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Mario Silva: Spring is back, let’s meet and «recover for the future»!

Just by looking at the title, I guess everyone realized by now what I will be talking about. What else could it be, but the wonderful, chilly, rainy/snowy Norwegian spring? Nope! Just kidding! I am going to talk about something far more exciting: the 2016 IOR conference held in the end of April.

Me with 3 of my fine Ph.D. colleagues at the National IOR Centre of Norway during one of the poster sessions. (Left to right: Anna Kvashchuk, Jaspreet Singh Sachdeva, and Tijana Livada) Me with 3 of my fine Ph.D. colleagues at the National IOR Centre of Norway during one of the poster sessions. (Left to right: Anna Kvashchuk, Jaspreet Singh Sachdeva, and Tijana Livada)

I will start by expressing my appreciation for the outstanding work from everyone involved in the organization. It was a very nice conference! Also, and although the National IOR Centre of Norway is spread through different locations, its management team does a great job in promoting a healthy “team spirit” so important for our daily work, and so it is always a huge pleasure to meet everyone in person again.

Being a Ph.D. student, the best of the conference is what I feel I learn with all the presentations on the different topics which compose IOR, and the subsequent discussions with experts and the industry. This year I also had the privilege of contributing for the information exchange by presenting some of my work with a poster and participating in the PhD “standup”. The management committee enrolled us in a small competition, where the best poster presentation received the first “Skjæveland Award” (congratulations to my fine colleague and winner, Irene Ringen). This prize is named after Professor Svein Magne Skjæveland, one of the most relevant contributors for the development of education and research programs at UiS on petroleum technology.

There was a good feedback from the participants towards my work. I had the opportunity to present it, talk about the different types of tracers (both for inter-well and single-well applications) and the type of information we can get from them, always with focus on “my” PITT tracers, to many people. It was great to see people’s interest in all of the steps of my project, from the selection of PITT candidates to their field application, and also in the results we got so far. I had some very interesting discussions and exchange of ideas, and also it was great fun. At this point I have to mention one of the best presentations in this conference carried out by my “lab colleague” at IFE, Thomas Brichart, entitled ”Can fluorescent nano-objects be used as reservoir tracers?”. So if anyone reading this wants to know more or exchange ideas about tracers for oil reservoirs, please feel free to contact us. You know where we are :)

I am having a great time working with the National IOR Centre of Norway, and I am learning a lot. Results are flowing and there is plenty of work ahead that will, hopefully, contribute positively for this center’s main goal: providing tool for a more efficient management and exploration of such an important resource that is oil. 

To finish, please let me brag (sorry for that) about my other contribution for this conference: its slogan “recover for the future”. It felt really good to have my slogan proposal selected by the management team, and that also earned me a nice winter cap, very useful in this Norwegian spring :)

So, until next time, and let’s keep working to recover more and better. 

Me during my 1 minute “stand-up”. It’s a good thing that pictures don’t show the anxiety (photo credit: Jan Nossen, IFE).

Me during my 1 minute “stand-up”. It’s a good thing that pictures don’t show the anxiety (photo credit: Jan Nossen, IFE).