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Issue 2 2014

Looking to orchestrate greater sustainability Philip Ringrose EAGE president

to our members. Many people join the EAGE but let their membership slip after a year. We need to explain better how the Association will sustain members over the course of their careers. To that end we must offer continued focus and new agenda-setting workshops.



hilip Ringrose, EAGE President writes: In my free time, I relax by playing the clarinet and the cello and this musical background has inspired me to bring harmony during my presidential year, which started at the EAGE Annual Conference in Amsterdam in June. My main aim is to persuade the membership, considerably enlarged during Gladys Gonzalez’s year at the helm, to sing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to sustainability. There is a lot of good work to build on and there will be plenty of continuity with what Gladys has been doing. She has put in a huge amount of effort and hats off to her because we have grown a great deal in places such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and most recently Latin America. I want to ensure that that growth is sustainable. In tough economic times, we need to ensure that we offer value for money

Trivia Question 1. The Udden scale is a logarithmic scale for the size of what? 2. What term is given to the systematic interpretation of geology from aerial photographs? 3. What term is used for the difference between true north and magnetic north?

In tough economic times we need to ensure that we offer value for money to our members In particular, I want to grow the Near Surface Geoscience division, which currently accounts for about 10% of the membership. We want this division to grow and represent around 20-30% of members in the next five years and to do that the organisation must put more focus on sustainable use of the Earth’s resources and particularly carbon capture and storage. Two other challenges the industry has to face, and our Association must offer new insights on, are unconventionals and deepwater exploration. Shale exploration obviously involves the specifics of fracturing technology and we need to create a better learning environment because the technology is moving all the time. We should develop new geomechanical models of how rocks deform to inform well optimisation, surface management technology and to answer the question: can it be done safely? We need to demonstrate that the Association is not just concerned with getting oil and gas out of the ground but with the bigger picture.

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Thinking caps on for EAGE’s Geo-Creativity Prize


here’s still time to enter the EAGE’s newly introduced Geo-Creativity Prize which focuses on computational geosciences. Ideas under the title of Computational Technologies in Geosciences have to be in by 31 August 2014, so no time to lose. The topic was selected by the Committee as computational geosciences play a major role in reservoir modelling, simulation and visualization. In the effort to build knowledge from measurement, automate processes and improve efficiency, and reduce natural human bias and error, experimenting with new approaches, algorithms, and programming concepts is needed. Computational geosciences are also integral to issues related to environmental hazards in the oil industry, geological modelling of basins, geophysical exploration for new potentials, and for enhanced oil (and gas) recovery. Prize Committee member Mohamed Hadidi (ADCO) said: ‘Geoscience, comprising Read more on page 2 ➤

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EAGE Newsletter Middle East Issue 2 2014  

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