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SPE Thermal Well Design & Integrity Workshop

18 – 20 November 2014

Banff, Alberta, Canada | The Banff Springs Hotel

About this workshop


The integrity of thermal wells over their life cycle relies on sound components design and well construction. Thermal operating conditions are the key to designing each component of the well because production loads are significantly different at the wellhead than they are in the production zone. Thus, each component of the well must be uniquely designed for its own purpose. Whether it be zonal isolation, in the case of the cement design and placement, or sand control, in the case of un-cemented production liners, thermal strains are non-standard conditions that give rise to well failures.  These failures must be minimized. Engineering solutions are still evolving. Data on failures and down hole operating conditions are now coming in. It is time for Well Construction personnel to redesign their wellheads, intermediate casings, cement jobs, liner hanger systems, and liner designs and ask:

  • Are we operating wells in a manner that leads to failure?
  • Are we acknowledging and managing these failures effectively?
  • How can we prevent failures and ensure safe and sustained access to resources?

Join us at this workshop to engage with members of the thermal in-situ community on the latest in design practices and well integrity solutions.

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize 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.‎

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and ‎lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the ‎press are not invited to attend.‎


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations ‎will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the ‎technical program committee for public release, but no other information.‎


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will ‎not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).‎

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.‎

One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development ‎for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and ‎awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.