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Warpinski AwardFord Brett, SPE technical director – drilling and completions, presents the 2008 Drilling and Completion Award to Norman R. Warpinski, chief technology officer, Pinnacle, on Wednesday at the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Norman R. Warpinski, chief technology officer, Pinnacle, was awarded the SPE Drilling and Completion Award on Wednesday, 5 March, at the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference.

“Norm is a known pioneer in the advancement of hydraulic fracturing through the development of fracture diagnostic technologies, including micro-seismic mapping, which has really changed the way that people understand how fractures work,” said Ford Brett, SPE technical director-drilling and completions, in bestowing the award. “And it’s very important, because over half the wells in the world are fracced.”

Norman Warpinski named 2008 SPE Drilling and Completion Award winner

“The best part of it all has been working with and being associated and in many, many cases friends with, all the incredible individuals that make up both the SPE and the petroleum industry,” Mr Warpinski said in accepting the award.

Mr Warpinski began his career as an aerospace engineer and holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.

Prior to his current position, he worked from 1977-2005 at Sandia National Laboratories.

Without individuals like Norm Warpinski, Mr Brett said, the industry would not have achieved its high level of technical excellence.

“Where does technology come from?” Mr Brett asked just prior to Wednesday’s plenary session. “It comes from people. It comes from innovators, inventors, who push the limits of knowledge forward.”

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