DEVEX 2018 – Gert de Jonge Award

Gert de Jonge award winner, Ruza Cicmil, pictured with Chair of DEVEX 2018, Brenda Wyllie and Wiens van Zeil, Technology Manager, Chevron Upstream Europe.
The Gert de Jonge Award is an annual prize awarded by conference attendees at DEVEX in Aberdeen.Presented to the conference speaker with the best paper, the award honours the memory of Gert de Jonge, who was Technology Manager with Chevron Upstream Europe and Chairman of DEVEX 2005. Gert made a tremendous contribution to the conference and the wider industry, and was instrumental in putting DEVEX on a professional footing.
Chevron, continues to support the award each year and Chevron Upstream Europe’s Technology Manager, Wiens van Zeil, was asked to present the award to the winner:
“This award was created in memory of Gert, to recognise his contribution to DEVEX as one of its founders. It was an honour for me to attend the prize giving and present this award on behalf of Chevron and importantly, to remember the enthusiasm and energy Gert brought to DEVEX. It was particularly poignant for me as Gert was instrumental in my employment by Chevron and now, years later, I am in the role that he held.”
The deserved winner of this year’s Prize is Ruza Cicmil, a Petrophysicist at Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited. Ruza addressed delegates in May with her paper on Permeability Modelling in the Scott Field. Discussing the problem, solution and results, Ruza showed how using the core data to understand main controls on permeability helped to derive a more reliable methodology tailored to honour local geology. Ruza was delighted to hear that she was the winner of the Gert de Jonge award for 2018 and was honoured to accept the Prize:
“I am tremendously pleased and surprised to have been awarded the Gert de Jonge award for best paper at DEVEX 2018. My presentation is just one of many examples of how an analytical methodology and the integration of all available data can lead to a solution for a complex and longstanding problem. There is a great abundance of data in the North Sea basin, which is all part of a big puzzle. It is only by using all the pieces and having a methodical approach that we can push the boundaries and uncover new opportunities.
“I am truly grateful for this honour and recognition, which will further inspire me to share more of my work and engage with the Oil and Gas community. I would also like to thank the organisers for putting together such a great event.”
DEVEX 2018 was attended by around 700 oil and gas professionals over 2 days of technical presentations, masterclasses and exhibits. Plans for DEVEX 2019 are currently underway and more details will be announced in due course. To find out more about DEVEX and how you can get involved, contact [email protected] or visit
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