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8 – 10 May 2013

Rome, Italy | Hotel Quirinale

SPE Workshops

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.


The oil industry is continually developing its understanding of the scaling issues around the world and how best to manage them. An SPE workshop is an ideal forum to discuss and debate these issues with colleagues from around the industry.

The previous Scale Workshop, in Paris in 2011, proved to be extremely valuable in sharing experience on a wide range of subjects, from the effective squeeze monitoring in co-mingled flow scenarios to supply chain relations in scale management.

This year, the focus will be on some of the newer aspects of scale management that have arisen over the past few years. These will include the challenges of producing unconventional reservoirs, such as shale plays and sulphide scales, which are becoming more common especially in HP/ HT systems and the impact of enhanced oil recovery processes on scale management. As well as looking forward to these new challenging areas, the workshop will review how well the industry has done so far. An introductory session will review the "state of the art," and an expert panel from all facets of the industry (operator, service company, chemical manufacturer, and academia) will review what has been done well, what could have been done better, and where the industry goes from here.

This workshop has been designed for chemists and engineers from all aspects of the industry. The opportunity for technical exchange through a combination of structured discussion, break-out working groups, and brainstorming activities, together with social events will provide attendees with a unique networking opportunity.

Workshop Guidelines


Two-and-a-half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on Tuesday 7 May and dinner on Wednesday 8 May. Full details will be provided with the registration pack which will be sent in mid-April.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered are expected to attend.

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

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 discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

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 at syoung@spe.org.