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SPE Caprock Integrity for Thermal Applications

8 – 10 April 2013

Banff, Alberta, Canada | The Rimrock Resort Hotel

About this workshop


The accumulation of hydrocarbon deposits are dependent on the presence of caprocks to provide a competent top seal. In-situ thermal recovery processes also require a protective layer of caprock for fluid containment during operations. The increased demand for these projects in the market has created a need to improve the collective capabilities of operators, service providers, and regulatory bodies in the area of caprock integrity management. This opportunity will benefit social, environmental, and economic (i.e. resource conservation) interests for all stakeholders.

Caprock integrity management is a topic that has received considerable attention from the industry and technical understanding continues to evolve. The diverse nature of the subject requires full integration between surface and subsurface technologies and uncertainty requires risk management techniques. This highlights the need for discipline, transparency, and collaboration.

The SPE workshop maximizes the exchange of ideas among delegates and presenters. Through open and honest discussions, often in the form of case studies, this workshop will explore all aspects of caprock integrity management.

Focused topics include:

  • Caprock description and evaluation
  • Surface and subsurface design
  • Operational and monitoring strategies
  • Event management
  • Regulatory

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will received 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.