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SPE Collision Avoidance: Hits and Misses

22 – 24 September 2014

Istanbul, Turkey | Intercontinental Hotel

About this Workshop


The discipline of wellbore positioning in the oil and gas industry was developed to manage corporate risk. While a portion of this risk is economic, the process risk of a wellbore collision and subsequent well-control event makes wellbore positioning a safety-critical activity. Planning to ensure that well collisions do not occur during drilling requires a sound management plan for wellbore positioning technologies and techniques.

The potential for well collisions, and the occasional need for planned interceptions are both rising due to:

  • Drilling more complex-shaped wells in increasingly dense fields both onshore and offshore, often with inexperienced crews
  • Potentially catastrophic consequences from an uncontrolled well flow event that mandates competently intercepting a blowout well
  • Legislature that requires well abandonment often necessitates subsequent subsurface interception to complete the work
  • Understanding the full cycle of well positioning activities with improved policies, planning, and data management reduces uncertainty of downhole locations, leading to improved reserve evaluations.

This workshop will cover the knowledge and skills available in the industry to manage both well proximity and well interception. Attendees will share and learn about best practice related to planning, policies, data management, practical application, and technology. Sessions will include presentations, discussions, breakout groups with industry experts, and practical exercises, including the opportunity to “drill” a relief well on a simulator.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for any individual with a role in the administration or execution of anti-collision techniques, wellbore proximity analysis, pad or offshore well planning, and drilling or wellbore interceptions, including relief wells. We welcome asset managers, drilling managers, engineers, educators, experts, and decision makers involved in wellbore construction, or those with an interest in expanding their understanding of these critical issues. This workshop will include presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • Survey Database Integrity and Data Management
  • Collision Avoidance Management
  • Practical Directional Drilling
  • Relief Well Design
  • Interception Techniques

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.

Workshop Guidelines


Two days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on 21 September and dinner on 22 September. Full details will be provided with the registration pack, which will be sent in early September.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU), at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.