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The CFE Media Oil & Gas Contest



1. Overview

CFE Media, LLC (“CFE Media”) is sponsoring this CFE Media Oil & Gas Contest (this “Contest”), which is subject to these official contest rules (the “Rules”). Participants must submit a new, original, not previously published engineering article (together with all photos, videos, images, text and other content, an “Article”) on any of the topic categories (“Categories”) listed below related to oil and gas engineering.  The eligible author or authors (collectively, the “Author”) who submits a qualifying Article that generates the most bona fide unique page views and comments, as detailed below, among all qualifying Articles in the applicable Category, within 60 days from the date of online posting of the Article by CFE Media, will win a single lump sum payment of US $250 (a “Prize”) and be recognized on the Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and/or Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites.  One Prize of $250 will be awarded for the winning Author in each Category. 

2. Qualifying Articles

To qualify for submission in this Contest, the Article must present a particularly sticky engineering technology or process challenge, the methods used to address the solution and the end result, including the performance/cost benefits of the solution, with respect to one of the Categories.  Each Article must be between 500-2000 words.  Pictures and/or videos should be included whenever possible and will be a factor in qualifying the Article for publication.
Topic Categories:

  • Process Engineering
  • Mobility & Wireless
  • Optimization
  • Technology Migrations or Upgrades
  • Virtualization
  • Alarm Management
  • Real Time Information Systems
  • Cost/Reliability/Lifecycle
  • Profibus/PID
  • New Materials
  • Data Analysis & Control
  • Cyber Security
  • Asset Management
  • Separation Technology
  • Worker Safety
  • Maintenance Best Practices or Strategy

3. How to Enter

To enter, you will need to agree to these Rules and submit a qualifying Article by filling out the requested registration information and uploading your Article on any of the following websites: controleng.com, csemag.com or plantengineering.com (the “Sites”).  All entries must be uploaded during the period when the Contest entry form is posted on any of the Sites.  This period (the “Entry Period”) will commence on November 1, 2014 and end on January 31, 2015.  Limit one entry per person. No respon­sibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged, corrupted, incomplete, or misdirected mail or entries.

4. Entries

All entries become the sole property of CFE Media and will not be returned.  By entering the Contest: you agree to abide by these Rules; and you grant CFE Media (a) a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right and license to use your Article, including all copyrights and other intellectual property rights therein and all renewals and extensions thereof, in all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, including without limitation to publish, display, perform, distribute, reproduce, digitize, transmit, translate, syndicate, modify and create derivative works of the Article for all or any purposes including but not limited to advertising and promotion; and (b) the right to assign or sublicense all or any of the foregoing rights. The foregoing license shall be exclusive until six (6) months following the public use of each Article by CFE Media and shall be non-exclusive thereafter . You further grant CFE Media the right to use your name, likeness and/or biographical information in connection with each Article.
In addition to posting Articles for purposes of the Contest, CFE Media will consider publishing the Articles submitted by Prize winners and others, and, if it does so, to attribute authorship of the Article to the Author. The CFE Media editorial staff will determine distribution channels, which may include an article in Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and/or Consulting-Specifying Engineer, including the print or online versions and/or accompanying social media pages; in the Oil & Gas newsletter; and/or in the Oil & Gas Engineering Supplement.
You represent and warrant that (a) the Article (i) is your original work, (ii) has not been, and will not be, published or otherwise publicly displayed, performed or distributed, as the case may be, prior to use by CFE Media, (iii) has not been assigned, licensed or otherwise encumbered, (iv) is not libelous or defamatory and (v) does not violate any rights, including copyrights and rights of privacy or publicity, of any third party, and (b) you have obtained all necessary releases, waivers and assignments, including those relating to models, likenesses and privacy, so that CFE Media may freely exploit the Article without further obligation or payment to any person or entity. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless CFE Media against any claims, losses or expenses (including, without limitation, legal fees) arising out of any breach by you of any of your representations, warranties or obligations set forth in these Rules.

5. Judging 

Within ninety (90) days following the end of the Entry Period, all eligible entries received will be evaluated by one or more qualified judges selected by Sponsor.  Entries will be judged on the basis of the number of bona fide unique page views and comments received online by each Article, with each comment counting as 25 unique page views.  The judges will evaluate in their good faith discretion whether a page view or comment is bona fide.  Page views or comments that are automatically generated, provided by the Authors or anyone given incentives by the Authors to do so will not be deemed “bona fide” and may disqualify an entry from eligibility under the Contest. In addition, unintelligible or irrelevant comments may be disqualified in the sole discretion of the Judges. The judges will be qualified to apply the above standards to the entries in determining the win­ners. The decisions of the judges with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matters relating to this contest, shall be final.  Winners will be notified by email or postal mail on or before April 30, 2015.

6. Eligibility

The Contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. aged 18 or older.  Employees and independent contractors, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of CFE Media or its affiliates and their advertising, promotion and production agencies, are not eligible to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.

7. Prizes

A single cash Prize in the amount of US $250 will be awarded to the winning Author in each Category.  If there are no eligible entries for a particular Category, no Prize will be awarded in that Category. If a winning Article was submitted by multiple contributors, a single Prize of $250 will be provided for all of those contributors.

8. General

No cash substitution, transfers or assignments of Prizes allowed.  In event of unavailability, Sponsor may substitute a Prize of equal or greater value.  CFE Media may require winners to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within fifteen (15) days of Prize notification attempt or an alternate winner may be selected. Limit one Prize per person, household or family.  All expenses, including taxes, on receipt and use of Prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. By accepting a Prize, winner releases CFE Media and its affiliates from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participation in this Contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the Prize.

9. Winners’ List

For a list of Prize winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 31, 2015 to CFE Media at the Sponsor address below.

10. Sponsor

The Sponsor of the Contest is, and inquiries should be addressed to:  CFE Media, LLC, Attention: Oil & Gas Project Manager, 1111 W. 22nd Street, Suite 250, Oak Brook, IL 60523.