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SPE Integrated Drilling and Completion Solutions to Enhance Field Development

21 – 23 April 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE

About this Workshop


The increase in drilling complexity, drilling requirements, and access to more challenging reservoirs can drive up the unit technical cost (UTC, $/bbl-msf) of producing hydrocarbons.

In this dynamic complex setup, operators and service providers are required to sustain current achievements in “drilling the limits”, while implementing innovative drilling and completion solutions, strategies and technologies, to maximise well value and reduce, or at least maintain, the current UTC’s.

The objective of this integrated drilling and completion workshop is to enhance development programmes by identifying improvements to the various aspects of the well delivery/completions process. This can be achieved by:

  • Application of fit-for-purpose technologies to achieve more reserves and rates with fewer wells.
  • Gathering real-time data for real-time decision making. The optimum performance of the well delivery process is accomplished by gathering valuable data, monitoring drilling parameters in real-time and converting these data into information, from which lessons learnt, can be developed and knowledge shared among stakeholders.
  • Developing Integrated Drilling Service (IDS) solutions. IDS’s are designed to improve resource utilisation, integrate technical solutions, reduce risk, improve efficiency, and improve health, safety, and environmental performance. IDS is defined as putting together various services and/or products under a single contract to drill wells covering different stages of well construction from planning, programming, and execution of the program. Adopting an integrated approach allows both operators and service providers to access new commercial models including risk/reward sharing under different contractual terms.


This workshop will focus on identifying the opportunities for improving drilling and completion delivery performance against a backdrop of ever more challenging well objectives. The application of technologies, the partnering of service providers and operators, the need for fit-for-purpose programmes and wellbore life-cycle value are among the key discussion themes for this workshop.

Workshop Guidelines


Three (3) 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.