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The petroleum division has a great year!

It has been an extremely busy year for the Petroleum Division. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held annually in Houston has long been our signature event and this past year was no exception. With more than 108,000 attendees and more than 2,500 exhibitors, the 2014 OTC was one of the largest oil and gas industry conferences ever. Our division is always proud to host the ASME Best Mechanical Engineering Awards (BMEA) during the conference.

Other noteworthy 2014 PD events included holding the division's annual meeting in Killarney, Ireland; working with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) on the LNG event held in Vancouver, BC, in October; organizing a successful hydraulic fracturing event in March 2015 and participating in the Arctic Technology Conference in Copenhagen, also in March 2015.

EXPANDING THE COLLEGIATE COUNCIL PROGRAM & EARLY CAREERS

Our Collegiate Council Program has grown to 25 invited participants. These Junior and Senior level engineering students with professed interest in petroleum industry careers volunteer at ASME events to network as well as attend educational events as part of this popular program.

This year, our Early Career network was occupied with several events including a quarterly technical industry presentation closely followed by networking opportunities. As evidenced by our 2014 activities, the Petroleum Division has strong student and early career programs designed specifically to help young engineers explore the oil and gas industry and discover the opportunities available to them. Our division members can help young engineers find their first job or the next best one, while they can tap the experience of seasoned industry colleagues.

A FULL SCHEDULE OF COMING EVENTS

We look forward to the upcoming events of 2015 including this year's OTC (May 2015) in Houston and the BMEA awards, OTC Brasil and a multi-divisional Integrity Management Workshop currently planned for October 2015 also in the Houston area. We are already engaged in advance planning for an OTC Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2016.

In closing, I look forward to working with all members of the Energy Sources and Processing Segment and across all of ASME for the betterment of not just the petroleum industry, but for all of society as well.

Kieran Kavanagh

Petroleum Division Chair

Group Technology Director

Wood Group Kenny

Galway, Ireland

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Title Annotation:PETROLEUM DIVISION
Author:Kavanagh, Kieran
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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