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    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 sponsorship@fesaus.org


    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?

    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.

    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.

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