November 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

So far 2018 has been a momentous year for the LPS. We have negotiated a new Charter with our parent body, SPWLA. We have had overwhelming acceptance of the amendments that we proposed to the LPS Constitution in our first electronic vote. The result was 74 for, and 2 against. We have delivered a successful Annual Symposium at Old Billingsgate for SPWLA. We have continued with our outstanding technical programme of evening talks and seminars. And finally we have elected our first woman President, Dawn Houliston, who will be taking up her new role shortly.

Despite all the changes, the one thing that remains constant is our commitment to the LPS objective, to promote for the public benefit education and knowledge in the scientific and technical aspects of formation evaluation.

I want to say a sincere thank you to my colleagues on the Executive Committee for all their hard work and support throughout, what at times, has been a difficult year. That we have been able to deliver so much for our members this year is a testament to your commitment, patience and perseverance.

Many thanks to our members who braved the cold weather to attended the AGM on 20th November, where we had approval for the minutes of last year’s AGM, the Accounts for 2017 and the 2019 LPS Executive Committee. Very best wishes and thank you to those Executive Committee members who are leaving us, and welcome to our new EC members.

The business part of the evening was followed by a truly fascinating talk from Professor Jane Evans on “Richard III: His life from his bones”. Many thanks to Jane for coming down from Nottingham to present to us.

We are still looking for volunteers to assist the Executive Committee in roles such as: soliciting Newsletter articles, Social media (website, LinkedIn et al), soliciting ideas and speakers for evening meeting and one-day seminars. If you have some time to spare and/or a particular skill, we would love to hear from you.

2018 isn’t over yet and our next event is the “Resistivity Free Saturation” seminar on Thursday 13th December starting at 9:00am. We have a full and exciting agenda, so sign-up if haven’t already. This seminar is followed by The President’s Evening at the King’s Head.

Looking ahead to 2019, we have the New Technology seminar on 10th January, a call for abstracts will be on the website soon. Our first evening meeting of the year is on 12th February and will cover “Statistical methods to enable practical on-site tomographic imaging of whole-core samples” by Alberto Mendoza – Imperial College. Our evening meetings will continue in upstairs the Council Room at the Geol Soc. The Petrophysics 101 seminar returns on 8th March.

Best Regards,

Mike Millar – LPS President

October 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Our last seminar, “Seismic Rock Physics”, was held on 27th September. We had a full agenda of exciting talks and many thanks to the speakers who presented in such an informative and enthusiastic way.

Many thanks to David Maggs for presenting “Application of borehole images in OBM from LWD tools” at our 23rd October evening meeting. I’m staggered at just how far the LWD companies have taken their technology, now able to give us full borehole images from acoustic and resistivity sondes.

We are looking forward to the AGM in November, where we present the Accounts and the 2019 LPS executive committee for approval. Once the business has been conducted at the AGM we will be hearing from Professor Jane Evans on “Richard III: His life from his bones”.

Our next one-day seminar is on Thursday 13th December starting at 09:00am, and is themed “Resistivity free saturation”. We have a nearly full agenda, but you still have time to submit a last-minute abstract. This seminar is followed by The President’s Evening at the King’s Head.

We are please to announce that the SPWLA Board has agreed to our proposed amendments to the LPS Constitution. Some of the amendments do relate to the Charter, such as which members can hold office and which members can vote. But many are a function of the changing times, such as changing the roles of some members of the Executive Committee, being fully GDPR compliance and making the document gender neutral. We will submit the proposed Constitution amendments to the LPS membership for approval by an electronic ballet. We will then lodge the amended Constitution with the Charity Commission.

The AAPG, EAGE, PESGB and SPE are jointly hosting The Young Professionals Summit on 26th November 2018, comprising of a one-day conference and an evening reception. The YP Summit aims to tackle critical issues faced within the industry. Given the recent turmoil the industry has faced they are keen to focus this inaugural Young Professionals Summit on the oil industry of the future, what is changing and how that will impact the way the YP’s work. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-professionals-summit for details and registration.

Best Regards,

Mike Millar – LPS President

September 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Many thanks to Steve Cuddy for his thought provoking talk on “Using Fractals to Determine a Reservoir’s Hydrocarbon Distribution” at our September evening meeting, putting new life into his Foil function. Our next evening meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd October, where Shahnawaz Khan will be presenting “Application of borehole images in OBM from LWD tools”.

Our next seminar is themed “Seismic Rock Physics”, on 27th September. We have a full agenda of exciting talks and registration is open now.

We are looking forward to the AGM in November and forming the new LPS executive committee for 2019 and beyond. There will be vacancies on the executive committee, so if you are a SPWLA member and you would like to volunteer some of your valuable time to helping to run the LPS, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Past-President Iain Whyte – iain.whyte@tullowoil.com or me – mike.millar27@btinternet.com.

With regards to the SPWLA Chapter Charter, I am very please to announce that we have been able to reach a reasonable and equitable agreement, thanks in no small measure to the hard work of the LPS executive committee, and the positive and constructive leadership of new SPWLA President, Zhipeng (Z) Liu. We are also very close to agreeing amendments to the LPS Constitution. Some of the amendments do relate to the Charter, but many are a function of the changing times, for example extending the role of VP Membership to include Data Protection, and revising the roles of VP Publications and VP Technology, and introducing a new VP Sponsorship. We are also recommending proxy voting for the AGM. Once we have buy-in from the Charity Commission and SPWLA, we will present the amended Constitution for the approval of the LPS membership.

The AAPG, EAGE, PESGB and SPE are jointly hosting The Young Professionals Summit on 26th November 2018, comprising of a one-day conference and an evening reception. The YP Summit aims to tackle critical issues faced within the industry. Given the recent turmoil the industry has faced they are keen to focus this inaugural Young Professionals Summit on the oil industry of the future, what is changing and how that will impact the way the YP’s work. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young- professionals-summit for details.

Best Regards,

Mike Millar – LPS President

July 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Many thanks to Maciej Kozlowski, ably assisted by Graham Davis, for presenting “An Integrated Formation Evaluation Approach to Characterize a Turbidite Fan Complex – A Case Study from the Falkland Islands” at our July evening meeting. And thanks to all those members who attended on hot July evening in London when there was football and tennis on the telly.

Our next evening meeting is scheduled for 4th September, where SPWLA Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Steve Cuddy will be presenting “Using Fractals to Determine a Reservoir’s Hydrocarbon Distribution”.

Our next seminar is themed “Seismic Rock Physics”, on 27th September. We have a near full agenda of exciting talks, but you still have time to submit a last-minute abstract.

The LPS was proud to support the third Petrophysics Summer School hosted by the University of Leicester at the beginning of July. Building on the success of the previous summer schools, this year’s course brought together 21 participants from 5 countries (by institution; 10 by nationality) from as far away as the Philippines. Over two‐thirds of the 2018 cohort were women, which was a significant increase on the previous 2 years in which women made up less than half of the groups. Similar to other years, the participant group comprised of mainly graduate students (PhD and Masters) but also included a number of post‐docs, an undergraduate and a more senior scientist, all of who had little or no experience with petrophysics. The six‐day course combined lectures, practicals, software training, and site visits to Weatherford and the British Geological Survey Core Store, to provide a solid introduction to the fundamentals and applications of petrophysics.

Just prior to PETEX, the AAPG, EAGE, PESGB and SPE will be hosting The Young Professionals Summit; a new event on 26th November 2018 comprising of a day conference and an evening reception. The YP Summit aims to tackle critical issues faced within the industry. Given the recent turmoil the industry has faced they are keen to focus this inaugural Young Professionals Summit on the oil industry of the future, what is changing and how that will impact the way the YP’s work. Please search “young professionals summit and evening reception” for details.

The LPS Newsletter will be having a break in August, so I would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable Summer.

Best Regards,

Mike Millar – LPS President

June 2018 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

On behalf of the LPS, I would like to thank Clive Sirju and the organising committee for making the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium such a great success. All their effort and hard work was certainly worthwhile as I got lots of positive feedback from attendees, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and SPWLA leadership. I really appreciate all that they have done in preparation for the event and during the Symposium.

At the Symposium, LPS and AFES had a meeting with SPWLA Leadership to discuss concerns with the new SPWLA Chapter Charter. The meeting was positive and, although there is still some work to do, we feel that between us we can find an equitable way forward that will work for everybody. We will not lose our charitable status and the heavy-handedness in the Charter wording will be softened. Some amendments will be required to the LPS Constitution and some of the wording of the Chapter Charter needs to be changed. SPWLA have asked for our help in suggesting amendments to the Charter and in fully understanding and complying with the GDPR.

Our next evening meeting is scheduled for 10th July, and will be “An Integrated Formation Evaluation Approach to Characterize a Turbidite Fan Complex – A Case Study from the Falkland Islands” to be presented by Maciej Kozlowski.

The topic for our next seminar is Seismic Rock Physics and a call for abstracts is on the website, so please put 27th September in your diary.

One of the great innovations in the LPS Newsletter in recent times is the inclusion of technical papers. If you have an interesting technical topic you like us to publish, please contact Jusmell Graterol or Jenny Rastogi.

Best Regards,

Mike Millar – LPS President

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