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SPE/ASPE Downhole Precision Tools in HPHT Applications: Filling the Gaps

1 – 2 April 2014

Austin, Texas | Barton Creek Resort

About this Workshop


The American Society for Precision Engineering and the Society of Petroleum Engineers have collaborated to create an applied technology workshop which will explore issues related to downhole precision tools used in High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) applications.

There are many challenges which are unique to the use of precision tools in HPHT applications. For example, HPHT environments can compromise the longevity of today’s most advanced metallic and polymeric materials, and dramatically reduce the life of electronics packages in logging and monitoring tools. Testing today’s HPHT-rated precision tools is also challenging from the standpoint of facilities and procedures. The topics to be explored in this workshop include:

  • Materials challenges
  • Equipment service life prediction
  • Enabling technologies for HPHT products
  • Challenges associated with HPHT product development
  • Manufacturing and materials technologies for HPHT products

This event will feature case study presentations on applications of precision tools in HPHT environments, as well as informal discussions of the latest advancements in design, testing, and manufacturing. Directions for future research will also be discussed.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.