Dear colleagues and friends,

As the year-end approaches we are getting reminders about renewing our SPE membership. When I received such a reminder earlier this month it made me think – what has SPE actually done for me? By the way, if you are a regular reader of SPE Review London you should remember that we asked this question to some of our members in the past (SPE Review London April/May 2018 issues).

As a reservoir and petroleum engineer, it should be no surprise that I’ve been involved with SPE in various ways for many years.

First, as an SPE member, I – like many of you – took advantage of accessing the latest publications on E&P technologies and trends in the JPT magazine, searching for the needed technical documentation in One-Petro online library, following industry insights at various conferences and workshops as well as online webinars. You can find out more about membership benefits: https://www.spe.org/members/benefits.php.

Also extremely valuable was becoming an active volunteer within SPE. As a student, I volunteered with the University Students Chapter (IFP School in Paris), and after graduation I became involved with the professional London Section. Playing an active volunteering role has given me an opportunity to develop various skillsets in organising and marketing events, analysing the social media response, maintaining the events balance sheet and much more. Development of interpersonal professional relationships has been of enormous value, as well as building leadership skills and gaining understanding in how non-profit boards are organized and run.

We are always interested in your insights as to why SPE membership is valuable for you. It would be great if you can share them with us by writing to SPELondon@spemail.org. We can then publish the most interesting stories on our social media channels, website and online magazine.

Meanwhile, for those who are new to SPE and would like to learn more about the member opportunities and how to become one – please visit www.spe.org/join.

Kind regards,

Dr Olga Bradulina

SPE Chairperson