a chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.
Welcome to the web page of the Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES).
It is with great pleasure that I take over the position as AFES President from Giancarlo, who has done a sterling job over the last two years. He thought his involvement in AFES was over, until I reminded him that the Past President joins the DEVEX committee as the AFES rep…nice try!!
My connection with AFES goes back over 25 years and, along with one or two other “grey hairs”, I can recall meetings being held in the Aberdeen University Geology Department when it was located in Marischal College. Later on we met in Meston Building with cheese and wine served in the Basin Studies room afterwards. Many a MSc student has been fed and watered through the years!! More recently, we have found a home in the Station Hotel, which is more central for those members, whose offices are located in or near the city centre – so no excuses!!
Over the years I have served on the AFES committee as VP Technology, Treasurer and VP Seminars, been part of several DEVEX committees and the successful Edinburgh SPWLA conference LOC, so there it seems inevitable that I would serve as AFES president one day!
One of the highlights of my involvement with AFES has been the Annual Xmas Quiz night. In 2001, we held a “one off” Quiz as a Xmas event and to support of the ARCHIE appeal for funds to kit out the new Aberdeen Royal Children’s’ Hospital which was being built at the time. Since then, the Quiz Night has become a regular fixture in the Aberdeen Formation Evaluation year and has raised nearly £30,000 which ARCHIE has been able to use. Please visit the ARCHIE website at www.archiefoundationhome.org.uk.
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 past year, we have awarded a number of bursaries to MSc and PhD students, as well as making donations towards research equipment and secondary school education programmes (Geobus). None of this would be possible but for the support of the AFES membership and the efforts of the AFES committee.<.p>
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