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Addressing the Petrophysical Challenges Relevant to Middle East Reservoirs

28 – 30 October 2013

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel—Jumeirah Beach Residence

About this Workshop


Recognising the global importance and unique challenges of Middle Eastern carbonate reservoirs, this workshop will focus its attention on identifying issues and solving problems and meeting challenges specific to these reservoirs. Themes of the workshop will include:

  • Exploration trends
  • Formation evaluation of complex carbonate reservoirs
  • Downhole analysis of fluids
  • Using downhole pressure and fluids identification in reservoir description
  • Geomechanics—modelling downhole stresses, naturally and induced fractures and borehole stability
  • Core analysis and rock properties
  • Surface data logging
  • 3D petrophysics and 3D modelling
  • Placement of wells and geo-steering
  • Sweep efficiency and production monitoring
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Evaluation and production of non-conventional resources
  • Current technological advances and future development needs


The primary objective of the workshop is to bring together geoscientists, petrophysicists, geologists, geophysicists, and reservoir and production engineers, and others that work in the Middle East to share ideas and best practices. The workshop will seek to create an environment that instigates and enables both informal and direct communication among technology users and providers who share an interest in addressing challenges specific to Middle East reservoirs.

Who Should Attend

  • Petrophysicists
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Geomechanics experts
  • Geologists

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 course attendee's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Three 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 Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.

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 Aswathy Prathap at aprathap@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 workshop 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.