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Proett named SPWLA Distinguished Speaker


Proett's selection as a Distinguished Speaker was based in part on the paper he presented in May at the SPWLA 55th Annual Logging Symposium in Abu Dhabi.

Mark Proett, senior petroleum engineer, ASC Upstream, has been selected as a Distinguished Speaker for the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) for 2014-2015.

Distinguished Speakers are chosen from the top papers presented at the annual SPWLA International Symposium and among those who have presented topics of significant industry interest.

Proett – who previously served as a Distinguished Speaker for SPWLA and also for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – will speak at the Houston Westside SPWLA chapter meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

His presentation topic – "Automated Method to Objectively Quantifying Wireline and LWD Pressure Test Quality" – was the subject of his paper presented in May at the SPWLA 55th Annual Logging Symposium in Abu Dhabi.

Proett said, that based on his previous experiences as a Distinguished Speaker,  he would probably be involved in about seven to 15 speaking engagements at SPWLA chapters, both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Proett is a proponent of formation testing-while-drilling (FTWD), which was originally introduced in 2002 with the Sperry GeoTap service.

The processes introduced in the SPWLA paper are designed to increase efficiency during drilling of vertical and horizontal wells by incorporating automated workflow methods for evaluating Wireline and Logging While Drilling (LWD) formation test data.

"The paper was a collaborative effort with the Saudi Aramco Reservoir Description Division (RDD) with co-authors Nedhal Musharfi, Yacine Meridji and Harmohan Gill," Proett said.

"The methods developed are being implemented as part of new procedures for formation testing services providers, to ensure the data provided is sufficient for Aramco analysts to process and archive," he added.

Proett has been awarded 52 U.S. patents and authored more than 50 technical papers, most of which deal with sampling and testing analysis methods.

In 2008, he received the SPWLA Distinguished Technical Achievement Award and in 2013, the SPE Gulf Regional Formation Evaluation Award.


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