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.There’s more valuable guidance in an article published in the October 2017 issue of First Break (pp. 12).

To enter the competition each team is required to submit an assignment on a certain topic.

We are looking forward to the second edition of the Laurie Dake Challenge  and its application opened. Make sure you submit your application!









All universities are invited to participated in this competition, details we be published soon and the time frame of the competition is described below:

Item   Deadline
Application  and submission first assignment   10th October  to 21 December 2018
 Semi-Finalist selection 21 January 2019
Second Round Submission 18 March 2019
 Finalist announcement ( 6 teams selected to present the final in London)  1st April 2019
 Final presentation slides submission   20 th May 2019
 Final Development plan presentation in London  2nd June 2019
 Announcement of the winner in the opening ceremony  3rd June 2019


Enter the Challenge

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

Selection round 1.Exploration data set assignment

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

The first assignment should  be submitted  by 21 December 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 6 teams that we will invite to the finals on Sunday 2 June in London, the judges have decided to organize an interim review:

The video should be submitted  no later than Thursday 4th April (12:00 UTC +1)

The pitch interim review will result in the selection of the 6 finalist teams that will receive travel grants and free tickets to 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019 !

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  BP Company!

Based on the submission, the Laurie Dake Challenge jury will select the six finalist teams that will be invited to present their findings during  81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019



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

Teams selected in the Final round will be announced in April:

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

Announcements for current participating teams

EAGE Laurie Dake Challenge

Laurie Dake  Challenge finalists will present their findings to an expert jury, after months of working on a dataset (provided by BP) of a discovered hydrocarbon resource. Universities and industry are invited to attend the presentations and witness the competition between the most excellent multi-disciplinary student teams on a global scale.

Finalists( To be announced in April 2019)

The Trophy

The winning team of the Laurie Dake Field Challenge will receive a trophy during the London 2019  Opening Session, Monday 2 June, starting from 16:00 in the presence of the top of our geoscience and engineering community.