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SPE/AAPG Joint Workshop: Optimising Marginal Fields by Understanding  Data and Cost Implications: Reservoir Quality, Architecture, and Economics

25 – 28 May 2014

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

About this workshop


As industry focus shifts to more marginal plays, both in terms of technical and economic criteria, it becomes essential to understand the potential long term productivity of the reservoir at an early stage in the life of the reservoir.  Often, these marginal plays have been evaluated in the past and have been deemed uneconomical for a number of reasons. With recent changes in technology (seismic reprocessing, petrophysical techniques and advances in drilling technology) these marginal fields may become attractive candidates for development.

Multi-disciplinary data integration and rationalisation, often with legacy data sets, becomes an essential tool in developing an effective reservoir management strategy. All disciplines (petrophysicists, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers and production technologists, to name a few) working together to develop a life-of-field strategy has been proven to show a marked increase in overall recovery factor. Additional data acquisition planning needs to balance a cost versus benefit criterion.

Advances in drilling, completion and production technology to reduce well costs along with novel surface facility designs all combine to increase the viability of marginal field development.

An effective long term reservoir management strategy begins even before the first well in a field is drilled.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together all stakeholders necessary to consider the potential bottle-necks related to optimising a field’s production given a full understanding of the necessary components from the reservoir to the well-head.

Benefits of Attending this Workshop

  • Insights on how to develop an effective reservoir management strategy for marginal fields including basement plays
  • Learn how to optimise production by integrating and rationalising legacy sub-surface data
  • Tips for drilling and completing wells in an economic fashion


The emphasis of the workshop is to facilitate discussion between the various stake-holders involved in marginal field reservoir management strategy. This includes:

  • Geological Characteristics of Marginal Fields
  • Dealing with Legacy Data
  • Innovative Development Solutions
  • Economic Drilling and Completion Technology
  • Innovations in Surface Facility Design
  • Innovations in Production Optimisation

Who Should Attend

Those involved in the development of life-of-field marginal field reservoir management strategy. These include:

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Petroleum and Production Engineers
  • Drilling and Completion Engineers
  • Facilities Engineers
  • Project Managers

Further information will be available end of February 2014. Should you be interested in participating as a committee member or a discussion leader, please contact Ivy Chan at SPE Asia Pacific Office at telephone: 60.3.2182.3000 or email: ichan@spe.org.

Workshop Guidelines


  1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  2. Working progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  3. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  1. The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  2. PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the Workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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 Certicate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate at testing to their participation at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the workshop website by April 2014.


Delegates are advised to book their international / domestic airline tickets early from their country / city to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Further detailed transportation information will be available on the Workshop website by April 2014.

All travellers to Vietnam must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months on arrival. Delegates must hold a visa issued by the appropriate Vietnamese officials prior to departure from their home countries. An invitation letter to facilitate the application of visa will be issued to attendees. Please check with your travel agent or the Vietnamese Embassy on regulations relating to immigration / visa before your departure.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.