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Submission Deadline is 5 December 2019

Submit your abstracts today for the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Austin, Texas, 20–22 July 2020. The sharing of your research, knowledge, and expertise are what helps the unconventionals community navigate towards a successful future.

The URTeC Technical Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts under the theme/subthemes that have direct application to the unconventionals industry. In particular, please submit abstracts that encourage integration among the geoscience and engineering professions. URTeC is the only event that brings together the entire asset team under one roof to connect all things unconventional. The committee encourages submitting abstracts that illustrate successful integrated implementation of new techniques and technologies that can help the continued growth of unconventionals and specifically how geoscience and engineering can work together to achieve this goal. Quality abstracts of this type will receive preference. Integration of the oil and gas technical professions is foundational and unique to the URTeC event. This conference offers an invaluable opportunity to showcase important research, knowledge and expertise that is essential for all professionals in the unconventional arena. URTeC is the fastest growing event in the unconventional space. Submit your abstract now to be a part of the most vibrant and vital integrated science and technology event for unconventional play development. Share your innovations, ideas, and experiences at this industry-leading conference.

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URTeC 2020 Themes and Subthemes

Theme 1: Operators’ Forum: Case Studies Highlighting the Multidisciplinary Approach to Exploration, Appraisal, Pilot Tests, and Development of Unconventional Resources

The Operators’ Forum will focus on case studies that illustrate the integration of multiple disciplines, including geology, geophysics, geomechanics, completions engineering, and reservoir engineering, to evaluate complex datasets and improve asset value. The case studies may focus on the complete life-cycle of unconventional plays, from exploration and appraisal to pilot tests and large-scale development. Multi-person team presentations by operators are encouraged and given a longer time slot if desired.

  1. Well Spacing to Field Development
  2. Technologies That Deliver Bottom-Line Results
  3. Case Studies of Game-Changing Results
  4. Case Studies Highlighting Optimizing Completion, Perforation, and Stimulation Strategies
  5. Refracturing to Improve Performance and Economics
  6. Stacked Pay Development Strategies
  7. Operating in the Permian Basin
  8. EOR in unconventionals

Theme 2: Advanced Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Reservoirs

Theme 2 focuses on these new techniques and applications in appraising these reservoirs. A variety of logging tool responses and analytical methods can be used to evaluate the key rock property parameters leading to methods that can be applied to well completion design and optimization in unconventional reservoirs.

  1. Drivers for Understanding Reservoir Quality and Completion Quality
  2. Rock-Fluid and Fluid-Fluid Interactions
  3. High and Low Field NMR Applications
  4. Advances in Special Core Analysis and Core-Flood Testing
  5. Emerging Petrophysical Evaluations
  6. Petrophysical Property Modeling for Geocellular Modeling
  7. Pore-Network Imaging and Fluid Flow Modeling
  8. Pressure Transient Testing, DFIT, and Well Testing

Theme 3: Integrating Geology and Geophysics to Optimize Development

Geologists and Geophysicists commonly work in an integrated environment to characterize unconventional reservoirs. Theme 3 will showcase these integrated efforts and describe the necessity for working together in geoscience to solve difficult problems. Emphasis will be placed on solutions that address complicated issues in unconventional exploration, reservoir development, and field optimization.

  1. Bringing Together Geoscience and Engineering Workflows to Reduce Uncertainties
  2. Source Rock Typing and Modeling
  3. Quantitative Imaging and Interpretation of Natural and Induced Fractures
  4. Pore Pressure Modeling, Prediction and Impact on Production
  5. Mechanical Stratigraphy and Horizontal Targeting Strategies and Challenges
  6. Rock Property Prediction using Seismic Inversion, AVO, Analytics, Microseismic, DAS/DTS
  7. Unconventional Reservoir Characterization Using Geophysics and Geology

Theme 4: Geomechanics – The Intersection of Geoscience and Engineering

Geomechanics has developed the well-earned reputation as the perfect platform to integrate drilling, completions and reservoir engineering, geology, geophysics, petrophysics, and rock physics in unconventional as well as conventional plays. The objective of this theme is to demonstrate the versatility of this integrated platform and its ability to help solve the most pressing problems in unconventional reservoirs.

  1. All about THE Rock and Stiumlated Hydraulic Fracturing Modelling
  2. Impacts on Well Construction, Design and Drilling
  3. Diagnostics and Monitoring With Geomechanical Models
  4. Reservoir Simulation to Well Performance
  5. Production Forecasting and Optimization
  6. Infill Drilling and Refracturing; Applications and Lessons Learned
  7. Impacts of hydraulic fracturing and production drawdown on well Productivity

Theme 5: Applied Geochemistry for Unconventionals: From Source Rock to Produced Hydrocarbons

Theme 5 will capture the expanding techniques that geochemistry offers that increase the understanding of our unconventional subsurface environment. Application of these techniques offers new understanding that can be leveraged to exploit this resource more broadly and with greater precision.

  1. Application of Time Lapse Geochemistry to Estimation of Recovery, Drainage, Resource Volumes and Enhanced Recovery
  2. Machine Learning & Data Analytics to Predict Fluid Properties or Production Metrics
  3. Oil/Gas/Water: Fluid-Fluid, Fluid-Rock Interactions & Chemostratigraphy
  4. Integrated Geochemistry of Oil-Prone and Gas-Prone Unconventional Resource Plays with Geology and Petrophysics

Theme 6: Machine Learning, AI and Big Data in the Digital Oilfield

This theme will focus on various aspects of the new approaches in terms of measurement, analysis and interpretation of data during the entire lifecycle of reservoir and also how it can help in reservoir performance management. Main themes will include, but not limited to how the data is acquired, managed, stored and as well as used in an integrated fashion. In addition, we will also look at the acquisition and timing and frequency-redundancy of the data while highlighting the multi-scale nature of it. Hybrid methods and levels of digital abstraction for value generation will be covered in some of the sessions.

  1. Cross-Discipline Leveraging of Data Mining, Modeling, and Data Analytics
  2. Workflows for Disparate Data Sets
  3. "Big Data" Applications to Unconventional Reservoirs — Case Histories, Expectations and Realities
  4. Performance Metrics — Cross-Discipline Measures of Success for Asset Teams
  5. Integration of Numerical Models and Data Science in Reservoir Characterization

Theme 7: Enhanced Recovery: Unlocking the Production Potential of Unconventionals

This theme will discuss different methods of enhancing recovery in unconventional reservoirs. One promising method is gas injection. A primary problem we will address is the limited ability to measure EOR effectiveness. But our goal is to improve these methods because they have the potential to disrupt how the industry extracts low permeability resources.

  1. Gas Injection IOR/EOR
  2. EGR (Enhanced Gas Recovery) Methods in Unconventionals
  3. Case Studies in IOR/EOR Field Pilots
  4. Reservoir Modeling for Unconventionals — Bringing Together Data, Disciplines, and Design
  5. Reservoir Production and Recovery Mechanisms
  6. Resolving Early-Time Well Performance in Unconventional Reservoirs
  7. Use and Limitations of the SRV Concept
  8. Flow and Phase Behavior for Tight Oil and Shale Oil/Shale Gas Reservoir Systems
  9. Flow Conformance and Sweep Efficiency Strategies
  10. Shale Facilities and Artificial Lift Optimization
  11. Surfactants and Nanofluids for EOR in Unconventionals

Theme 8: Reserves Estimation and Production Forecasting

Theme 8 showcases new insights with respect to estimating reserves and forecasting production with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of well supported assessments. New techniques to provide reliable forecasts will be explored in moving resources to reserves to production.

  1. EUR and Performance Prediction: Decline Curve Analysis and Beyond
  2. Reserves Implications: Guidelines and Considerations
  3. Future of Production Forecasting: Data-Driven Models and Physics-Based Solutions
  4. Type Well Profiles
  5. Well Spacing and Well Interference Impact
  6. Production Diagnostics — Understanding the Big Picture on Production Forecasting
  7. Case Studies — Impact of 2018 Update to Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS)

Theme 9: New Materials, Innovative Technologies as Applied to Unconventionals

Theme 9 showcases new technologies and analytical approaches integrated from the engineering, geophysical, and geological perspective to enhance our understanding of subsurface. It also incorporates solutions to improve execution of operations to achieve better connectivity with the rock and improve recovery from these unconventional reservoirs.

  1. Novel Proppants, Low Environmental Impact Fluids and Additives
  2. Nanostructured Material for Gas Separation and Corrosion Mitigation
  3. Advanced Polymers for Oil-Water Separation
  4. Down-Hole CO2 Separation and Sequestration
  5. Innovative Technologies to Reduce Completions Costs
  6. Integrated Diagnostic Workflows to Identify Fracture Geometry
  7. New Methods for Subsurface Reservoir Characterization
  8. Friction Reducers and other completion fluids

Theme 10: International and Emerging Challenges of Unconventional Resources: Integrated Geoscience and Engineering

Theme 10 aims to promote global outstanding technologies, best practices of integrated unconventional geoscience and engineering, and lead to discussions on regional economic, political and environmental constraints on the development of unconventional resources. Theme 10 also aims to highlight new advancements in emerging unconventional resources including gas hydrate, geothermal and ultra-deep resources, while showcasing how the unconventional strategies revolutionize under-exploited conventional resources.

  1. Going Global: Eurasia to Pacific Case Histories of Burgeoning Unconventional Plays
  2. To Each Its Own: Regional Economic, Political and Environmental Constraints on Unconventional Resources Development
  3. Best Practices of Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources: Integrated Geoscience and Engineering
  4. Exploring Deep and Ultra-Deep Petroleum Systems: What We Know and Don’t Know in Deep Strata
  5. Geothermal and Gas Hydrates: Exploitation Technology Sharing with Oil and Gas Industry
  6. Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Application of Unconventional Strategies to Under-Exploited Conventional Plays

Theme 11: Business of Unconventional Plays: Volume, Value, and Sustainability

Companies are facing constant pressure to deliver and grow production volumes in a cost efficient manner. However, the need to maintain production volumes requires continuous drilling and constant production efficiency improvements. The investment and capital expenditure to support the typical pad field development program can often outpace short-term free cash flow. This theme will explore how companies are shifting from a focus on volume growth to one of creating exceptional financial value via OPEX and CAPEX efficiency, integrated project planning, improving the supply-chain, and the application of novel technologies.

  1. Delivering Value with Integrated Subsurface and Operational Workflows & Analytics
  2. Economic Challenge of Water Sourcing, Recycling, and Disposal
  3. Ensuring Long Term Performance and Value by Managing Gas-Oil Ratio
  4. Maximizing the Value, Reliability and Productivity of Assets
  5. Value Creation Challenge - the Treadmill of Capital Investments to Keep Volumes High
  6. Benchmarking Unconventional Plays and Players - Lessons Learned
  7. Future Outlook on the Global Oil Market, Price of Oil & Gas, and Peak Demand

Theme 12: Sustainability, Rapid Industry Change, and the Social License to Operate

Our industry is under scrutiny for its activity in the marketplace and held to a high standard on how we conduct our business. Companies must be proactive in their relationships with a host of stakeholders and be ready to address sometimes intentional misrepresentations of the impacts of our activity in constructive ways. This theme will foster a dialog among a broad hose of issues critical to our industry and be a forum for productive exchange of ideas and activity that will improve our industry’s social license to operate.

  1. Resources: Management, Sourcing, Utilization, Recycling, and Disposal
  2. Social Issues and Social License to Operate: Clean Energy, Energy Poverty Elimination, Planned Development, Eliminating Leaks and Spills, Climate Change Positions
  3. Regulators, Stakeholders, and the Community: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Managing Roles, Expectations, and Relationships
  4. Social Investment and Impacts: Education, Recycling / Reusing Programs, Training, Job Development
  5. Effective Communications Strategies for Changing Times