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SPE Tracer Technology for Improved Reservoir Management

8–10 September 2014

Dubai, UAE | The Address Dubai Marina Hotel 

About this Workshop


We invite you to attend the fourth SPE “Tracer Technology for Improved Reservoir Management” Workshop. This workshop is a follow-up to the previous three successful tracer workshops in Dubai and Tunis. It will concentrate on the use of tracers and what results can be gleaned for assisting reservoir and production departments in their objectives, using detailed information to positively steer future developments and opportunities. The workshop will focus on all aspects of tracer operations, including well integrity diagnostics, well inflow profiles, interwell characterisation, and evaluation and description of EOR opportunities. We will focus on reservoir characterisation, controlled release tracer applications, fracture tracing, and use the workshop to share our experiences from case histories, and past field experiences around the world.


Tracer technology is a valuable application for improving reservoir description and understanding reservoir dynamics in addition to production optimisation, and yet remains relatively inexpensive considering the uplift in informational flow. The oil and gas industry faces a difficult future whereby mature fields with secondary and tertiary production methods are becoming of increasing importance. With this in mind there is more demand for greater detailed reservoir characterisation and operational feedback. Tracer technology is typically used to provide qualitative reservoir information, but recent developments provide quantitative assessment of flow geometry, description of production inflow, and identification of EOR opportunities, and assessment of EOR success. This workshop will focus on sharing experiences across the globe, and cover the various aspects of tracer application, data recovery analysis, and final interpretation. Tracers operate in harsh environments within oil, water, or gas phases and provide invaluable information for improved reservoir management. Another objective of this workshop will be learning from past experiences and drive the technology forward into new applications, as well as educating all participants into being more creative in the deployment of tracer technology. Tracers should be considered an integral part of all completions and reservoir operations due to their low risk, inexpensive overall cost, and genuinely tangible benefits for all oil and gas operators.

Who should attend:

  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • D&C RE/PF Research Scientists
  • Production Technologists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Reservoir geologists


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-served 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.