Thank you for your interest in the Danomics Global Student Competition.  We’re excited to have you be a part of our first annual student competition.  During this challenge, which will run from June 15th to August 15th, you will have the opportunity to work with and interpret well log and production data like those used everyday by subsurface professionals. You will also be given access to a series of training videos that will review key workflows in petrophysics, decline curve analysis, and mapping.  We are excited to see what you’re capable of achieving.

All of the videos and training material will be posted to and/or linked from this page as they become available – starting on June 15th 2020!

Educational Videos

To learn more about the competition and what you’ll learn, please check out this video: https://youtu.be/DwSDliQtsKw

All of our educational videos for this competition will be posted here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCU22_62Tc5EyhDR-UsITyigpfWj0fjcL


This competition is about learning the fundamentals of analyzing reservoir quality and performance.  We want you to take this opportunity to both learn new skills and to apply what you have learned in the course of your studies.  Our objectives are to have you:

  • Learn how to use well log, production, and other data to gain insights into reservoir properties and performance.
  • Interpret real data like a geoscientist or engineer in an E&P company.
  • Perform well log analysis and decline curve analyses.
  • Showcase your skills by generating a report that you can use a conversation piece when talking with industry professionals.


To make judging manageable we ask that you pursue a project that roughly aligns with one of the following themes:

  • An integrated field study and analysis
  • Original coding of a petrophysical method, technique or workflow

Theme 1: Integrated Field Study & Analysis.  In this theme you will perform an analysis of well log data and/or production data to generate insights into the various plays within your area of interest.  Submissions in this theme should include:

  • Introduction to the area and data set used.
  • Overview of the methods used during the interpretation.
  • Description of the QC processes.
  • Discussion of the results.

Additional credit will be given if the discussion includes an analysis or recommendations that would be useful to an E&P company interested in the play.  Additional credit will also be given for a commercial analysis – at the end of day companies don’t just need to find oil, they need to make profits.  

This theme encompasses the day-to-day work of geoscientists and engineers across the industry. They collect and data and make a wide range of recommendations to management.  These can range from where to drill or test new plays, what acreage to pursue, and sometimes when to walk away from a play.

Theme 2: New Modules, Techniques, or Workflows.  In this theme you will turn theory into action by writing your own code.  Subsurface professionals often look to integrate new techniques, automate parts of their day-to-day work, and push the boundaries of what is possible – and this often leads them to write their own plugins and scripts.  In this theme submissions should include:

  • Introduction to the problem you are trying to solve.
  • Overview of the theory/equations implemented.
  • Discussion of the results.
  • A working script with documentation.

Bonus points will be awarded to those that can clearly outline the business case for their code/scripts.  Additional credit will be given for novel solutions that are not common in modern commercial software.

This type of work is important both in R&D and operational settings, and is often a crucial step in giving an E&P company a technological advantage.  Programmatic solutions to existing problems are also often the basis for new startups in the oil and gas industry.


As one of our primary objectives is to help you learn more about log analysis, petrophysics, and decline curve analysis, we have made technical tutorial videos that cover both the theory and practice of log analysis and decline curve analysis.  These videos include over three hours of practical tutorials designed to give you the type of instruction you would receive during an internship..

There are many useful websites and online resources that cover a large range of petrophysical topics.  A few of the most complete include the following:

  • Danomics Help Articles: Help articles covering each of the modules in Danomics Petrophysics as well as several help videos demonstrating how to use the platform.
  • PetroWiki: A site published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers that has dozens of interesting and informative articles on a wide array of topics in the oil and gas industry.
  • Awesome Open Geoscience: A github repository with links to code, data, and more.  There are some great python libraries available such as lasio to help you read in your well log data if you want to do it all in python.
  • Crain’s Petrophysical: A shareware site that includes detailed explanations and equations for a wide range of petrophysical topics.
  • ResearchGate.net: An academic social media site that has many full text articles posted by the authors.

Being able to do your own research is important – there are hundreds of high-quality websites with great information out there – and in the workplace you’ll be expected to find many of them on your own..

Data: There are many places to find data – state geological surveys and oil and gas commissions are a good place to start.  Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alaska all have at least some open data.  Texas and North Dakota often have some that is available. For international data Norway and the UK have lots of open data as well.  

You don’t need a big data set – you just need one that has enough that you can build a story around it.  Whether you get 1, 10, or 100 wells you will be judged on the quality of the interpretation and insights you make for Theme 1 and the quality of the technique for Theme 2.  In fact, we’d encourage you to keep the project to a manageable size – you’ll learn more from looking at a handful of wells in detail than by taking a quick look at hundreds.


How to submit: All entries should be submitted via to sales@danomics.com.

Deadline: All entries must be received on or before August 15th, 2020.

Entrant Information: All email submissions should include the following information in the body of the email: Entrant name, email address, location (city/country), entry title and theme, and a 250 word summary of the project. All entries must also include the following affirmation:

I attest that my entry constitutes original work that I performed independently.

Format: All entries should be submitted in PDF format (attached to email).  Entries in theme two should also include the relevant code. For Python code, for example, either in .py files or as Jupyter (IPython) notebook (either as an attachment or as a github repository) would be acceptable formats.

Length: Entries should be no longer than 10 pages, including all figures, text, tables, and references.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries as selected by the judging committee. The prizes are as follows:

  • The first place submission will receive a cash prize of $250 US Dollars and will have their submission highlighted on both LinkedIn and on the Danomics website.  The winning entrant will also have the opportunity to do an interview on their submission that will be featured on both LinkedIn and YouTube, so that industry professionals can learn more about them.
  • The second place submission will receive a cash prize of $100 US Dollars and will have their submission highlighted on both LinkedIn and on the Danomics website.
  • The third place submission will receive a cash prize of $50 US Dollars.


  1. All entries must be received by August 15th 2020.
  2. All entries must be original works and must be the product of individual effort.
  3. You must have the right to submit and publish the results, including the data shown/used in the report.
  4. All entries must include the relevant references and copyright statements (for submissions in Theme 2).
  5. All entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  6. Only one entry per person.

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Saurav vijh · June 8, 2020 at 9:41 am

How do I registered for this global competition

    Cameron Snow · June 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    There is no registration – the only requirement is that you submit your entry with the required information by the August 15th deadline.

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