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Call for Abstracts Open — Submit Now!

Submission Deadline is 27 March 2020

Submit your abstracts today for the Latin America Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16-18 November 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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Themes and Sub-Themes

Theme 1: Potential for New Unconventional Exploration and Development Plays

Theme Chair: Carlos Macellari, Tecpetrol

  1. Understanding Emerging Unconventional Petroleum Systems
  2. From Play Identification to 'Sweet Spots'
  3. Defining and Managing the “Combination” Play
  4. Application of Unconventional Strategies to Under-Exploited Plays

Theme 2: Integrated Reservoir and Play Characterization

Theme Chair: Guillermina Sagasti, YPF

  1. Multi-discipline Data Integration, Advance Evaluation and Modeling
  2. Analytical Strategies and Workflows
  3. Landing zones definitions and challenges
  4. Fluid Flow Physics and Numerical Simulation
  5. Prediction of sweet spots in unconventional reservoirs

Theme 3: Reserves Estimation and Production Forecasting

Theme Chairs: RaúlBelkenoff, YPF

DavidDelgado, Shell

  1. SRV Concept: Use, Abuse and Limitations
  2. EUR and Performance Prediction
  3. Assessment and Reserves
  4. Well Spacing and Well Interference
  5. Production Diagnostics – Understanding the Big Picture on Production Forecasting

Theme 4: Geomechanics and Rock Physics

Theme Chairs: Martin Paris, BHGE

Marcelo Frydman, Schlumberger

  1. Hydraulic Fracture modeling from Physics to Field
  2. DFN’s and their impact on Geomechanics
  3. Rock Physics Models and Reservoir Characterization
  4. Integration of Rock Data with Mechanical Stratigraphy
  5. Understanding the Role of Stress Regimes on Reservoir Development

Theme 5: Well Construction and Design

Theme Chair: Carlos Brocco

  1. Drilling Practices for Unconventional Reservoirs
  2. Novel Well Designs and Technologies
  3. Drilling Challenges of Multi-Well Pads
  4. Well Manufacturing: Case Histories and Recommended Practices
  5. Well Path Planning and Geosteering
  6. Wellbore and Cement Integrity in Multistage Completions
  7. Drilling Challenges extend reach (Drilling Fluid - Directional tool - Hole cleaning)

Theme 6: Completions, Stimulation, and Implementation

Theme Chair: Martin Vitolo, YPF

  1. Proppant Transport and Placement
  2. Parent-Child Well Analysis and Mitigation
  3. Well Interference and Fracture Optimizations
  4. Completion technologies (sleeves, soluble plugs, etc.)
  5. Stimulation Design


Theme 7: Production, Operation, and Facilities

Theme Chair: Pablo Iuliano, Tecpetrol

  1. Reservoir Production and Recovery Mechanisms in Permeability Challenged Systems
  2. Well Performance in Unconventional Reservoirs
  3. Artificial Lift – Systems and Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs
  4. Downhole Fluid Separation
  5. Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications for Unconventional Reservoirs
  6. Laboratory Test to Field Pilot to Full-Scale Implementation
  7. Upstream and Mid-Stream Integration and Collaboration

Theme 8: Geophysical Applications for Unconventional Developments

Theme Chairs: Luis Vernengo, PAE

Peter Duncan, Microseismic

  1. Induced Seismicity: Problems and Solutions.
  2. Microseismic & Fracture Monitoring.
  3. 3-D Seismic Fault and Fracture Mapping Techniques
  4. Seismic Attributes for Characterizing Rock Properties and Reservoirs. Rock Properties through Seismic Inversion and AVO.
  5. Acquisition and Processing for Unconventionals

Theme 9: Novel Technologies, R&D, and the Digital Oilfield

Theme Chair: Eugenio Ferrigno, YPF

  1. Novel technologies
  2. Advanced Materials Developments
  3. Advance Data Analytics
  4. Surveillance Technologies and Edge Analytics Solutions and Applications
  5. New Developments in Digital Rock Analysis

Theme 10: Social Performance and Stakeholder Management

Theme Chairs: César Patino, Ecopetrol

Lourdes Fuinazou, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Boiland y Cia

  1. Water Resources Management, Use, Recycling, and Disposal: from Surface to Underground Systems.
  2. Legal Considerations, Local Regulation, Responsible Institutions, Social Issues, and Social License to Operate
  3. Environmental Management: Roles, Expectations, Competencies, and Relationships
  4. The Circular Economy: Logistical Issues and Associated Costs
  5. Risk Assessment and Communication Strategies
  6. Cutting treatment and disposal