51st Annual International Conference of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA2010)

Star Event: 51st Annual International Conference of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA2010)
Pax Delegates: 623 delegates from 40 countries
Globe Destination: Perth, Australia
Duration Duration: 19-23 June 2010
The advent of well logging in the 1920s and its subsequent development into a sophisticated technology has revolutionised the oil and gas exploration and production industry. The ability to look at and measure formations under the Earth's surface has transformed the drilling of oil and gas wells from an ill-defined art into a refined science.

As new technology continues this transformation, sharing petrophysical knowledge among log analysts is critical. That is why the annual international conference of the Society of Petrophysicists (SPWLA) is so important for the industry.

Symposium Chairman, Mr Jeff Roche, who is a senior petrophysicist with Chevron and past President of the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia (FESAus), the Australian chapter of SPWLA, said the choice of Perth to host SPWLA2010 recognised Australia's growing importance to the international petroleum and minerals industries.

“Australia's petroleum and minerals industries have created a strong global market position, with world-class technology in exploration, development, production, processing and environmental management,” Mr Roche said.

“Perth is a rapidly growing hub for the oil and gas industry in the Asia-Pacific region and Western Australia produces more than 60 percent of Australia's oil, gas and condensate output. Almost every aspect of formation evaluation is represented in the region, from deepwater wildcat exploration, unconventional reservoirs and resources, to mature production in onshore areas.

“We were delighted that of the distinguished lectures carefully selected by the international committee for presentation during the conference, 25 percent were delivered by Australian-based representatives. This gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate our technical expertise in various aspects of geoscience to a global audience,” commented Mr Roche.

Australia is expected to become the second largest LNG-producing nation by 2015. The industries are known on the global stage for being entrepreneurial, innovative and highly successful.

- Mr Jeff Roche, Symposium Chairman