Become a member (or renew your current membership)

Become a member (or renew your current membership)

If you have an interest in Formation Evaluation and a link to Australia, we invite you to join the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia. For a very small yearly fee you will:

  • be the first to know about the monthly technical meetings, the courses, and other events relating to Formation Evaluation in Australia,
  • benefit from preferred rates for most of these events,
  • be able to access member-only content such as recent webcasts of technical meetings,
  • gain privileged access to a network of professionals and students of Formation Evaluation, from industry and academia.

Signing up and renewal are all done online, by selecting here the option that correspond to your situation:

Explanatory Notes:

SPWLA members: As the Australian Chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), FESAus encourages and will support you to become a member of SPWLA also.  If you are already a member of SPWLA in good standing for the membership period (see next point), and you are based in Australia, then your FESAus membership is free; however you must still register with FESAus, which is done online by clicking the 2nd link above

Membership period: when you join the Society, your membership is for the current calendar year if you sign up by 30 September, and it is for the remainder of the year and the entire following year if you sign up after 30 September. Subsequent renewals are by calendar years.

Membership lapse: at the end of a calendar year, an email will be sent you to invite you to renew your membership.  If you do not renew it, your membership account will be cancelled after a few months.

Membership renewal: membership renewal process is similar to the signup process, but without the need to create new username and password. Make sure you login first before clicking here to RENEW
SPWLA members click here to renew your FESAus membership and follow instructions.

SPWLA membership vs. FESAus membership: to clarify, SPWLA membership entitles Australia-based members to FESAus membership upon request (2nd link above), but FESAus membership does not give you membership in SPWLA and you need to apply to SPWLA separately become an SPWLA member

If you are having any problem with the online membership registration, please email webmaster, with a brief description of the problem.


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The information on this web site is published to inform you about the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia (FESAus) and its activities. All reasonable efforts have been made to provide accurate information but we do not warrant or represent its accuracy and we reserve the right to make changes to it at any time without notice. To the extent permitted by law, FESAus accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses or damages of any kind arising out of the use of any information contained on this web site.

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We highly value your privacy and make this policy easily available throughout our site to assist you in understanding the handling of information in the course of using this site. 

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Registration is not required in order to use or access the public portion of this website. If you do register to receive newsletter or become FESAus member, and in the process provide us with personally identifiable information, rest assured that any such information you provide will not be shared with any third-party organization except with your express consent. 

We also provide visitors to our website the opportunity to opt-in to receive communications from us. In this case, we ask the visitor for his or her email address. These communications may include our regular newsletter, any other information that we feel may be pertinent to the visitor. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link in any email we send to you, by replying to any email we send you and entering the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line, or by visiting sending a request to FESAus Webmaster.

Again, if you provide us with your email address and/or name for the purposes of receiving communications from us, this information will not be shared with any third-party organization except with your express consent.

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer wish us to possess your information, you may request correction, updating, or deletion of your information by emailing FESAus Webmaster. You may also complete any corrections, updates or deletion as provided by this website; you also may make your request by phone or postal mail at the address/phone number indicated at the end of this privacy policy.


We follow accepted industry standards to protect any personal information you have provided to us. However, please be aware that no method of electronic storage can ever be 100% secure. Therefore – as is the case with any organization – we are not in a position to guarantee the absolute security of your information. 

You may submit any questions you may have about our security procedures by emailing FESAus Webmaster 

Links to Other Websites

This website may contain links to other sites that are not controlled in any way by us. Please be aware of this when you click on any such links; we are not responsible for the privacy practices and/or policies of any website other than our own. Consequently, we strongly suggest that you review the privacy policy of every website you visit, whether or not they are linked to by our own site.

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We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process served on our website.

Contact Details

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, or you wish to contact us our contact information is as follows:

Mailing address: P.O. Box 7784, Cloisters Square, Perth, WA 6850, Australia
FESAus Webmaster email: 

This privacy policy was last updated on 1-Jan-2009.


The composition of the FESAus committee for 2016 is listed below. 
You can contact any of these people by sending a message to admin @, mentioning the intended addressee in the Subject.

FESAus Position NameProfessional Affiliation
Nariman Nouri

Shell Development Australia

Vice-President & Company Compliance
Adrian Manescu
Baker Hughes
Wesley Emery
Leanne Brennan
Past President
Mike Walker
Walker Petrophysics
FESAus Company Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Callum Rideout
Task Geoscience
Inter-Society Liaison
Yang Xingwang
Monthly Tech. Meeting
Cherie Sims
Shell Development Australia
New Tech. Forum Coordinator
Ben van Deijl
Jean LoudenWoodside
Interstate Representatives
Louise Christensen (Victoria)
Carrie Trembath (South Australia)
Beach Petroleum
Barbara Stummer (South Australia)Santos
Nariman Nouri (Western Australia)
Shell Development Australia
Matt Dubsky (New South Wales)Oil Search Ltd
Harris Khan (New South Wales)
Oil Search Ltd
Thomas Gan (Queensland)
Shell / Arrow Energy
Eric Tenthorey (ACT)
Geoscience Australia
Education Group
Gerry McGann
Incremental Oil and Gas
Zuraidah ZuraidahSantos
Matthew Josh
CSIRO Petroleum
Hugh Crocker Scholarship Award
Gerry McGann

Incremental Oil and Gas

Membership Coordinator
Scott Cole


Sponsorship Coordinator
Andrea Paxton


Jennie CarsonChevron
Data standards & Best Practices
Martin Storey

Well Data QA

Yang XingwangSchlumberger
Special Events & Awards / Compliance Coordinator
Audio-Visual Team
Nigel Deeks
Scott Cole
Martin Storey
Well Data QA
Social Coordinator
Leanne Brennan

About Us

FESAus, the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia, is the Australian chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). It was born in July 2007 of the integration of the Formation Evaluation societies of different states of Australia. 

Its aims are to provide a technical monthly forum for geoscientists focused on all aspects of formation evaluation, from new tools available to new techniques and approaches to analysing reservoirs, and to encourage formation evaluation professionals to network.

In line with the founding principles of the SPWLA, FESAus is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation, including well logging, coring, and other formation evaluation techniques and to the application of these techniques to the exploitation of gas, oil and other minerals, particularly in Australia. 

FESAus also aims to provide information services to scientists in the Australian petroleum and mineral industries, to serve as a voice of shared interests in the profession, to play a major role in education in Petrophysics, and to increase awareness of the contribution of Petrophysics to the Oil and Gas industry.

Currently membership (2016) is over 150 geoscientists from all over Australia and beyond. Join our free mailing list to stay informed of our events and activities – or better yet: become a member and enjoy the benefits of FESAus membership.  Membership is free for Australia-based SPWLA members in good standing.

We welcome your input, comments and feedback!  Our contact address is P.O. Box 7081, Shenton Park, WA 6008, and our trading address is 40 Commercial Road, Shenton  Park, Perth WA 6008, Australia.

We are proud that FESAus hosted the 51th SPWLA Annual Symposium in 2010 in Perth, Western Australia.  Other flagship activities include:

  • A yearly FESAus “New Technology Day”, in September, with alternating focus on software and hardware;
  • A yearly FESAus “Student Day”, in October, with the award of FESAus’s Hugh Crocker Scholarship to support and encourage a particularly meritous student of Formation Evaluation in Australia;
  • Regular “Master Classes” which we also aim to take to every capital city of the Australian Federation active in the oil and gas industry;

and more… Read about all this on this website.


We would like to invite you to support The Formation Evaluation Society of Australia (FESAus). The support you provide is very valuable and enables us to continue providing technical presentations and courses to disseminate up to date information and technical know-how amongst the oil and gas community throughout Australia.

We provide monthly technical presentation events, annual technology and workshop forums (known as our master class events) that attract a variety of professionals from all parts of the industry. We also provide training courses and encourage graduates through the active participation of the society in the academic community. To this end we have the Hugh Crocker Scholarship, an annual grant of up to five thousand Australian dollars, awarded to the most promising student applicant in order to assist in the development of their technical research.

The majority of the events are videoed and documented to become a valuable resource for the wider Australian and global community on our website as FESAus webcasts. The website in itself has become a valuable resource within the Petroleum industry. From our count, the website has attracted several thousand referrals from around 150 cities representing every major petroleum province in the world.

FESAus offers the following sponsorship options:

  1. $ 5,000.00 AUD (excl. GST)   FESAus Sponsorship Package
  2. $    500.00  AUD (excl. GST)  Annual FESAus Website Sponsorship: with your logo on the website home page, linked as per your specification
  3. $    500.00  AUD (excl. GST)  Monthly Technical Meeting Sponsorship : exclusive opportunity
  4. $    500.00  AUD (excl. GST)  Monthly Technical Meeting Webcast Sponsorship
  5. $    750.00  AUD (excl. GST)  Monthly Technical Meeting & Webcast Sponsorship Combined
  6. $  1000.00  AUD (excl. GST)  New Technology Forum Sponsorship (presenter): mandatory for all presenting companies,  limited to approx. nine companies, scheduled for September
  7. $    500.00  AUD (excl. GST)  New Technology Forum Sponsorship (non-presenter): limited to five companies, scheduled for September
  8. $  1000.00  AUD (excl. GST)  Master Class Event and Webcast Sponsorship  : limited to five companies, scheduled for Q3

More specific details on each specific sponsorship package and a downloadable FESAus Sponsorship Booking Form are available here.

Sponsorship payments can be made online.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Presenters’ Agreement

We are grateful to you for accepting to present at one of the FESAus Technical Meetings and look forward to your talk. Please note that the FESAus Monthly Technical Meetings are normally recorded on video so as to be made available to our membership nationwide through our website. Hence we request that:

  • You accept that your presentation will be videotaped;
  • You accept that the presentation will later be made available on the FESAus website in the form of a “webcast” (examples can be seen on under the “webcasts” tab);
  • You agree to provide FESAus with a copy of your presentation in MS-PowerPoint format for FESAus to construct the webcast (this can be done simply by leaving a copy of the file on the FESAus presentation laptop after your talk, or giving a copy on a thumb drive to the FESAus Meeting coordinator). 

We also request your cooperation so that:

  1. The number of slides given us should be the same number of slides as presented at FESAus.
  2. The sequence of the slides in the PowerPoint file should be the same as that presented.
  3. If the partial or complete content of any slide cannot be placed on the FESAus website, then please edit this slide by removing the confidential information and putting instead “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION REMOVED” on the slide.

FESAus will inform you directly as soon as the webcast of your presentation is ready, so you have a chance to see it first. 

On behalf of the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia’s membership, thank you very much.

Kindly confirm your acceptance of these terms by entering all of the information below and ticking “READ and UNDERSTOOD” button. A copy of this agreement will be mailed to the email address entered for your reference.


Presenters’ Resources

FESAus organises a Monthly Technical Meeting and other training courses.

Most of these events are now recorded on film, then made available on our website in the form of webcasts, to facilitate the diffusion of the knowledge across our large country.

We therefore request that presenters read and complete the Presenters’ Agreement electronically.

The preferred format for presentation material is Powerpoint, and if your presentation requires sound, please let us know ahead of time so we can prepare for that.

Other resources for presenter will be made available in this area of our website.


PPPEDIA was a project initially started by the Data Standards and Best Practices Group in 2006.  It aimed to address some of the Frequently Asked Questions which Formation Evaluation professionals have or get.

The project started as a community-built online reference which we had called  PPPEDIA, for PetroPhysics encycloPEDIA.  Subsequently the project was migrated to Wikipedia as a Wikiproject on Formation Evaluation.

For reference, here are some of the questions which we felt should be addressed:

  • Depth: which curve to use as reference?
  • How to structure a logging program?
  • How to structure a core analysis program?
  • How to structure a well log interpretation report
  • What remarks to put on the log header?
  • Rw catalogue for Western Australia?  (on-going)
  • Rw: methods for Rw in the hydrocarbon zone
  • Laterolog vs. Induction
  • Overview of versions and vintages of logging tools
  • Good practices: units, e.g. PU, W/W, V/V, G/CC, G/C3, etc
  • Overview of drilling mud names, additives, LCM
  • Log header: Time Since Circulation
  • Recommended log processing sequence
  • Definitions of porosity
  • How to edit logs?
  • How to determine the correct scales for N-D logs?
  • How to choose cutoffs?
  • Which GR do I pick as reference for the well?
  • What information to record during and after a logging job?
  • What does this mud additive / LCM do to my logs?
  • How to “integrate” core data to a log interpretation?
  • How to “normalize” log data?  
  • How to “normalize” core data?
  • What is this log mnemonic?
  • What is does this log parameter do?
  • What is “stick-and-pull” and what to do about it?
  • How accurate is MWD depth?
  • In what sequence was the log recorded?
  • Well / hole naming conventions?
  • How to define the required lab conditions for core analysis?
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