Petroleum and Drilling Engineering (P&DE) Division Update

Energy Transition Group
26 Jan 2011

This article was written for the December newsletter of the Mining Institute of Scotland.


As we come to the end of 2010 the Division Board has just issued the 2010 Annual report. This report and all other material relating to the Division will be posted on the Institute website:  under the Division microsite (which is accessed via the “Technical Communities” tab at the top right hand corner of the Institute home page). The Board set two priorities for 2010, namely:-

1. Sustain established successful Division activities.
2. Respond to member needs identified from the 2009 member survey.

Individual Board members took accountability for specific deliverables aligned to the above priorities. I am pleased to report that these deliverables have been achieved, as detailed in previous editions of this newsletter and articles in Materials World.

When the Division Board was established in 2007 we set a target of growing the Division membership by 20%, from the 436 members, by 2011. I am very pleased to advise you that the Division membership currently stands at 988. I have seen a significant increase in the number of Division members applying for Chartered Engineer. At the last Institute membership committee meeting 20% of the candidates for Fellowship and Chartered Engineer were from P&DE, yet the Division only represents 5% of the Institute membership. Over the last month the Board has developed a five year plan and an aligned action plan for 2011. Over the next five years we aim to increase the Division membership to over 2000 with over 10,000 people attending events where the Division is represented. For 2011 the Board priorities are:-

1. Sustain and build upon established successful Division activities.
2. Accreditation of company initial development programmes and academic programmes.
3. Institute presence at Offshore Europe 2011.

Board members have taken accountability to deliver the following in 2011:-

• At least one downhole metallurgy course.
• Professional seminars for students at Salford, Heriot Watt and Robert Gordon Universities.
• Accreditation of the BP and Shell early development programmes.
• A member survey to identify needs, wants and views.
• Institute engagement and presence at Offshore Europe 2011.
• Recruitment of 200 new members.
• Engagement in the development of well life cycle integrity guidelines in response to the Macondo well blowout.

As the year progresses updates and opportunities to get involved will be posted on the website and in articles in Materials World and this Newsletter. Meantime if your organisation is interested in having your development or academic programmes accredited by the Institute; or you would like to be considered to become a subject matter expert to support accreditation please contact Craig Durham. If you have material that you think other members would be interested in please forward this to Margaret Copland. If you would like to get involved in the Division programme please contact any of the Division Board members. Finally may I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a good 2011.

Steve Bedford.
P&DE Division Chairman

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