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‘Focus on making decisions...not on searching for and analysing the data’, is the message Chris Fair, President of Oilfield Data Services, has for SPE London members, at this month’s evening meeting, on 26 November, at the Geological Society Piccadilly. The meeting is kindly sponsored by OptaSense.

Chris will explain the physics involved in wellbore, completion and reservoir modelling and evaluation. He will then review the tools/ methods that petroleum engineers have at their disposal to analyse well/reservoir data. Next, he will discuss how many of these methods can be automated and the consequences this has on well/reservoir surveillance and decision making. The talk will conclude with some audience-interactive examples from real well data.

Chris Fair holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston. Since 1992, he has worked in various positions in the chemical industry and oil patch. In 1997, he joined Data Retrieval Corporation, where he worked on expanding the range and types of wells that could be effectively tested from the surface, and on increasing the company’s markets, both in the US and overseas. In 2005, he and Ricardo Flores started Oilfield Data Services, Inc - a Houston and London-based petroleum engineering software development company that also offers reservoir and production engineering consulting services.

David Hill, of OptaSense, will then present ‘An introduction to fibre- optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing and its impact on IOR and EOR’.

Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is a new sensing technology increasingly being seen as a potential game-changer in a number of downhole applications, including hydraulic fracture profiling, permanent flow assurance and 4D-VSP reservoir imaging. The talk will describe the technology and show examples of how this technology is being used.

David Hill is a QinetiQ Senior Fellow and the Chief Technology Officer at OptaSense. Since jointly founding the company, he has concentrated on developing the uses of DAS technology within the oil and gas industry. David has a BSc (Hons) in Imaging Sciences from the University of Westminster, London, and a PhD in Physics, from the University of Kent.

OptaSense is a wholly-owned company of QinetiQ, a FTSE250 multinational defence technology company. Founded in 2010, with offices also in the US, Canada, UAE and Australia, OptaSense specialised in the development and commercialisation of fibre-optic distributed sensing technology into the oil and gas market, as well as for security and transport.

Following the networking buffet, Piers Johnson, of OPC, will discuss ‘Advances in pressure transient analysis: de-convolution and its applications’.

While the presentation will include a brief history of the equipment and techniques used, it will also include an overview of the theory of de-convolution. The objective of the talk is to explain that we left behind the Horner Plot some years ago, and now have some powerful techniques available to us when used correctly.

Piers Johnson, an experienced petroleum engineer, is a past Chairman of SPE London and the founder and MD of Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited, having previously worked for Flopetrol Johnston Schlumberger as Well Test Supervisor, Location manager and District Sales Engineer (Asia).

OPC is a globally-renowned leader in the provision of professional expertise, management and technical support to the Upstream Exploration and Production sector of the oil and gas industry.

Before dinner: 5-6.30pm Dinner: 6.30-7.30pm After dinner: 7.30-9pm Booking:; tel: 07736 070066; Cost: £34 for SPE/PESGB/EI members, £44 non-members, £19 unemployed members, £5 students booking by Friday 22 November (£19 after).


On 19 November, at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Strategy and Change Consultant Ella Minty, will address Edinburgh-based members of SPE Aberdeen on ‘Leadership - a true perspective’.

The talk will give participants a realistic analysis of key leadership milestones: understanding the drivers of leadership; perspectives on leadership; psychological traits of a leader; leading by example; motivating others; cultural barriers to leadership; engaging; monitoring and intervening, and ‘passing the relay’. For those who wish to discuss real professional examples, ‘Chatham House’ rules will apply.

Ella Minty is a public relations accredited practitioner specialising in external and internal communication. She has been working in high level/high risk projects in the energy industry for more than 15 years. A published author, conference speaker and moderator, university lecturer, programme mentor and business consultant, Ella has always been fascinated by people, their reactions, their drivers and their agendas.


‘Creating novel mathematics to solve operational challenges in the oil and gas sector’ is the intriguing title of SPE Aberdeen’s evening presentation, on 27 November, at the Douglas Hotel (6.30-8.30pm).

The presenter, Cyrille Mathis, Chief Scientific Officer and founder of ThinkTank Maths Ltd, will explain that the ability to solve problems is not only a function of their underlying scientific difficulties, but is also clearly dependent on the convenient simplifying underlying assumptions that may have been made. Drawing on successful examples from the energy, defence and space sectors, she will show how the use of innovative mathematics can transform the handling of problems or even the problems themselves, bring new insights and provide game-changing solutions.

Dr Mathis has a broad scientific and research background, including Mathematics and Engineering. Edinburgh-based ThinkTank Maths Ltd works across a range of business sectors, producing original operational solutions to individual, hard problems in the field of engineering and immense operational complexity, based on new and innovative mathematics.

Bookings for Aberdeen and Edinburgh meetings:; tel 01224 495051; Further information: (Aberdeen Events)

The SPE Aberdeen evening programme is kindly sponsored by Statoil. 03 EDINBURGH ABERDEEN

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