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Well Construction Efficiency: NPT,

Reliability, and Process Improvement

13–18 July 2014 :: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

About this forum

The purpose of this forum is to identify and develop the means to improve drilling and completion efficiency in terms of well objectives. The forum will identify key performance metrics in value from wells, cost of wells, speed of delivery by assessing benchmarks and consequences leading to an understanding of how a step-change improvement can be achieved in equipment and process reliability. The forum will be inclusive of data acquisition, drilling operations and completion installation; focusing on the ends of the well-type spectrum represented by low cost land-based well manufacturing and high cost complex deepwater offshore wells. The topics will include equipment, people, and processes leading to action plans for delivering improvements. Some of the key topics that will be covered include definitions, measurement, benchmarking, value, reliability, supply chain, logistics, training, communications, improvement and implementation.

The Well Construction Efficiency Forum content has been organized for participants to take an active journey from evaluating the right measurements to apply, through developing personal action plans to create change. Experts from inside and outside the well construction industry will provoke thought and lead highly interactive debates during the stages designed into this journey which are:

  • Measuring the right factors
  • Implementing successful continuous improvement programs
  • Balancing cost and the pursuit of perfection
  • Achieving the perfect well
  • Designing and executing the plan
  • Applying innovation
  • Optimizing equipment design
  • Improving efficiency from human factors
  • Changing the future—personal action items

Forum Output

The committee plans to capture a summary of the output from sessions 1 through 3 to enable the industry to define relevant KPI’s that can be improved and will deliver value.

A written summary of sessions 4 through 8 may be prepared and distributed to attendees after the forum with unanimous attendee agreement and at the discretion of the steering committee and SPE approval.

A personal action plan will be generated in session 9 as a means to support the implementation of change and generate value for participants and their companies.

Who Should Attend

  • Drilling engineers, operators, managers
  • Subsurface well data users
  • Completions experts,
  • Production operators as users
  • Production technologists and managers
  • Rig equipment designers, manufacturers and service engineers
  • Service company designers, manufactures, maintenance and operators
  • Drilling contractors
  • Quality experts
  • Reliability experts
  • Human factors specialists

What is a Forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.
The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today.

Who should participate?

  • Are you a young professional with at least five years’ industry experience? Get involved now. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with others in your technical area of expertise? Participation in a forum committee builds a professional network that will last a career. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Are you looking to establish your technical reputation throughout the industry in a way that benefits your company? Forums provide the perfect setting because they serve as early incubators for future trends and technologies.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities in an off-the-record format.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Forum Guidelines

  • Brief, facilitated presentations promote maximum discussion.
  • Conducted off the record to support the free interchange of information and ideas.
  • Extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Recording of any portion of the forum (photographic, electronic, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Information disclosed at a forum may not be used publicly without the originator's permission.
  • Participants are requested to omit reference to forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.
  • A written summary may be prepared and distributed to attendees after the forum with unanimous attendee agreement and at the discretion of the program committee and SPE approval.
  • Participants are expected to attend every session.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic. Attendance is limited to maximize each person's opportunity to contribute.

Accepted applicants will receive their registration form and other materials within two weeks of the application deadline. For those requiring visas to attend the forum, please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your visa to be processed.