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SPE Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management

12 – 14 August 2014

San Diego, California, USA | Rancho Bernardo Inn

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 12 August, 0815-0930

Session I: Keynote Addresses

Chairs: Dennis Dria, Myden Energy Consulting, PLLC; Steve Mathias, Weatherford International


Session II: Stimulation Diagnostics

Chairs: Paul Huckabee, Shell; Philippe Legrand, ALS Omega Well Monitoring 

This session will address stimulation diagnostics validation monitoring with fiber-optic tools such as distributed temperature sensing (DTS,) distributed acoustic sensing (DAS), and multiple sensing (MS). Examples of monitored stimulation diagnostics will be presented. The value of the monitoring will be discussed to understand both the fracture character as well as the reservoir production characteristic.


Session III: Fiber Deployment and Installation Advances

Chairs: Eric Holley, Halliburton; Bill Shroyer, Exiius

The earliest fiber deployments in oil and gas wells were possible only via a U-tubed control line. Fiber was pumped into control line after the installation of wellbore tubulars. Cable manufacturing advances and refined installation practices have led to coutless methods of installing distributed sensing fiber into wellbores. In this session we will explore some of the latest examples of installation practices that have been developed to meet the demand for distributed sensing data for the life of the well.


Session IV: Areal Reservoir Monitoring

Chairs: Mathieu Molenaar, Shell; Sudhendu Kashikar, Microseismic

Active monitoring of the reservoir, away from the wellbore and between wells, over the producing life, has always been a challenge. Recent advances in fiber-optic technologies have the potential to expand the ability to capture specific events and areal changes over that of conventional methods. This session will focus on reservoir surveillance and interpretation challenges, crosswell event monitoring, and time-lapse imagery and geophysical applications.

Wednesday, 13 August, 0800-0930

Session V: Flow Monitoring and Interpretation

Chairs: John Lovell, Schlumberger; Mathieu Molenaar, Shell

This session covers data retrieval and interpretation processes for qualifying flow characteristics in reservoirs. It will present end users with examples of data gathering, analysis and interpretation techniques for reservoirs, and qualifying reservoir flow using integrated fiber-optic acquired data such as fiber-optic pressure/temperature (FOPT) gauge, DTS, DAS, and microseismic.


Session VI: Data Standards and Data Transfers

Chairs: Quentin Lau, Chevron; Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips

The growth and value of monitoring relies on timely conversion of data into information for the decision maker. As the fiber optic sensing industry grows, so does the need for industry-wide data standards and commonly accepted data transfer protocols for interoperability. This session will review field installations and case studies on how this issue has been solved.


Session VII: Quantative Interpretation

Chairs: Jeff App, Chevron; Zafar Kamal, BP

Distributed sensing data has been used as a qualitative tool over the past decade. This session will present some of the cutting edge quantitative solutions that are being developed to meet the needs of operators around the world.


Session VIII: Integrity and Flow Assurance Monitoring

Chairs: Doug Norton, BMP; Zafar Kamal, BP

The adoption of distributed sensing technologies is becoming more commonplace downhole. The extension of these technologies to monitor pipelines, flowlines and facilities will result in more miles of monitoring than may ever be realized inwell. Pipeline applications bring different challenges compared to subsurface. This session will explore the case histories, lessons learned, and explore the different issues that challenge distributed sensing for leak and instrusion/damage sensing applications in the midstream markets. These issues include installation practice impact on performance, event detection issues and tradeoffs, and new features and capabilities that enable this application novel ways.


Session IX: Fiber-Optic System Reliability

Chairs: John Lovell, Schlumberger; Steve Mathias, Weatherford International

With application of in-well fiber-optic technology on the rise, overall system reliability and lifecycle cost is becoming a key driver in acceptance and deployment of these technologies. Overall speed of uptake will depend heavily on demonstrated reliable performances over long periods of time. This session will focus on case histories and technological advances where the fiber cable’s survival and longevity are of upmost importance.

Thursday, 14 August, 0800-0930

Session X: Advances in Distributed Acoustics Sensing

Chairs: Sudhendu Kashikar, Microseismic; Zafar Kamal, BP

Distributed acoustics sensing: Is it Panacea or Poison? This session will review case studies, field installations, successes, and failures of DAS. Can DAS deliver on vertical seismic profiling (VSP), micro-seismic, completion, and production monitoring?


Session XI: Deepwater and Subsea

Chairs: Philippe Legrand, ALS Omega Well Monitoring; Quentin Lau, Chevron

This session will highlight some of the upcoming deepwater and subsea application deployments with fiber-optics, and discuss some of the unique requirements/challenges to ensure successful results.


Session XII: Emerging and Enabling Technologies

Chairs: Doug Norton, BMP; Bill Shroyer, Exiius

What is on the horizon for optical sensing? This session presents optical sensing.