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Louis Cagniard Award

Best Poster Presentation Award.
The Louis Cagniard Award is presented in recognition of the best poster presentation at the EAGE Annual Conference in the calendar year preceding the Award. The poster presented should be of high scientific standard and should represent a significant contribution to one or more of the disciplines in our Association. The nomination should also take account of the visual impact and the quality of the presentation.

The Cagniard Award consists of a certificate.


The Louis Cagniard Award 2016 is presented to

Mojtaba Rajabi and his co-authors
Mark Tingay, Oliver Heidbach and Rosalind King

For their poster 'The role of faults and fractures in local and regional perturbation of present-day horizontal stresses – an example from the Clarence-Moreton Basin, Eastern Australia', 77th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, Madrid, 1-4 June 2015, Extended Abstract Th P1 12.

Stress fields impact borehole stability and hydrofrac design. The Australian plate exhibits an anomalous stress field that is not aligned to the plate motion vector and so Rajabi et al. embarked on an integrated study of acoustic imaging logs, borehole breakouts and drilling-induced fractures from 27 coal-seam gas wells in the Clarence-Moreton basin. While they found a mean direction for the maximum horizontal stress of N68°E, there are significant local variations, both laterally and in depth, which they attribute to the presence of faults, fractures and contrasts in lithology linked to the local geology. The results are significant because they are the first basin-scale stress-map data from this region and the mean direction found is almost orthogonal from that predicted by numerical plate-scale models. Since hydrofrac stimulation is the most common coalseam gas completion, the results will have a major impact on well design and completion in the basin.

Vienna, 30 May 2016

Previous Winners Of The Louis Cagniard Award

Between 1997 and 2002, the Cagniard Award referred to the Best Poster Presentation Award of the Geophysical Division only. The list below incorporates the best poster presentation award recipients of the Norman Falcon Award between 1993 and 2002.


David Connolly and his co-authors
Julia Kemper and Ian Thomas

For their poster 'Using gas chimney detection to assess hydrocarbon charge and top seal effectiveness – offshore, Namibia', presented at the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, Amsterdam, 16-19 June 2014.

Seismic data with shallow gas anomalies often display degraded imaging below, posing the question as to whether the deeper section constitutes an active migration pathway or simply poor imaging due to local velocity anomalies. The authors describe a study in deep water, offshore Namibia, in which the goal was to improve understanding of the petroleum system and to identify drilling prospects. Gas chimneys were detected on 3D seismic data using directional seismic attributes and neural networks trained by an interpreter. Interpreted chimneys were tracked to the corresponding gas sources, identifying the source rocks and helping to interpret migration pathways, potential reservoir charging and top seal integrity. The analysis suggests that, in a typical slope-canyon prospect, Middle Cretaceous source rock is providing a hydrocarbon charge to prospective Upper Cretaceous reservoir targets. Up-dip, an overlying gas cloud indicates hydrocarbon saturation in the reservoirs, from where the lighter components are leaking. If the migrating hydrocarbons are a mixed phase, the target reservoirs may be oil prone, an interpretation yet to be tested by a bit. Such a well presented, refutable hypothesis, presented clearly before drilling, is a scientific method at its best and judged well worthy of the Cagniard award.


Maurizio Ferla and his co-authors
Jeroen Jocker, Ferdinanda Pampuri and Erik Wielemaker

For their poster 'Seismic anisotropy characterization in heterogeneous formations using borehole sonic data' presented at the 75th EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition, London, 10-13 June 2013.

The authors present a new inversion workflow that they successfully applied to determine the transversely isotropic elastic properties of heterogeneous sand-shale sequences using sonic log data, from two wells of differing deviations that were binned according to their petrophysical properties. The results of the workflow have significant practical implications. Synthetics based on the anisotropy-corrected deviated well logs should yield a significantly improved time-vertical depth relation and better well-tie correlations. Additional applications include the use of the inverted anisotropic parameters as inputs into anisotropic seismic velocity models and AVO analysis.


Sergei Stanchits and his co-authors
Aniket Surdi and Roberto Suarez-Rivera

For their poster entitled ‘Hydraulic Fracturing of Tight Shale Monitored by Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Transmission’ presented at the 74th EAGE Annual Conference, Copenhagen, 4–7 June 2012.

The authors study the effect of fluid viscosity on hydraulic fracture initiation and near-wellbore propagation on block samples of tight shales subjected to representative in-situ effective stress conditions. Firstly, they develop an understanding of the hydraulic fracturing conditions under controlled laboratory experiments and then extend this understanding to field processes. Their results provide a reference for practitioners in this important area to relate the viscosity of an injected fluid to the characteristics of dynamic fracture propagation and geometry.
London, Monday 10 June 2013

Catherine Wasse and her co-authors Philippe Heldens and Joost van der Burgh

For their poster entitled ‘NL-onshore – Donkersloot Prospect Example’ presented at the 73rd EAGE Annual Conference, Vienna, 23–26 May 2011.

The poster presents a classic exploration workflow from the Netherlands onshore area. Prospectivity is defined and analysed by systematic and integrated structural mapping, petroleum system analysis and basin modelling, along with reservoir mapping and seismic anomaly modelling. This workflow is a clear and positive example of exploration methodology and prospect de-risking and represents the type of day-to-day activities that many industry based geoscientists would be involved in. As such, it illustrates how knowledge and technology are used to bring exploration prospects forward. The poster and presentation were judged to be of exceptionally high quality and standard.

J.I. Mars and his co-authors A.A. Khan, V. Vrabie, A. Girard and G. D’Urso

For their poster entitled “Water Leakage Detection in Dikes by Fiber Optic” presented at the 72nd EAGE Annual Conference, Barcelona, June 2010.

A method is proposed for the identification of leakages in dikes using the temperature data obtained through fiber optic distributed temperature sensors. The authors showed how it was possible to treat leakage identification as a source separation problem. The sources were considered as defining the response of the ground, the known structures in the path of the fibre sensors (drains), the seasonal variations, precipitation and, of course, the leakages, the last ones were being their desired signals. They showed that with the help of techniques based on data decomposition and source separation (by PCA and ICA techniques), the leakages could be identified.

Daniel Barker and Martin Landrø

For their poster entitled “Controlled source strength variation by changing the firing pressure - A sensitivity study for 4D calibration”, presented at the 71st EAGE Annual Conference, Amsterdam, June 2009.

The authors conducted a modelling study to test a method for calibration of 4D seismic signals by varying the firing pressure of the air gun source. They also showed that the resulting bubble time period should not affect the result.

Benoit Paternoster and his co-authors Danil Knyazev and Thierry DesVallieres

For their poster entitled "Robust use of AVO to Geohazard Assessment – South-east Asia Gas Field Case Study", presented at the 70th EAGE Annual Conference, Rome June 2008. The authors used an innovative AVO approach incorporating automatic screening of the volume to assess geohazards associated with shallow gas. It cross-validated the AutoGasRisk methodology with geological interpretation.

Brian Hornby and his co-authors Olav Barkved, Ole Askim, Francis X. Bostick III and Brock Williams

Fortheir poster presentation entitled “Permanent Fiber-Optic Borehole Seismic Installation and Imaging at Valhall”, presented at the 69th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in London, UK, 11 to 14 June 2007.
The authors describe the first successful installation of a permanent borehole seismic system in an offshore production well. It employs fibre-optic communications and is being used for both active and passive surveys, giving high resolution images up to 400m from the borehole and offering the possibility of time-lapse monitoring of fluid fronts.

This work has been judged to represent a major breakthrough.

Isabel Varela and her co-authors Mosab Nasser, Mark Chapman and Enru Liu

For their poster presentation entitled “Anisotropic Azimuthal Attenuation as an Indicator of Fracture Properties, a Case Study on Time-Lapse Walkaround VSP Data”, presented at the 68th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Vienna, Austria, 12 to 15 June 2006. The authors characterized fractures by analyzing a time lapse walkaround, multilevel VSP data set from a carbonate field in Oman with a long history of steam injection and production. They compared changes in traveltime and attenuation in response to fracture orientation. This work has been judged to represent a major breakthrough.

Stéphane Operto and his co-authors Jean-Xavier Dessa and Jean Virieux

For their oral presentation entitled "Crustal seismic imaging from ocean bottom seismometer data by full waveform tomography", presented at the 67th EAGE Conference in Madrid, Spain, 13 to 16 June 2005.
The authors presented the first 2D full waveform inversion of dense real OBS data to generate deep images of a subduction system. Using parallel direct factorization for solving the frequency-domain visco-acoustic wave equation, they were able to image major thrusts at depths between 5 km and 15 km. The methodology offered impressive efficiency gains and has been judged to represent a major breakthrough.

Brad Artman and co-authors Deyan Draganov, Kees Wapenaar and Biondo Biondi

For their poster presentation entitled “Direct migration of passive seismic data”, presented at the 66th EAGE Conference in Paris, France, 7 to 10 June 2004 Through a formulation that relates transmission response to the reflection response for passive seismic data in a general 3D heterogeneous medium, the authors develop a methodology for calculating the reflection response and are then able to apply many of the conventional reflection techniques and to carry out various processes for preparing and enhancing the data and performing efficient migration for imaging the subsurface.This work opens the possibility of the development of more advanced imaging conditions and has been judged to represent a major breakthrough.

Alexander Goetz and his co-authors Christof Müller, Stefan Buske and Stefan Lueth

For their poster entitled "Fresnel-volume multicomponent migration" presented at the 65th EAGE Conference in Stavanger, Norway, 2 to 5 June 2003. The authors introduce a new and efficient method of Kirchhoff depth migration of multicomponent seismic data based on the polarisation angle. The formulation also enables the method to resolve spatial ambiguity in cases of restricted recording geometry.
This work has been judged to represent a major breakthrough.

A.J. Buckingham and her co-authors Michael C. Dentith and Ron L

For their poster entitled "Texture and shape measures for magnetic image retrieval" presented at the 64th EAGE Conference in Florence, Italy, 27 to 30 May 2002.

P. Herrmann and his co-author Guillaume Cambois

For their poster "statistically correlated AVO attributes", presented at the 63rd EAGE Conference in Amsterdam, June 2001.


L. Pikulski and his co-authors Tadeusz Wolnowski & Jolanta Zielinska-Pikulska

For their poster entitled "Study in the development of main dolomite (Ca2) in Western Poland in the aspect of hydrocarbons search”.

B.A. Smith and his co-authors N.J. Ventzel, L. Berg, and O. Sandvin.

For their Poster “3D VSP Imaging - Filling in the Ekofisk ‘Gas Hole’”, presented at the 62nd EAGE Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, 29 May - 2 June 2000.

J. Marsky and his co-authors J.P. Barde, P. Chamberlain, P. Gralla, J. Harwijanto, and T. Schröter.

For their paper “Explaining a Complex HC System in the Permotriassic of the Pericaspian Basins by integrating of independent models”, presented as a poster at the 62nd EAGE Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, 29 May - 2 June 2000.

2001* Special Mention of the Falcon Award
J. Wonham and his co-authors François Lafont and Frederic Walgenwitz

For their core display and poster “The Franklin Field”, presented at the 62nd EAGE Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, 29 May - 2 June 2000.

* As from June 2001, all award titles will refer to the year in which they are presented to the winners, and no longer to the year in which the winning poster/paper was presented.

E. Causse and his co-authors G. Haugen and B. Rommel

For their poster “Large Offset Approximation to Seismic Reflection Travel Times”, presented at the 61st EAGE Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 7-11 June 1999.

O. Lerat

‘Geostatistical Modelling of Eolian and Fluvial Reservoirs (Cutler Fm., Permian, Utah)’
Co-authors: B. Doligez, I. Clement, G. Desaubliaux, R. Eschard, D. Granjeon, F. Lafont

J. Carcione and U. Tinivella

For their poster ‘Acoustic Properties and AVO of Bottom Simulating Reflectors Associated with Gas-Hydrates’, presented at the 60th EAGE Conference in Leipzig, Germany, 8-12 June 1998.

I. Csató

‘Halokinetic Structures and Hydrocarbon Plays – Examples from the Middle East’
Co-author: T. Földes

J. Carcione and G. Seriani

For their poster ‘Seismic Velocities in Permafrost’, presented at the 59th EAGE Conference in Geneva, 27-30 May 1997.

H. El Euchi

‘Northern Tunisia – A Promising Petroleum Province Despite Its Early Stage of Exploration, Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Habitat’
Co-authors: A. Gaaya, F. Hamouda, F. Mejri

P. Dunlop and his co-author: P. Corbett

‘Well Test Modelling in a Multistorey Fluvial Channel’

P. Gralla and his co-author: C. Visser

‘Evaporites - The key to chronostratigraphic subdivision of the Southern Rotleigend Basin’.

R. Young and his co-author: E. Kvadsheim.

‘Basin Modelling across the Froya High, Mid Norway’.

N.M. Mcclure and his co-authors: D.W. Wilkinson, D.P. Frost and G.W. Geehan.

‘Geotechnical planning of extended reach wells - Wytch Farm Dorset’.