May 2016 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

I hope you are all enjoying the great weather now that Spring is in full swing!

The President of SPWLA, Thaimar Ramirez, held a meeting with the LPS Executive Committee in April to update us on their mission, and our future collaboration together. She was also the bearer of some very good news – the Board of Directors for SPWLA have awarded LPS the hosting of the 59th Annual Symposium in London in 2018!

This was the result of a very thorough and professional proposal put together by an extended sub-committee of the LPS, who has worked extremely hard these last 5 months to secure the bid. It even includes an endorsement from Boris Johnson (Mayer of London at the time!). I would like to really congratulate all on the sub-committee for their effort, with extra thanks to Iain Whyte, Brian Moss, Clive Sirju, and Colin Carter. The quality of the submission has been recognised by all and really is something we can be proud of. The official letter from SPWLA and full list of sub-committee members is given on Page 4.

Thaimar asked me to pass on 2 further messages: SPWLA Student membership fees have been reduced from $15.00 to $0.01 for 2016, and that includes access to the online Journal. Simply log into www.splwa.org to create a student account. Secondly, the upcoming 57th Annual Symposium in Reykjavik from June 25-29th promises to be extraordinary, with a solid technical program and extensive networking opportunities, let alone the experience of Iceland itself!

On Tuesday 17th May we shall learn about ‘Modification of waterflooding using nanofluids’ by Ms. Siddeequah Azmi at the University of Leeds. Ms Siddeequah was a recipient of the LPS ‘Iain Hillier’ Award Scheme last year.

Finally, don’t miss out on the One Day Seminar in June, entitled ‘Sounds from the Ground: Uses and applications of sub-surface acoustics’. Register now !

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

March 2016 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

The LPS has an outstanding technical archive of lectures from our rich history of ‘One Day Seminars’. These cover a wide range of disciplines in the upstream hydrocarbon industry. Our lecturers are leaders in their particular field, from geoscientists in oil & gas operators, to service company technologists and academics at notable universities. Presentations on any particular topic range from theory of measurement to interpretation, with valuable operational experience.

Seminars back to 2012 are listed on Page 3 of this Newsletter, and you can check out the Abstracts on our website under the tab ’Publications’. The presentations may be purchased for a nominal fee (£20 per seminar). It is one small way our Society raises funds to support our numerous activities, and I advise you to place your orders now before the price increases later this Spring!

The ’Petrophysics 101’ seminar on 17th March was attended by 60 delegates across a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and demographics. It was pleasing to see a large proportion of the audience composed of young professionals. The presenters and presentations were all top standard, covering a great deal of information in a clear and timely fashion – covering clastics, carbonates and unconventionals. After an opening that informed as of the petrophysical properties of the perfect sandcastle, the key words repeated throughout the day were Integrate, Think, and Communicate. A very successful seminar with lively and enthusiastic discussions from all in attendance.

Our next evening meeting is by a renowned SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer -Chanh Cao Minh – who will be presenting “Wettability from NMR on Fresh-state Cores”. This meeting has been brought forward from April to Wednesday 30th March, so there will be no evening lecture in April as we squeezed 2 into March!

A Final Reminder to submit your free 2016 Membership Application before 31st March, to maintain your professional links to our active Society.

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

February 2016 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

Following our highly successful ‘New Technology’ seminar held in January, we have decided to make the presentations available *free* to all who renew their LPS membership (or join!) before 31st March. After your application is submitted, we shall send you instructions on how to download this material, representing the latest in technological innovations from a broad range of service companies. Further information can be found at www.lps.org.uk/membership

Our Evening Lecture on 2nd February gave an interesting insight into many of the technologies available for formation evaluation behind casing, revealing a suprising amount of petrophysical data that can be acquired after the steel is cemented. Many thanks to Michel Claverie for presenting the physics of measurement alongside several case studies from Africa and the Middle East.

Our next evening session on the 1st March will delve into EOR surveillance, specifically related to CO2 injection. Jonathan Hall is a recognized specialist in formation evaluation, and I look forward to learning from his experiences.

Petrophysics-101 is the topic of our One Day Seminar on 17th March, and we have a great line-up of professional speakers to explain the nature of petrophysical data and teach the terminology for effective communication in your subsurface teams. This should appeal to all disciplines – geologists, reservoir engineers, geophysicists, petrophysicists or anyone needing a refresher course.

Also in this newsletter we introduce Haydn Orme, one recipient of the LPS ‘Iain Hillier Academic Award’. Haydn is studying at Imperial College for an MSci degree in Geophysics, with a budding interest in Petrophysics. It has been a privilege to support an undergraduate such as Haydn during this early stage of her career. The next deadline for bursary applications is the 1st May 2016.

Last but not least, I have included photos of our Executive Committee, so you can put a face to a name when you are chatting with us at our next meeting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

January 2016 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

Let me start by welcoming the new LPS Executive Committee for 2016 who were elected at the AGM late last year. We have several new colleagues joining us and I have taken over the helm from Iain Whyte, who deserves bucket-loads of thanks for his time as President over the last 2 years. The new faces (listed overleaf) will further invigorate our rather active Society, and we have quite a few new ideas to implement which you soon shall see unrolling.

The New Year kicked off to a thunderous start with the annual ‘New Technology’ seminar held on 21st January. A packed house gathered to hear 13 representatives from a wide range of service companies, to introduce & demonstrate technology that will provide a deeper understanding of the rocks we core, the logs we measure, and the results we interpret.

Our Evening Lecture series begins on Tuesday 2nd February with a topical discussion by Michel Claverie on how to perform detailed formation evaluation behind casing. Case studies include old wells offshore Congo, NMR logging in epoxy casing in Oman, and mineralogy of a new well in North Africa.

The LPS is a Chapter of the SPWLA, and we have set up a sub-committee to organize an official bid to host the 2018 SPWLA Annual Symposium. There is a very experienced team working on this, headed by Clive Sirju, and aim to submit the bid document soon. We are making a strong case for the event to be held in London, and if successful it will bring many benefits for our Society.

Finally, a reminder of our mission: The LPS exists to promote for the public benefit, education and knowledge in the scientific and technical aspects of formation evaluation. We do this through meetings and seminars, University student grants, and awards for young professionals in the area of Petrophysics.

I look forward to an exciting year ahead with you at the LPS !

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

December 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

This is my last message as President, it has been a privilege and honour 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 remains an excellent full-day event. Despite the industry downturn and financial crisis, we have continued our financial support of students through the Iain Hillier scheme and 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, as Michael O’Keefe will be taking over as President in the New Year, and I move to the role of Past-President.

A big thank you all those who organised the last one day seminar for 2015 covering Petrophysical Uncertainty on 2nd December. The talks flowed wonderfully covering everything from seismic to reservoir modelling and beyond. Very well done indeed and it prompted some great questions and discussion.

The Presidents evening this year was sponsored by Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Weatherford and Halliburton. We are extremely grateful for the support from these great companies, making it a fabulous evening and a good chance to catch up with so many old friends.

The AGM was held on 17th November, where the accounts for 2014 and the minutes for the 2014 AGM were approved. We said goodbye to two long serving committee members Mike Millar (11 years) and Paul Hoddinott (6 years) and congratulated them on the outstanding service to the LPS. The committee for 2016 was voted in.

Our next seminar is the New Technology session on 21st January at The Geological Society, Burlington House, London. The event is free to attend and does not require prior registration. We have a full agenda covering various aspects of MWD/LWD, wireline, mudlogging, coring and more. Please see the website for details. On behalf of the LPS Executive Committee I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte – LPS President

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