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SPE Multiphase Flow Metering Challenges and Technology Development

17 – 19 November 2014

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

About this Workshop


Over the last decade the development, evaluation, and use of multiphase flow meters have been a major focus for the oil and gas industry worldwide. The workshop will be an attractive avenue for all oil and gas field specialists, from operations, research and development to academia, to discuss existing multiphase metering limitations and field challenges, enhancing accuracy of the available sensors and envision the future trends in multiphase metering. Several alternative metering systems have been developed in recent years; however, universal and robust solutions are still missing from the meters available in the market. The sessions will be dedicated to reviewing existing metering challenges, novel hard and soft technologies, and principles of operations to measure rates of gas, oil and water in a three-phase flow. Industry operators and meter developer professionals and leaders will establish a platform to review the technologies already implemented in the various commercial meters to assess their operational reliability, and accuracy and robustness from major operating and service companies in Middle East region.


The outcomes of the workshop will be to identify the existing field multiphase flow metering challenges and set the stage for future meters and technologies to fill the gaps in current capabilities. The workshop will include a combination of the following session formats:

  • Breakout discussions on specific topics
  • Expert panel reviews
  • Case study highlights with review and discussion

Who Should Attend

Specialists in the industries of:

  • Multiphase Flow Measurements in Oil & Gas 
  • Production Monitoring 
  • Liquid Measurements 
  • Wet Gas Measurements 
  • Fiscal Measurements 
  • Virtual Metering & Data Analysis 
  • Emerging and Enabling Technologies in Metering 
  • Academic Researchers in Multiphase Flow Sensing

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.