Malcolm Rider joined the hydrocarbon industry during the heady, early days of North Sea exploration. His early career was with Total, at first in the UK and then in France, where his job as an internal company consultant took him around the world. After a little more than 10 years he left Total to establish Rider-French Consulting Ltd. based in Cambridge, England. The company, with a small number of dedicated employees, enjoyed success in geophysical and geological consulting and in specialist log interpretation. It was during this period that the first edition of the very successful, ‘The Geological Interpretation of Well Logs’ was written.
The log interpretation book led naturally to requests for training courses. These gained in importance when BP established a geological logs course as part of their company induction training programme. On the basis of this success, Rider-French began offering high quality courses in a range of subjects, both in-house and publicly. Malcolm has retired from consulting and presenting courses and the company is now the publisher for the new edition of ‘The Geological Interpretation of Well Logs’ and other, mainly geological books.
The third edition of ‘The Geological Interpretation of Well Logs’ was published in 2011 and was co-authored by Malcolm and Martin Kennedy, an independent Petroleum Engineer from Perth, Australia. This new edition has been much expanded and updated, and is now in full colour. It has new chapters on pressure measurement and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), and LWD tools of all types are included for the first time. The modern versions of all the standard tools are described and there is much more information on the modern image tools, both wireline and LWD. Geological concepts such as sequence stratigraphy are well illustrated with terms explained and jargon kept to the minimum. It is hoped that this new edition remains as popular in the industry as the last, and that it continues to be used by universities and for professional courses around the world.
In line with his change in emphasis, Malcolm has recently withdrawn from research at the Edinburgh School of GeoSciences and has given up his honorary fellowship of Edinburgh University in order to become more involved in the arts.
Malcolm is married with three, grown up sons. He shares his life between Edinburgh, Scotland and rural France.