Technical Program Themes and Subthemes
Theme 1: Operators’ Forum: Case Studies Highlighting the Multidisciplinary Approach to Exploration, Appraisal, Pilot Tests, and Development
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. Because this is an Operators Forum, speakers must be operators and the focus of the paper should be on operators’ projects. Team presentations are highly encouraged, and these should have an operator as a lead speaker but can of course incorporate non-operators in the paper and presentations.
- Well Spacing to Field Development and Stacked Pay Development Strategies
- Quantifying, Mitigating and/or Overcoming Parent-Child effects
- Case Studies Highlighting Optimizing Completion, Perforation, and Stimulation Strategies
- Refracturing to Improve Performance and Economics
- A focus on Key Unconventional Basins and their Development
- EOR in Unconventionals
- Sustainability, Rapid Industry Change, and the Social License to Operate
- Business Aspects of Unconventional Plays
- New Materials and Innovative Technologies Application (Case Studies)
Theme 2: Advanced Formation Evaluation
This theme focuses on new techniques and applications in the petrophysics discipline. 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 characterization, mapping, and well completion design and optimization.
- Drivers for Understanding Reservoir Quality
- Rock-Fluid and Fluid-Fluid Interactions – PVT data acquisition/analysis
- High and Low Field NMR Applications
- Advances in Special Core Analysis and Core-Flood Testing
- Emerging Petrophysical Evaluations
- Petrophysical Property Modeling for Geocellular Modeling
- Pore-Network Imaging and Fluid Flow Modeling
- New Materials and Innovative Technologies
Theme 3: Geological Characterization and Evaluation Spanning the E&P Lifecycle
The purpose of this theme is to provide an ample forum for geological expertise, in both breadth and depth, to be shared for opportunities and learnings across the oil and gas lifecycle. Critical assessment and prediction of unconventional performance is driven by geological property understanding, uncertainty and integration with other subdisciplines. Geological evaluation of opportunities directly impacts business cycle decisions. Contributions to the theme should share knowledge, expertise and be focused on decision-making impact.
- Emerging Geological Evaluations, Tools, and Workflows for Prospectivity Assessment
- Application of Geological Tools to Unlock Added Value: Is There an Upside?
- How do you Access the Acreage and Running Room? Tips and Knowledge Sharing of Geological Subsurface Characterization
- Geological Drivers Behind Stimulated and Drainage Rock Volume: Observations, Lessons Learned and Strategies for Assessment
- What’s in Your Rock: Geological Integration that Impacted Go-Forward Business Decisions
- How Do You Approach Uncertainty and Risk Analysis: Sharing Experiences, Lessons Learned and Best Practices?
- International and Emerging Challenges of Unconventional Resources
Theme 4: Geophysical Reservoir Analysis
Geophysics is an essential tool for measuring, diagnosing, and analyzing subsurface properties. The purpose of this theme is to highlight these methods and case studies of their results. In addition, a critical objective is to highlight the interaction with and integration into geological and engineering end products.
- High-Resolution Geophysical Acquisition, Processing, and Imaging
- Pore Pressure Modeling and Prediction
- Predicting Rock Properties Using Seismic Inversion
- Uncertainties in Geophysical Workflows
- Quantifying Completions Efficiency Using DTS and DAS
- Quantifying Hydraulic Fracture Propagation using Microseismic Data
- Integration of DTS/DAS with Microseismic and Seismic Data
- Quantitative Imaging and Interpretation of Natural and Induced Fractures and their Effect on Production
- New and Innovative Technologies in Reservoir Imaging and Characterization
- Integrating Seismic Data with Multivariate Production Prediction
Theme 5: Geomechanics – The Intersection of Geoscience and Engineering
Geomechanics permeates different aspects of unconventional and conventional reservoir development including drilling, completions, and reservoir engineering by integrating mechanics, geology, geophysics, and rock physics to find solutions for economic production of resources. The objective of this theme is to highlight the versatility of this integrative platform in solving the most pressing problems in unconventional reservoirs.
- Rock and Hydraulic Fracture Modelling
- Geomechanics in Well Design, Construction, and Drilling
- Diagnostics and Monitoring with Geomechanical Models
- Production Simulation, Forecasting and Optimization
- Infill Drilling and Refracturing; Applications and Lessons Learned
- Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing and Drawdown on Well Productivity
Theme 6: Subsurface Geochemistry including Rock-Fluid and Fluid-Fluid Interactions
Geochemistry provides insights to rock and fluid property quantification for unconventionals. In this theme, contributions should be focused on the development, understanding, application and impacts of geochemistry to constraining our assessments (both predictive as well as lookbacks) of source rock/hybrid unconventionals.
- Advances in Source Rock Evaluation – Characterization, Saturation, and Producibility
- Applications and Challenges of Produced Fluids as Predictive Tools – Drainage Diagnostics and Applications in Asset Development
- Impacts and Lessons Learned of Rock-Fluid and Fluid-Fluid Interactions
- Emerging Geochemical Technologies and Methods
Theme 7: Applications of Data Science
This theme will focus on various aspects of the new approaches in data science in terms of measurement, analysis and interpretation of data during the entire lifecycle of reservoir from geological, geophysical and petrophysical exploration and development to how it can help in drilling, completion and reservoir performance management. Main themes include, but are not limited to, how the data is acquired, managed, and stored as well as used in an integrated fashion beyond the discipline specific workflows. In addition, we will also look at the acquisition, cost-quality pairings, and timing and frequency-redundancy of the data while highlighting the multi-scale nature of it.
- Subsurface Characterization, Applied Case Studies and Business Implementation
- New Approaches, Workflows, and Best Practices; Case Study Examples
- Applications in Reserves Estimation and Production Forecasting
- Impact to Drilling and Completion(s)
Theme 8: Unlocking the Production and Recovery Potential
Building on strong fundamentals, this theme will focus on maximizing unconventional oil and gas productivity. To get the most from these reservoirs, understanding reservoir flow dynamics, which better enable modeling tools to mimic these processes, and improved artificial lift and facility methods can improve recovery. Due to low primary recovery, enhanced recovery applications could present a significant opportunity for further asset exploitation.
- Reservoir Production and Recovery Mechanisms
- Flow and Phase Behavior for Tight Oil and Shale Oil/Shale Reservoir Systems
- Pressure Transient Testing, DFIT, and Well Testing
- Shale Facilities and Artificial Lift Optimization
- Case Studies and Implementation in IOR/EOR
- EGR (Enhanced Gas Recovery) Methods in Unconventionals
- Surfactants and Nanofluids for EOR in Unconventionals
- New Materials and Innovative Technologies
- EOR in Unconventionals
Theme 9: Reserves Estimation and Production Forecasting
This theme 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.
- EUR and Performance Prediction: Decline Curve Analysis and Beyond
- Reserves Implications: Guidelines and Considerations
- Future of Production Forecasting: Data-Driven Models and Physics-Based Solutions
- Type Well Profiles, early data estimates, and impacts of lifecycle updates
- Well Spacing and Well Interference Impact
- Production Diagnostics — Understanding the Big Picture on Production Forecasting