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March 2009 Newsletter

A message from the President

There has been a successful start for 2009 from the LPS;

  • The New Technology Seminar on the 19th January at the Geological Society got the year off to a great start. There was a bumper crop of talks this year, with a great range of technologies covered; software, NMR, LWD resistivity, Electromagnetic sensing, reservoir and pore modelling were all covered in detail.
  • The LPS Open Day at Imperial College on the 28th of January was very successful. Almost 200 undergraduate and post graduate students, academics and industry staff were present for a day of presentations, discussions and promotion of the discipline of petrophysics to the next generation of petro-technical staff. Special thanks goes to the organisers at IC and of course our committee member Sharelene Seegoolam for coordinating the event, and to all those who gave talks and fronted stands on the day.

Events in February and March are as follows:

Our first evening talk for the year, on the 16th February will be presented by Dr John D Matthews of Imperial College and is entitled “Uncertainty in Oil Saturation Obtained from Electrical Logging”. As this is a fairly fundamental deliverable from the petrophysicist, I’m sure this talk will be of great interest to all. An abstract is included in the Newsletter. On the 5th of March we will hold a one-day seminar entitled “Formation Pressure Testing, Sampling and Interpretation”. The agenda has been finalised, and includes talks on LWD and wireline formation pressure testing over a range of geological conditions, delves into the mobility and permeability testing possible with modern tools, plus corrections for capillary effects such as supercharging. There will also be talks on fluid sampling, from both the wireline company and PVT lab perspective. Field case studies will not be neglected in favour of pure technology talks, we will have presentation on real-life applications. Finally there will be a number of talks on what pressure testing means from a reservoir point of view, what are the geological controls on geo-pressure, what unusual dynamic situations can exist in reservoir, both before and during production.

Look out for a registration form in the newsletter, and please publicise this seminar in your own organisations. Also keep a weather eye on the website, www.lps.org.uk for further details as they arrive.

Jonathan Lean

LPS President

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