Petroleum and Drilling Engineering Division name change
Analysis of responses to the Petroleum and Drilling Engineering Division 2011 membership survey showed that the vast majority of Division members work in the Oil and Gas sector, but would not necessarily categorise themselves as Petroleum or Drilling Engineers. A number of respondents suggested that the Division name be changed to Oil and Gas to be more inclusive and reflective of the scope of member interest. The Division Board networked this proposal during 2012 and has obtained approval from the Institute to the name change. Accordingly, with effect 12th March 2013, the former Petroleum and Drilling Engineering Division is now the Oil and Gas Division. The website has been updated and all existing members of the Division will be transferred to the re-named Division. The Division is one of the fastest growing Divisions in the Institute, having more than doubled membership in the last four years. The Division has an active programme, primarily based around the Aberdeen area, as detailed on the website. To continue to meet member needs and grow help is required. Please contact myself or any Board member if you would like to help the Division in any way. We have vacancies on the Board and would particularly like to hear from people outwith Aberdeen. We are looking to expand the oil and gas educational material on the Institute website and would welcome any material. We are also always looking for oil and gas related information to keep our website fresh. On behalf of the Division Board I hope that you find the Division name change a positive step and I would be pleased to receive any feedback that you have.
Eur Ing Steve Bedford BEng CEng FIMMM FGS
Oil and Gas Division Chairman