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January 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members,

We decided to hold off on off on sending the December Newsletter out until the festive period had passed and most people are back at work, thus avoiding the mail landing at the bottom of a very full inbox! I hope this finds you all well, refreshed and ready for 2015 packed with a great series of lectures and one day seminars at London Petrophysical Society.

I would like to start by acknowledging Alex (Lexie) Sarney for her contributions on the LPS committee and also ask you in welcoming Negah Ardjmandpour as new Secretary, taking over from Lexie as of this week. We look forward to seeing Lexie at future LPS sessions and I am confident Negah will be an excellent addition to the team.

In regards to recently past seminars, on 11th December we held a thoroughly successful and well attended one day seminar covering all aspects of Reservoir Fluids. Some great talks and fantastic questions which later led to lengthy debate at the President’s Evening. I would like to make a special thank you to Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Weatherford for heavily subsidising the President’s Evening at the King’s Head without whom it would be very difficult to make it free for all members as it has been. It was a good night and a wonderful chance to catch up with old & new colleagues and friends alike.

As we enter 2015, with a low oil price and many of us facing cost reductions and search for optimisation I hope that LPS can help serve part of that need. We continue to aim to provide seminar subject material that you, the members, want to hear about and at a very low cost to attend. Registration costs for one day seminars will be held steady at £150 throughout 2015. Indeed seminars will be continue to be free for students (with some limitations on the number of student spaces) and reasonable travel costs covered.

With that in mind I would like to remind you of two upcoming events; – On 29th January 2015 we will host the annual New Technology Seminar. This is free to attend with no registration necessary. It is always a packed event and exiting to see what new innovations are out there. Please come along. – On 10th February 2015 we will have a an evening meeting commencing at the usual 18:30hrs titled ‘Educating the Petrophysicist – Should we should teach petrophysics, and if so, what, when and how?’ by Professor Mike Lovell from University of Leicester. Again a free event and no registration necessary.

Details for both events are available on the LPS website. I would also like to remind readers that we are still calling for abstracts for the one day seminar on 26th March titled ‘What’s So Special About Core Analyses’. We already have good number of exciting talks so if you are interested in speaking, or have a proposal for a speaker then please contact Mike Millar to register the interest.

Finally, I urge members to consider nominations or applications for both the Iain Hillier Academic Award Scheme and the Dick Woodhouse Award for Young Professionals. Details for both of which can be found on the website.

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte

Iain Whyte – LPS President

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