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Geomechanics for Optimum Field Development and Production

19 – 22 January 2014

Penang, Malaysia | Eastern & Oriental Hotel

About this workshop


When geomechanics was first introduced to the petroleum industry, no one imagined how important this discipline would become for field development, planning, and management.

Within a very short timeframe, the breadth of geomechanical applications in the oilfield industry has expanded from its early use to reduce lost time incidents due to wellbore instability and to mitigate the impacts of sand production, to full-field 4D dynamic reservoir modelling including the use of Discrete Fracture Networks (DFNs) and geological forward models, and now incorporates the impact of field development activities not just on the reservoir but also on its surroundings.

Today, geomechanics is known to be relevant to every phase of field development, from well planning, drilling, and well completion, to facilities design, production, and reservoir management. The rapid growth of geomechanics applications is made possible by the ever increasing computing power, sophisticated laboratories, and the introduction of new technologies and innovative techniques. More effective ways of using all oilfield data and further integration of all oilfield disciplines are key drivers for geomechanics development and provide the basis for optimum management of exploration and development projects.

This workshop will first provide a broad overview of geomechanics, including various aspects of the Geomechanical Earth Model, before focusing on the workshop theme “Geomechanics for Optimum Field Development andProduction”. New developments will be highlighted, including the transition from 1D to 4D modelling, planning and learning from field development, and monitoring during production.

The workshop will discuss field scale geomechanical applications ranging from compaction/subsidence analysis to reservoir surveillance, EOR, CO2 sequestration, and fractured reservoir characterisation. We will also address applying geomechanics to be able to effectively drill, stimulate, and produce unconventional reservoirs.

This workshop serves as a platform to network with experts from all around the world as they gather to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and keep abreast of the latest technologies and best practices in the field of geomechanics.


The emphasis of the workshop will be on recent developments in geomechanics modelling and contributions of geomechanics to various oilfield disciplines. We encourage examples and discussion concerning how new geomechanics applications or techniques have created value for drilling, completion, or field development projects.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to discuss and share knowledge to address uncertainties associated with field development and production, and to develop solutions to mitigate or manage geomechanics-related problems for the life of the field.

Who Should Attend

This workshop has been designed to encourage interactions among a broad range of industry experts in a truly multi-disciplinary setting. We encourage attendance from explorationists, drillers, completions and reservoir engineers, field managers, and others who are interested in furthering their knowledge of how integration of geomechanical understanding can provide a basis for optimum field development and production.

Workshop Guidelines


  • 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.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • 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 Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting 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 November 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Malaysia. Further detailed transportation information will be available on the Workshop website by November 2013.

All travellers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Malaysia.