Two leading technical specialists from global-leading diversified energy
services company Senergy were last night (August 30) awarded top
accolades for their outstanding contribution to the oil and gas
Senergy's principal formation damage consultant Michael Byrne and
technical head of geomechanics Phil McCurdy were each honoured in the
2010 Annual Award Scheme of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE),
Michael received an award for his exceptional achievements in the field
of drilling engineering while Phil's award was in recognition of his
outstanding contribution to formation evaluation.
Michael has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector spanning
more than 20 years, and has become an ambassador for the industry having
authored several technical papers and acted as a consultant to some of
the world's major energy companies.
Most recently, he successfully completed a worldwide SPE Distinguished
Lecturer tour and was instrumental in the development of Senergy's
ground-breaking Wellscope(tm) technology.
Wellscope is an oil and gas market first which revolutionises the
industry's approach to drilling wells by using computational fluid
dynamics (CFD). Through CFD, a computational technology that enables the
study of the dynamics of things that flow, Wellscope addresses well
inflow from an entirely new perspective to model fluid flow in wells and
"The SPE award is flattering recognition not only for myself but for the
team at Senergy," said Mike, who has supported the SPE in various roles
including as technical editor, short course instructor, steering
committee member and session chair at several SPE conferences, workshops
"The SPE does a first-class job in promoting the industry and nothing
gives me more pleasure than passing on my knowledge and experience and,
indeed, updating the industry on new practices and innovations such as
Phil also has vast knowledge of the industry with 15 years experience in
geomechanics and production technology which includes supporting
projects in Asia, Russia, West Africa and the North Sea. His current
work predominantly involves wellbore stability, sand failure prediction
and sand control recommendations.
"This is a tremendous honour and I would like to thank the SPE team and
Senergy for their support," said Phil, who has had six published SPE
papers in the field of geomechanics and is the current Edinburgh
representative for the Aberdeen section of the SPE.
Senergy's commitment to supporting the SPE globally continues with
additional technical experts preparing to embark on year-long SPE
Distinguished Lecturer tours.
Dr Rick Lemanczyk, principal petroleum engineer in Senergy's Asia
Pacific operation, and Edinburgh-based principal petrophysicist Colin
McPhee each have oil and gas careers spanning over 30 years.
Rick's tour, which starts in Chad in December, is themed on production
optimisation with a particular focus on gas lift processes and
innovations, while Colin's begins in Canada in October and focuses on
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