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

November 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

Rollup – Rollup! The Annual General Meeting of The London Petrophysical Society will be held on the 21st November 2017 at 6:30pm in Burlington House. Come along next Tuesday evening to have your say in the affairs of our Society, review our financial position, accept the minutes from 2016 AGM, and also to elect a new President.

To compliment the deliberations of the AGM, we have the pleasure of a very colourful ‘off-topic’ presentation by Professor Ruth Morgan, UCL. She will outline the interaction between science and the media, and highlight the important questions that research is seeking to address to ensure that forensic reconstructions are accurate and reliable, with reference to a number of case studies.

A big thank you to the many who have taken the time to manually post the voting form on the proposed amendment to our Constitution (Article 13.3). The articles are being collated, and results will be presented at our AGM.

Our final One Day Seminar for the year will be held on 14th December, with the theme ‘Everything Formation Testing’. From a review of quality control, through advances in contamination monitoring and water analysis, to modelling what is possible from extended formation pressure transient testing. This has always proven to be a popular topic, and registrations are open now.

Immediately after the Seminar will be our annual Christmas get-together known as the ‘President’s Evening’ which is always a jolly time. Full details on page 3.

Thank you to Dr Adam Moss and Dr Gavin Hunt for writing the technical article this month, detailing how infrared spectroscopy on core can produce spatially continuous mineral data which is used to calibrate log interpretation models.

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

October 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

The current version of the Constitution of our Society dates back to 1993, a time when the internet as we know it had not been developed, and most of our business was conducted with logs developed on film in a darkroom, copied on ammonia printers, and faxed from the wellsite into town. Petrophysical expertize was recorded in journals, conference proceedings, and paper files.

As a legacy from this era (when Brian Moss was President!), any proposed amendments to our Constitution are required by Article 13.3 to be taken on a postal ballot (https://lps.org.uk/about-lps/the-constitution). And so now we are setting about to make this process easier, by proposing a single amendment to our Constitution; one that calls to replace the postal ballot with electronic means (eg. email). This will make it far simpler in the future to vote on modernizing other aspects of the Constitution.

I would appreciate if you could print out the voting form distributed by LPS Secretary (Barry Setterfield), then mark your vote and post it (snail mail) before November 1st to the LPS c/o Geological Society, Burlington House, W1J 0BD.

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 21st November 2017, to be held prior to the advertized talk. The Minutes from last year’s AGM are now being distributed to all members of good standing, for review before being voted on at the AGM. In addition the results of the above vote will be presented here.

Continuing the theme of this Newsletter, the technical article is a blast from the past, dug out from the archives of ‘DiaLog’, the former publication of the LPS. It’s a great article by the late Iain Hillier, who served the LPS for many years.

This Tuesday 17th October we have the pleasure host Prodeo Yao Agbouti from the University of Leeds who will present “Flow variation with depth in the East Yorkshire chalk aquifer”. Entrance is free, and I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

September 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

It’s been just over a week since our One Day Seminar titled “Challenging Reservoirs” was held on 21st September. We had a significant turnout due to the interest shown in the topic, and I would like to thank all the Lecturers who provided excellent material for the day. Feedback from this seminar has been very positive, and it’s heartening to see participation rise after a sluggish year.

Our next event will be the Evening Meeting on Tuesday 17th October at 6:30pm. This will be the penultimate meeting before our AGM in November where we shall elect a new Executive Committee. We have the honour of Prodeo Yao Agbouti from the University of Leeds who will discuss one of England’s most important aquifers, titled “Flow variation with depth in the East Yorkshire chalk aquifer”. Refreshments will be available, and entrance is free as always.

For our technical article this month, special thanks go to one of our members on the Executive Committee, Joanne Tudge (VP Seminars) from Weatherford International Ltd. A thought-provoking article about the loss of petrophysical experience with the great crew change currently in progress.

Our final One Day Seminar for the year will be held on Thursday 14th December, with the title ‘Everything Formation Testing’. This is always a popular topic, and I can’t believe it has been 3 years since the previous seminar on sampling and fluids analysis was held back in 2014! The Call for Abstracts is now open, so please submit your brief before 31st October.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the SPWLA 69th Annual Logging Symposium, which as you are well aware by now – will be held in London early June 2018. This is a great opportunity to highlight your company and get global recognition at this prestigious event. Several different options are available, please see page 7 for further information on how to apply.

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

August 2017 Newsletter

Message From the President

Dear Members & Friends of the LPS,

I hope you all had a good break over the summer, and are ready to join us as we get back into the swing of things with our next evening meeting on Tuesday 5th September. We will have the pleasure of hearing Marco Pirrone from ENI describe a novel approach to predicting Productivity Index by integrating core, NMR & PLT logs. This will be followed by a talk from Lucy Manifold from the University of Manchester. Entrance is free, and details are on our website.

The LPS One-Day Seminar on ‘Challenging Reservoirs’ is coming up soon on Thursday 21st September. We have some very experienced lecturers travelling in from all over the UK to describe some of the difficult challenges encountered in modern hydrocarbon exploration, and outline innovative solutions to them. It is going to be a fabulous seminar – you can book now by downloading the registration form on our website, and emailing to Joanne Tudge, VP Seminars.

I am proud to announce that the LPS has granted two Ian Hillier Bursary Awards in 2017. The recipients of these distinguished scholarships are Tara Stephens (University of Leicester) and Ross Kerr (Imperial College) who submitted very convincing applications. In addition, the LPS also sponsored the ‘Petrophysics Summer School 2017’ held annually by Dr. Sally Morgan of the University of Leicester. This was held over 6 days in July, and attracted 30 participants from 10 countries. From feedback received it was a real success, and the photo above showed that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.

Abstracts are now officially open for the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium to be held in London next June. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 30th October via online submission at www.spwla2018.com/technical-program Finally, I’d like to thank Andrew Foulds for the great 4-page article in this month’s Newsletter, on the ‘Exploitation of Shale Gas and Shale Oil in the UK’ .

Best Regards,

Michael O’Keefe – LPS President

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