24-26 July 2017

Austin, Texas

The integrated event for unconventional resource teams

Sponsoring Organizations:

Society of Petroleum Engineers American Association of Petroleum Geologists Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Supporting Organizations:

Association for Iron and Steel Technology Association for Iron and Steel Technology American Rock Mechanics Association American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

Call for Papers is Now Closed

The technical program for URTeC 2017 is currently being selected and will be announced soon. Abstracts were submitted under the following themes:

Theme 1: Petrophysical, Geological and Geophysical Characterization

  • Aligning Geoscience and Engineering Workflows by Reservoir Types
  • Imaging Unconventional Facies at the Macro-, Micro- and Nano-Scales
  • Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation of Mudstones
  • Reservoir Quality in Low-Permeability Rocks = f(deposition, facies, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis)
  • Microseismic Fracture Mapping and Building Discrete Fracture Networks
  • Seismic Attributes for Characterizing Rock Properties and Reservoirs — How Geophysics Clarifies Geology

Theme 2: Understanding and Applying Geomechanics and Mechanical Stratigraphy

  • Beyond Young’s Modulus and Poisson’s Ratio — New Metrics for Rock Physics of Unconventional Plays
  • Understanding the Role of Both Paleo- and Current Stress Regimes on Reservoir Development
  • Upscaling for Geocellular Models for Simulation
  • Integration of Rock Data with Mechanical Stratigraphy
  • Predicting Rock Properties with 3-D Seismic Inversion
  • Integrating Microseismic Data, Mechanical Stratigraphy, and Seismic Volumes
  • Induced Seismicity Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies

Theme 3: Understanding Petroleum System Chemistry from Source Rocks to Produced Hydrocarbons

  • Organic Geochemistry of Oil-Prone and Gas-Prone Unconventional Resource Plays
  • Inorganic Geochemistry of Unconventional Resource Plays
  • Effects of Burial, Uplift, and Temperature Histories on Hydrocarbon Types
  • Chemostratigraphy of Sedimentary Sequences
  • Kinetics of Organo-Facies — Transformation of Kerogen to Hydrocarbons
  • Produced Fluid Fingerprinting and Geochemical Surveillance

Theme 4: Analytics and the Digital Oilfield

  • Workflows for Disparate Data Sets
  • Cross-Discipline Leveraging of Data Mining, Modeling, and Data Analytics
  • Surveillance of Unconventional Production — Collecting the Right Data at the Right Time
  • Integrated Asset Management — From the Reservoir to the Sales Line
  • "Big Data" Applications to Unconventional Reservoirs — Case Histories, Expectations, and Realities

Theme 5: Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Unconventional Reservoir Systems

  • Flow and Phase Behavior for Tight Oil and Shale Oil/Shale Gas Reservoir Systems
  • Reservoir Modeling for Unconventionals
  • Reservoir Production and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques for Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Integration of Nano- and Micro-Scale Data to Understand Macro-Scale Flow Behavior
  • Coupled Mechanical and Flow Simulation and Impact of Pre-Existing Fractures

Theme 6: Production Performance

  • Reservoir Performance Data — What Data Do We Need to Define Well Performance?
  • Rate Transient Analysis
  • Pressure Transient Testing/Well Testing
  • Resolving Early-Time Well Performance in Unconventional Reservoirs

Theme 7: Stake Holder Management and Social Performance (HSSE)

  • Social License to Operate
  • Social Investment and Impacts — Managing Roles, Expectations and Relationships
  • Water Resources: Management, Utilization, Recycling and Disposal.
  • Groundwater Protection and Geohazard Mitigation
  • Induced Seismicity — Realities, Facts, and Myths

Theme 8: Reserves Estimation and Production Forecasting

  • EUR and Performance Prediction
  • Assessment and Reserves
  • Well Spacing and Well Interference
  • Reserves Aspects of Conventional versus Unconventional Plays
  • Production Diagnostics — Understanding the Big Picture on Production Forecasting

Theme 9: Well Construction Practices

  • Drilling Practices for Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Novel Well Designs
  • Drilling Challenges for Multi-Well Pads
  • Well Path Planning and Geosteering
  • Case Histories and Recommended Practices for Well Manufacturing

Theme 10: Well Completion and Stimulation Practices:

  • Integrating Data to Optimize Completion, Diversion, and Stimulation Strategies
  • Strategies and Challenges for Targeting of Horizontal Wells – Where Do We Land the Lateral?
  • Integration of Diagnostics – How to Maximize Their Potential
  • Re-Stimulation — Where We Are and Where We Want to Be
  • Case Histories — Well Completions, Innovative Stimulation Techniques, and Optimization Practices

Theme 11: Production Engineering — Operations and Facilities

  • Artificial Lift — Systems and Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs and Horizontal Wells
  • Facilities Innovation and Optimization
  • Design of Efficient Facilities and Gathering for Multi-Well Pad Developments
  • Flowback Practices – Managed Control and Optimization
  • Case Histories — Optimization of Production Operations and Practices

Theme 12: Emerging Unconventional Plays

  • Occurrence of Unconventional Petroleum Systems through Geologic Time — Where Do We Look Next?
  • Play Identification to "Sweet Spots"
  • Unconventionals Going Global — What Can North America Export to the World?
  • Defining and Managing the “Combination” Play
  • What Are We Missing? — Application of Unconventional Strategies to Under-Exploited Plays

Theme 13: Operators Forum — Case Studies in Unconventional Reservoir Development (Team Presentations)

  • Play Concept to Development
  • Optimization of Costs and Processes in Unconventional Reservoir Development.
  • The Evolution of “Best” Practices in Shale Plays
  • Innovation in Unconventional Reservoir Development — Pilots, Pads, and Present Value
  • Case Histories — Concept to Development in an Unconventional Play