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Back to Basics Approach to R&D
to Address Current Oil & Gas Industry Challenges

1 – 3 December 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About this workshop


Exploiting hydrocarbons from deep reaches of earth has been no easy task. The scale of innovation required rivals those in any other high technology industry. As an industry, we have done well in finding and producing sufficient hydrocarbons to satisfy world’s energy need to date. However, the task becomes harder in the future as the world’s demand for hydrocarbons continues to increase at the same time as the resource base becomes more difficult to extract and our desire to minimise environmental impact strengthens. This reinforces the importance of engaging with the basic sciences and engineering outside the exploration and production industry and stimulating them to bring new scientific and technical knowledge and ideas to bear on our key technical challenges.

This fourth edition of the R&D workshop will address a "back-to-basics" approach in identifying relevant research, use an important example of hydrocarbon containment as a major upstream industry research need, and study how R&D evolves from concept to implementation. As we move to producing hydrocarbons in ever increasingly difficult operating environments (e.g. ultra-deepwater, HPHT) and complex operating modes (e.g. injection of water, gas, chemicals and other fluids for enhanced recovery or disposal, development of tight and shale gas reservoirs, etc.), the prediction, assessment and monitoring of rock formation and operational parameters relevant to hydrocarbon containment becomes much more critical. Through some recent high-profile incidents, the importance of getting these predictions right has become much more visible and apparent to all industry observers. For example, there has been a recent trend for a much greater emphasis to be placed, within many operating companies, on the prediction of pore pressure and fracture pressure. This underpins the requirement for improved prediction capability integrating several technical areas including geomechanics, rock physics, fracture propagation modelling and well integrity.

To ensure that the fruits of R&D are realised and recognised, there is a need to progress new technologies, products and inventions from concept to implementation for competitive advantage (and not merely to add to the body of knowledge and academia). The role of R&D management in realising this aspiration will be discussed.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will provide excellent networking opportunities for sharing of R&D efforts in hydrocarbon containment, encourage the academic community to identify key areas of interest in the oil and gas industry, and also to facilitate a frank discussion about the evolution of R&D, from concept to implementation. Topics that are expected to facilitate discussion would include:

  • "Back to Basics" approach
  • Hydrocarbon containment
  • Advanced production technologies
  • Improved hydrocarbon recovery
  • Unconventional oil and gas resources
  • R&D management

Who Should Attend

The workshop will be of interest to a broad range of managers, engineers and scientists working in both technical and operational roles. Attendees are expected to come from operators and service companies, as well as academics and research institutes from within and outside the oil and gas industry. Researchers from the basis sciences and engineering from both industry and academia are particularly welcome.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the Workshop Co-Chairperson, which will be posted on the SPE Web Site, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in 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 at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package.

All travellers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Malaysia.