Professor selected as Distinguished Lecturer

Iain Percival, SPE Netherlands Section Program Chair, presented Gary Couples with a memento after the lecture

Professor Gary Couples, Heriot-Watt, Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), has been selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to be a Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-14.

Each year, SPE selects a group of around 30 individuals who are experts in their field and capable speakers to share their expertise with SPE members through visits to local Sections.

The individuals are nominated by peers, and selection by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee is recognition of their expertise.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer programme

Prof Couples began his year's programme on 14th October 2013.   He delivered his lecture "Comforting, Confusing, Scary: Geomechanical Issues in Fractured Reservoirs", to the SPE Netherlands Section, in The Hague.

His evening talk was well-attended, with a mix of around 65 students and professionals in the audience. A lively session of Q&A followed the talk and this continued over dinner.

Iain Percival, SPE Netherlands Section Program Chair, presented Prof Couples with a memento of the lecture. Iain is an alumnus of Heriot-Watt, with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering.

This tour then continued with the lecture given in Trondheim, Norway on 16 October 2013.

Prof Couples' SPE Distinguished Lecturer tours will take him to 28 SPE Sections around the world, during six separate trips, and will include an evening lecture at HWU on 5 February 2014.

Most tour locations involve additional seminars and discussions at local educational institutions or industry offices.