a chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.
Welcome to the Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES)
I am happy to report that AFES has continued to prosper despite the widespread downturn in the oil and gas industry, which has been especially severe in the North Sea. Our finances are on a firm footing and the current committee is working hard to ensure that we continue to raise the funds needed to run the society, through our topical seminars and participation in DEVEX.
Over the years that I have been connected with AFES, we have seen several such downturns, with redundancies and redeployments and I can only tell the younger members of the society that, while it may take a while, the industry will pick up and job security will return. At times like these, it is important to establish and maintain strong networks within our industry and I would encourage our members – young, those a bit older and the ancient – to come along to our regular monthly meeting to share their experiences and keep in touch with what is going on in our industry.
DEVEX has become a major part of the Aberdeen Oil industry calendar, as the only annual subsurface conference of its size solely focused on reservoir discovery, evaluation, development and recovery in the UK. In response to the current climate in the industry, the DEVEX organising committee, which is made up of representatives of AFES and the Aberdeen chapters of SPE and PESGB, together with the UK Government’s Oil and Gas Authority, are planning a revamped conference to best meet the needs of our changing industry.
Please visit the DEVEX website at http://www.devex-conference.org for further details of the 2016 programme, which will be held at the AECC on 18th -19th May.
A continuing highlight of the AFES year is the Annual Xmas Quiz night. It started in 2001, when a “one off” Quiz was held as a Xmas event in support of the ARCHIE appeal for the new Aberdeen Royal Children’s’ Hospital. The latest event in November 2015, was a great success and despite the industry downturn as we were able to raise another £1600.
Please visit the ARCHIE website at http://www.archiefoundation.org.uk to see how our donations are used.
The main purpose of AFES is to promote petrophysics and formation evaluation within the oil and gas industry, by aiding students looking for support and guidance as they embark on a challenging career and to educate the wider population where possible. In the past 10 years, the funds raised from the DEVEX conferences, from sustaining sponsorship by various companies and from the successful one-day seminars which AFES run, has given us the tools with which to move our objectives forwards. From the days of making a single donation each year to support teaching aids at Aberdeen University, we are now able to offer substantially more.
In the last few years, we have awarded a number of bursaries to MSc and PhD students, as well as making donations towards research equipment and primary/secondary school education programmes through the Geobus project.
Please visit http://www.geobus.org.uk for further details of their activities.
None of this would be possible but for the support of the AFES membership and the efforts of the AFES committee. I am sure that with your support, we will continue to grow AFES and continue to support the education and development of the next generation of Formation Evaluators!
Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society