How to participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge

Universities are invited to participate in the Laurie Dake Challenge with a multidisciplinary team of 3 to 5 students (one PhD student per team allowed). The competition includes three selection rounds that are further explained below. To enter the competition each team is required to submit an assignment on a certain topic.










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 24 October until 12 December 2017.

Every team that applies will receive a dataset, which is sponsored by Maersk Oil, 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 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, held from 11-14 June 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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 from Maersk Oil Company 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 January 12th  2018 and if you have any further question do not  hesitate to contact  Rosmery Gonzalez 

Selection round 1.Exploration data set assignment

Every team that applies will receive a dataset, which is sponsored by Maersk Oil, to work with. They will have the opportunity to analyze and interpret  an exploration dataset of a discovered hydrocarbon resource.

The first assignment should  be submitted  by 12 January 2018. 

In this first round,  the best ten teams will be selected for the next round of selection.

Please complete the submission  of the assignment and if you have any further question do not  hesitate to contact  Rosmery Gonzalez 



Selection round 2. Assignment submission

The 10 still standing teams are required to start working with the data they received and ;pitch your development plans in a 3-minute video.To select the best 8 teams that we will invite in Copenhagen to the finals on Sunday 10 June, the judges have decided to organize an interim review:

   Team Leader   University  Country



Dalhousie University




Memorial University




IFP School


Khai Lin


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS




University of Oslo




University of Manchester




King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Saudi Arabia

Einstein Sintong Anugrah


NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology (team 1)


Isa Adi


NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology ( team 2)


Salvador Yamil

Limachi Limachi

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA)


The video should be submitted  no later than Tuesday 27 March (12:00 UTC +1)

The pitch interim review will result in the selection of the 8 finalist teams that will receive travel grants and free tickets to the Copenhagen 2018 conference!

Requirements of the video:

- Acceptable quality visual and sound Landscape orientation

- The duration of the video should NOT be longer than 3 minutes

Remember that you pitch your field development plan to Maersk Company!

Based on the submission, the LaurieDake  Challenge jury will select the eight finalist teams that will be invited to present their findings during the EAGE Conference & Exhibition. 




Selection round 3. Presentations during EAGE Conference & Exhibition (finals)

Teams selected in the Final round will be announced later in April 2018.

EAGE invites three team members of each of the finalist university teams to come to the EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen  to present their findings in front of an expert Laurie Dake Challenge jury. Therefore, each team will receive three travel grants (including free registration as a full student delegate during the conference). The presentations will be judged by 8 to 10 jury members, all with their own expertise.

All finalist teams are required to submit their Laurie Dake Challenge Development plans and the presentations a few weeks before the finals. The Laurie Dake  development plans must include the following:

• Well log analysis
• Structural model
• Identified flow units
• Static reservoir model property modelling
• Dynamic reservoir model
• Forward (appraisal and) development plan


The next finals will take place on Sunday10 June 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

As the previous year the  Laurie Dake challenge winners will be also acknowledged on stage during the opening ceremony, which is part of the recognition provided by EAGE.

The Laurie Challenge winners will be announced  during the opening ceremony on Monday 11 June 2018.