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SPE Key Factors for Success in Unconventional Reservoir Development Forum

12 - 17 June 2016 :: San Antonio, Texas, USA

About this forum

Unconventional resource plays, such as ultra-low permeability formations and organic shales, are developed in a fast-paced environment, with wells drilled and completed in a relatively short amount of time. In contrast, understanding the productivity of these plays requires a meticulous characterization exercise because of the complex petrophysical characteristics and fluid phase behaviors, leading to unconventional flow mechanisms. Consequences of completion design and well spacing can have multiple effects due to the number of wells brought online. Therefore, it is imperative to have a full-field development strategy.

Today’s ideal decisions will not be the same as those of tomorrow. The economically and operationally-feasible well development is dynamic. It will only be successful if necessary data acquisition programs, aggressive piloting and experimentation strategies, and new learnings are integrated properly and adopted quickly. During all phases of execution, operators need to identify development risks, such as reservoir heterogeneities, well interference due to well spacing, and productivity loss due to hydraulic fracture interference. Additionally, operators need to optimize scheduling and allocation of rigs and resources across the field to maximize profitability. Furthermore, the timing and implementation of late-term development strategies, such as recompletions, restimulations, and enhanced recovery methods, should be built upon the foundation of knowledge established during earlier development phases.

This forum will review the full field development phases of any unconventional reservoir that addresses the what, when, and how of planning, execution, and effective integrated analysis to achieve a profitable return. Through discussion and integration of these knowledge bases from more than a decade of intense unconventional resource exploration and development, attendees will focus on addressing the future challenges associated with these types of plays.

Who should attend:

The Forum is a limited-attendance meeting for up to 75 people, designed for professionals in the oil and gas industry interested in the future direction of unconventional resource development. In particular, we will discuss potential future challenges associated with reservoir characterization, data acquisition and diagnostics, development strategies, production forecasting, and risk management in unconventional reservoir development. The forum is aimed at people with expertise in any of the following categories, as they pertain to unconventional reservoirs:

  • Reservoir evaluation and characterization
  • Operations logistics and management
  • Subsurface analysis and interpretation
  • Field development and optimization
  • Production forecasting and macro-economics
  • Risk Management

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 relevant experience and knowledge of the forum topic? 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 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.