

Class time will be 8 am to 5pm. Lunch will be provided. Registration starts at 7:45 am

For additional information, please contact Gwyn Mali (gwynmali@yahoo.co.uk).


SJV SPE Continuing Education



Dr. John Yu is a part-time lecturer at CSUB. He has previously worked for DOGGR and the California State Lands Commission for 20 years.  During his time at DOGGR, he was an Associate Oil & Gas engineer for permit approval, UIC and aquifer exemption review, and served as a trainer in several technical applications. Prior to working with regulators, he worked with as a petroleum engineer for 15 years and taught at West Virginia University for an additional 6 years.


The course will be held in Room 355 of Science Building II at CSUB.  For access, please use the Camino Media entrance behind Edwards Cinema and park at car parks H or I (fee required).  The class is on the third floor of the Science II building which is about 300-400 yards into the campus. 

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