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C-FER Technologies’ Francisco Alhanati is honoured with the SPE Production and Operations award.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Award presented at a banquet during the 2013 ATCE conference in New Orleans.

On October 1, 2013, C-FER’s Managing Director was honored at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition with the SPE Production and Operations Award. The award, presented at a banquet held at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, acknowledges outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of production operations technology.

“When I started my career in the industry, I benefited from the knowledge that people such as Buford Neely, Joe Clegg, James Lea and Sam Gibbs shared in the papers they published in the early 80’s.  When I went to graduate school at TU in the early 90’s, I had James Brill and Ovadia Shoham as professors.   Over the years, I also had the opportunity to interact often with John Patterson.   These people have become true legends in the area of Production Engineering,” comments Francisco. “It is a great honour for me to be now included in a list of award recipients that includes these outstanding individuals.”

Francisco stresses that he had the luck to be involved in very interesting and technically challenging projects, and the privilege to work side-by-side with very talented and skilled people.  He acknowledges that “all these special people, first at Petrobras and more recently at C-FER, certainly had key roles in the contributions to petroleum engineering for which I am being recognized by this award. So, this honour also belongs to them.” 

SPE international award winners are nominated and selected by industry peers.   The Production and Operations award recognizes contributions in areas such as artificial lift systems, well operations and optimization, and well surveillance and data management.


C-FER Technologies is proud to announce Dr. Maher Nessim’s induction into The Canadian Academy of Engineering

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Leading the development of risk and reliability methods for pipelines.

On June 20, 2013, C-FER Technologies’ Dr. Maher Nessim was inducted as a Fellow into The Canadian Academy of Engineering. The induction ceremony took place during the academy’s annual general meeting and symposium held in Montreal‘s Delta Centre-Ville hotel.

The induction recognizes Maher’s  leading work in the area of developing risk and reliability methods for the design and integrity management of pipelines. The Academy noted that his contributions have impacted the pipeline industry world-wide, citing his role as the initiator of the PIRAMD integrity management software and the author of the reliability based design and assessment Annex to the CSA pipeline standard Z662.

“It is a privilege to be recognized with this fellowship by the Academy,” comments Maher. “This honour also belongs to C-FER and the people I have been fortunate to work closely with over the years. The work that has received this recognition would not have been possible without their talent and dedication.”

Maher is the Chief Engineer and Fellow at C-FER Technologies. His 30 year career has been dedicated to the application of risk and reliability methods in a variety of engineering systems, including pipelines, offshore structures, ships, buildings, nuclear facilities and bridges.

Maher has also earned other awards during his career including a 20-year service award from the Canadian Standards Association, and two distinguished researcher awards from the Pipeline Research Council International.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering is a national institution where leaders of the engineering community provide strategic direction in areas of importance to Canada and the communities in which they work.

C-FER Technologies specializes in pushing the limits of engineering to help energy operators manage risk, improve asset performance and develop challenging resources. C-FER’s engineers and large-scale testing facilities assist companies in the development, evaluation and implementation of new technologies