Call for Papers

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Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Technical papers presented at the 2014 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference (2014 APDT) are selected from abstracts submitted to the Programme Committee. Early submission is particularly important to ensure that the Committee Members have ample time to review the abstracts. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts electronically at

Programme Committee Procedures

Abstracts are evaluated on the basis of the information supplied on the abstract form in accordance with the following criteria:

1. The proposed paper must contribute to petroleum technology or be of immediate interest to the oil and gas industry.

2. Data in the proposed paper must be technically correct.

3. The substance of the proposed paper must not have been published previously in trade journals or other professional or technical journals.

4. The proposed paper must be written in a style that ensures the proposed paper will not be commercial in nature.

5. The proposed paper must have necessary clearance before submission. Any problems concerning clearance should be outlined when the proposed paper is submitted.

6. The proposed paper must be written in English.

Abstract Content

The paper proposal must be a minimum of 200 words and no more than 300 words in length, and should include the following:

  • DESCRIPTION: Outline the scope and nature of the work upon which the paper is based (e.g., field data, lab data, original analysis, or computer work).
  • APPLICATIONS: Describe the possible applications of the information provided in the paper.
  • RESULTS, OBSERVATIONS, AND CONCLUSIONS: Summarise the results and major conclusions to be presented in the paper and state how these differ from previous work on the same subject.  State whether new information will be revealed and whether data from field, lab, or computer work will be included.

Area of Interest (Topic Categories)

Use the categories included to indicate the category that best describes your abstract. A primary choice is required; however, a secondary choice is optional.

1. Drilling Process and Technology

a. Bit/hole openers

b. Cementing and zonal isolation

c. Directional drilling and hole enlargement

d. Downhole tools

e. Drilling fluids

f. Drilling mechanics (vibration, stick slip, etc.)

g. Geomechanics

h. Geoscience (rock mechanics)


j. Rig operations, process, and procedures

k. Rigs and rig equipment

l. Solids control and waste management

m. Wellbore stabilisation

5. Management and Systems

a. Barrier management

b. Contracts

c. Drilling management

d. Health, safety, and environment

e. People—competence and training competence development & management

f. Performance drilling

g. Planning—risk management, well cost, scheduling

h. Process safety

i. Quality

j. Regulatory compliance

k. Well control—procedures and technologies

2. Tubulars

a. Casing and zonal insolation tools

b. Drilling tubulars

c. Expandables

d. Production tubulars

e. Riser and conductors

6. Leading and New Technologies/ Methodologies

a. Digital oilfield

b. Dual gradient drilling

c. Factory style drilling

d. Innovative technologies

e. Managed pressure and underbalanced drilling

f. Nano technology

g. Real time operating centres and remote data gathering

h. Shale gas/oil development

i. Special techniques (through tubing operations, drilling with casing and drilling system automation)

3. Deepwater and Subsea

a. Deepwater drilling and completion

b. Deepwater drilling rigs

c. Deepwater methods and technologies

d. Deepwater well control

e. Sub salt drilling, tar, and rubble zones

f. Subsea wells

g. Surface BOP and related technologies

h. Shallow hazards (gas, oil, hydrates)

7. Case Studies

a. Challenging projects that overcame adversity

b. Deep well drilling

c. Extended reach drilling

d. Frontier operations and extreme environments

e. Low cost wells

f. Mature fields

g. Shale drilling

h. Unconventional projects

4. Well Technology and Field Development

a. Completion technology

b. Field development

c. Well design

d. Well intervention

e. Well stimulation (fracing)

8. Others

Areas of interest other than those mentioned above will be considered.


1. Obtain necessary clearance from your management.

2. Completed abstract must be received by 28 January 2014.

3. Submit your abstract online at  It is critical that all information requested on page 2 of this document be provided in full and in the order requested.

4. Do not include the title or author names in the body of the abstract. The title and author information will be requested separately through the submission system.

Call for Papers is now closed.