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Challenges of Mega Projects—Managing Project Execution from Conception to Operation

10 – 11 March 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

About this Workshop


With the world economic recovery now under way and the world demand in energy continuously rising, an increasing number of very large (“mega”) projects are either in progress or at the evaluation stage. This workshop will focus on the challenges faced by operators and contractors in conceiving and delivering these projects.

This proliferation of huge projects has subjected operators, contractors, and suppliers to additional stress, resulting in some failures worldwide at various levels:

  • Quick expansion in engineering capabilities
  • Increase in fabrication yard capacity, introduction of new contractors
  • Additional burden on suppliers and sub-suppliers, leading to quality issues
  • Availability of experienced project management and execution staff
  • Recruitment and training of large numbers of operations personnel in a short time
  • Industry and community readiness

The workshop aims to bring together representatives of all stakeholders in order to investigate the issues at hand and to propose possible mitigations, for example:

  • Analysing the trends and improving market knowledge
  • Maximising synergies and optimising interfaces in multiple projects
  • Attracting and motivating EPC contractors through early involvement
  • Optimising project execution practices
  • Fulfilling quality requirements throughout the supply and implementation phases
  • Ensuring operations readiness, and integration of all aspects from subsurface to production

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia 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 delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) 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.


  • 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.


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.