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Visit a Petroleum Museum… They Tell Fascinating Stories!

Author: ; Published: Sep 6, 2012; Category: Classroom materials, Energy Education, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Want to enhance your knowledge of the petroleum industry? How about a petroleum museum! At the museums, watch history come to life with interactive displays, informative guides, and live demonstrations. Some even have specific, focused, elementary, middle and high school educational tours. From Calgary to France to West Virginia, petroleum museums tell fascinating stories of oil discovery, production, to showcasing some of the modern uses of oil you might not know about.

For instance, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Energy exhibit, the Exploration gallery features the latest techniques used to search for hydrocarbons, from magnetometers and gravimeters to seismic vibrator trucks. In the Geology in the Field interactive, gaze across a barren, mountainous landscape, and watch as holographic illusions of two petroleum geologists materialize and explain what they are doing in the middle of nowhere. A massive Vibroseis truck interrupts them, sending its booming vibrations deep into the rock below.

At the Indonesian Oil and Gas Museum, the exhibits display how important the role of oil and gas is as the source of energy, for fuel, lubricants and petrochemical products. There’s even an oil tree that symbolically displays at its branches various products resulting from the refinery processes of oil and gas.

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How Oil Drilling Works?

Author: ; Published: Aug 23, 2012; Category: Energy, Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

How does a company go about finding oil and pumping it from the ground? You may have seen images of black crude oil gushing out of the ground, or seen an oil well in movies and television shows like “Giant,” “Oklahoma Crude,” “Armageddon” and “Beverly Hillbillies.” But modern oil production is quite different from the way it’s portrayed in the movies.

Foreign guest workers drill at the Saudi Aramco oil-field complex facilities at Shaybah in the Rub’ al Khali (empty quarter) desert in March 2003 in Shaybah, Saudi Arabia. The Shaybah oil field reportedly produces 750,000 barrels per day. Courtesy: Reza/Getty Images

This article, from, examines how modern oil exploration and drilling works. It discusses how oil is formed, found and extracted from the ground.

Give it a read and let us know what you think!

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Summer Energy Adventures, Anyone?

Author: ; Published: Jun 28, 2012; Category: Energy Education, Engineering Careers, Environment; Tags: , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

How’s your summer? Taking any time to partake in energy education? Not only can cool energy sites like an offshore oil rig or a hydropower plant be fun, they can also be stimulating and enlightening!

This recent quest from the “Energy Ant,” who takes adventures combing for interesting energy-related sites of interest to students and teachers, gives insight into how learning is fun, relatable and interesting.  Here’s his journey to the Anadarko Drilling Rig to learn how a drilling rig works. Give it a read!


We visited Kerr McGee’s oil-and-gas drilling rig (recently sold to Anadarko Petroleum)! Thanks to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, we were able to see how a drilling rig works. The rig is powered by a huge diesel engine. Next to the rig, there is a little white building, called a doghouse, from where the drilling is monitored (and where rig workers take breaks!).

New technology is used in the oil industry all the time. One way drilling has become more efficient is through the use of directional drilling. At this site, this method was used to reach an oil reserve under a small wetland — instead of having to place the rig directly above the oil. And in the wetland, drillers were able to come in from the side without disturbing the wetland.

The stuff that comes up from the ground during drilling isn’t just oil, though. It is actually a mixture of oil, gas, and water. The mixture is sorted out by a three-phase separator, which has a computer run by a photovoltaic (solar) cell. After the oil is separated from the water and gas, the oil moves by pipeline to a refinery where it will be turned into products like gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating oil.

**Courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Administration,

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First Annual “New Faces of Engineering College Edition” Winners!

Author: ; Published: Dec 6, 2011; Category: Education outreach, Energy Education, Engineering Careers, SPE members, Technology, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Moustafa Ezzat

The National Engineers Week Foundation and partners honor top college engineering students by recognizing the most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow with their first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition program.

Fifteen engineering students in their third, fourth, or fifth year were selected. Winners are recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.

Moustafa Ezzat, a 5th year student from the British University in Egypt and student member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was among the winners.

Since 2003, National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award.  This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students.

Congratulations Moustafa Ezzat!

New Faces of Engineering College Edition is live on Facebook (  The page provides a source of academic and professional development opportunities available to students from National Engineers Week Foundation’s engineering association, university, and corporate partners.  Students can meet with their engineering peers in every field and learn about other events, internships, jobs, competitions, engineering associations and more.

Funding for New Faces of Engineering College Edition is provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). For more information, visit

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SPE Dallas Section Hosts Science Teacher Barnett Shale Field Trip!

Author: ; Published: Nov 19, 2011; Category: Classroom materials, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Energy sources, Engineering Careers, Environment, Geology, Science, SPE members, Technology, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Teacher Field Trip

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Dallas section took local science teachers on a Barnett Shale field trip Thursday, November 18, 2011.

The tour started off at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) where Dallas section members Toni Lott, Brad Robinson, Deborah Hempel-Medina, Brian Chacka, and Patrick Crawford made a presentation covering the history of Oil and Natural Gas, Geology and the History of Barnett Shale, Drilling a well, and Hydraulic Fracturing. Teachers were engaged in the presentations and asked the presenters a lot of questions to get a better understanding of the industry and how they could relay the information to their students in the classroom.

After the overview, everyone was styling in their safety gear as they prepared to go out into the field. Each participant wore steeled toed boots, fire retardant overalls, safety glasses, ear plugs, and hard hats. The teachers were able to visit three sites where they learned firsthand about safety, advance technologies, and rules and regulations all involved in operating each site. The sites teachers visited are listed as follows.

  • Williams Company Drilling Site
  • Devon Energy Hydraulic Fracturing Site
  • Chesapeake Learning Center

After a full day of touring, teachers headed back to the Dallas Convention Center full of knowledge about the industry, their hard hat as a souvenir, and information to take back to their classrooms that included an “Oil and Natural Gas” book.

This workshop was made possible by the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers-Dallas Section, Halliburton Energy Services, Williams Company, Devon Energy Company, Baker-Hughes Oilfield Services and Chesapeake Energy.

Energy4me and the Society of Petroleum Engineers want to thank everyone involved.

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