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    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.

    Hugh Crocker Scholarship

    Every year, FESAus awards the Hugh Crocker Scholarship to a full time MSc or PhD student in Australia, who is undertaking a project: with relevance to Formation Evaluation, and that has strong scholastic merit.

    Students undertaking projets in the following areas of study are encouraged to apply:

    • Reservoir Characterisation
    • Seismic-based Geophysics
    • Geomechanics
    • Petrophysics
    • Unconventional Resources
    • Sedimentology
    • … or anything related to Formation Evaluation.

    Applications are judged on technical merit, quality of submission and the potential of the candidate’s overall contribution to and impact on the formation evaluation community.

    The recipient receives a substantial monetary award (currently AUD 5,000), and the opportunity to present the project at the FESAus monthly technical meeting.

    Applications for the 2016 Hugh Crocker Award are now open. To apply, fill in the application form and submit to scholarships@fesaus.org.

    Applications close: 31st September 2016

    See flyer for full details.  Please distribute it widely!

    For any clarifications, contact: scholarships@fesaus.org.

    Previous winners of the Hugh Crocker Scholarship:

    • 2015: Not awarded.
    • 2014: Mojtaba Rajabi, for his research on “Present Day Stress Field Australia”
    • 2013: Michael Gray, from the Australian School of Petroleum (University of Adelaide) for his research on “Evaluation of seal potential for carbon dioxide storage in the present day near-shore coastal zone: Gippsland Basin, Australia.”.
    • 2012: Igor Shikov, from the University of New South Wales, for his research on “The use of Low Field NMR for Unconventional Resources” (webcast).
    • 2011: Medhi Alizadeh, from the University of New South Wales, in support of his research on “Numerical Rock Physics: an Image-Based Analysis of Stress-Dependent Permeability of Analog Reservoir Rocks”.
    • 2010: Sefer Yanici, PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, in support of his research on “Understanding non-Archie Behaviour at low water saturations using micro-CT analysis and Laboratory experiments”.  Sefer presented an overview of his research at the FESAus Technical Meeting in Perth, on 1st March 2011 (webcast).
    • 2009: Alon Arad, PhD Candidate at the Australian National Univesity (ANU) Research School of Earth Sciences, in support of his on-going research on Finite element modeling of geophysical and petrophysical properties of reservoir core.  His award was presented at the SPWLA-2010 Conference in Perth.
    • 2008: Judith McRobb, of the University of Adelaide, for her work on Improved Interpretation of Cooper Basin Facies.
    • 2007: Megan Halbert, of the Curtin University of Technology School of Science and Technology, for work on Rock Physics Workflows & Inversion Feasibility Templates.

    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 @fesaus.org, with a brief description of the problem.


    The composition of the FESAus committee for 2016 is listed below. 
    You can contact any of these people by sending a message to admin @ fesaus.org, 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)
    CO2CRC / 
    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

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