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Integrated Drilling Services to Increase Well Construction Efficiency at Lower Cost Per Barrel

29 – 30 April 2013

Abu Dhabi, UAE

About this Workshop


With increasing complexity in well construction and attendant rise in operating costs, operators are seeking new and innovative ways of improving their efficiency to yield lower technical cost of construction. Integrated services have evolved lately as a unique model allowing operators and service companies to achieve the desired result as it provides the platform to utilize the strengths and knowledge of all concerned to design and implement more cost-effective field developments.

Integrated services (IS) are simply put—the packaging of various services or products under a single contract and or interface by the oil company. These IS contracts are normally project-specific, leaving fewer contractors to deal with, and have recently been driven by other issues outside performance efficiency which includes resource constraints on the part of the operator, security and geopolitical issues requiring controlled footprint in a given location, and investment reasons. They are designed to improve resource utilization, integrate technical solutions, reduce risk, and deliver better quality and health, safety and environmental performance.

Several models of integrated services have since evolved and the industry now has over a decade of experience to share with respect to integrated services. Focus on integrated services have also grown in the Middle East region with a large portion of the construction contracts in place using integrated business models of diverse forms for the well construction and production activities.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will aim at reviewing international best practices related to integrated services, focus on challenges and models available and applicable to the Middle East, and share regional experiences from a positive and negative standpoint.

The outcome of the workshop will be to identify current and emerging best practices and integrated models.

This will be achieved via the following forum formats:

  • Breakout sessions
  • Expert panel review
  • Case studies
  • Guest speakers

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended breakout sessions and Q&A periods. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt.

Breakout Session

Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups on a random basis for a breakout session to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Rasha Badran at rbadran@spe.org.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.