The Laurie Dake Challenge

The FIELD Challenge – a Fully Integrated EvaLuation and Development” task, now also known as the “Laurie Dake” Challenge was inaugurated in 2011 and every year about half of the active EAGE student chapters in the worldwide pit their skills for a grand prize and all the recognition provided by EAGE and the data set sponsors.

Laurence Patrick (Laurie) Dake was a preeminent scientist and renowned author, paving the way for the education of new generations of reservoir engineers. 
He did a great contribution to the petroleum engineering profession, and in evoking his exceptional creative spirit, EAGE is pleased to name the FIELD Challenge after him

The Laurie Dake Challenge is created with the aim to promote cross‐disciplinary geoscience and engineering integration within universities. Each participating university will have a multi‐disciplinary team of full time geoscience and petroleum engineering students, with a maximum of one PhD student per team.

The competition stars with a first round with an assignment that is prepared by each team. Ten teams will be selected and will be required to analyze and propose a Field development plan for a discovered hydrocarbon resource. Each team is required to submit the Field plan and development in the format requested by the judges, and based on this submission, the six finalist teams are selected. All teams work with the same data set, which is provided by a different company each year.

Teams can consist of full‐time students from some or all of the following disciplines:

  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Petrophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Production engineering
  • Petroleum economics
  • Petroleum Engineering

Integration is the key!

This year the application will be opened in October and the teams will receive travel grants as a finalist

Finalists receive travel grants to the EAGE Conference & Exhibition. The next finals will be held at the 81st  EAGE Conference & Exhibition (3-6 June 2019, London, UK), where each team will present a  fully Integrated evaluation and development  plan to an expert jury. We will support all selected university teams with three travel grants per team to attend the annual conference, that will cover the cost of their registration, flights and accommodation.