December 2013 Newsletter
Message From the President
This is my last message as President, it has been a privilege and honor to serve the LPS as President for the last two years. On the whole it has been two very good years, we have had tremendous attendance at our seminars, New Technology has gone from a half-day to a full-day event. We have dramatically increased our financial support of students through the Iain Hillier scheme and extended this support to young professionals with the Dick Woodhouse Award. I want to thank all the members of the Committee who have made my job so easy and so pleasurable. I’m leaving the Society in great hands, Iain Whyte will be taking over as President in the New Year, and I move to the role of Past-President.
A big thank you to Juan-Carlos Granados-Hernandez, for his talk “The Chicontepec reservoir in Mexico, an unconventional tight-oil project”, at the October meeting. The LPS is supporting Carlos’s PhD at Leeds University with an Iain Hillier Grant.
The AGM was held on 4th November, where the accounts for 2012 and the minutes for the 2012 AGM were approved. We said goodbye to three long serving committee members Sas Parker, Jeremy Farrow and Adam Moss and congratulated them on the outstanding service to the LPS. The committee for 2014 was voted in, with full details on the ‘Committee Tab’ of the website.
The AGM business was followed by a fascinating talk by Dr Sasha Turchyn, Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge on “Life beneath the Sea Floor”. Many thanks to Sasha for this intriguing and thought provoking presentation.
On 13th November we held our annual University Open-day. This was hosted by the University of Leeds, Centre for Integrated Petroleum and Engineering Geoscience. We had approximately 120 students in attendance, with support from BGS, BG-Group, BP, Gaia, Schlumberger and Shell. Thanks to our own Jeremy Farrow, and Professor Paul Glover and Samantha Haynes at Leeds for organizing such a successful and enjoyable event.
Our next seminar is on 11th December and will cover Well Surveillance, Diagnostic PLTs, Cement Integrity & Well Integrity, at The Geological Society, Burlington House, London, please see the website for details. The seminar will be followed by our annual President’s Evening at The Kings Head on Stafford Street, just round the corner from Burlington House, we hope to see as members as possible. This year we are very pleased to have sponsorship from Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and Weatherford.
All the best
Mike Millar : LPS President