Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Inc.


All SPE Board Directors work under the following Code of Conduct to avoid conflicts of interest between their employment and their SPE work.

SPE members expect high standards of integrity of themselves and of other members. If at any time an SPE member believes that he or she may appear to be unable to maintain professional objectivity on any issue, because of a personal situation, employment, or other reasons, the member should withdraw from any position on the subject. SPE members should not hesitate to disclose to and discuss with a chairperson questions about possible conflicts of interest. SPE section officers, committee chairpersons, and Society officers will honor the request to be excused, and no questions will be asked nor explanations requested. An individual may continue to work on all other functions of the activity to the extent he can do so without being in a conflict of interest.

The chairperson of any SPE activity should make all members aware of the SPE Policy. The chairperson, having questions about or desiring to discuss or seek further interpretation of this policy, should contact the SPE President or the SPE Executive Director. This includes a situation wherein a significant dispute may arise over whether a member should be required to excuse himself or herself. An SPE chairperson, upon sensing or being advised of a possible conflict of interest, should not proceed with deliberation on an issue until there has been an opportunity to resolve possible conflicts of interest on the part of participating members in any activity.

This policy covers all SPE programs and activities, including those of SPE sections and student chapters. All references to members apply to members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc.

Approved June 1987



Legal Matters

– Students and members restricted by sanctions do not have access to technical communities. Students can visit the Open Forum or the Student Community. For more information on sanctions, visit our website here.

– This site is provided as a service for the members of SPE. SPE is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. SPE disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by SPE or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall SPE be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

– Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants SPE and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

– Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

– SPE does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings. For technical communities, member-led Moderating Committees and other select communities, SPE may initiate the removal of inappropriate postings. With regard to all SPE Connect features, if an inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of SPE, we will take all appropriate action.

– Messages sent and received over the SPE Connect network are not accessible by SPE staff. However, they are stored on the server of the host platform in the same way that Google Mail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or any other email provider stores email.

– SPE reserves the right to reject any post for any reason and to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.


SPEI Trademarks and License

– The SPE name and logo and all SPE related trade names, design marks, tag lines and slogans are the Intellectual Property of SPEI, and you may not use such without the prior written consent of SPE. All other product and service marks contained herein are the marks of their respective owners and may not be used without the prior written consent of such owners. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as granting to you or any user of this Website any license to or ownership rights in any Intellectual Property or other legal right of SPE or any third party.


Intellectual Property Infringement Complaints

– SPE prohibits the posting, display, transmission, sharing, emailing, embedding, making available, or otherwise use in this nature of content that infringes the Intellectual Property rights of another person or party. In the event that a third party provides SPEI with a notification of any alleged Intellectual Property infringement, SPEI may immediately remove such content and may block access to and cancel such user’s registration. In addition, in the event of an alleged copyright infringement, SPEI shall act expeditiously in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and will take steps to have the allegedly infringing material removed or access to such blocked.

– Use caution when discussing products. Information can be available for anyone in that community to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.


Procedure for Submitting Notification of Alleged Copyright Infringement

– It is SPE policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the DMCA. With respect to copyright infringement, the DMCA requires SPEI to have a designated agent to receive notices of alleged copyright infringement. For any content that you believe infringes your copyright, please send a written notice of alleged copyright infringement to SPE’s designated agent at the following address:

Copyright Agent for Notification of Claimed Infringement

SPE International

PO Box 833836

Richardson, TX 75080 USA


Your written notification of alleged copyright infringement should include the following information: Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at the Website are to be covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit SPEI to locate the material on the website; Information reasonably sufficient to permit SPEI to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an email address at which you may be contacted; A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by you, your agent, or the law; and A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.