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Real-Time Decisions While Drilling

12 – 14 November 2013

Rome, Italy | Boscolo Exedra Roma

About this Workshop


The continued development and deployment of innovative and complex real-time systems that support well construction inevitably leads to challenges in existing and future E&P organisations.

In today’s drilling and operations sphere, decisions based on almost instantaneous data and information are key to the safe and reliable delivery of wells. As a system from sensor to desktop, real, near or right-on-time decision making is becoming a normal part of day-to-day operations, but there are still major challenges in moving from data and information into safe, meaningful, accurate, and ultimately value-adding decisions.

Major inroads have been made into the upgrading of rig-to-shore connectivity, development of groundbreaking downhole and surface measurements, rig system automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence. The development of computing power and cross domain integration has enabled workflows previously thought impossible to become the norm. In fact, in today’s E&P world, integrated real-time operations are seen as the normal way of working.

The challenge to the industry lies in using real-time data and information systems to enable meaningful decision processes not mired in data. Following the success of the 2009 and 2011 events, this workshop will bring E&P operators and vendors together to share expertise and discuss best practices in the real-time decision chain and how to move decision making on into the 21st century.

Who Should Attend

This workshop has been designed for drilling engineers, geoscientists, and operations managers who are engaged in real-time decisions during the drilling process. It is also of particular interest to supervisors who must consider conflicting requirements from various disciplines and then seek the best compromise. Systems engineers who streamline, interpret, and disseminate real-time information will also benefit from their peers’ experience.

Workshop Guidelines

SPE workshops are topic-specific, intensive events that are smaller in scope and size than conferences. 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.


Two-and-a-half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on Monday, 11 November, and dinner on Tuesday, 12 November. Full details will be provided with the registration pack.


75–85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience in and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Continuing Education Units

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

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion.
This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the start date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time, but alternate delegates will be welcomed.

For More Information

For more information on any of the above items, please contact Sophie Young, Event Manager at syoung@spe.org.