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Industry Associations

Through membership with various industry societies and organizations, Baker & O'Brien keeps abreast of the latest commercial and technological developments that affect our clients and their businesses.  Following are some of the industry associations of which we are members.

AACE International

AACE International (formerly the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) was founded in 1956 and provides its members with the resources needed to enhance their performance and ensure continued growth and success.  With about 7,000 members in 100 countries, AACE International serves cost management professionals: cost managers and engineers, project managers, planners and schedulers, estimators and bidders, and value engineers.  

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

From its beginning as the National Petroleum Association in 1902, the association now known as AFPM is a trade association representing American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of products. 

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

AIChE is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1908, which provides forums to advance the theory and practice of the profession, upholds high professional standards and ethics, and supports excellence in education.  AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries, and represents members in industry, academia, and government.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME was founded in 1880 and is a 130,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.  ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

ASSE, founded in 1911, is the world’s oldest professional safety society.  ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership, and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy, and standards development.  It also sets the occupational safety, health, and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.

British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE)

BIEE is an independent institute and membership organization for business, finance, government, and academic professionals from all parts of the energy industry.  The BIEE’s proficiency is in energy economics and policy, with a focus on the UK energy system, world energy markets, climate policy and the future energy landscape.

CFA Society of Houston and CFA Institute

The CFA Society of Houston, Inc., founded in 1955, promotes the highest professional and ethical standards within the investment community and maintains ongoing educational and certification opportunities for its members.  It is affiliated with the CFA Institute, the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals that awards the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC)

EGBC is the business name for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC).  APEGBC regulates and governs the practice of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in British Columbia, Canada.  The association is charged with protecting the public interest by setting and maintaining high academic, experience, and professional practice standards for all 34,000 members.  Individuals licensed EGBC are the only persons permitted by law to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering and geoscience projects in British Columbia.

GPA Midstream Association

The GPA Midstream Association has been engaged in shaping the midstream sector of the U.S. energy industry since 1921, focused on enhancing the viability of natural gas, natural gas liquids, and crude oil.  It has nearly 100 corporate members, representing 92% of all natural gas liquids produced in the U.S and who operate approximately 190,000 miles of domestic gas gathering lines.

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

IChemE is a global professional membership organization for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and other professionals involved in the chemical, process and bioprocess industries.  With a membership exceeding 40,000 members in approximately 100 countries, IChemE promotes competence and a commitment to best practice, advances the discipline for the benefit of society, and supports the professional development of its members. 

National Association of Fire Investigators, International (NAFI)

Established in 1961, NAFI is a non-profit association of fire and explosion investigation professionals dedicated to the education of fire investigators worldwide.  NAFI's mission is to increase the knowledge and improve the skills of persons engaged in the investigation and analysis of fires, explosions and arsons, or the litigation that ensues from such investigations.  NAFI has developed the most widely held fire and explosion investigation certifications, built an extensive library of training resources, created an international registry and network for fire investigation professionals, and established a reputation for the highest quality training programs.  

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

In 1934, a group of professional engineers met in New York City to establish an organization dedicated to the non-technical concerns of licensed professional engineers.  NSPE stands today as the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed PEs across all disciplines.  The NSPE was established to realize a simple but vital goal of creating an inclusive, non-technical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of practice area, that would protect engineers (and the public) from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices and inadequate compensation.

Oil, Petrochemical and Energy Risks Association (OPERA)

OPERA provides a debating forum for the interchange of technical information relating to the insurance of oil, gas, petrochemical and power generation risks.  The membership is drawn from the major Lloyd's brokers, underwriters, loss adjusters, solicitors, surveyors, engineers, consultants and similar professions. It is concerned with all aspects of this class of insurance, but particularly the associated safety and loss prevention issues.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value in the field of project management for more than 2.9 million professionals globally through advocacy, collaboration, education, and research.  PMI’s standards for project, program, and portfolio management are the most widely recognized ones in the profession and are a model for project management in business and government.  PMI offers the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification held by more than 650,000 practitioners worldwide.  

Risk Engineering Energy Forum (REEF)

REEF promotes risk engineering in the energy industry (oil, gas, and petrochemical related).  The REEF mission is to expand and share energy risk engineering knowledge, lessons learned, and industry best practices.  REEF draws its participants from the energy industry, which includes representatives from insurers, brokers, risk management, process safety, fire service, and other relevant risk engineering-related disciplines.

Society of Construction Law (SCL)

Since its foundation in 1983, SCL has worked to promote for the public benefit education, study, and research in the field of construction law and related subjects (including alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and adjudication), both in the UK and overseas.  The Society now has over 3,000 members from all sectors of the construction industry.  It is run by a Council of 20 elected members.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

SPE is a nonprofit professional organization whose mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public benefit and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.  SPE provides a worldwide forum for oil and natural gas exploration and production professionals to exchange technical knowledge and best practices.  SPE has more than 164,000 engineers, scientists, managers, and educators worldwide.

Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA)

TXOGA, created in 1919, represents approximately 5,000 members working in every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry, including small independent companies and major producers.  Collectively, TXOGA members account for over 90% of all oil and natural gas produced in Texas.  They also operate the vast majority of the State’s pipeline and gas processing capacity, and are responsible for a preponderance of the State’s refining capacity.  TXOGA is the oldest and largest group in the State representing petroleum interests and continues to serve as the only organization which embraces all segments of the industry.

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE)

YPE is a non-profit organization with more than 40,000 members worldwide. By providing a forum for networking and career development through social, educational and civic service opportunities, YPE aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the global energy industry. YPE runs a year-round calendar of events in 40 chapters around the world.