Our Section's 2018 program is off to a great start. We had a very strong turnout at the January 17 luncheon. I'd like to thank Chad Senters from Core Lab for his taking the time to give his talk: "Diversion - Be Careful What You Ask For".

Our next luncheon will be held February 13 at the Summit Club. Our speaker will be Lloyd Hetrick with Newfield; his topic is "Water Management in the Oklahoma STACK". Please be sure to register online. We will also be holding a joint meeting with TGS and GST on March 6; Jeremy Boak from the Oklahoma Geological Survey will be speaking about induced seismicity in Oklahoma. Srikanta Mishra will be speaking at a luncheon on March 21; the next day, March 22, he will be conducting a short course titled "Applied Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics for Reservoir Performance Analysis.

The 2018 SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference will be held April 14-18. This is the 21st SPE IOR Conference, and there is a full technical program, several events, and eight short courses being offered. This conference draws in participants from around the world, and I encourage members from the Mid-Continent Section to attend. Registration is now open.

If you are reading this newsletter, you have probably renewed your SPE membership and paid your 2018 dues. However, if you have not, please make sure to renew your membership for 2018. I'd also like to encourage each of you to talk to your friends and coworkers and promote the value of SPE membership. There are dozens of active petroleum engineers in Tulsa that are not SPE members that miss out on the benefits of membership.

I look forward to seeing each of you at our Section's upcoming events.

Nathan Buchanan
2017-2018 Chairman