We are excited to invite you to the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers 2023 Annual Meeting!


Information on the meeting at the sailing capital of the world, Newport, Rhode Island, is provided below.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Bracho at (832) 972-7733 or andrea@spee.org.


A robust and exciting agenda of short courses and technical talks has been scheduled. Short courses will be offered on Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday afternoon, plus half-day technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Short course topics include CCUS and SRMS, Monograph 5, and PowerBI Applications for Reserves and Reservoir Engineering.

During the technical program sessions on Monday and Tuesday, participants will hear relevant presentations on Private Equity, A&D Markets, the Annual Survey of Parameters, PRMS guidelines, and Auto-forecasting. In addition, topics in the emerging areas of Energy Transition, Unconventional Enhanced Recovery, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, and Geothermal Applications for Oil & Gas will be presented. For the ethics requirement, participants will hear a unique perspective from a former Enron executive.

Situated on Goat Island and surrounded by the picturesque Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor Island Resort is a short walk from the heart and history of the charming waterfront cobblestone streets of Newport. The area offers abundant and affordable attractions and activities, including great restaurants, live music, landmark mansions, museums, aquariums, golf courses, beaches, state parks, scenic walks, and cruises. Group and guest activities have been planned for attendees – both young and old! On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a luxurious spa.

On Sunday evening, a Welcome Reception will be open to all SPEE members, nonmembers, and guests as part of each participant’s registration.

The Awards Dinner will include a New England clambake with live music by the bay. There will be an additional charge for the Awards Dinner – all SPEE members, nonmembers, and guests 21 and over are encouraged to attend!


Newport Harbor Island Resort offers SPEE group rates from Friday, June 16th to Wednesday, June 21st, at a block rate of $319.00 plus state and local taxes (currently 13%) and a $1 per night Newport Tourism Assessment Fee. The resort fee ($30) will be waived for all attendees. Luxury Shuttle Transportation to and from downtown Newport will be offered free to resort guests.

Reservations must be made by Monday, May 15, 2023.

Individual reservations should be made no later than Monday, May 15, 2023. Once this cut-off date has passed, all unreserved guestrooms will be released from the SPEE block.

Reservations can be made by calling (401) 849-2600 or booking online using the Group Code 202604SPEE. Please mention the group name “SPEE 2023 Annual Meeting” when making reservations on the phone.

Guests are welcome to extend their trip a few extra days to explore Newport and the surrounding area. Newport Harbor Island Resort will honor the group discount rate for arrivals 3 days before and 3 days after the Annual Meeting, subject to availability for contracted room types.

Cancellation policy: All reservations will be charged with a one-night deposit hold for the room. Cancellations must be made in advance to receive a full refund. See Newport Harbor Island Resort’s cancellation policy for details.

Late Arrival/Early Departure Fees: Guests are responsible for vacancies created by late arrivals or early departures. Guests who arrive later than the confirmed date will be responsible for all nights confirmed in the reservation.



  • Providence (PVD): T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is approximately 30 miles north of Newport Harbor Island Resort and will take 40-60 minutes to drive, pending traffic.
  • Boston (BOS): Newport Harbor Island Resort is 75 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS). Pending traffic, the drive may take 1-1/2 to 2 hours.



The hotel shuttle (or a short walk across the bridge) is the best way to access the downtown area. There is much to see within walking distance, or hop on the Newport Trolley for $2.00 per day.


Newport Harbor Island Resort offers free self-parking, or valet parking at a discounted rate of $20.00/day.


Short Course I: Saturday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage and the CO2 Storage Resources Management System (SRMS)

Instructor: Rawdon Seager – Gaffney, Cline & Associates

Short Course II: Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monograph 5

Instructors: Jennifer Fitzgerald – OXY, and Rick Krenek – NSAI

Short Course III: Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

PowerBI for Reserves and Reservoir Engineering

Instructor: Zack Warren – Velocity Insight


Monday, June 19

7:55 am – 8:00 am

Welcome to Annual Meeting

Dean Sergent, 2023 Annual Meeting Chair

8:00 am – 8:15 am

SPEE Business Meeting

Dean Sergent, 2023 SPEE Vice President

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Energy Outlook

Mike Ming, Ming Energy Partners

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Unconventional Enhanced Recovery

Vello Kuuskraa, Advanced Resources International, Inc.

9:45 am – 10:30 am


David Wiist, Chesapeake Energy

10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking Break
10:45 am – 11:30 am

Oil and Gas A&D Update

Kevin Voelte, Moelis & Company

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Private Equity

Chris Stoeckle, Old Ironsides Energy


Tuesday, June 20

7:55 am – 8:00 am


Dean Sergent, 2023 Annual Meeting Chair

8:00 am – 8:30 am

PRMS Update

Rawdon Seager, Gaffney, Cline & Associates

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Survey of Parameters

Tad Fielder, Forest A. Garb & Associates

9:15 am – 10:00 am


Dawn Lima, Foss & Company

10:00 am – 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am – 11:00am


Doug Willits, ComboCurve

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Mike McConnell, University of Oklahoma

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Dean Sergent, 2023 Annual Meeting Chair


Registration: Includes Sunday evening Welcome Reception, two morning technical sessions with breakfast, presentation materials, and the 2023 Parameters Survey

Spouse/Guest/Child Registration*:  Includes Sunday evening Welcome Reception, Monday & Tuesday breakfast

*(Required for Activity Registration & Insurance)

Registration: Price
SPEE Member (in good standing) $750 by May 15
$925 after May 15
Non-Member $925 by May 15
$1100 after May 15
Spouse/Guest $200 by May 15
$250 after May 15
Children 12-18
Children under 12
*Gala and Awards Dinner (Monday 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm) No children under 21 $85
Short Courses (Pricing- $SPEE Member/ $Non-Member)
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage and the CO2 Storage Resources Management System (SRMS) (Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm) $400/$450
Monograph 5 (Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm) $400/$450
PowerBI for Reserves and Reservoir Engineering (Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm) $300/$350
Food Tour: Taste of Newport (12:00 pm – 3:30 pm) $w/o alcohol / $w/alcohol   (limited to 15) $95/$115
Golf (1:30 pm – 6:00 pm) $175
Save the Bay Aquarium, Beach (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) $15
Kite Flying/Cliff Walk (1:15 pm – 5:00 pm) $15
Mansion Tour: The Elms (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm) $50
Mimosa Cruise (10:45 am – 12:00 pm) $50
Mansion Tour: The Breakers (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm) $50
Kids Movie Night (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) $15
Museum of Art/Library (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) $20
Tennis Hall of Fame (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) $25
Scenic Bay Cruise (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm) $55

PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE MAY 15,2023 – NO refunds after May 15, 2023

Visit spee.org for registration and additional information!

For questions, please contact Andrea Bracho at SPEE

Email: andrea@spee.org   –   Phone: (832) 972‐7733


If you or your company contributes to this year’s annual meeting, your name will appear in our printed materials distributed at the events.  Also, sponsors will receive publicity at the meeting via large screen display during technical session intermissions, and poster advertisements at various times and locations throughout the four-day meeting.

Levels of sponsorship this year are as follows:

Sponsorship Cost
The Breakers $5,000
The Elms $3,000
Marble House $2,000
Rosecliff $1,000
Kingscote $500

 (Please provide logo to andrea@spee.org)





Food Tour: Taste of Newport (Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

If you are looking for a delicious food experience that will take you both away from the tourist scene and into the heart of the city, you will love this tour! It will leave you with memorable sweet and savory local tastings from at least six diverse and highly rated eateries.

During your Newport Neighborhood Tour, you will discover diverse, eclectic out-of-the-way neighborhood eateries – with a homespun vibe, where the locals know to go, as well as hotbeds of food and fun in the more traveled parts of the city. Step inside some of what may appear as a hole-in-the-wall café or an authentic, cozy 18th-century tavern, and you will be surprised to find a mouthwatering food scene using diverse cultural & regional influences with a strong commitment to sustainable ingredients.

Between tastings, you’ll not only stroll past and learn about the ‘City by the Seas’ 17th & 18th-century colonial architecture, but also get a glimpse of how these early neighborhoods came to influence American history. You’ll hear fascinating tales of local legends and folklore dating from the early forefathers to modern iconic heiresses.

Dine with us to experience this unique adventure in a lively culinary and cultural community – truly an enjoyable afternoon for all!

Golfing: Newport National Golf Club (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Newport National Golf Club started out as a 200-acre landscape nursery and is now deemed the “Number One Public Access Course in New England” by New England Golf Monthly. Legendary golf architect Arthur Hills designed the challenging 7,244-yard Orchard Course.

The 18-hole links-style course sports sloping fairways, marshes, and strategically placed bunkers. The dramatic setting boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sakonnet Passage while challenging golfers with steady winds coming off Narragansett Bay. Newport National is reminiscent of courses in Ireland and the legendary Scottish links. Golfweek Magazine placed the course in the “Top Twenty New Courses in America” soon after it was completed in 2002.


 Beach Day & Newport Save the Bay Aquarium (Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Come spend a day at the beach with us! Take a walk along Easton Beach and sneak a visit to the Save the Bay Aquarium, an activity for all ages.

Save the Bay Aquarium’s interactive marine science center is home to more than 40 species from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island waters. Their sustainable collection of organisms consists of rescued animals, juveniles in their nursery program, and animals in the breeding program.

The Aquarium’s center houses three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits to get you up close and personal with little skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs and lobsters, seahorses, turtles, and so much more! Their team of highly trained staff, interns, and volunteers are always available to answer all of your questions and show you the wonders of Narragansett Bay!


Trolley Mansion Tour: The Elms (Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Enjoy Newport’s best-narrated trolley tour in luxury and comfort! The guide starts the tour by covering Newport’s Colonial downtown area and its rich history, then proceeds to breathtaking Ocean Drive, where you’ll begin to see the Gilded Age mansions. Then comes Bellevue Ave Mansion Row in the Cliff Walk area, where the guide will show you the stunning “summer cottages” and talk about the millionaire barons who once owned them.

The mansion that we will visit on this day, The Elms, was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind, whose fortune was made in the coal industry. Architect Horace Trumbauer modeled it after the 18th-century French chateau d’Asnieres outside Paris.

The elaborate Classical Revival gardens on the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees, and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden, and a carriage house and garage.

Once inside the mansion, the tour is self-guided using the free Newport Mansions app. We encourage you to download the app and audio tour prior to arrival and bring your own earbuds. One-use printed tour scripts are available for those who prefer not to listen to the audio.

Stroll at The Cliff Walk and Kite Flying at Brenton Point State Park (Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Winding its way along the eastern shore of Aquidneck Island, the Cliff Walk is world-famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of Newport’s shoreline with the architectural history of the city’s Gilded Age. Wildflowers, birds, and geology all add to this delightful walk. In 1975 the walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail – the 65th in the nation and the first in New England.

In the spring of 2015, sixteen (16) QR code trail markers were installed at significant locations along the walk that provide information on the gilded age mansions as well as geographic and geological features.

Nearby Brenton Point State Park, host to the annual Newport Kite Festival, is located on the renowned Ocean Drive at the intersection of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A trip to Brenton Point affords visitors one of the most spectacular views along the East Coast, and a chance to “go fly a kite”!




Everyone is invited to enjoy an outdoor reception by the bay! Join us to see old friends, meet new ones, and network with your colleagues. A cash bar will be available, and we will serve dinner buffet-style.

Open to all Registered Members, Non-Members, and Guests.


Mimosa Cruise (Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Cruise in comfort in the morning sun on this 75-minute Morning Mimosa cruise as you enjoy a scenic tour of Newport and Jamestown. The knowledgeable Tour Guide will entertain you with stories about the sights, yachts, and mansions of Newport while enjoying a complimentary Mimosa, Fresh Brewed Coffee, or Orange Juice.

Cash bar options are available onboard.

Trolley Mansion Tour: The Breakers (Monday, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Enjoy Newport’s best-narrated trolley tour and visit The Breakers! Built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, one of the richest men in America, the mansion was everything a millionaire of the Gilded Age could want in a summer getaway. A classic Italian palazzo design, the finest American and European craftsmanship, views of the sea, and modern technology combined to make the ideal setting for luxurious living and entertaining.

In keeping with the Italian Renaissance style, classical Roman influences are seen in the exterior columns and arches. The breathtaking central Great Hall, with its 50-foot-high ceiling, was inspired by the open-air courtyards of Italy but exudes the grandeur of the Gilded Age. The exquisite tile mosaics in the Billiard Room and double loggia were hand-set by European artisans.  The Music Room was constructed by Allard & Sons in France, then disassembled and shipped to the United States for reassembly inside the house. The Breakers décor includes the finest materials in the world, including Baccarat crystal for the chandeliers in the Dining Room and platinum leaf in the Morning Room.

The Breakers has entertained presidents, royalty and guests from across the world for more than 125 years and today is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. It is the flagship of the Newport Mansions and a world-famous iconic image of the City-by-the-Sea.


Join us for an exciting evening of food, drinks, and live acoustic music at the Monday evening Awards Dinner!

Facing the water and enjoying the sea breeze, the Waterfront Pavilion is the perfect location for such an important event. We will begin with an open bar reception to set the mood while dinner, a New England Clam Bake, gets cooked right next to us!

The menu includes the resort’s signature clam chowder, local lobster, steamers & mussels, fresh cornbread, grilled & pesto-brushed vegetables, and blueberry cobbler. At the end of the evening, you will have the chance to prepare your own s’mores by the fire pit.

Child Activity – Movie Night (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Since we want to make this Annual Meeting friendly for the entire family, we have hired a professional nanny service to take care of the younglings while the adults network and mingle during the Monday Awards Dinner!

We will have a fun movie night that will include a kid-friendly dinner, like pizza, nuggets, and fries, along with sweets and popcorn to make the movie more enjoyable.

At 8:30 p.m., parents can pick up the kids from their child activity, so we can all gather around the fire pit to prepare s’mores.


The Museum of Art & The Redwood Library Individual Tour (Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Visit the historic Newport Art Museum for a tour and interactive blend of art, history, cultural context, and architecture. The art museum’s beautiful 3-acre campus includes the stunning Griswold House (1864), an exceptional example of stick-style arquitecture. The permanent collection includes over 3,000 fine art and archival objects.

Next door, experience the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, America’s first purpose-built library (1747) and the oldest continuously operating in its original location. The Athenaeum – an interdisciplinary ‘think space’ – comprises a library, museum, and research center. The library holds an important collection of portrait paintings and artifacts.

Tennis Hall of Fame Individual Tour (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

The International Tennis Hall of Fame preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions, thereby serving as a vital partner in the growth of tennis globally.

The beautiful grass lawns were the site of the first US National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1881. The tournament was moved to New York in 1915 and is now known as the US Open.

Dating to the 12th century and constantly evolving today, tennis has a storied history rooted in inspirational champions, impactful leaders, and great moments that have influenced history, on and off the court.  The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame shares the narrative of tennis history from its origins through the present day. It is split into three areas, The Birth of Tennis (1874 – 1918), The Popular Game (1918 – 1968), and The Open Era (1968 – Present).

The museum showcases more of the collection than ever before. Nearly 2000 objects are displayed from the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s collection of more than 25,000 artifacts and hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and publications.

Scenic Bay Sail (Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Enjoy a scenic sail aboard the 72-foot Bermuda rig schooner Madeleine through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay where Newport sailors have long felt the thrill of slipping past Castle Hill under a cloud of canvas. The crew will show you many historical points of interest along the waterfront, including several estates, islands, and lighthouses.

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