Welcome to URTeC 2017
On behalf of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), its Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations, and our Technical Program Committee, we welcome you to the fifth edition of URTeC, the preeminent global event in unconventional resources. The Opening Plenary will set the stage for the conference. With 300+ technical papers, this year’s offering also includes several special sessions and panels to highlight recent and emerging technologies in unconventional resources as well as insights from top executives. Topics include geology, geophysics, geochemistry, petrophysics, drilling engineering, production engineering, well stimulation, reservoir engineering, HSE, and material science.
The Sponsoring Organizations — the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) – recognize and appreciate that the economic climate over the past few years has greatly affected the exploration and exploitation of unconventional resources, but their potential contribution has never been higher. The technologies developed today to explore and exploit unconventional resources will define the hydrocarbon extraction industry of tomorrow.
In addition to the Sponsoring Organizations, we have expanded our collaborations with the inclusion of several Supporting Organizations — in particular, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE), Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). We believe that these Supporting Organizations bring both depth and breadth to the technical base of URTeC and we welcome their collaboration and contributions for 2017 and beyond.
For URTeC 2017 we have the following program and event components:
- Technical Presentations (Oral and ePapers)
- Opening Plenary Session
- Special Sessions and Panels
- Operators’ Forum Sessions
Events and Networking
- Opening/Network Receptions
- Exhibitor Access
- Topical Breakfast and Luncheon Speakers
- Short Courses
The Opening Plenary Session is typically the keynote event of the URTeC program, and 2017 is no exception — this year the panelists include:
- Gene Beck, Senior Vice President for U.S. Onshore, Statoil
- Alex Archila, President, North America Shale, BHP Billiton
- Greg Guidry, Executive Vice President, Unconventionals, Shell
The Opening Plenary Session is designed to provide a “State of the Industry” perspective with regard to unconventional resources, as well as provide visions about the role and significance of unconventional resources to the global oil and gas industry. Also not to be missed is our Executive Panel, where a cross section of top executives will discuss the challenges and possibilities facing their organizations.
On behalf of the organizing societies (SPE, AAPG, and SEG), our supporting organizations (AIChE, AIST, ARMA, ASCE, ASME, SME, SPEE, SPWLA, TMS), and the Technical Program Committee, we are pleased to have you attend and participate in URTeC 2017.
Technical Program Co-Chairs
Tom Blasingame, Texas A&M University
Doug Valleau, Strategia Innovation and Technology Advisors
Shawn Maxwell, Itasca, Microseismic and Geomechanical Evaluation