Heriot-Watt wins SPE PhD European Regional Paper contest

Back row from left: Prof. Lidia Hrncevic, Kanad Kulkarni, Dr. Lateef Akanji. Front row from left: Ondotimi Songi, Junko Hutahaean, Obinna Chudi, Jade Abbott.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) coordinates 10 regional student paper contests at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate level. Students compete against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the International Student Paper Contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).

The 2014 SPE European Regional Contest was held on 2 and 3 June 2014 at Imperial College, London. Two PhD students from Heriot-Watt University's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) achieved great success with Junko Hutahaean winning 1st place and Obinna Chudi awarded 3rd place. Catriona Reynolds from Imperial College was awarded the 2nd place.

Junko's paper "Use of Natural Tracer Data in Well Placement Optimization" was co-authored by Dr Vasily Demyanov, Dr Dan Arnold and Dr. Oscar Vazquez under the IPE Uncertainty Group Chaired by Prof. Mike Christie. His paper will be presented on the upcoming SPE ATCE in Amsterdam, The Netherlands this October.

Obinna's paper "The impact of hydrocarbon Emplacement on Reservoir Quality: A Basin Modelling Approach" was co-authored by Dr Helen Lewis and Prof. Dorrik Stow and funded by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Nigeria.


Left to right back row: Prof. Lidia Hrncevic (University of Zagreb), Kanad Kulkarni (SPE London Section), Dr Lateef Akanji (University of Salford).

Front row: Ondotimi Songi (University of Dundee), Junko Hutahaean (1st Place, Heriot-Watt University), Obinna Chudi (3rd Place, Heriot-Watt University), Jade Abbott (SPE).

Missing from photograph: Prof. Ann Muggeridge (Imperial College London), Catriona Reynolds (2nd Place, Imperial College).