return to SPE Home Page

return to Newletter Index



Letter from Chair . . . Vivian K. Bust

The Section is pleased to welcome the 2001 SPE President-elect Bruce E. Bernard as our speaker for the Petroleum Technology Forum luncheon on Monday February 7, 2000 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. This is a valuable opportunity for our membership to meet with the SPE President-elect. Please plan to join us for his presentation.

National Engineer's week is celebrated across the country during February 20th - 26th. Locally, the kick- off event for Engineer's week will be held on Saturday February 19th at the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (IAE) Honors and Awards Banquet. Section members Shahed Meshkati and Jeff Blesener will be honored and installed as IAE Fellows at the banquet. Friends and family are encouraged to sit at the SPE banquet table for the installation ceremonies. Please see the following article for details.

Nominations for SPE Regional Service Awards are due by March 1, 2000. As a region, we are allowed to give up to three awards. Award rules and nomination forms may be viewed and downloaded from our website, To nominate an individual from our Section, please contact Vivian Bust at or Sam Sarem at

The technical program for the 2000 WRM joint AAPG/SPE convention is looking great with many international contributions. To sign-up for Exhibit space, call Linda Smith at (310) 395-0185. To volunteer, contact Glenn Swanson at (310) 979-4777 ext. 11 or send Email to

continued at top of next column



The SPE LA Basin Charity Golf Classic will be held on Friday June 23, 2000. Monies from this event are used to sponsor the Section's scholarships and community outreach programs. Because of industry popularity, the golf tournament is expected to sellout by the end of April. Contact Tim Liggett at (562) 981-6363 ext. 117 or at to make reservations or become a corporate sponsor or donate golf prizes.



Board of Directors - Breakfast
Marriot Hotel, Long Beach Airport
Monday, February 7th, 8:00 - 9:15 am

Morning Board Meeting with
2001 SPE President-elect Bruce Bernard
Marriot Hotel, Long Beach Airport
Monday, February 7th , 9:30 am

Petroleum Technology Forum
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Monday, February 7th , 11:30 am

West Coast Workshop
Alaska Division of
Geological & Geophysical Surveys
March 1 - 3, 2000
Anchorage, Alaska

continued in Section 2 below

Section 2

John Thompson, Chairman, Gas Co., (562) 578-2641
John Jepson, Program, DOGGR, (714) 816-6847
Kirby Lindsey, Treasurer , THUMS, (562) 624-3347
Tom Hoy, Secretary, LB DOP, (562) 570-3943

DATE: Monday, February 7, 2000
TIME: 11:30 am - Social
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Presentation
PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
COST: $15.00 General Admission
$5.00 Student

SPEAKER: Bruce E. Bernard
2001 SPE President

TOPIC: The Fourth Generation...What is the Way Forward from Here?

Abstract: Since the early 1900's, several generations of petroleum engineers have faced an enormous variety of challenges during their span of time in the industry: political, societal, economic, technological and, of course, the constant personal pursuit of career satisfaction and contribution.

Today's generation, notionally in transition from third to fourth, is no exception! The revolutionary global events of the eighties combined with amazing growth of computing capability, have contributed to changing all the familiar "rules of the game" and many other industries with the play-out and way forward still unclear.

This discussion is on petroleum engineer's reflection and open discussion on learning's from the path of those before. It is also about going back to basics on that we now think we know and what we do not know about some of the most important (but not always urgent) issues on the table for this the view that we are "running out" of global resources ary time soon, the emphasis on managing our costs and the commercial aspects of our work, the role of technology, the SHE and societal expectations "dilemma", PE and Geoscientists' working environment, career planning and what follows the "re-engineering" thing? Industry, company and our own individual choices which choices which will be make in many of these areas in the next decade will define the way forward for this generation and provide a foundation for "the fifth" who follow.

continued at top of next column



Speaker Biography: Bruce E. Bernard retired as a member of the Leadership Team of Shell E&P International Ventures Inc. in 1997; previously he served as President Shell Oil Western E&P; Vice-President of Shell Oil Co. E&P Technology and President of Pecten International E&P Company.
Bernard joined the Shell organization in 1968 and has served in staff and supervisory roles in reservoir engineering, project planning/development and property economic evaluation in various onshore and marine areas. Additionally he has served as Division Petroleum Engineer, Manager of Development Engineering and Division Engineering Manager in Gulf of Mexico businesses.

Active on numerous Board and Society level committees, Bernard has been a member of SPE for more than 30 years. He previously served as At-Large Director 1993-1996.

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.

West Coast PTTC Forum
Opportunities in Alaskan Coalbed Methane
Date: March 1 - 3, 2000
Place: Anchorage, Alaska
Registration: (213) 740-8076

Technical Themes
Case Studies of Coalbed methane operation in the lower 48 states and worldwide
Reservoir Characterization Procedures
Resource Evaluation Procedures
Permeability Enhancement
Alaska Resources
Economic Forecasting


continued in Section 3 below .....

Section 3

Dan Kramer, Executive Director of California Independent Petroleum Association, presented information on the changing faces of the California Oil and Gas Industry at the luncheon Forum on January 11, 2000. Kramer indicated that Sacramento is most keenly interested in Central Valley and offshore operations. Kramer updated us on new enacted legislation. Visit website to find the Assembly Bills (AB) of interest to industry including AB680 - Oil Prevention: Non-marine waters, AB1280 - Oil and Gas Development: Pipelines, and AB60 - Employment Overtime.

Mei Chang Memorial Scholarship
In memory of the life and contributions of Mei Chang, the Los Angeles Basin Section of the SPE will award two $500 college scholarships for the 2000-2001 school year.

Scholarship recipients must meet the following requirements:

* High school senior entering college in the fall of 2000.
* Reside in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
* Intend to major in an energy-related discipline such as petroleum engineering or geology.

The candidates will be evaluated on their scholastic achievement, citizenship and community volunteer work. Preference will be given to those students who are children or relatives of an SPE member. Applications can be downloaded from the LA SPE web site at

For more information, please call John Jepson, scholarship Chairman, at (714) 816-6847. The deadline for submittal of the completed application is April 1, 2000.


Engineer's Week - IAE Fellows Installation
We are proud to announce that Section members, Shahed Meshkati and Jeff Blesener, have been selected to receive the honor of IAE Fellow. The Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (IAE) Honors and Awards Banquet and IAE Fellows Installation Ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, February 19, 2000 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Please join us in celebrating this memorable evening with them at our SPE banquet table. Make reservations to attend the banquet by contacting Gary Summer at (562) 491-5749 and specifying that you are SPE. Cost is $60.

Traditionally, the kick-off event for the LA Basin area National Engineer's week is the IAE Honors and Awards Banquet. National Engineer's Week will be celebrated between February 20 and 26, 2000. This year's theme will be "Engineers: Turning Ideas into Reality!" It is always celebrated during the week of President George Washington's Birthday, our Nation's first engineer. At the conclusion of Engineer's week, the Orange County Engineer's Council (OCEC) Honors and Awards banquet will be held at Anaheim Hilton on Saturday February 26th at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, visit or call Ron Stein, (949)457-9035 ext. 221 or Sam Sarem at (714) 692-1198. Events are scheduled around the country and locally. These are listed on our website,


continued in Section 4 below.....

Don't miss the computer tips!

Section 4

Computer Tips

By Fred Crosby

WINDOWS 98 FROM CD 10/6/99

In our last tip, we pointed out that the Windows 98 startup disk includes real-mode CD-ROM drivers (so that you can access your CD-ROM drive from a command prompt). To create a startup disk, open the Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, select the Startup Disk tab, click the Create Disk button, and so on.

Now the question is, how do you use the startup disk to access your CD-ROM drive? Let's assume you can't start Windows 98, and you've decided you want to reinstall it using the installation CD. Turn the system off. and with the startup disk in your floppy drive, turn it back on. In the list of startup options, select Start Computer With CD-ROM Support, then press Enter. When the A:\ prompt appears, insert the Windows 98 installation CD in your CD-ROM drive and type


where X is your CD-ROM drive plus one letter (in most cases--see the next tip for details). For example, our drive is E, so we would type


at the A:\ prompt. Press Enter, and the Windows 98 setup will begin.

For our third and final tip in this series, we'll explain why your CD-ROM drive letter typically changes when you use the Windows 98 startup disk.



In our last tip, we showed you how to use the Windows 98 startup disk to reinstall Windows 98 (via CD) from the command prompt: Turn the system off'; pop the startup disk in your floppy drive; turn the system back on; select Start Computer With CD-ROM Support; press Enter; when the A:\ prompt appears, insert the Windows 98 installation CD in your CD-ROM drive and type


where X is your CD-ROM drive plus one letter (in most cases); and press Enter.

Wondering why your CD-ROM drive letter usually changes? After you choose a startup option, config.sys loads a 2MB RAMDrive that contains a number of tools useful in diagnosing common problems. In most cases, this drive assumes your CD-ROM drive's letter. (Note: To confirm the letter used to represent this RAMDrive, watch the screen during the boot process.)

(Tip: To view the contents of the RAMDrive, at the command prompt, type


where X is, in most cases, the former letter of your CD-ROM drive; then press Enter.)




In our last tip, we told you that a utility called ScanReg backs up your Registry every time you start Windows 98. We also mentioned that this utility only saves the five most recent backups. Want to increase this number--for example, to keep ten recent backups around? Just make a simple change to the Scanreg.ini file.

In an Explorer window, open the Windows folder and double-click Scanreg.ini to open this file in Notepad. Replace the 5 in the line

MaxBackupCopies 5

with any number from 1 to 99--in this case, 10--save your changes, and then close the Notepad window. From now on, restarting in MS-DOS mode, typing


and pressing Enter presents you with the five OLDEST backups of those saved. (Tip-in-a-tip: To get to the newer ones, either move the older ones to another folder--by default, they're stored in Windows\Sysbckup and are numbered, rb001 .cab,...--or delete them.)



Did you know there's a utility called ScanReg that backs up your Windows 98 Registry every time you boot Windows 98 successfully? That means if you ever make a mess of your Registry while editing it (and you didn't back it up first--tsk, tsk), you can still go back.

Select Start, Shut Down; select Restart in MS-DOS Mode; and click OK. At the DOS prompt, type


and press Enter. Select one of the five backups (probably the most recent), press R for Restore, and assuming you get the "Good Registry" seal of approval, press R for Restart.

(By default, ScanReg saves only the five most recent Registry backups. In our next tip, we'll show you how to increase this number.)

L. Twichell writes, "Back in November, you gave a list of keyboard commands using the Windows key. Is there a listing of all keyboard commands for Windows 98?"

Microsoft has compiled a fairly extensive listing of Windows 95/98 keyboard shortcuts in their Knowledge Base. Rather than list them all here, we'll just point you to the correct URL:

http :// com/support/kb/articles/q126/4/49.asp

W. Klosinski writes, "Whenever I start my computer, Scheduled
Tasks starts. How can I turn it off? I like to run the tasks manually
and don't want the Task Scheduler running in the background."

You can turn off Scheduled Tasks entirely using one quick
command. First, select Start, Programs, Accessories, System
Tools, Scheduled Tasks to open this application. Now just pull down
the Advanced menu and select Stop Using Task Scheduler. The
program's icon will disappear from the tray of your Taskbar, and the
scheduler will no longer start when you start Windows 98.

(To turn Scheduled Tasks back on, follow the steps above, but
select Advanced, Start Using Task Scheduler.)

Wish you could see file attributes right next to each file, as you could back in the days of Windows 3.x? You can, as long as you have the window in which you're viewing the files set to Details view.

Open any Explorer window and select View, Folder Options. Click the View tab and in the list under Advanced settings, select Show File Attributes In Detail View. Click OK.

The next time you open a folder in Details view, you'll see a brand new Attributes column on the far right. (You may need to widen the window to see it.) What's more, if you're viewing the folder as a Web page (select View, As Web Page), you'll see the attributes for any selected file on the left side of the window.




In our last tip, we showed you an easy way to switch between single- and double-click icons: Open an Explorer window; select View, Folder Options; and select Web style (for single-click icons) or Classic style. We also pointed out that there are other settings that go along with the Web style or Classic style desktop. For example, choosing Web style places an underline under each icon title. If you want to combine settings from both of these desktop styles, select the third option under Windows Desktop Update, Custom, Based On The Settings You Choose; then click the Settings button.

You'll now see the Custom Settings dialog box, where you can pick and choose your settings. For example, if you've selected the Web style desktop, but don't want all your icon titles underlined, select Underline Titles Only When I Point At Them. Select any other settings, as desired, click OK, then click Close.




When you need to do some fancy calculations, do you write off the Windows 98 Calculator in favor of a more advanced method (like that old pocket model in your desk drawer)? Actually, Calculator packs a lot more punch than you'd think.

Open Calculator--select Start, Programs, Accessories, Calculator--and select View, Scientific. Whoa!




Reader J. Emler writes:

"I don't think Windows Briefcase gets the attention it deserves, so I would like to share my use for it. I have a CD rewriter that I use to back up data files. I use Briefcase to make sure the files are kept up to date.

"Every directory that I want to back up to CD has a duplicate copy in a briefcase on a rewritable CD (that I leave in the drive). I have shortcuts to each briefcase in a desktop folder. At the end of the day, I open the folder and double-click each shortcut. The corresponding briefcase opens up and tells me if it needs updating. Very handy! I never have to worry about whether or not I remembered to back up a data file."

Good idea! Thanks for sharing, J!




Is there a program that starts whenever Windows starts--one that drives you crazy because you don't need it, but can't figure out how to turn it off (such as AOL Instant Messenger)? The Windows 98 System Configuration Utility allows you to turn off any auto-start program with the click of a check box. Select Start, Run. Then type


and click OK. In the resulting System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab to display a list of all programs that start whenever Windows 98 starts. Deselect the one that's been bugging you (making certain you know which one it is), then click OK. The next time you start Windows, that program is nowhere to be found.



EXPRESS 9/13/99

Do you like to send people scanned photos (or photos developed on disk) via e-mail? Before sending them off. touch them up a bit with Picture It! Express. For example, you can do things like crop a picture into a heart shape, soften its edges, and remove red eye.

To open a picture in Picture It! Express, select Start, Programs, Microsoft Plus! 98, Picture It! Express. Click Get Picture, and in step 1, click the down arrow and navigate your way to the folder that contains the picture you want to use. Previews of all pictures inside that folder will appear. Drag one or more pictures down to the filmstrip, click Done, then double-click any picture (in the filmstrip) to display it on screen.

>From there, just use the buttons under Workbench to edit your picture as desired. When you're done, click Save, Print & Send, and select an option.



return to Newletter Index

Questions or comments? Send email to: SPE Info
Please report any problems to the webmaster . Website design & maintenance by 4th Forge

return to
SPE Home Page