November 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

It’s been another busy month for LPS members and the committee as we lead up to the last one day seminar for the year, the university open day and had the AGM earlier this month. On 17th November we held our AGM followed by a terrific off topic talk from Dr Michael Ala of Imperial College. The talk was titled ‘William Smith – The Applied Geologist’ and went down very well indeed. A thoroughly enlightening talk, covering the life and works of this man who without any shadow of a doubt was visionary ahead of his time and shaped geological mapping in a practical and “applied” manner. The evening was well attended and we achieved agreement on all matters, including the approval of the committee for 2016. Thank you to all who turned out for the evening and showed support.

On 18th November we had an LPS stand at the Geological Society’s career event, this year being hosted at BGS, Keyworth, Nottingham. Thank you to Dr Peter Fitch and new committee member Joanne Tudge for travelling up to support this event and raise the profile of LPS amongst attending students.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our final one day seminar for 2015 will be held on 2nd Dec 2015. The title of the seminar is ‘Petrophysical Uncertainty: Why it matters and what to do about it’. Please register in the usual way, through links on the website where you will also find a full agenda and list of fabulous speakers for the day. The seminar on 2nd Dec will be immediately followed by the President’s evening – my last as LPS President for this reign! We are very fortunate to have gained sponsorship from (in no particular order) Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Weatherford and Halliburton. We are hugely grateful for these companies in helping us with sponsorship for towards the cost of this evening, which is free for members and a guest to attend.

Looking forward to seeing on 2nd December

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte – LPS President

October 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Member,

Since I wrote to you last we have held two very successful events. In these challenging times it is a delight to see so many still capitalising on the good value the LPS sessions offer and the opportunity to further our professional networks.

On 24th September we held a one day seminar titled “Old data, New tricks: Fresh challenges, Mature targets, and Scientific oddities” which was well attended by a healthy cross section of academic and industry delegates. This was a jointly hosted seminar between LPS and U.K. International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). A thoroughly successful day and generated some excellent discussion.

On 20th October we were lucky enough to host Mark Proett from Aramco Services Company presenting a talk titled “Automatically Quantifying Wireline and LWD Pressure-Test Quality”. Mark is one of the SPWLA Distinguished Lecturers and we greatly appreciate him making the lengthy trip from USA to present to LPS members. A fabulously enlightening talk.

Looking forward to upcoming events, our next meeting will be the AGM to be held on 17th November where we will present the LPS 2016 Executive Committee for the approval of the membership. Please do make a special effort to come along and influence decision making on your Society.

As is customary, the AGM will be immediately followed by an off topic talk, this year delivered by Dr Michael Ala of Imperial College. We will learn more of the life and works of William Smith who’s famous Geological Map of Britain was produced in 1815 – 200th anniversary this year. Moreover, the famous map is at the Geological Society!

Our next one day seminar on 2nd December is titled “Petrophysical Uncertainty” which we are still open to receive abstracts for. We have already secured a great number of terrific talks, so if you would like to get involved please submit your abstract as soon as possible. All instructions on the website. This event will be followed by The Presidents Evening. (See Events Tab for further details of this great night out!)

All the very best. I look forward to seeing at these upcoming events.  

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte – LPS President

September 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members,

After a thoroughly enjoyable summer break LPS resumed evening meetings last week with an excellent double bill of talks from Ahmed Badruzzaman Ph. D, ANS Fellow Pacific Consultants and Engineers and University of California, Berkeley and Mohammed Aliyu of University of Leeds.  Ahmed gave us a fabulous talk titled “Alternative Nuclear-based Technologies to Mitigate Risks of Radionuclide Well Logging Sources: Their advantages and challenges” while Mohammed gave a talk titled “Physicomechanical Characterisation of Flint: Variation and Control Perspectives”.  Both talks prompted healthy debate and discussion. The evening meeting was well attended by students and experienced professionals alike. It was particularly exciting to see back to back presentations from an SPWLA Distinguished Speaker and a LPS grant award recipient.    We are very appreciative of the support from SPWLA in supporting travel costs.   It very much helps access to great speakers and allowed Ahmed to travel on to Aberdeen to present at AFES. I want to remind you that it is not too late to get your registration in for the next one day seminar to be held next week on Thursday 24th September.    At a time of cost cutting this seminar will be of interest to petrophysicists, geologists, reservoir engineers, geophysicists, technical assistants, and support staff working directly with or looking for a refresher on legacy data, applying new tools/techniques to vintage data, frontier exploration and research integrating complex datasets.   The title is “Old data, New tricks: Fresh challenges, Mature targets, and Scientific oddities” and is being run in collaboration with U.K. International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).   Please visit the website for more details and registration forms. The next evening meeting will be held on 20th October where we have yet another SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer to offer you.  Mark Proett from Aramco Services Company will present a talk titled “Automatically Quantifying Wireline and LWD Pressure-Test Quality”.  Talk starts at 18:30hrs in the Geological Society as usual.   Free entry and no registration necessary. Volunteers Needed to help run the LPS. The LPS is run by the Executive Committee, a group of volunteers from Industry and Academia, and we are looking for people to join us for 2016 and beyond.  Executive Committee meetings are held  at Burlington House before the evening Technical meetings, and some of the Committee work is also done via email.  So if you would like to volunteer some of your valuable time to assist in the running of the LPS, please get in touch with Mike Millar (Past-President) by 15th October (mike.millar@bg-group.com,  0118-929-3430, https://lps.org.uk/about-lps/contacting-lps/). I look forward to seeing you at some of the events above.

All the very best,

Iain Whyte – LPS President

July 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members,

This is my last message to you before the summer break so I wish those of you who will be taking a holiday all the very best and safe travels.

I hope quite a few members will be attending the SPWLA 56th Annual Symposium in Long Beach, California next week. As per my note last month, I would love to hear feedback from our European members that manage to make it. Some really interesting papers being presented and I look forward to seeing the material coming out of the meeting.

Huge thanks to attendees, speakers and those on the committee involved in the “Permeability from Reservoir Quality to the Simulator” one day seminar on 25th June. It was a terrific success, well attended and provoked much healthy discussion! A fabulous day. We will have one last meeting before the break on Tuesday 21st July at 18:30hrs. The presenter will be Marco Azevedo and will be delivering a talk titled; “Image-based and core-based structural analysis in the characterisation of fractured reservoirs – case studies”.

Our first meeting after the summer will be on 8th September with our next one day seminar following shortly afterwards on 24th September. I urge you to look at the website for both events and should you wish to consider presenting please see the call for abstracts on the website. The Seminar is titled “Old data, New Tricks: Fresh challenges, Mature Targets and Scientific oddities”. It will be run in collaboration with the UK International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and aims to bring together representatives from Oil & Gas Companies, Service Companies, Academia and other interested parties. Collaboration and innovation are critical for the advancement of technology and the improvement of understanding of any subject and so this session is set to really be an exciting, informative and rewarding session.

Finally, we have long promised an upgrade to our website and I am pleased to say this is now live. As I write this note to you we are moving closing down the old site and moving over to the new site. A fresh new look and quite a lot more functionality that I hope you enjoy and appreciate. No doubt however there will be opportunities for improvement so please provide you feedback and constructive criticism to allow us to improve. We have a “phase 2” of the website upgrade planned, so we can incorporate agreed changes then.

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte

Iain Whyte – LPS President

June 2015 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members,

A timely newsletter this month aimed at catching you with just enough time to register for the ‘Permeability- from reservoir Quality to the Simulator’ one day seminar! Please see the website for full line up of fabulous speakers, but rest assured it set to be a great event with several Operator talks including Shell, BG and Perenco plus some great Service provider talks and also an Academic talk. This is one that you really should not miss!

We had an excellent turn out for Dr Paul Worthington’s talk on 2nd June which provoked some fabulous enthusiastic discussion! 70 years on from Archie’s first publications water saturation still hold lots of elusive secrets and complexities that were discussed on the evening. The talk was titled ‘Evaluation of water saturation from electrical measurements: Where are we now?’ and was thoroughly enlightening and entertaining.

Our last evening meeting before the summer will be held on 21st July. Please come along to this free event with no registration necessary. Talk title is ‘Mancos Shale, Utah. Implications of Sequence Stratigraphy, Microfacies and Compositional Variability for Shale Gas Reservoir Structure’ to be delivered by Tracey Vaitekaitis from University of Manchester and a recipient of an LPS Iain Hiller award.

I should remind those of you who are considering the SPWLA 56th Annual Symposium, it is to be held on Long Beach, California between 18-22nd July this year. I would love to hear feedback from our European members that manage to make it as I will not manage to participate myself this year, but will have a paper being presented. It’s a time that reminds us that we should try to advocate and support our peers and also younger colleagues to publish their work in such an esteemed forum.

Finally, a shameless plug for our sister SPWLA chapter, AFES in Aberdeen. They are having their annual Hog Roast on 24th June with all proceeded going to the ARCHIE foundation. If you happen to be in Aberdeen at this time please considering joining them for this event. All details available on their website.

Best Regards,

Iain Whyte

Iain Whyte – LPS President

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