SPWLA PDDA is excited to announce its first Scholarship!

Petrophysical Data-Driven Analytics (PDDA), a special interest group under society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), is announcing its first scholarship!

The scholarship is open to graduate students who conduct research in the field of petrophysics and data science. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one qualifying student. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the requirements below:


Applicants for the scholarship must meet each of the following requirements:

o    Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

o    Submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) and a resume/CV

o    Write a short essay (< 800 words) on why the applicant is interested in the field of applied data science to petrophysics.

o    At least one letter of recommendation from a professor, or a supervisor of summer or Co-op work experience, or a supervisor of research work.

The application process is now open; please submit all the required materials to pdda_sig@spwla.org

The scholarship application deadline is Dec 1, 2019. The scholarship winner will be announced before Dec 31, 2019.

SPWLA Petrophysical Data-Driven Analytics Special Interest Group (PDDA-SIG)

Following the positive feedback of the recently conducted special interest group (SIG) survey during 2018 SPWAL Spring topical conference, we are pleased to announce the formation of a new SPWLA special interest group dedicated on Petrophysical Data-Driven Analytics (PDDA). The vision for establishing a PDDA-SIG began at the 2018 SPWLA Spring topic conference in Houston, where more than 60 industry professionals (core analyst, tool physicists, petrophysists, geologist etc.) and data scientists attended to discuss the applications of advanced data analytics techniques to challenging petrophysical interpretations and oil field operations. Most of the conference attendees showed great interest and preregistered themselves as members of SPWLA PDDA SIG.

The goals of the PDDA-SIG are to create a venue for exchanging and sharing knowledge and best practices of applying advanced data analytics to solve challenging big-data-related problems in the oil and gas exploration and development. It aims to foster the cross-disciplinary technical collaborations between practitioners in academic and different sectors of O&G industry, and to promote networking for industry professionals.

The PDDA-SIG will cover the following primary technical areas:

  • geological–petrophysical interpretation

  • sensor and logging technology

  • rock physics and geomechanics

  • oil field operation improvement

  • data QC and management

  • AI assisted  automation

Participation in the PDDA-SIG is open for any practitioner and student who are interested in this subject matter. Please use following URL in LinkedIn Group for PDDA-SIG member registration:


It is planed that the PDDA-SIG will hold annual meeting and quarterly seminars. The first annual meeting is planed to be in the Spring of 2019. Please follow PDDA-SIG webpage or SPWLA newsletter for the latest update of all PDDA-SIG events.

During the 2018 Spring Topical Conference, several productive panel discussions were actively participated by PDDA SIG members. The summary was compiled by Dr. Chicheng Xu and Dr. Siddharth Misra, and published on the latest SPWLA newsletter, please check the summary here.

The PDDA-SIG executive committee (2019-2020) is composed of:

Chairman: Michael Ashby, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, ashby149@aol.com
Vice-Chairman: Yanxiang Yu. GOWell International,  yanxiang.yu@gowellpetro.com
Secretary of Publications: Bin Dai, Halliburton, Bin.Dai2@halliburton.com
Treasurer: Zheng Gan, Core Laboratories, Zheng.Gan@corelab.com
Secretary: Constantine Vavourakis, Paradigm, Emerson, Constantine.Vavourakis@emerson.com
Advisor: Chicheng Xu, Aramco Services Company, Chicheng.Xu@aramcoservices.com

Yanxiang Yu

Michael Ashby

Bin Dai

Zheng GanZheng (Jon) Gan

Constantine Vavourakis

Chicheng Xu