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October 2012 Newsletter

Message From the President

The September one-day seminar on “Practical Wellsite Petrophysics”, proved to be a great success. We had over 100 attendees, included 36 students and academics. Many thanks to the speakers from Baker Hughes, BG Group, Gaia Earth Sciences, Schlumberger, Geoservices, Halliburton, CorPro, Perenco, Schlumberger-Reservoir sampling, Tullow Oil and Weatherford.

Our next seminar is planned for Thursday 6th December, where we will be celebrating 70 years since the publication of the famous Archie paper “The Electrical Resistivity Log as an Aid in Determining Some Reservoir Characteristics” in the AIME Transactions. A series of talks will look at the historical context of Archie, discuss the derivation, use and misuse Archie parameters, look at some areas where Archie works and some areas where Archie doesn’t work.

At our next evening meeting, 8th October, we welcome LPS grant recipient, Rochelle Taylor, who will be talking about Acoustic properties of fault rocks and their associated protoliths: an example from the Carboneras fault zone, SE Spain.

At the AGM on 12th November we will have a number of important items to put before the membership so please plan to attend. Once the business is concluded we will have a talk from Dr. Louise Anderson on life in the extreme environment of deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

There is currently a vacancy on the committee and if you are a member and you would like to volunteer some of your valuable time to helping to run the LPS, our Past-President, Adam Moss would like to hear from you (adam.moss@bg-group.com).

Looking further afield, please take a good look at the advert in this issue for Richard Piggin’s innovative training proposal, “Petrophysics & Powder Snow”. Richard is planning to hold a log interpretation course in St. Moritz in January 2012. This initiative should be taken seriously, as the Richard’s courses have an excellent reputation in the industry and the combined cost of the course, including accommodation and skiing, seems to be very reasonable..

All the best

Mike Millar : LPS President

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