Denver Well Logging Society

September 2016 Newsletter

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Great moments of the SPWLA convention in Iceland – Puffins, Whales, and Volcanoes

Katerina Yared, Terri Olson, Margaret Lessenger, and Dick Merkel


Several of the DWLS membership attended the Annual Convention of the SPWLA in Reykjavik, Iceland this summer. We have asked them to recall some of the memorable talks, trends in the industry, and observations of the direction of SPWLA in the coming year.

But really, we asked them to show us their pictures of the landscapes and wildlife.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
11:20 am - 1:30 pm


Wynkoop Brewing Company
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$20 per person
$25 at the door (space permitting)

Next Month's Talk

Advanced Log Interpretation in Field Development

Dick Merkel
Denver Petrophysics

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Reservations must be made using the PayPal link above or on the DWLS website; reservations must be made by 5 PM the Thursday prior to the talk.  Cancellations may be made until 5 PM the Friday prior. Email your cancellation or contact Dominic Holmes at 303-770-4235.  Our full cancellation/wait list policy is available on the website.

From the President

Bob Lieber

Welcome back!  A new year for DWLS will come with new challenges and opportunities for all of us.  For some we find ourselves consultants, some for the first time some for yet another time.  Even if the last twelve months have not brought a change to your business card, it has almost certainly brought a change to the workforce around you and the expectations of what you are doing.  Ours is a commodity-driven industry and that means change will always be with us in both good times and bad.  The real question is what to do?  The answer (at least in my opinion) is to continue to learn more about your craft.  In a time where many of us must pay for our own attendance to local society luncheons, it is more important than ever to make sure you prioritize making an investment in yourself.  Even if you have to skip that vanilla latte for a few days during the week of the DWLS to attend the luncheon it is an opportunity to learn new methods and hear about new ideas that can make your job easier and give you insights that will allow you to be more successful.  We on the Board of Directors of DWLS will do our best to bring you the best speakers available and we will continue to watch costs as closely as possible.  I would also urge you to focus on networking when you do attend a meeting.  All of us with some grey in our hair (personally I am happy with any hair I have regardless of color) will tell you new jobs are discussed in those pre-luncheon conversations well before they ever get to HR or someone’s website.  So 2016-2017 will be a year full of challenges, but societies like DWLS are working for your benefit so please use our meetings as a resource.  Please contact me with any ideas or questions you may have, just click on my name above.  You will also find links to all of the Board of Directors on the website, but I especially want to hear from anyone with an idea, a complaint, or even a rant.  I hope to see you at our September luncheon or at our one-day seminar in October.  An investment in your career is always worth the time and money!

From the VP - Technology

Jack Breig

As to the Luncheon Program for 2016-17 we are, once again, soliciting new and improved technology presentations from the major service providers as well as examples case history talks on the active tight reservoir plays.  In these economically challenging times, most operators have pared their activities to the small number of plays with the best economics, such as the Anadarko, Williston, DJ, Appalachian, Midland and Delaware Basins, and the Eagle Ford.  I am on the hunt for speakers who have well-documented examples of these plays, along with some lessons that can be applied to other unconventionals. 

For our September meeting, we have invited Katerina Yared, Terri Olson, Margaret Lessenger, and Dick Merkel to assemble a talk on the highlights of the SPWLA meeting in Iceland. This will include a few reviews of memorable presentations, and, if I am right, a generous helping of scenery and wildlife photos from this marvelous land.

I have also lined up for us five talks from the 2016 SPWLA conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The SPWLA distinguished presentation by Dick Merkel and Margaret Lessenger will open the truly technical side of our program in October with Advanced Log Interpretation in Field Development.

For November, Matt Blyth of Schlumberger will bring his presentation on the new technology of measuring Dipole Shear Anisotropy Using Logging-While-Drilling Sonic Tools.

In January, Jennifer Market, the Acoustics expert from Weatherford will feature, Understanding Acoustic Data in Unconventional Reservoirs.

In February, Serge Galley (Shell) will be addressing Petrophysical Cut off Definition based on Dynamic Reservoir Parameters.

Ravi Viswanath of Schlumberger will be here in March to discuss Techniques to compute Total Hydrocarbon in Place in the Bakken using low and high field NMR.

I’ll also be drawing from recent papers presented at URTeC and AAPG to fill out the Spring 2017 program.  If you attended any of these summer conferences and saw something you think is particularly appropriate for the chapter, please contact me right away and let me know (click on my name above) – I can’t see every paper!

Plans for the DWLS Fall Workshop on Tight Oil Sands of the Powder River Basin will be forthcoming shortly, as we continue to add speakers and topics.  

From the VP - Membership

Aaron Fisher

Fall is shortly around the corner which means that the yearly renewal process is upon us.  Those of you who have not renewed your yearly dues will be receiving a friendly reminder from me with renewal instructions soon.  If you would like to be proactive, please follow the link: (  All active members are given a three-month grace period to renew their membership.  November marks the end of the grace period.  On a positive note, the low commodity prices have not hampered membership as we are up to 366 active members, of which 314 are lifetime members.
There has been a lot of turnover in the industry in the past six months.  Please be sure to send your updated contact information ( so we can keep everyone current.  Don’t miss out on hearing about the holiday party, workshops, and all the monthly talks.  

Calendar of Events

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Other Important Events

2016 Fall Topical Conference, November 7-8, 2016 (Houston, TX)

2017 SPWLA Annual Symposium, June 18-21, 2016 (Oklahoma City, OK)

DWLS Sponsors

Click here to view the sponsors on the website, or click on any image to contact a sponsor.
Stoner Engineering LLC
Mount Sopris Instruments
Digital Formation
Donovan Brothers Incorporated

Chapter Statistics


This Year

3-Year Average

# of Active members 366 362
# that are New members 14 16
# that are Students 12 11
# that are Lifetime Members 314 299
September luncheon meeting attendance   75
October luncheon meeting attendance   66
November luncheon meeting attendance   76
Holiday party attendance   48
January luncheon meeting attendance   79
February luncheon meeting attendance   76
March luncheon meeting attendance   70
April luncheon meeting attendance   59
May luncheon meeting attendance   59
Summer social attendance   31
The DWLS Newsletter is published monthly September through June by the Denver Well Logging Society.  For information on membership or advertising, contact the editor.  For other inquiries, contact a member of the Board of Directors.
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