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The key activity within the SPWLA Abu Dhabi chapter was the hosting of the 8th Annual Abu Dhabi Topical Conference, entitled Multidimensional Reservoir Characterization, which was held from the 14th – 17th of March.

A total of 55 abstracts were submitted to the Technical Committee, of which 28 were selected for presentation over the 3 days of technical presentations. Each day covered a different “scale”, starting with “Field Scale” on day 1, followed by “Borehole Scale” and “Pore Scale”. The conference was opened by Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy the Chief Executive Officer of ADCO (Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations) before leading into the first keynote address from Colin Hulme of Schlumberger, entitled “Deep Look Measurements – A Considerable Leap in Reservoir Characterization and Understanding”.

In all, over a hundred delegates attended the conference over the three days, travelling from the US, UK, France and Australia as well as nearby Middle Eastern states of; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman along with many local attendees.

A highlight, for those who got their name down early enough, was the conference social and cultural trip on the second afternoon which took in a tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, followed by a visit to Ferrari World on Yas Island, before the official conference dinner on Yas Island.

The technical discussion groups that were held at the end of each day were another highlight, with open and frank discussions on various topics among the delegates. There were “Best Presentation” awards for each day of the conference with congratulations going to;

  • Yahui Yin from ADCO – “Integrating Seismic Attributes with Reservoir Monitoring Data to Understand Dynamic Fluid Flow in a Heterogeneous Carbonate Field”
  • Javier Franquet from Baker Hughes – “Orthotropic Horizontal Stress Characterization from Logging and Core Derived Acoustic Anisotropies”
  • Iulien Hulea from Shell – “Carbonate Rock Characterization and Modelling for Improved Properties Prediction – Capillary Pressure and Permeability in Multimodal Rocks”