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SPE Better Well Control—How Do We Get There?

17 – 18 February 2015

Dubai, UAE | Grosvenor House Hotel

About this Workshop


Everything we do in life has an element of risk. We make choices every day based on our experiences and the experiences of others. All decisions can generate a positive or negative outcome. With simple decisions it is easy to understand the consequences and make a reasonable choice. However, in more complex multi-layered situations, the consequences are not as simple to predict. Wells that we design, complete, and produce constitute a complex system. Preventing uncontrolled release of hydrocarbon or water during the life cycle of these wells is one of the primary objectives for all service providers, contractors, and operators. In order to do so the industry has developed a multi-barrier philosophy to address well control assurance.

It is founded on 3 main aspects: physical and equipment barriers, operating procedures, and qualified competent personnel. Physical/mechanical barriers such as steel, cement, and drilling fluids are very important. However, the human aspect in terms of proper design standards, verification, quality assurance, supervision, competency, and audits is even more crucial in the process safety.

This workshop will focus on all the above aspects and in particular:

a. Emergency response planning for a subsea hydrocarbons release using advanced engineering analysis and modelling

b. Improve focusing on well control issues during the planning and drilling/completing of wells

c. Improve the inadequate experience and training of drilling crews—specifically regarding well control

d. Improve rig site assessment through kick drills

e.    Barriers policy and standards:

  • Current industry standards
  • Changes after Macondo incident
  • Challenges in implementing these standards
  • Implementation between theories and practice
  • Alignment and conflicts between stakeholders
  • How to reach a balance between risk mitigation and cost impact?

f. Well Control certification in the industry

  • Main differences, advantages, and disadvantages of training programmes and certifications available in the industry
  • How to upgrade the competency management and ensure well control training institutions and maintenance training programmes benefit from incidents learning

Who Should Attend

  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Drilling Equipment Engineers
  • Drilling HSE Specialists
  • Drilling Managers
  • Petrophysicists
  • Rig Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Superintendents

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 (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise 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. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and hand-outs are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Victoria Brouillet, Event Manager, at vbrouillet@spe.org.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, 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 in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.