EAGE FIELD Challenge

The EAGE FIELD Challenge (Fully Integrated Evaluation and Development) is hosted by the European Association of Geologists (EAGE), which was started by Shell with additional support through ExxonMobil, Total, and Repsol.

The EAGE FIELD Challenge promotes cross-disciplinary geoscience and engineering integration within universities. Each participating university submits a multi-disciplinary team of full-time geoscience and petroleum engineering students who are then required to analyze and propose a FIELD development plan for a discovered hydrocarbon resource. Each university team has the same sponsored dataset to work with, and present their FIELD development plan to an expert jury at the EAGE Conference & Exhibition.


Dalhousie EAGE Team Wins 1st Place

On June 1st, 2015, three Lab members, Charles Carlisle, Darragh O’Connor and Connor Wentzell presented a detailed development plan for a petroleum field to a panel of experts at the EAGE Exhibition and Conference in Madrid, Spain. After weeks of rigorous preparation, the team won first place against finalists from the Universities of Barcelona, Beijing and Kraków. Although team members Kenneth Martyns-Yellowe (Earth Sciences) and R. J. Victor McLafferty (Engineering) were unable to attend the competition in Madrid, they did considerable heavy lifting in weeks leading up to the finals. The team is grateful for the support of Professor Adam Donaldson in Engineering who arranged advanced training in reservoir modelling with the generous donation of software from Schlumberger, as well as recent Earth Sciences and Petroleum MEng grad Trevor Kelly and Adjunct Bill Richards, who provided invaluable mentorship to the students.

The EAGE FIELD Challenge is an excellent example of the multi-disciplinary experiential learning opportunities that we are able to provide at Dalhousie through generous sponsorship from our industry partners. As 4th year student Connor Wentzell said, “the practical training providing the FIELD competition is the best course I have taken in university”. The team has won €3000 ($4,654.72) for the Dalhousie EAGE Student Chapter, as well as international recognition.

With the winnings of the EAGE FIELD Challenge 2015, over twenty news books were purchased on behalf of the Dalhousie University EAGE Student Chapter. Books are available for borrowing from LSC rm 3060.