Each year the Society of Petroleum Engineers (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.
I have met many people from SPE Sections, and also at local academic sites, and thus had many chances to talk about some new ideas.
These individuals are nominated by their peers, and selection by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee is a recognition of their expertise.
Prof. Gary Couples, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, is one of the 2013-14 cohort of Distinguished Lecturers. Earlier this year he delivered his talk "Geomechanics and Fractured Reservoirs: Comforting, Confusing, or Scary?" in the Edinburgh Campus Postgraduate Centre.
Professor Couples said: "My Distinguished Lecture tours have been extremely enjoyable, if a bit tiring. I have met many people from SPE Sections, and also at local academic sites, and thus had many chances to talk about some new ideas. The evening in Edinburgh was good fun, as have been many others. I still have two tours to complete: one in North America and one in South America. I am sure I will look back on this year as a valuable experience."
Fellow SPE Distinguished Lecturer Faisal Al Thawad (Saudi Aramco) will be delivering his "Fracture network: reservoir's friend or foe?" presentation in the Postgraduate Centre on May 9th.