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Wireless Technologies in Well and Reservoir Management

7 – 8 October 2014

Austin, Texas | Omni Barton Creek Resort

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 7 October, 0845-1015

SESSION I: Reservoir Monitoring

Chairs: Dennis Larsen, Core Laboratories; Chris Seckel, Emerson Process Management

Effective reservoir monitoring is essential to maximize recovery and  optimize production over the life of a well. This session will host presentations on new monitoring systems that utilize wireless electromagnetic, acoustic and chemical technologies to acquire real-time information across reservoir intervals during production or injection.


SESSION II: Wireless Technologies for Well Test Optimization

Chairs: Brian Champion, Expro; Ben Taylor, Metrol Technology

The primary objective of a well test is to acquire reliable and accurate reservoir pressure and temperature data, flow rates, and fluid samples. This session will explore the latest advances in wireless communication technologies, and provide case histories for how they are applied for well-test monitoring and control to optimize data collection and reduce reservoir uncertainty.


SESSION III: Well Integrity Monitoring

Chairs: Chris Seckel, Emerson Process Management; Catherine Hyde-Barber, BP

As the complexity of wells increases and operating environments become more challenging, life-of-well integrity becomes a critical project concern. This session will explore technical solutions that utilize an element of wireless technology for well integrity monitoring to assure safe and profitable production into the future.


SESSION IV: Well Installation and Intervention Monitoring

Chairs: Catherine Hyde-Barber, BP; Brock Williams, RESMAN USA

Well installation and intervention operations such as gravel packing, acidization, and fracturing are activities that can be optimized with feedback of parameters such as tool position, sleeve position, pressure, temperature, tension, torque, and pump rate. This session covers the wireless transmission of downhole physical parameters during these operations and how it adds value compared to conventional techniques.

Wednesday, 8 October, 0800-0930

SESSION V: Wireless Actuation of Downhole Hardware

Chairs: Steve Fipke, Tendeka; Li Gao, Halliburton

Intelligent wells have the capabilities to increase reserve recovery, optimize production and reduce intervention costs.  Remote wirelessly controllable downhole hardware is an enabler for such intelligent wells. This session covers the research, development, and application of such hardware controlled by radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, pressure pulses, acoustics and electromagnetics.


SESSION VI: Power Considerations for Wireless Technology

Chairs: Dennis Larsen, Core Laboratories; John Lovell, Schlumberger

This session addresses wireless methods to provide power to downhole technology. The range of the methods considered in this session is very broad, and may include downhole batteries and the stored energy implicit in chemical tracers, energy conveyed from the surface (chemical, mechanical, and potential) and power generated or harvested downhole.


SESSION VII: Closing the Loop

Chairs: John Lovell, Schlumberger; Sandeep Patni, Shell

This session will address the portions of wireless monitoring systems beyond the downhole components.  These portions are crucial to deliver maximal data value for managing the well and reservoir.  Case studies will include such technologies as those enabling data transmission from the well head to shore, providing the ability to deliver data on-demand and in real-time, and turning the data into useful information for operational control or remediation decisions.


SESSION VIII: Breakthrough and Enabling Technology

Chairs: Li Gao, Halliburton; Stein Are Albertsen, Statoil

This session will consider game-changing/disruptive technologies still in research and development or early-deployment stage that are potential enablers for wireless monitoring and control in wells. These technologies may be key elements of systems that are associated with transmission of data, generation of power or actuation of devices.