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Date Friday, May 7, 2010
Topic “Shifting O&G Dynamics, Shifting EPC Opportunities"
Speaker Michael Krenek, Director, Deloitte LLP
Date Friday, April 23, 2010
Topic “CERA EPC Project Capital Cost Trends”
Speaker Candida Scott — Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Inc.;  Senior Director of Research Cost Analysis Forum
Date Friday, March 12, 2010
Topic “The Impact of Social Media on Recruiting”
Speaker David Tuttle - Director, Digital Strategy, TMP
Date Friday, February 12, 2010
Topic "A simple and reliable method forecasting time and costs of E&C projects"
Speaker Dr. Tom Johns, PhD, PE, PMP, MAPM
Chairman Business Management Consultants Advisory Council
Date Friday, January 22, 2010

"A Perspective on Managing Market Changes and Planning for the Future"  The presentation is a 7.86 MB pdf file. Please allow time to load.

Speaker Marco Caccavale, North America Region General Manager, GE Oil & Gas
Date Friday, December 11, 2009
Topic "Is it Possible to be Ethical and Still Look Out for Your Company’s Best Interest?
Speaker Ken Arnold has over forty years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005. Since then Ken founded K Arnold Consulting, Inc.
Date Friday, November 20, 2009
Topic “Algae – pond scum evolves to prime time Energy Source”
Speaker Barry Cohen – Executive Director, National Algae Association  PDF
Will Thurmond - Managing Principal, Emerging Markets Online  PDF
Date Friday, October 9, 2009
Topic "Understanding Carbon Capture and Sequestration"
Speaker Michael E. Moore, Vice President of Business Development and External Affairs, Blue Source LLC
Date Friday, August 14, 2009
Topic "Compensation to Engineers: Recent Past and Future Trends in Local Region and Nationally"
Speaker Chris Touhey, Vice President, Pearl Meyer & Partners
Date Friday, July 10, 2009
Topic "Meltdown Management in the E&C Industry and the Engineering Company Conundrum"
Speaker Paul Allen, CEO/Project Executive, Project Executive Group and
Ken Arnold, Founder, Ken Arnold Consulting
Date Friday, June 12, 2009
Topic "Construction in Today's Uncertain Market"
Speaker Daniel H.  Lumma, Vice President, Kiewit Energy Company
Date Friday, May 15, 2009
Topic "Canada Line – Automated Light Rail System"
Speaker Jean-Marc Arbaud, President and Chief Executive Officer, IntransitBC
Date Friday, April 17, 2009
Topic “Monetizing U.S. Coal/Petcoke: The Gasification Opportunity”
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Speaker James Childress, Executive Director, Gasification Technologies Council
Date Friday, March 13, 2009
Topic “Louisiana Energy Projects – Economic Impact?”
Speaker Dane E. Revette, Director of the Energy Development, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical sectors for Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
Date Friday, February 13, 2009
Topic “Status of the Project Finance Market”
Speaker George Longo, Managing Director in the Structured Finance Group of Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Date Friday, January 9, 2009
Topic "Oil Trends"       (due to size, this presentation is loaded in 2 parts - A & B)   Part A  /  Part B
Speaker Mark F. Peters, Vice President of Gulf Publishing Company and the Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and of the official OTC Conference Newspaper
Date Friday, December 12, 2008
Topic "Impact - current economic trend, financial market issues and reduced demand for oil"
Speaker John Townsend, Vice President Procurement and Materials for KBR Operations.
Date Friday, November 14, 2008
Topic "Managing Contraction and Stress in an Ambient Pressure Insulated 9%Ni Subsea Cryogenic Pipeline"
Speaker C. Neal Prescott, Executive Director Offshore Technology at Fluor Offshore Solutions
Date Friday, October 10, 2008
Topic "Improve Your Success in International Contracting"
Speaker Dean Ragsdale, CEO, Ragsdale Group LLC
Date Friday, August 8, 2008
Topic "The Change Competency: A Critical Success Factor for Today’s E&C Companies"
Speaker Dutch Holland, PhD, CEO, Holland & Davis LLC
Date Friday, June 13, 2008
Topic "Strategy, Forecasting and Capital Investing in the Hydrocarbon Industry"
Speaker J P Chevriere, Founder, Transmar Consult Inc.
Date Friday, May 16, 2008
Topic "New Views on North American Gas: After the Inflection Point"
Speaker Raoul LeBlanc, Senior Director, Financial Advisory, PFC Energy
Date Friday, April 11, 2008
Topic "Capital Projects: Meeting the Challenge of Predictability"
Speakers Mr. Richard Westney, PE, PMP, Chairman and Ric Massie of Westney Consulting Services
Date Friday, March 7, 2008
Topic "Pakistan Oil Refinery Modernizations - a Delegation Orientation Visit"
Speakers Mr. Mohammad Azam, Director of Refining, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Government of Pakistan

Delegation of Refinery Presidents and CEO's from Pakistan

Dr. Geoff Parker, Director,  Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute, Tulane University
Date Friday, February 15, 2008
Topic "The Construction Labor Shortage . . . Dealing with the Challenges - Locally & Globally"
Speaker Jason J. Marques, Vice President - Construction Director, Aker Kvaerner Industrial Constructors
Date Friday, November 9, 2007
Topic "Fabrication Oriented Engineering"
Speaker Nick Routledge, Executive Vice President, Projects, HFG Engineering US, Inc., A Heerema Group Company
Date Friday, July 13, 2007
Topic "Petroleum Engineering: A Discipline Facing Challenges "
Speaker Vik Rao, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, Halliburton
Date Friday, May 18, 2007
Topic "LNG: where we are today and the impact LNG will have on other forms of energy"
Speaker Chris Helms, Pipeline Group President, NiSource, Inc.
Date Friday, March 9, 2007
Topic "Construction Challenges for Pipelines in North America"
Speaker Richard Adams, VP Operations & Engineering, Enbridge Corporation
Date Friday, January 12, 2007
Topic "Russia: Political & Business Climate"
Speaker Dean A. Peroff, Partner, Amsterdam & Peroff
Date Friday, September 8, 2006 
Topic “The Future of World Gas Trade” 
Speakers Dr. Peter Hartley, Baker Institute Rice Scholar and Professor of Economics, Rice University, & Dr. Kenneth Medlock III, Research Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Date Friday, August 11, 2006
Topic “The Personnel Availability Crisis: How the University of Texas is Handling Requests for Training in the Oil and Gas Industry”
Speaker Greg McCormack, University of Texas
Date Friday, July 21, 2006
Topic “BioChemicals & BioFuels from Renewables”
Speaker Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, Rice University
Date Friday, June 9, 2006
Topic "The Resurrection of Foster Wheeler”
Speaker Mr. Raymond J. Milchovich, Foster Wheeler
Date Friday, May 19, 2006
Topic "Reclaiming the Gulf Gas & Oil Energy Network after the Damage from Ivan, Katrina and Rita”
Speaker Mr. Mike Coyne, Shell Oil
Date Friday, April 21, 2006
Topic “Global Oil and Gas Industry Construction Trends”
Speaker Mr. Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
Date Friday, March 3, 2006
Topic “Nuclear Power: Its Resurrection and the Effect on the E&C Industry “
Speakers Mr. Joseph J. Munisteri, The Joseph J. Munisteri Company
Mr. Michael J. (Mike) Hyland,
           Date Friday, February 3, 2006
  Topic "Personnel Availability (or Lack of It)"

Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University
Mr. Kenneth Arnold,
AMEC Paragon
Ms. Mary Needham,
Reserve Technology Institute

           Date Friday, January 13, 2006
  Topic "Risk Management in the E&C Industry"

William (Bill) Zelle, Engineering & Construction Risk Institute (ECRI)

           Date Friday, December 9, 2005
  Topic "The Realities of Certifying LNG Terminals in North America"

William (Bill) Westcott, Lloyd's Register

This well-received presentation focused on the increasing roll that LNG Terminals will play in the next decade in solving the growing natural gas shortage in North America. Certification of these terminals will help insure that they have been designed, built, and commissioned with the proper codes and regulations, and that the inherent risks have been addressed and mitigated.

           Date Friday, November 18, 2005
  Topic "Corporate Suicide Prevention - Case Histories of Billion Dollar Missteps"

Kerry C. Williams, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin

This lively talk brought to light the legal peril that companies can face as a result of email messages. Major litigation has resulted from snafus in this area and Mr. Williams explained that this legal version of "egg on the face" can be avoided! This presentation expanded Mr. William's talk from the September Roundtable, with open discussion and participation by the audience.


           Date Friday, September 9, 2005
  Topic "New Laws Impacting E & C Projects"

Kerry C. Williams, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin

Kerry's talk focused on recent developments in the law and the impact on engineering and construction projects, including marine construction projects. He focused on recent cases and developments affecting liability and risk management issues, tax liability issues in the international arena, Foreign Corrupt Practices issues, dispute resolution issues and communications management in the engineering and construction industry.

           Date Friday, August 12, 2005
  Topic "Gas to Liquids"

Ray Oriss, Kellogg, Brown & Root

Ray challenged the group to consider the future of coal-to-gas and gas-to-liquid, a process that was discovered over 70 years ago, and has now hit center stage. He covered the basics of the technology, the market forecast, and economic drivers. 

           Date Friday, July 15, 2005
  Topic "Overview of Coal Gasification"

Dick Olliver, Aplethora Consulting (ex ConocoPhillips)

Dick gave a very good overview of Cola Gasification, the alternative technology and who the major players are. He explained the schedule for new facilities coming on-stream and how they will impact the energy situation within the USA.

           Date Friday, June 10, 2005
  Topic "Trends and the Future the LNG Shipping Industry"

Bill Sember, The American Bureau of Shipping

Bill discussed the global LNG shipping industry, its capabilities to build future for demand based on the current availability of resources and companies, safety record of the industry and the types of ships we are likely to see in the future.

           Date Friday, May 20, 2005
  Topic "E&C Demands for the LNG Industry"

Joseph Munisteri, Joseph P. Munisteri Company

At the Roundtable in May, Joe Munisteri discussed if the industry had the capabilities to build the LNG's future based on the current availability of resources and the volume of proposed projects throughout the world.

           Date Friday, April 8, 2005
  Topic "How Will Project Execution Change in the Next 5 Yrs?"

Ray Piper, President, Business Improvement Solutions Ltd. Co.

At the April Roundtable, Ray Piper, MCMI, PMP, discussed the array of project management failures that contribute to the E&C industry's problems and the best practices that can change this picture. Feedback from the group was used to develop an outline for future study.

           Date Friday, March 11, 2005
  Topic “Upgrading Heavy Oil – the EST Process”

Mr. Montanari, Chief Technology Officer, Snamprogetti

Our speaker this month discussed the EST process, its advantages over other approaches and the almost completed Commercial Demo Unit – start up is planned for Spring 2005

           Date Friday, February 18, 2005
  Topic "Alberta- The New Saudi Arabia"
  Speaker Gary Kalynchuk, VP, Stantec Engineering
Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Stantec is one of the largest engineering companies in Canada. With its GKO division, Stantec has done many projects in the Alberta oil sands and gas industry in affiliation with Canadian construction firms.
  Date Friday, January 14, 2005

“Sarbanes-Oxley Overview”


Stephen Moritz, VP, Sogeti USA LLC - (Technology Consulting Sub of Capgemini) Project Delivery & Governance Services Practice

  Date Friday, November 12, 2004

“Understanding the ( U.S.) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ”


Donald Cruver, Managing Partner of the Law Firm Cruver, Robbins

and Fu, LLP

  Date Friday September 10, 2004

"Globalization Challenge to the EPC Industry"


Freddie Wong, Manager at Aramco Global Services and is Co-Chair of the Globalization Committee of CII (Construction Industry Institute)

This presentation is based on an extended workshop on this topic conducted by CII jointly with several other organizations 

  Date Friday, July 9, 2004

"LNG Imports and their Effect on the State, Regional and National Economies"


Eric Smith, Former Chairman of Saipem US, is now with Tulane University at the Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute.

His presentation is based on a study he co-authored at Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute (published April '04)

  Date Friday, May 14, 2004

“Can the Asian Contractors Save the Global Petroleum Industry?” 

J. P. Chevriere, President, Transmar Consulting discussed the ability of the Chinese E&C Industry to become serious competitors in the near future.
  Date Friday, March 12, 2004

“Impact of Technology in the Energy Industry”

Martin VanSickels, Chief Technology Officer, KBR discussed how technology plays an important factor in the competitiveness of US companies.
  Date Friday, January 9, 2004

"Construction for the U.S. Offshore Market and the U.S. Shipping Market Effects of Free vs. Regulated Markets”

Peter M. Lovie, P.E., Vice President, American Shuttle Tankers presented a fascinating overview of the Free and Regulated Markets within the shipping industry.


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