April 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

At our April evening meeting we had two outstanding talks from the University of Leicester. Dr Erwan Le Ber, a IODP Research Associate, talked about using core and specially designed logging tools to help understand the Chicxulub impact crater. And PhD student, Kieran Blacker told us how integrating shallow seismic and shallow borehole data can be used to site offshore wind turbines. Many thanks to Erwan and Keiran for their interesting and thought provoking talks.

Erwan also gave us an outline on the Petrophysics summer school that IODP (International Ocean Drilling Program) are running at the University of Leicester in July. If you would like more details please go to; https://iodp.rocks/petrophysics-summer-school/

For the 15th May evening meeting we will have a talk on “4D multi-scale imaging of steady state two-phase flow in sandstones and reactive flow in carbonates” from Catriona Reynolds, Wood Mackenzie, and Hannah Menke, Imperial College, London.

Planning is beginning for our next seminar, to be held in September. The topic is Seismic Rock Physics and a call for abstracts will appear on our website soon. Please put 27th September in your diary for this seminar.

Registration is now open for the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium. The venue is Old Billingsgate which is located on the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge in London. And the dates are 2nd to 6th June.

This outstanding event will consist of; eight fabulous workshops, two stunning field trips, three days of exceptional technical presentations, posters and exhibitions, and three evenings of great social events. This programme will have great interest for everybody who uses borehole data. More details can be found on www.spwla2018.com. Please go to www.spwla.com and register to be part of the premier Formation Evaluation event of the year.

Our Newsletter is looking for new technical content, if you have a good technical paper you like us to publish then please contact Jenny Rastogi.

Best Regards,

Mike Miller – LPS President

March 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Our 2018 technical programme continues apace with its high standards. On 22nd February we held our “Back to Basics: An introduction to Formation Evaluation”, interactive workshop. Many thanks to all those who attended and a very big thank you to the speakers who presented in such an informative and encouraging way. Planning is beginning for our next seminar, to be held in September. The topic is Seismic Rock Physics and a call for abstracts will appear on our website soon. Please put 27th September in your diary for this seminar.

Special thanks goes to John Bennett, who stepped in at short notice to give our March evening technical presentation. John’s talk was an entertaining and thought provoking view of Net-to-Gross. We also heard from Martin Gardner of UKOGC about their programme to improve the standards of operational geoscience.

For the 17th April evening meeting we have two talks, “Linking in-situ geotechnical and physical properties to geophysical surveys – a case study for a proposed windfarm at Dogger Bank” from University of Leicester PhD student, Kieran Blacker; and “High impact drilling: Chicxulub, petrophysics and cluster analysis” from Dr Erwan Le Ber, IODP Research Associate also from University of Leicester. For the 15th May evening meeting we will have a talk on “4D multi-scale imaging of steady state two-phase flow in sandstones and reactive flow in carbonates” from Catriona Reynolds, Wood Mackenzie, and Hannah Menke, Imperial College, London.

Registration for the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium, to be held in at Old Billingsgate in London 2nd to 6th June, is now open, please go to www.spwla.com. This outstanding event will consist of eight fabulous workshops, two stunning field trips, three days of outstanding technical presentations, posters and exhibitions, and three evenings of great social events. Make sure that you are part of it.

The Symposium Student Paper contest entries have to be submitted by the end of the month, please go to www.spwla2018.com for details on how to enter. Members of the SPWLA get discounted registration for the Annual Symposium and its associated short courses, so it well worth joining our parent body.

Best Regards,

Mike Miller – LPS President

February 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Our 2018 technical programme got off to a great start on 6th February when Holger Thern from Baker Hughes presented a case study incorporating mud-log data with conventional logs. Many thanks to Holger for his thought provoking talk. And a big thank you to all our LPS members who joined us in a crowded Committee room at our best attended evening meeting in a long time.

Let’s hope that the rest of our technical programme is just as well attended. On Thursday 22nd February 2018 we will be holding a one-day seminar in the Petrophysics 101 series entitled “Back to Basics: An introduction to Formation Evaluation”. This interactive workshop is for early-mid career geoscientists, reservoir engineers, and geophysicists as well as petrophysicists. It will provide participants with a good understanding of the concepts and the vocabulary that underpin petrophysical measurements and interpretation.

For the 6th March evening meeting, Philip Bailey of PetroStars will talk about ‘Living Petrophysics’. And for the 17th April evening meeting we have two talks, “Linking in-situ geotechnical and physical properties to geophysical surveys – a case study for a proposed windfarm at Dogger Bank” from University of Leicester PhD student, Kieran Blacker; and “High impact drilling: Chicxulub, petrophysics and cluster analysis” from Dr Erwan Le Ber, IODP Research Associate also from University of Leicester.

Planning for the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium, to be held in at Old Billingsgate in London 2nd to 6th June, is continuing at a pace. Check out the website as the Technical Program is starting to appear. There is a tentative list of the papers and posters, and the eight Workshops have been posted. Registration details will appear soon. www.SPWLA2018.com.

The LPS is a chapter of the SPWLA and I encourage you all to become members of our parent organisation. Membership has many benefits including discounted registration for the Annual Symposium and its associated short courses; the Petrophysics Journal in digital or physical copy; the newly expanded social information bi-monthly journal, named “The Bridge”; access to online literature resource; discounted registration for two “Topical Conferences” each year; access to monthly Webinars; access to and use of training facilities located in Houston. Please see the website for details, www.spwla.org.

Don’t forget to renew your LPS membership, it is free for 2018, but you still need to register with Sharan Dhami (https://lps.org.uk/membership/).

Best Regards,

Mike Miller – LPS President

January 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

A Happy New Year to you all.

I am honoured and delighted to have been elected back onto the Executive Committee of the London Petrophysical Society as President, and I am looking forward to working with the Committee and our members to further the aims of the LPS and SPWLA, to promote, for the public benefit, education and knowledge in the scientific and technical aspects of formation evaluation.

2018 promises to be an exciting year, with the high-light being the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium, to be held in at Old Billingsgate in London 2nd to 6th June. This is the premier Formation Evaluation event of the year and we have exciting an technical programme as well as outstanding social events planned. Keep checking the website for news, www.SPWLA2018.com.

The LPS is a chapter of the SPWLA and I encourage you all to become members of our parent organisation and join the “Home” for Formation Evaluation and Petrophysics. Remember that membership has many benefits including discounted registration for the Annual Symposium, see the website for details, www.spwla.org.

The last seminar of 2017 was held on Thursday 14th December celebrating Everything Formation Testing. It proved to be a great success and I would like to thank the committee for organising this event. Thanks also goes to all the speakers who managed to inform as well as entertain us. During the seminar we presented Dick Woodhouse’s posthumous SPWLA Gold Medal to his sons Paul and Richard. It is with real fondness that we remember Dick and the outstanding contributions he made to the goals of the SPWLA and the LPS, and it was a great honour to make the presentation to Paul and Richard.

The seminar was followed by the President’s Evening at The Kings Head, which received generous financial support from Baker Hughes, Gaia, Halliburton and Schlumberger, so a big thank you to these wonderful companies for helping to create a great evening.

Planning is well advanced for this year’s technical programme. For the 6th February evening meeting, Holger Thern from Baker Hughes will be presenting an NMR case study. And for the 6th March evening meeting, Philip Bailey of PetroStars will talk about ‘Living Petrophysics’. On 22nd February will be holding our first one-seminar of 2018, “Back to Basics Workshop: An introduction to Formation Evaluation”.

Don’t forget to renew your membership, it is free for 2018, but you still need to register with Sharan Dhami (https://lps.org.uk/membership/).

Best Regards,

Mike Miller – LPS President

December 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Our final One Day Seminar for the year will be held on 14th December, with the title ‘Everything Formation Testing’. We have a remarkable agenda lined up for next Thursday (see page 2), so this is definitely not one to miss! Registration forms have already been distributed, and are also available on our website.

Following this Seminar will be our annual ‘President’s Evening’ at the King’s Head, kindly sponsored by Gaia, Schlumberger, and Baker Hughes. This is a free event with drinks and finger food provided, and partners are most welcome to join us for the Christmas cheer. See the official invitation on page 3.

This month’s technical article is ‘Rock Typing in Carbonate Reservoirs’, authored by Jonathan Hall who has previously held the office of VP Technology in LPS (twice). It is an informative and authoritative work, starting on page 7.

Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting on 21st November, and also to those who had mailed in their postal ballot to successfully update Article 13 in our Constitution. As we presented, our income from both One Day Seminars & Sponsorship has fallen significantly. So we have introduced a range of measures to stabilize our financial situation, among these are cancellation of the free New Technology seminar in January, and relocation of Evening meetings to the smaller ‘Council Room’ in the Geological Society. In addition I anticipate that income from the 2018 SPWLA Annual Symposium will replenish the coffers.

I would like to thank out-going Executive Committee members Carole Reynaud and Negah Arjmandpour for their efforts. Next year we introduce Shyam Ramaswami as Officer of Sponsorship, and welcome back incoming President Mike Millar. Mike first joined the LPS in 2005, and was President in 2012/13, so I am confident of leaving the leadership of our Society in good hands. Thank you for the journey over the last two years, and I wish you the best in our fascinating pursuit of both the scientific and technical aspects of formation evaluation.

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

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