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Present and Future Technological Challenges in the Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Sources of Subsurface Energy

Carlos Torres-Verdin, Formation Evaluation Department Chair, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 7:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Course Content

This presentation will summarize the state-of-the-art in the formation evaluation of unconventional subsurface resources, with emphasis on measurement technology and integrated interpretation approaches. Examples of contemporary applications will be complemented with a survey of future technological challenges for low-risk and financially viable exploration and development.

7:00 am–8:15 pm
In-Person – George R. Brown Convention Center


icon Carlos Torres-Verdín received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Geoscience from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. During 1991-1997, he held the position of Research Scientist with Schlumberger-Doll Research. From 1997-1999, he was Reservoir Specialist and Technology Champion with YPF (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Since 1999, he has been affiliated with the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently Full Professor, holds the Brian James Jennings Memorial Endowed Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, and conducts research on borehole geophysics, formation evaluation, petrophysics, well logging, and integrated reservoir description.

Dr. Torres-Verdín is the founder and director of the Research Consortium on Formation Evaluation at the University of Texas at Austin, which has been in operation for 20 years and is currently sponsored by 20 companies. He has published over 220 refereed journal papers and over 230 conference papers, and is author of 6 patents, has served as Guest Editor for Radio Science, invited Associate Editor for Interpretation (SEG), Associate Editor for the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, SPE Journal, and Petrophysics (SPWLA), and chair of the editorial board of The Leading Edge (SEG), and is currently Assistant Editor for Geophysics.

Dr. Torres-Verdín is recipient of the 2020 Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from the SEG, 2019 Anthony Lucas Gold Medal from the SPE, 2017 Conrad Schlumberger Award from the EAGE, 2014 Gold Medal for Technical Achievement from the SPWLA, 2008 Formation Evaluation Award from the SPE, 2006 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from the SPWLA, Distinguished Member of the SPE, and Honorary Member of the SEG.

He also received the 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 Best Paper Awards in Petrophysics by the SPWLA, the 2006 and 2014 Best Presentation Awards and the 2007 Best Poster Award by the SPWLA, and was designated Distinguished Technical Speaker during 2006-2007 and 2013-2014 by the SPWLA.

Dr. Torres-Verdín has supervised 34 PhD and 46 Master’s students, conducted numerous industry training courses, co-chaired several technical workshops and conference sessions, and has served as member of multiple SPE, SPWLA, and SEG committees in the past.


Present and Future Technological Challenges in the Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Sources of Subsurface Energy
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000