PETEX 2016 – Meet the Petroleum Geoscience Collaboration Showcase (PGCS) keynote speakers!

The PESGB, Petroleum Group and AAPG (European Region) are co-organising the Petroleum Geoscience Collaboration Showcase (PGCS) as part of PETEX 2016. The PGCS showcases the business challenges addressed by collaborative research projects, enables researchers to demonstrate societal and economic benefits from their research, and provides a forum for post-doctoral, PhD and MSc presentations.

The showcase provides an excellent opportunity for industry and academia to meet, get inspired and demonstrate the value of collaborative applied research. There will be ample opportunity for graduates and potential future employers to connect. This year the PGCS will also include extended poster sessions at which applicant’s research will be displayed within the main events hall for all attendees to view. Check out the PGCS and the PETEX main conference programme!

PGCS Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to introduce the PGCS keynote speakers: Prof. John Underhill, Shell Chair of Exploration Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University & NERC CDT Academic Director, and Hon. Prof. Keith Gerdes, Senior Consultant & Manager External Liaison, Exploration Excellence at Shell International.

 
Talk Outline

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is an exciting and innovative initiative to train the next generation of industry, academic and government policy leaders.

Set up in 2014, the CDT is run out of Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and consists of a collaboration between 7 core academic partners, 12 associate academic partners and other associate industry sponsors providing support ‘in kind’ through data or training, and 9 core industry sponsors.

The CDT currently comprises three cohorts of PhD students, who are undertaking their degrees at one of the 19 academic institutes. The PhD research topics being undertaken are focused on the following four areas: Environmental Impact & Regulation; Extending the Life of Mature Basins (e.g. North Sea); Exploration in Challenging Environments and Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources 
   
Industry involvement was identified as one of the key measures of success for the UK CDT for Oil and Gas. It was a bold visionary move at the outset to propose a Training Academy, fully funded by industry, to be the sole provider of the CDT training modules. The positive response of industry to this call, both in financial support and by providing staff to present training modules, illustrates the enthusiasm the industry has for this initiative. So why has the reaction been so positive and support so constant during a period of such uncertainty? In this presentation some of the reasons why the Oil and Gas CDT has attracted this support will be discussed and some of the key differentiators which make this initiative so unique amongst industry and academia collaborations will be highlighted.

Biographies

John Underhill gained his first degree in Geology at Bristol University in 1982. He was awarded a PhD entitled ‘Neogene and Quaternary Tectonics and Sedimentation in Western Greece from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1985.

He worked for Shell in The Hague and London as an exploration geoscientist between 1985-89 before being appointed as a Lecturer in the Grant Institute of Geology (as it was then) in 1989 becoming Professor of Stratigraphy there in 1998. Whilst at Edinburgh, he spent sabbaticals in BP (1992-93) and Norsk Hydro (1997-99). John remained at Edinburgh until the summer of 2013 when he made the short move across to HWU in the same city.
 
His main area of geological research is understanding the structural and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins through the integration of seismic interpretation methods and field geology. His research not only informs our understanding of petroleum systems but also has contributed to the location of safe geological storage sites for carbon sequestration.
 
John was elected to the Board of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) in 2009, an organization he subsequently was President of in 2011-12. In 2012, he was awarded the Geological Society’s Petroleum Group‘s top award, The Silver Medal and the Edinburgh Geological Society’s Clough Medal. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) bestowed their prestigious Distinguished Educator Award to John at their Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in May 2013 and he won the EAGE’s Alfred Wegener Award in 2014. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Geological Society’s prestigious Lyell Medal.

Keith Gerdes gained his first degree in Geology and Geophysics at Durham University and after taking part in geophysical research cruises in the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian Oceans he was awarded a PhD from the University of Wales.
 
His career in the energy industry has spanned a wide range of technical, operational and managerial roles in both major International companies and smaller exploration-focused, independent organizations. His exploration activities have contributed to the discovery of new reserves in the Far East, Europe, Africa and the former Soviet Union. He has taught in both industry and academia and has published a number of papers on various aspects of petroleum geoscience.
 
Keith has led the organising and technical committees of a number of international conferences for professional geoscience organisations such as the AAPG, GSL and EAGE. He is a recent Past-President of the European Region of the AAPG, a fellow of the Geological Society of London, an AAPG Visiting Lecturer and an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
 
Keith is actively involved in furthering the links between Industry and academia, and is a member or chairs Industrial Liaison Boards at a number of UK and European Universities. He is the technical focal point for the Shell Centre for Exploration Geoscience at HWU. He leads the Industrial Advisory Board of the UK Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas and serves on the CDT Management and Project Committees.

For the opportunity to see John and Keith’s talk, as well as all the other great features of PETEX 2016, register today!

Your September PROSPEX Update!

There are only three months to go before PROSPEX 2016 kicks off, and the excitement is start to build.

Tickets are selling fast and we only have 6 booths still available! We are also preparing the launch of the Prospects Pavilion. Read below for details.

With tickets being sold quickly and exhibition space almost filling out completely, do not miss the chance to secure your place at this year’s edition of PROSPEX, which will again take place in the main hall of the BDC.  As in previous years there will be a full speaker programme incorporating the popular “Prospects to Go”  sessions, timetable of which will be released shortly.

We now also have a new One Day rate!

Registration

Visit our website to buy your ticket! Click here to register, or fill in the form. To find out more information, click here.

We listened to your feedback and we have a new One Day ticket available, which gives you access to the show on either 14 or 15 December.

Please note that if you wish to buy a One Day ticket, you cannot make this purchase online. Instead, fill in this registration form and return it to events@pesgb.org.uk. Alternatively, you can phone the office on +44 (0)207 4082000.

Exhibition Space

There are only 6 booths still available! Complete your booth booking form and return it to events@pesgb.org.uk as soon as possible to ensure you get your preferred space. See the floorplan for available space.

Reserve a “prospect to go” slot as soon as possible – there is a space on your application form to express an interest.  If you wish to speak on something that would not be regarded as a prospect to go, please speak to me directly.

Consider sponsorship of PROSPEX 2016 – by sponsoring early you will get maximum exposure for your company.

Prospects Pavilion

Introducing our brand new feature: the Prospects Pavilion! The main exhibition space is almost sold out and we are keen to exhibit as many prospects as possible to enhance everyone’s experience of attending PROSPEX. Priced at an incredibly cost-effective rate, the Prospects Pavilion will be situated in the Village Green area of our exhibition hall (right-hand side of the floorplan). The area will consist of poster panels and is aimed at companies who have only one prospect to market or companies who still want a presence but do not have any prospects to worked up to a full presentation level.

A panel will cost only £200 for the duration of the entire show and includes a complimentary delegate pass. To book a poster, please contact us at events@pesgb.org.uk.

At this stage we consider the Prospects Pavilion only open to prospectors, but if you are a non-prospector who wants a presence at PROSPEX and would prefer a poster to a full booth, please do get in touch with us with an indication of what you’d like to bring.

For more information, contact us at events@pesgb.org.uk, or call us at 020 7408 2000.

Getting Value from Geophysics

On the news this morning I heard that oil prices have risen slightly after it was reported that US oil stocks have declined, pundits are predicting a more significant rise in 2017 as demand outstrips supply. Of one thing we can be sure the world’s population is continuing to grow. Despite the substitution of Uber-style car sharing and improved engine efficiency, populations in non-OECD countries will aspire to owning a car as their disposable incomes increase, and so too the demand for oil.  Maybe the end of the current industry recession is nearing an end, hurrah!  Investment analysts Bernstein have modelled the future oil production and estimate peak oil demand of 108 mmbo/d in the period 2030 to 2035 so our industry may have a bright future at least in the next 10 – 20 years.

The challenge for Geophysics today is to make yet another step change in performance; integration, cost reduction, improved productivity but most importantly increased accuracy of our measurements and risk reduction.  Now is the time to plan our recovery to ensure that we can find and produce the oil needed to satisfy the future demand, as we explore for more difficult to find hydrocarbon traps.

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) will host a seminar at the Geological Society, Piccadilly on 27th/28th September on the theme of Getting Value from Geophysics: Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness for Low Oil Prices. The aim of this seminar is to stimulate ideas and discussion around just how we can make such a step change in the 21st Century, and to reassure industry analysts and investors that now is the time to invest once again in our industry.

Come and join us http://pesgb.org.uk/events/event-316/

Stephen Pickering

PESGB Geophysics Special Interest Group

PETEX 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline

There are only a couple of days left until Early Bird registration closes on 16 September, so make sure you book your ticket today!

 

Why should you attend PETEX… 

2014 was the largest ever show with 3520 registered delegates and 164 exhibitors occupying 3584 sq metres.

This year we have received an all-time record number of abstract submissions, have secured a strong partnership with the Oil & Gas Authority UK, and introduced a series of brand new features to the show.

To date, we have over 100 companies being represented at PETEX 2016, including companies such as BP, BG Group, OMV, Shell, TGS, CGG, ION and many more. You can’t get an exhibition with our diversity for our cost elsewhere.

With tickets selling as fast as ever, don’t miss out on the opportunity to buy your value ticket today, with an Early Bird Member ticket costing only £170 for the duration of the entire show, and £290 for Non-Members.

To view the Conference Programme, click here. To see the exhibitors list, go to our website.

Don’t forget! Early Bird Registration for PETEX closes on 16 September. Book your ticket today and take advantage of the Early Bird discount.
Exhibit

Remember that you can still book a place to exhibit at PETEX and that there are still sponsorship opportunities! See the floorplan to choose your booth and make the most of your visit to PETEX 2016!

Stand for the 2017 PESGB Council… as Treasurer

The PESGB are currently searching for passionate and willing individuals to stand for several council positions in 2017. The opportunity to sit on council will be both a challenging and rewarding experience, but ultimately one filled with important decision making, collaboration, and communication.

The PESGB council is a great opportunity to develop new skills for work, as well as a tool for discovering hidden skills are already have. Because help and guidance is with you every step of the way, you have no need to be hesitant in applying; a deep work ethic, communication skills, and a passionate love for your chosen role is all that is needed to succeed and develop within the council.

So whomever are you, research what skills the PESBG council could help you to develop, while also considering what you could personally bring to the council itself. Consider applying for this great optionally to surround yourself with likeminded professionals; the PESGB council is waiting.

Treasurer

The overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability is secure. They will also work to ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained within the organisation.

Any potential Treasurer should have financial qualifications and experience, as well as some experience of charity finance, fundraising, and pension schemes. The Treasurer should have the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences, as well as the willingness to be available to staff for advice on an ad hoc basis.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a council member, duties of the treasurer include the following:

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Preparing and presenting financial reports to the board
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate investment policy
  • Ensuring there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims and objects of the charity
  • Monitoring the organisation’s investment activity and ensuring it is consistent with the organisation’s policies and legal responsibilities
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies, for example the Charity Commission and/or the Registrar of Companies
  • If external scrutiny of accounts is required, ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way
  • Be a second signatory on cheques
  • Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required
  • Sitting on SCID Committee.

For further information, watch the below interview, in which 2016 Treasurer Maurice Dicks outlines his experience on the role, as well as the help and support he was given while working on council.

To apply, please contact Maria Iredale at maria@pesgb.org.uk

Charity Photo Competition

GEO ExPro and PESGB are delighted to announce their partnership in support of charity Aberdeen Cyrenians, by launching a photo competition for 2016. The Cyrenians are a charity based in Aberdeen and are working to support all sections of the community, including many who have been devastated by the downturn in the oil industry.

A selection of the best photos from the competition will feature in a calendar for 2017 that will be available for purchase at the GEO ExPro stand at PETEX in November 2016. PETEX delegates will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photo and the most popular shots will feature as the covers of both the PESGB magazine and GEO ExPro magazine in 2017. All proceeds will go to the Aberdeen Cyrenians charity.

To whet your appetite and get you in the right frame of mind for taking those creative images, here are the winners and some of the better entries to the GeoExPro 10th Anniversary Photo Competition.

Categories: Landscape, Industry, Community 

How to Enter
Send your photograph and caption to rosy@pesgb.org.uk
Image must be high resolution, at least 300dpi
Multiple entries welcome but maximum 10 entries per category
Enter one or more categories
Entrants agree use of accredited images in future PESGB and GeoPublishing publications

DEADLINE: 30th September 2016

Drilling through bias

Workers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859 were quoted as saying “Drill for oil?  You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?  You’re crazy.”

Find out more about the fascinating world of bias and perceptual blindness (the condition where we fail to see an unexpected event in plain sight) and how it affects us here.

Stand for the 2017 PESGB Council…as President Elect

The PESGB are currently searching for passionate and willing individuals to stand for several council positions in 2017. The opportunity to sit on council will be both a challenging and rewarding experience, but ultimately one filled with important decision making, collaboration, and communication.

The PESGB council is a great opportunity to develop new skills for work, as well as a tool for discovering hidden skills are already have. Because help and guidance is with you every step of the way, you have no need to be hesitant in applying; a deep work ethic, communication skills, and a passionate love for your chosen role is all that is needed to succeed and develop within the council.

So whomever are you, research what skills the PESBG council could help you to develop, while also considering what you could personally bring to the council itself. Consider applying for this great optionally to surround yourself with likeminded professionals; the PESGB council is waiting.

President Elect

The role of President Elect consists of supporting the president during their year in office with anticipation for taking on the role the following year, this means you’ll be literally learning on the job, working closely with the president in order to gain from their knowledge and experience, while also bringing your own influence to the role.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a council member, duties of the President Elect also include the following:

  • The President Elect is responsible for chairing the PROSPEX committee and takes the lead in ensures PROSPEX success.
  • The President Elect is responsible for organising the annual elections that ll the rotating positions on the council. Ensuring the election is viewed positively and the roles available are contested.
  • The President Elect represents the member’s interests to the council and ensures their views are always considered.
  • When the President is not available the President Elect will chair the meetings of the council.
  • The President Elect will attend the Outreach and SCID Committee.

For further information, watch this interview, in which the 2016 President Elect, Nick Terrell outlines the duties and specifications of the role, as well as his personal experience of sitting on council.

Also see the interview below, in which Past President 2016, Hamish Wilson details the general duties of both the President Elect and President roles, making the vital case for the importance of communication and partnership between the two.

To apply, please contact Maria Iredale at maria@pesgb.org.uk

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