Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 -Do you have what it takes?

Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 -Do you have what it takes?

15 August 2019

The Laurie Dake Challenge, previously known as the FIELD Challenge (a Fully Integrated EvaLuation
and Development), is a competitive challenge organized by the EAGE Student Fund (ESF)
since 2011. It brings together teams from around the world to compete
at the annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition.

The Laurie Dake Challenge 2020 will once again challenge students to work on a cross‐disciplinary geoscience and engineering
integration challenge within their universities. The competition has several rounds:
(1) an exploration round;
(2) an intermediate deliverable of the field development plan; and,
(3) the final presentation of the field development plan. All teams work with the same data set, this
year provided by Shell.

Are you keen to get involved, make sure to follow the EAGE Student Fund blogs and students
social media updates! A first tip to get ready: aim for a diverse team – history shows the
best results in the competition build on a variety of personal and scientific backgrounds.

Insights from last years’ winners

IFP School team – winners of the Laurie Dake Challenge 2019 – provide a good example. The
team defined themselves as both multi-cultural (with people from Venezuela, France,
Brazil and Argentina), as well as multi-disciplinary in gathering one geologist, one geophysicist,
two reservoir engineers and one petroleum engineer.
They have been through a workflow which aimed to build an integrated development plan, from the
geological study to the design of the subsea facilities, while assessing the
economics of the
project and taking into account potential additional prospects in the immediate surroundings.

It can be summarized as follows:
• Definition of a geological conceptual model.
• Building of the static reservoir model.
• Computing simulations through a dynamic model.
• Designing the subsurface facilities and the global development plan.
• Economic analysis to see the feasibility of the project.

The team defined the integration of seismic data as a constraint for the facies modelling of
the turbiditic complexes as one of the most challenging parts. A great amount of
time and effort was need to understand the geological model of the field, prior to building
the dynamic model. For them, another point was to make important assumptions derived
from analogs in order to address a certain lack of data.
This experience has allowed the IFP team to apply the skills acquired in their various training
programs at IFP School in concrete terms. It was a real challenge to reconcile this project
over 6 months in parallel with their studies, but the team worked in a good mood and with enthusiasm.
Having different backgrounds and fields of study helped them to support each other and overcome
the different steps of the challenge.

IFP team:

” It was interesting to assess our capacity to be flexible

and adapt to the challenge’s demands: each step carried its load of

expectations, goals and deliveries (report, videos, presentation).

A communication, regular meetings and team spirit were key

elements to carry out this project alongside our studies.”

Five other finalist teams were involved in the 2019 edition of the Laurie Dake Challenge:
University of Stavanger ( second place), Dalhousie University and Instituto Mexicano del
Petroleo ( Third Place), Institut Teknologi Bandung , Petroleum University of Technology. All of them
worked very hard and have delivered impressive presentations to the jury.
Since the same data set was given to all the participants, it was exciting to see how all the different teams
interpreted and used the information at their disposal.

Damarys Castillo, Serugue Abreu e Santiago, Gregory Charles Barrere, Diego Potenzoni and Floriane Mortier;
who are members of the the IFP Team, wish to thank the pedagogical team of IFP School for its
support and guidance, as well as the EAGE and EAGE Student Fund for this rich opportunity that
allowed us to learn a lot and meet with teams from all over the world.

Get started!

Exited to give the challenge a shot yourself? Time to start thinking about composing your team!
Applications for the Laurie Dake Challenge open on 13 October 2019. From this date, teams
can apply online at EAGE Students site.
Each university team should include a multi-disciplinary team of full-time geoscience and
petroleum engineering students, with a maximum of one PhD student per team.

Nominations for the 2020 Sclocchi Awards are open

8 August 2019

This award is for the best thesis in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering presented by
university graduates from Italian universities, as well as by Italian nationals graduated
anywhere in the world. The Award is dedicated to the best theses regarding the energy industry,
and included renewable energy, alternative feedstocks for green refinery and energy economy
and management for the first time. With the award, the participating organisations want
to encourage and reward young professionals at the beginning of their career in the industry.

This contest is a joint initiative of SPE Italian Section, EAGE and Assomineraria, the
Italian Petroleum and Mining Industry Association. The award series started in 1993. Since
2001 it is associated with the name of Gustavo Sclocchi. Sclocchi was manager at Eni s.p.A. and
keen supporter of the award over the years.

Competition for the award has been stiff. Over the course of the last 26 years 683 theses have been
submitted out of which 136 have won awards. This year proved no exception, with 36
theses competing for the prizes.

2019 Sclocchi Award winner announced

Nominees for the award are accepted for two categories: Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy,
and Bachelor of Science & 2nd level Master.

This year’s winners are:

Category: Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy:

Chiara Amadori: 3D architecture of the Po Plain – Northern Adriatic Basin
since the Messinian Salinity crisis through Pliocene – Pleistocene time

Claudio Chesi: Facies and depositional architecture of the two
transtentional continental basins: The Permian succession of the Orobic
basin and of the Norwegian Danish basin

Marco Giuliani: Computational intelligence: a hybrid technique for the
process modeling and production optimization of an oil field

Category: Bachelor of Science & 2nd level Master

Italo Luciani: Streamlines integration in Reservoir Management workflow
to optimize water injection in a brown field

 The special mentions were awarded to:

Xing Zhen: Two-grid full-waveform surface-wave inversion by means of a
genetic algorithm.

Simone Reguzzi: Lithostratigraphy and petrographic analysis of the
Permian succession of the orobic basin margins (Pizzo Dei Tre Signori –
Barbellino Lake, Orobic Alps, North Italy).

Giorgio Russo: Implementation of virtual metering models using real time data.

Giacomo Lazzeri: Experimental use of drone remote sensed data for quickly
mapping of wildfire burnt areas.

Submission Sclocchi Award 2020 now open!

The EAGE Student Fund is happy to support this prestigious award targeted at university students
in Italy and Italian student abroad for the 2020 submissions.

The instructions for participation in the contest are reported here and
in SPE  Italian Section.  

In order to submit an entry, your submission must be submitted by the following deadlines: 

Contact Information and Abstract – deadline December 31rd, 2019
Complete electronic copy of the thesis – deadline January 31st, 2020
Graduation Certificate – before the Award Ceremony in March 2020

Any questions can be addressed to: The Evaluation Committee shall select the theses
considered to be the most worthy of receiving the Award. Its decision is final and is not subject to

AGH Cracow reveals the secret to being the best EAGE SC

2 August 2019

The AGH University of Technology and Science in Cracow in the Southern part of Poland is
part of the Scientific Student Society called Geophone. We are members of the AGH EAGE
Student Chapter(SC) which is a student organizations gathering young people
passionate about geophysics and other geosciences, who are active and unstoppable from
broadening knowledge by many various activities.

Our initiative and hard work took us to organize seven editions of the Polish Nationwide
Student Geophysical Workshops called “Geosphere”, and we are preparing the eight edition
which will take place in spring 2020, and the four edition of Nationwide Student Conference
“Geophysics in Space”. Members of the Student Scientific Society. We work in cooperation
with multidisciplinary geo-scientific associations as the European Association
of European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Society
of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

We enhance our professional career thanks to many years of experience in organizing events,
we understand the needs of our partners. Therefore, our participation
in the EAGE Annual conferences has broadened our geophysical knowledge
but also support our partners, and get knowledge from them during their workshops and

The vision of our chapter in the future is “Students for Students”. We would like to
grow up as a strong and very well known chapter in student communities in Poland but
also worldwide by organizing more and more conferences. To spread the geophysical
knowledge as broad as we can.
We would like to focus on only on spreading the geoscientific knowledge because our
members got this knowledge already, but we would love to help our members to
prove their soft skills, practical skills by preparing geophysical surveys, participating
in boot camps and presenting results of this activities worldwide on geoscientific

One of the previous Geofizyka Cracow employees said

” EAGE SC AGH Cracow was the biggest surprise for me and Polish geosciences and I am sure this chapter is

the future of Oil & Gas industry in Poland but also

We want to thank to EAGE Student Fund for the support provided as the best EAGE
student Chapter 2019, and specially to our mentors in the student chapter,
Ms. Ph.D. Kamila Wawrzyniak Guz, Ms. Ph.D. Paulina Krakowska  and  Ph.D. Anna Kwiatkowska.

Report given by the EAGE SC AGH President Partosz Pudlo

Support for student chapters – call for applications

25 July 2019

Student Chapter play an increasingly large role within the scope of the ESF.
Students themselves play and active role in getting prepared for the geo-
scientific world of tomorrow. In addition to academic development, key
skills include (international) collaboration, knowledge exchange and the
development of organisational skills. Student chapters can provide a useful
framework to facilitate this.

It is for this reason the ESF supports the creation and development of
student chapters. Since its inception, the ESF has contributed to the
foundation and activities of over 75 student chapters across the globe.

For 2019-2020 academic year, the EAGE Student Fund provides support for
the creation and continuation of your student chapter and its activities.  

How the ESF supports chapters

To (potential) EAGE student chapter, the ESF provides the following support
to students:

  • Access to EAGE services and knowledge through student membership
  • Possibility to host the Student Lecture Tour and webinars
  • Advice and support for the development of student chapter activities
  • Facilitate activities for interaction between student chapters
  • Participate in student challenges and competitions

Setting up a chapter through the ESF

If you are a student or university representative interested in learning
more about establishing an EAGE student chapter or student chapter
activities with the help of the ESF, we are keen to be hearing from you.

The ESF is currently welcoming applications for the establishment of
student chapters, as well as the renewal of existing chapters.

In order to learn more about registering your university as an EAGE
Student Chapter, please review the application procedures listed the EAGE
Student website.

More information

Graduating this summer? Let us know!

18 July 2019

Are you graduating this summer?

Congratulations on getting your degree!

It is great to see you have made it to the end of your studies. We hope you have been able to use
the opportunities through the EAGE Student Fund to your best advantage. Maybe you
presented your first research at an international meeting with the support of the EAGE
Student Fund, or learned new skills through a visiting student lecture tour.

If the next step would be a Master’s degree of PhD position, the ESF is there for you. Make sure
to read up on the options available in your new position or at your new university
– get involved in the student chapter and participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge.

Is your next step starting a new job or traineeship? Great! Do let us know how your
involvement with the EAGE Student Fund and our activities helped you to get ready
for your entry into the job market.
You can do so by dropping us a line or two at

Also, why not consider making a donation to the ESF? We need to keep up our work in
providing support to the next group of students. Many thanks in advance!

Develop your chapter – tips from around the globe

10 July 2019

Student Chapters play a key role in the work of the EAGE Student Fund. Not
only do chapters provide students with a fun and engaging framework to
gain new skills, but it allows students to access an even wider range of
possible ESF support.

What makes a strong EAGE Student Chapter though? In this update, we will
focus on some best practices from around the globe on activities and how to
get started with your chapter.

Student chapters and their activities

Our chapter at the University of Calgary has a long track record with the
EAGE Student Fund. Their team competed in many editions of the Laurie
Dake Challenge
, winning the challenge in 2012. The chapter is a hive of
activity with many events taking place throughout the year.

Paulina Wozniakoska, committee member at the SC Calgary, on their
motivations: ‘Every activity gives us great satisfaction knowing we’ve
developed our chapter further. This is also our advice to those considering
setting up a chapter – the work really helps you to enrich your resume by
gaining problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.’

Mateo Acuña Uribe, president of the EAGE Student Chapter at the Industrial
University of Santander in Colombia agrees: ‘An important aspect of
creating a chapter is the development of soft skills. Getting involved in an
EAGE Student Chapter helps you to connect to people who want to learn,
share and teach on topics such as geology, geophysics and petroleum

Teamwork & cooperation

To establish a strong chapter students to work in groups and cooperate with
other organisations. Mateo: ‘Key advise is to get a variety of people involved
in the chapter. Teamwork is an important factor to creating a strong
organisation. I think our desire to learn and transmit knowledge of
the geosciences to the university and wider community makes our chapter
stand out.

The wide range of activities by the Santander chapter are a good example of
developing a strong sense of commitment. For their (team)work, the
chapter was a honoured with a ‘Best Student Chapter’ award at the EAGE
Annual Conference and Exhibition in London.

In Calgary, an emphasis is also placed on cooperation. Here, a focus lies
on working together with other student chapters. Together with the SEG
and CSEG chapters, they host the Talks Series – a reoccurring event in which
industry professionals share their experiences. Paulina: ‘Linkage and
cooperation with industry is key to us. The Talks Series allows us to work
together with other chapter representatives and provide students with
great insights into getting a first (or second) job.’

The ESF and your chapter activities

Inspired? Make sure to read up on the options provided by the EAGE
Student Fund for setting up a student chapter. You may also want to read
our earlier posts from recently established student chapter at the University
of Aberdeen in the UK, or Curtin University in Australia.

If you already have your chapter established, we are keen to hear about
your chapter activities! Please share your experiences via

First Near Surface Geo-Quiz in Sweden

3 July, 2019

June is traditionally an exciting month for students. In addition to exams,
and research deadlines, there’s conference to attend as well! The EAGE
Student Fund supports a range of these. Earlier, we reported on
participation of our student community with ESF’s activities at the EAGE
London 2019 conference & exhibition, but this was not the only meeting in
which the EAGE Student Fund played an active role.

After the United Kingdom, the next stop was Sweden where the EAGE
Student Fund contributed to the organisation of the 8th International
Geosciences Student Conference
, 16-20 June in Uppsala, Sweden.

Student chapter and event support

The student-led conference was organized by the student chapter at
Uppsala University. Because of the ambitious scope of the meeting, the
learning opportunities for the students involved and the well-established
relationship between the student chapter and the fund, the EAGE Student
Fund to support the conference. The result combined a successful and
engaging student meeting with the organisation of the first ever Near
Surface focussed Geo-Quiz!

As the EAGE Student Fund aims to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and
interaction with all students interested in geoscience. It is for this reason we
were pleased to place a near surface geoscience emphasis on our Geo-Quiz.

We want to thank all participants for their participation in this first ever
Near Surface related Geo-Quiz challenge, and also want to congratulate our
student chapter at Uppsala University for their role in organizing the
student geoscience conference.

Get ready for the next academic year with the ESF

27 June, 2019

With the summer upon us, many students will be going through their
exams or work on essays and dissertations. Good luck to you all! We hope
your experiences with the EAGE Student Fund will help you to get the best results possible.

For many of students, this is also the moment to learn about where and
when you will be able to start with post-graduate degrees. Are you starting
a MSc or PhD in September? Or continuing your course for another year?
Make sure you know how the ESF can help. Here’s three ways to prepare
yourself for your next degree with the help of the EAGE Student Fund.

1. Sort out the groundwork for a student chapter

Are you starting a course at a university without a student chapter? The
summer is a great moment to set out the preparations for this. With many
universities offering orientation programmes at the start of the course, you
will have a chance to get like-minded peers involved.

Interested to get started? Find a faculty advisor at your (new) university,
read up on the procedure to get started and drop us an email at

2. Read up on conference opportunities

What better way to inform people about your research than a presentation
at an international workshop of conference? Make sure you read up were
you have the best fit to present your research. Maybe EGU would be perfect
for you, maybe an SEG or EAGE conference. Many associations offer
support for students to present their research. The ESF may be able to
provide support for your conference attendance of EAGE meetings. Make
sure you familiarise yourself with the options available to you!

3. Participate in the 2020 Laurie Dake challenge

Becoming one of the finalists (and maybe even winning!) the Lauri Dake
challenge is certainly a great way to wrap up your studies! The challenge
takes a lot of work (after all, it is supposed to be a challenge!) but gives you
tons of experience working in multidisciplinary teams on real datasets.
Enrolment for the next Laurie Dake challenge will launch early in the
academic year. Make sure to keep an eye out for this via the website, the EAGE Students Facebook updates and

Student excellence – our London highlights

20 June, 2019

Compared to previous editions of the student activities, some changes were
introduced to help students connect to the wider geoscience community.
The integration of the Student Technical Programme into the regular
programme allowed students to present their work on a wide platform,
encouraging questions from professionals and other students alike.

At the conference, we welcomed student delegates from 125+ institutions to
the conference and to participate in the ESF supported activities. Not only
promoted this international cooperation, but also showed student
excellence comes from all the corners of the globe. This is also reflected in
the winners of our student competitions with top performing teams coming
from Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America.


The global Geo-Quiz took place on Wednesday 5 June, with all of the slots
filled well in advance. In teams of three, students answered questions from
quiz masters Mahmoud Abdulbaqi and Iain Stewart to determine the fastest
and most knowledgable. When the dust settled, the team from AGH Cracow
came in first place. The teams from the Freie Universität Berlin and
University of Leeds came in at second and third place respectively.

Laurie Dake Challenge

Before the start of the conference, some students already a big challenge on
their hands. Following earlier rounds, the final presentation of the 2019
Laurie Dake Challenge took place on Monday 3 June. Using a dataset
supported by BP, the final candidates had a chance to present their work
before the dedicated jury.

Submissions this year were strong, but after careful consideration of the
work, research and presentations provided IFP School claimed first place!
The team representing the University of Stavanger came in second place.
Finally the shared third place was between Instituto Mexicano del
Petroleo and Dalhousie University

Best student chapter awards engagement

At the ESF, we value sustained engagement with our students. After all,
gaining relevant skills to become the geoscience expert of tomorrow is not
something done in a day or single conference. Student Chapter activities
and engagement play an important role to fill this gap. Over the years, we
have seen the creation and development of many exciting EAGE Student

Strong engagement deserves to be recognised. For this reason we created
the Best Student Chapter Award. This year, we were proud to present this
award to the AGH Cracow Student Chapter for their ongoing work. We also
want to congratulate the Universidad Industrial de Santander and the
Universiti Teknologi Petronas for securing second and third place

Thank you for your commitment to the ESF and we hope to see
your chapters active in the years to come!

How YP’s use the ESF to kickstart their career

13 June, 2019

As part of our ESF@10 interview series we are keen to talk to a variety of
people on their interaction with the fund. Today, we talk to Ming Yi Wong,
Senior Reservoir Geophysicists at Equinor ASA in Norway.

After first being involved with EAGE as a student member she is currently
committee member in the EAGE Young Professionals Special Interest Group.
Her role within Equinor, combined with her long term involvement with
the Fund and EAGE made us curious to learn more about her experiences.

Hi Ming, thanks for joining us for this interview. Could you start by
telling us how you have been involved with the EAGE Student Fund
Thanks for including me and happy to help! I have greatly benefitted from
the EAGE Student Fund during my studies. I studied at Heriot Watt
University in Edinburgh and became involved in our Student Chapter her.
My first experience of a conference was also made possible through the
ESF. My team participated in the regional Geo-Quiz and qualified to attend
the EAGE conference in 2013. This was my first EAGE conference and I was
hooked then and there!

Why is the ESF mission still important today?
We are still noticing the effects of the earlier downturn in the industry. The
work of the ESF is extremely important as it allows students for further
skills development and exposure outside of the traditional academic

This situation also provides opportunities. It is important for the ESF to
continue to carry on its current mission and in the meantime propose
innovative projects to enhance the educational experience in line with the
needs of employers. The energy landscape is changing, and so are the skills
expected from students and young professionals. Five years ago, I had not
heard of hackathons or how machine learning would impact our work.

Thanks for these insights! Looking at the current range of activities on 
offer, which ones should current students definitely participate in? 
So, apart from making sure you are up to speed with new knowledge from
attending conferences, Student Lecture Tours are a great way to gain new
insights. Working on real data in the Laurie Dake challenge is also an
excellent opportunity to get involved in. Most importantly, it help
individuals to see the importance of these charities, philanthropy and
giving back.

Looking back at your involvement with the fund, which activity or
project do you have the best memories of?
I have very fond memories of my first EAGE Conference & Exhibition,
which was made possible through the support of the EAGE Student Fund.
The Geo-Quiz in particular was a highlight. Two teams from Heriot Watt
signed up and one of us ended up being the champion! Being involved in
the local EAGE Student Chapter has also fostered many friendships.

To wrap things up, why to you think people of organisation should 
contribute to the EAGE Student Fund today?
The EAGE Student Fund has helped many students to broaden their
professionalism and without it, it will be quite impossible for students of
similar interest to connect amongst different student chapters and
countries. The ESF plays a key role in connecting the dots, not only between
students internationally, but also between industry and academia!