DEVEX 2011

Past Chairs

2011 Report

DEVEX 2011‘s theme focused on cross-disciplinary challenges and solutions with a tag line of “Sharing solutions for Mature Basin Development”.

Held on may 11th and 12th at the Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre DEVEX 2011 was a great success with a record breaking 475 delegates who were able to attend 40 papers, view 23 posters and engage with 30 exhibitors.

The conference kicked off with thought provoking key note speech by Rob Kuyper, Development Manager at TAQA Bratani. His exposé of the TAQA philosophy of goal oriented simplicity and a timely request for UK tax regime stability set the tone for a conference that is by subsurface professionals for subsurface professionals.

The theme of cross-discipline challenges was taken up by a number of high quality case studies from a wide cross section of operators, service providers and academics.

A notable departure from previous conferences success was the engagement of academic presenters; in total 6 of the 40 papers were made by academics and the number of student delegates by far exceeded expectations.

Three awards were made: Best Paper, Best Academic Paper and Best Poster.

Rob Ings of Maersk won the Gert De Jonge Best Paper award and a prize of £250 for his presentation entitled “Stranded but not forgotten - Lochranza, a Dumbarton satellite”. This was a paper that detailed the successful development of a fallow field that lay dormant for more than 20 years. It was a impressive example of the integrated application of modern technology along with a clear understanding of the geological complexities of the reservoir.

For the first time a special award was made for the Best Academic presentation. Adam MacArthur of Aberdeen University won the award and a prize of £500 with his presentation entitled: “Late Jurassic slumping in the “J Block” region of the UKCS Central Graben: temporal and spatial relationship to Freshney Sandstone turbidite reservoirs”. A presentation of a sedimentolgical and palynological study that aims to determine the relationship between Mass Transport Complexes and potential reservoirs of UKCS Quad 30.

The Best Poster award and a prize of £250 went to Elodie Saillet and Euan Macrae of The University of Strathclyde for their poster entitled: “The spatial organisation of deformation in high porosity sandstones: structural barriers to CO2 storage”.

Thanks go to Chevron who sponsored the prizes in memory of Gert De Jonge who tragically died recently. Gert was a long servicing and active member of the SPE and was a well know member of the subsurface community in Aberdeen.

For the second year a young professionals workshop was held. Entitled “How does leadership apply to technical disciplines?” it attracted a large approximately 60 delegates who discussed a range of issues as part of a guided discussion. Deemed a great success it is certain that the YP event will become an established feature of DEVEX.

Additional events included a Core Workshop where a broad cross-section of delegates were given a rare opportunity to view core form West of Shetlands, the Viking Graben and the Central Graben courtesy of Shell and BP, and a convivial Field Trip along the Yhthan estuary. Thanks go to Dr Stuart Archer who stood in as the guide at short notice.

Special thanks go to Paul Adair of the SPE was this year’s chairman who managed a large and disparate management committee with admirable ease, ably supported by Emily Wilson of AECC’s conference organisation team.