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March 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

March is already upon us and the year is in full swing! Next week on Thursday 16th we host our seminar on basic petrophysics, “Core Analysis Essentials”. This one-day event is aimed at oilfield professionals from Asset Managers to petroleum engineers who do not work with core data, but wish to develop a greater understanding of the key processes involved. From cutting & handling of cores, to specialized laboratory measurements, with a view on quality control. Recent developments will be presented, including utility in tight gas sandstones and unconventional reservoirs. Case studies will highlight some real-world examples, and of course we tie it back to petrophysical properties such as pore size distribution and permeability. With 12 expert lecturers from operators, universities and service companies, this is the definitive seminar on Core for 2017. The full agenda is on pg 2, so don’t miss out – register today!

Just last Monday we had the honour of listening to Professor Paul Glover from the University of Leeds, who presented a fascinating view into fractal modelling, and how it can be used to address heterogeneities and anisotropy within the reservoir. Our next Evening Lecture will be on Tuesday 4th April by SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer Monica Vik Constable, on measuring formation resistivity several meters ahead of the drill bit. This allows drillers to react proactively, and is changing trajectories in real-time for optimal reservoir penetration. Monica’s abstract is given on pg 4, and entrance is free of charge.

An update on the new SPWLA charter – the Executive Committee have received a revised edition which is considerably more beneficial to the LPS. We are drafting a new Constitution which will be sent to all members for voting in May.

Continuing our 2017 series of technical articles, Jim White (independent) has authored an article on “Petrophysical Trends in 2016” which is a comprehensive summary of papers from the SPWLA 57th Symposium held at Reykjavik in June 2016. An excellent reference for those of us unable to attend.

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

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