The integrated event for unconventional resource teams

Sponsoring Organizations:

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

Endorsing 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

URTeC 2018 Special Sessions

National Labs – Leveraging Basic Science to Advance Subsurface Understanding

Moderator: Tom Spalding, VP Geoscience, Pioneer Natural Resources
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Monday, 23 July

The federal government has been the primary sponsor of basic research in the United States for many decades. It’s sponsorship has included industry, universities, government laboratories, and federally funded research and development corporations (FFRDCs) such as its 17 National Laboratories. Federal investments at the National Laboratories have produced unique capabilities, such as the nation’s most powerful computers, synchrotron light sources (for studying materials and physical processes), high flux neutron sources (for studying materials and physical processes), and other unique characterization capabilities. These signature facilities and the deep subject matter expertise within these organizations are being used to investigate a wide array of important problems involving computing, materials, and energy systems. This panel will explore the intersections between basic research capabilities at the National Laboratories and industry relevant problems, with emphasis on Oil & Gas. It is intended to provoke thought and further explore how the unique tools of American science can be brought to bear on real world problems.

10:50 Yarom Polsky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
10:58 Rajesh Pawar, Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:06 Tim Kneafsey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
11:14 Grant Bromhal, National Energy Technology Laboratory
11:22 Moderated Panel Discussion
11:45 Audience Q&A
Date Monday, 23 July
Time 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
Location George R. Brown Convention Center - Room 342
Fee Included with registration

Impact of Prior Depletion on Completion Efficiency and Well Performance

Moderator: Tuba Firincioglu , Manager Reservoir Studies, NITEC LLC
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Monday, 23 July

In unconventional exploration operators typically drill and produce a single “Parent” well to hold acreage and follow up with development infill drilling once the acreage is secure. This strategy results in reservoir depletion around the parent well by the time infill drilling commences. Performance of the infill wells can vary significantly as a result and the challenge operators face is ensuring infill wells are comparable to the parent. To achieve this goal, innovative completion strategies need to be considered to mitigate the depletion effect of the parent or other production from an offset operator. This panel will focus on strategies for improving infill well performance and will consider how these issues vary from basin to basin.

10:45 Introductory Remarks
10:50 Richard Cao, Reservoir Engineer, Shell
11:00 Garth Stotts, VP Development, Paramount Resources
11:10 Steve Geetan, Reservoir Development Manager, Alta Mesa
11:20 Moderated Panel Discussion
11:45 Audience Q&A
Date Monday, 23 July
Time 10:45 a.m.—12:05 p.m.
Location George R. Brown Convention Center - Room 310
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Technologies That Will Make a Difference in Unconventional Reservoir E&P

Moderator: Greg Leveille, Chief Technology Officer, ConocoPhillips
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Monday, 23 July

This panel, which is comprised of senior technology leaders from three large unconventional-focused operators and a major service provider, will share insights about technologies likely to materially improve results in unconventional reservoirs. The panelist will address questions about how far along industry is in perfecting the most impactful “traditional” unconventional reservoir technologies and what new technologies could be “game-changers”. They will also discuss the probable impact of the digital / data analytics revolution on unconventional exploration, development and production operations. The panelists will focus their comments on industry trends and developments, mentioning work their companies are doing only as a way of providing examples to illustrate broader points. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

3:50 Introductory Remarks
3:55 Chris Cheatwood – Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer – Pioneer Natural Resources
4:05 Chris Spies – Vice President of Geoscience and Technology – Concho
4:15 Yanni Charalambous – Vice President & Chief Information Officer – OXY
4:25 Hege Kverneland – National Oilwell Varco (NOV) - Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
4:35 Moderated Panel Discussion
5:05 Audience Q&A
Date Monday, 23 July
Time 3:50 p.m.—5:25 p.m.
Location George R. Brown Convention Center - Room 342
Fee Included with registration

Induced Seismicity – Perspectives and Challenges

Moderators: Cody Comiskey, Hal Macartney
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Tuesday, 24 July

The topic of induced seismicity continues to expand as researchers, regulators, government and industry work on a wide array of topics that relate to it. This panel will focus on the state-of-affairs in Induced Seismicity as related to wastewater disposal, hydraulic reservoir stimulation and other oilfield activities. Previous panels on this topic at URTeC have focused on perspectives from regulatory, industry and academia. This panel will include some of those same key themes but expanded to include a very critical component - public perspective.

1:45 Introductory Remarks
1:50 Doug Klepacki, Manager of Geophysics, Cimarex
2:00 Aaron Velasco, Texas State Seismologist
2:10 Anna Kuchment, Science Writer and Reporter, Dallas Morning News
2:20 Moderated Panel Discussion
2:45 Audience Q&A

This special session will undoubtedly be a great chance to listen and learn about the current status of induced seismicity.

Date Tuesday, 24 July
Time 1:45 p.m.—5:25 p.m.
Location George R. Brown Convention Center - Room 342
Fee Included with registration
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