AIChE Launches New Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum

New group will provide a platform for professionals in upstream and flow assurance applications to exchange information.
May 2, 2011

Houston – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced the launch of an Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum in conjunction with the opening of the Offshore Technology Conference, of which it is a sponsoring organization. According to AIChE President-Elect David Rosenthal, who helped form the group, the new upstream forum “will provide a ‘meeting place’ for engineers, scientists and technologists who work in developing and producing critical natural resources, like oil and natural gas.” 

The Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum will focus on applications of scientific and engineering fundamentals and principles in the multi-disciplinary realm of upstream energy and natural resource production and flow assurance, from the reservoir to the refinery. Norman Carnahan, the forum’s chair, observed: “Our forum is devoted to the dissemination of knowledge that can foster smarter methods for the safe and economic development of our natural resources as we work to meet society’s growing need for energy.” Among the many topics that he says will receive attention are: thermodynamic properties and phase behavior of reservoir fluids, thermal and hydraulic transient flow of produced fluids, hydrate engineering, design of subsea processing facilities and production systems, drilling and completion fluids technology, reservoir stimulation, enhanced oil recovery, and more.  
Membership is open to all interested parties, with annual dues set at $35. The forum will offer programming at AIChE meetings and at events run by other organizations with complementary interests; develop webinars, workshops, and short courses; and establish awards recognizing technical excellence and innovation in upstream engineering and flow assurance. A website is in development. In the meantime, for more information, e-mail

About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at