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About SPE

SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. SPE offer a unique opportunity to contribute to the profession through our programs and activities and many of our accomplishments are driven by our dedicated members.


To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.


In 1957, the organization was officially founded as SPE, a constituent society of AIME. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985.
Our history begins within the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME). AIME was founded in 1871 in Pennsylvania, USA, to advance the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. In 1913, a standing committee on oil and gas was created within AIME and proved to be the genesis of SPE. The Oil and Gas Committee of AIME soon evolved into the Petroleum Division of AIME as membership grew and as interest among the members was more clearly delineated among the mining, metallurgical, and petroleum specializations. 

The petroleum membership of AIME grew significantly, leading to restructuring decisions that would shape the future of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

The new society developed products and services to address the technical interests of its growing membership.

Membership grew rapidly, doubling by the end of the decade. The first Long Range Plan was implemented, and helped the Society map out its future for the decade to come.

The industry suffered a downturn and roughly half of all jobs were lost. However, SPE membership remained stable, even experiencing growth, throughout the decade. 

SPE became more culturally diverse as the growth rate of international sections increased. SPE also became more technologically far-reaching with the introduction of international Forums and the launch of SPE.org. 

SPE reached its highest number of members in its history, partly due to the high growth rate in the number of student members and chapters. Today SPE continues its constant search for new ways to meet member needs in all phases of their careers in all parts of the world.


Enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

SPE Publications

SPE publications cover all aspects of the upstream oil and gas industry and are considered the leading source of industry technical applications, issues, and discoveries.
Publishing several types of books, magazines, and journals, SPE deliver the critical information professionals need to succeed.

Printed Journals

The Journal of Petroleum Technology, the Society’s flagship magazine, presents authoritative briefs and features on E&P technology advancements, oil and gas industry issues

The Way Ahead Journal
Alerting journal for Oil and E. & P. Industry

Oil and Gas Facilities focuses on the projects, systems, and technologies of facilities engineering. Feature articles give timely reports on PFC-related news, technical advances, and people, and each issue of the magazine includes several peer-reviewed technical papers.
The idea for this magazine was born in a 2011 meeting of our PFC Advisory Committee, made up of industry volunteers and SPE staff. We recognized that SPE is providing many good programs in our discipline—workshops, Distinguished Lecturers, conference sessions, study groups, and so on—but many PFC specialists don’t view SPE as their professional home. This magazine, launched in February 2012, helped change that perception.

The SPE Technical Report Series Of Publications

An SPE Technical Report is a publication developed to present technical and engineering information
on a topic where publication of the consensus of engineering knowledge and practice would be of
benefit to the public and the SPE membership.
SPE’s mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the
exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies
for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their
technical and professional competence.
 To achieve its mission, SPE publishes Technical Reports when there is a clear need for either (1) an
evaluation of the state of technology or (2) technical guidance on issues of importance to the
industry. Input from subject-matter experts (SMEs) is gathered to develop the Technical Report,
either through an SPE Summit that brings SMEs together for discussion or through a specially
formed committee. Before an SPE Technical Report can be published, a draft report is made
available to SPE members for review and comment. Member comments are considered in the
final development of the report. Each Technical Report is vetted and approved by the SPE Board
before publication.
Proposal Process
Any SPE member can propose development of a Technical Report, or the SPE Board of Directors can
initiate a Technical Report on a specific topic. In either case, a Proposal is completed and submitted
to the SPE President for consideration by the Board Committee on Finance & Strategy.
The SPE Board will consider topics that meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Technical, engineering solutions are needed to address the topic.
• The topic is of global concern and the Technical Report will have global applicability.
• Risks to safety or the environment are involved.
• The issues affect the industry’s access to resources on a global scale.
• The topic is not already being adequately addresses by other organizations.

• Time and resources are available to develop a Technical Report

Peer-Reviewed Journals

In January 2014 all SPE peer-reviewed journals will move to an exclusively digital format.  As part of this move SPE’s digital journals will now have landing pages for each journal in OnePetro.org with a complete list of current and historical issues.

With the move to digital only journals SPE has decided to cease institutional/corporate subscriptions to our individual journals.  Your customer’s current subscriptions will continue through Dec. 31, 2013.  Starting in 2014, if your customers wish to continue to access articles from the following journals they will need to purchase a OnePetro subscription.  I have attached the OnePetro Subscription Request Forms.

SPE Drilling & Completions
SPE Journal
SPE Production & Operations
SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
SPE Economics & Management
SPE Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology

One Petro

One Petro is an online library of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. It contains more than 145,000 documents produced by 18 publishing partners. Access to One Petro is available to the general public, and full-text articles can be obtained online through individual purchase or subscription.


SPE publish a wide range of books written by respected experts in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Print Books:

Energy Education
Enhanced Oil Recovery

Digital Books

Print-Digital Sets
Digital Rental Editions
Getting Up to Speed
Salary Survey

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