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.

The Laurie Dake Challenge Application

Practical experience is the key to a successful career in the geosciences, and that is exactly what the Laurie Dake Challenge can provide for you. We invite university teams of three to five students to apply from 10 October.

Every team that applies will receive a data set, which is sponsored by BP, to work with. They will have the opportunity to analyze and propose a full development plan of a discovered hydrocarbon resource.

Out of all teams, the best eight will be selected to present their Laurie Dake final plan at the 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition, held from 3-6 June 2019 in London, UK. The winning team awaits a great trophy!

In order to accomplish a successful application  you should be aware about the rules and procedures of the Laurie Dake challenge and a signed ‘Declaration of Academic Integrity’ should be attached in application

If the application is accepted, we will notify you in a period of 48 hours and the first assignment will be provided.

You will have more chance to prepare the submission of the assignment as soon as you apply to the challenge.

Please complete the submission by 21 December and if you have any further question do not hesitate to contact Rosmery Gonzalez 

Join the Challenge