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Call for Papers

Guidelines for Abstracts

Technical papers/posters presented at the 2014 APOGCE will be 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.

Programme Committee Procedures

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

  • The proposed paper/poster must contribute to petroleum technology or be of immediate interest to the oil and gas industry.
  • Data in the proposed paper must be technically correct.
  • The substance of the proposed paper must not have been published previously in trade journals or other professional or technical journals.
  • The proposed paper must have necessary clearance before submission. Any problems concerning clearance should be outlined when the proposed paper is submitted.
  • The proposed paper must be written in English.

Abstract Content

The abstract 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.
  • TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTIONS:  Describe the significance of the subject matter in the proposed paper by listing up to three technical contributions or additions to the technical knowledge base of the petroleum industry.

Technical Categories

The Technical Programme Committee invites paper proposals for the following categories:

Business and Management

  • Alliance & Partnering
  • Contracting & Procurement (Win–Win
  • Operator/Supplier Relationships)
  • Cost and Schedule Estimation
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Economic Evaluation of Offshore Field
  • Development Concepts
  • Fiscal Terms
  • Government Assurance
  • Government Regulation
  • Hedging
  • Insurance
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Oil and Gas Economics and Decision Making
  • Opportunity Framing
  • Political Uncertainty
  • Project Management
  • Reserves Management
  • Risk Analysis (Probability)
  • Scenarios
  • Stage Gated Asset Development
  • Time to Market
  • Uncertainties and Market Forces

Case Studies

Completion & Production

  • Artificial Lift
  • Coiled Tubing Operations
  • Complex Completions
  • Damage Removal
  • Early Production Facilities
  • High Water Cut Stimulation
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Open Hole Completions
  • Pressure Maintenance
  • Sand Control
  • Separate Zone Production Technology
  • Smart Wells/Intelligent Completion
  • Thru-Tubing Intervention
  • Well Stimulation Design
  • Workovers

Deepwater & Subsea

  • Compliant Towers
  • Deepwater Drilling and Production
  • Development of Marginal Offshore Fields
  • FPSO Concepts and Developments
  • Novel Floating Production Concepts
  • Production Management
  • Subsea Technology/Development
  • Tension Leg Platforms; Spars and
  • Semi-Submersibles
  • Water Depth Frontiers
  • Workovers

Drilling (Well Construction)

  • Batch Drilling/CTD Drilling
  • Cementing
  • Coiled Tubing Operations
  • Completion
  • Directional
  • Drilling Automation & Smart Drilling System
  • Fluids
  • HT/HP
  • Operations
  • Pore Pressure Prediction
  • Tubulars
  • Well Control
  • Well Integrity
  • Wellbore Stability

Facilities & Operations

  • Abandonment / Decommissioning
  • Asset and System Integrity
  • Corrosion and Erosion
  • De-Bottlenecking Facilities
  • Facilities Concept
  • Floating LNG
  • Flow Assurance
  • FPSO’s
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Gas to Liquids
  • Hostile and Remote Environments
  • Managing Solids
  • Mobile Offshore Production Units
  • Multiphase Pumping and Metering
  • NotNormally-Manned/Unmanned
  • Pipelines
  • Project Governance
  • Project Management
  • Rotating Equipment
  • Water Disposal

Gas Supply

  • Deliverability and Swing Management
  • Gas Field Developments
  • Gas Field Monetisation
  • Gas Reserves Management
  • Gas Storage and Transport
  • Pipeline Transportation
  • Sources of Supply & Demand
  • Stranded Gas

Gas Technology

  • Associated Gas Management and Disposal
  • CNG
  • Compression
  • Compact LNG
  • Cryogenic Applications
  • Gas to Liquid Technology
  • High CO2 / High Inerts/Sour Gas
  • Hydrate Control
  • Liquid Storage and Disposal
  • Membrane Separation
  • Onsite Electricity Generation
  • Transportation Technology


HSE and Society

  • Carbon Price Signals
  • Community Development
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Protection
  • Greenhouse Gas Management
  • HSE
  • Land Title
  • Regulatory Aspects
  • Safety Cases
  • Sustainability
  • Well Integrity

Human Resources

  • Benchmarking
  • Competency Measurement and
  • Development
  • Experience Gap
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Outsourcing
  • Recruitment
  • Remuneration
  • Supply and Demand Forecast
  • Training and Development
  • Workplace/Environment
  • Young Professionals (YP’s)


  • Chemical Flooding
  • Fast Tracking EOR Implementation
  • Field Implementation, Surface Facilities and
  • HSE Challenges
  • Gas Pressure Maintenance
  • Gas Injection/CO2 Flooding
  • Miscible Methods
  • Near Well Bore IOR
  • New Techniques
  • Sweep Improvement and Profile
  • Modification
  • Thermal Methods
  • Waterflooding

Knowledge Management

  • Collaborative Environment
  • Corporate Knowledge Retention and
  • Monetisation
  • Data Acquisition
  • Data Management
  • Global Best Practice: Effective IT
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Remote Monitoring/ Witnessing
  • Telemetry
  • Value of Data Management

Onshore/Offshore Support

  • EPC Capability & Capacity
  • Offshore Support Vessels
  • Pipelaying Capability & Fleet Capacity
  • Rig Fleet Management
  • Rig Capability & Fleet Capacity

Reservoir Characterisation

  • 4D Seismic
  • Advanced Reservoir Geomechanics
  • By Passed Pay
  • Fluid Properties
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Geomechanics
  • Geostatistics
  • Laboratory to Simulator
  • Open Hole and Cased Hole Logging
  • Petrophysics
  • Phase Behaviour
  • Relative Permeability
  • Residual Oil and Gas Saturations
  • Sedimentology and Depositional Modelling
  • Seismic Technology
  • Thin Bedded and Low Resistivity Reservoirs
  • Well Diagnostic
  • Welltesting and Pressure Transient Analysis

Simulation, Artificial Intelligence & Modeling

  • Assisted History Matching
  • Model Conditioning
  • Network Modeling
  • Numerical Simulation
  • Stream-tube Modeling
  • Up-Scaling

Surface and Sub-surface Integration and

  • Automated Field Optimisation
  • Dynamic Appraisal
  • Front End Evaluation
  • Integrated Asset Development
  • Integrated Production Model
  • Multidisciplinary Field Development
  • Parallel Appraisal/Development
  • Phased Developments
  • Real-Time Data
  • Reducing Cycling Time
  • Reservoir/Asset Management
  • Simulation & Forecasting

Unconventional Resources

  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Coal Bed Methane
  • Formation Testing
  • Gas Hydrates
  • Geothermal
  • Heavy Oil
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Liquids from Coal
  • Oil/Gas Shale
  • Tight Gas/Oil
  • Underground Coal Gasification
  • Unconventional Field Development


1. Obtain necessary clearance from your management.

2. Completed abstract must be received by 10 February.

3. Submit your abstract online.

It is critical that all information requested on page 2 of this document be provided in full and in the order requested.

Accepted Abstracts

1. Authors of abstracts selected for the Conference Programme will be notified in late March 2014.

2. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be required to provide  a manuscript for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. This event is operated under a “No-Paper No-Podium” Policy whereby if  a manuscript with the associated forms is not received by the due date will be withdrawn from the programme and not allowed to present.

3. Please note that if accepted, your paper may be published, as submitted, in conference information media, including the Conference CD-ROM Proceedings and on the SPE website.

4. Detailed instructions on the preparation of manuscripts and presentations will be sent to  corresponding author of each accepted paper.

5. SPE assumes no obligation for expenses by authors  for travel, lodging, food or other incidental expenses.

A Word About Commercialism

SPE has  a stated policy against use of commercial trade  names, company names, or language that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text or slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Programme Committee in evaluating abstracts and the presence of commercialism in the paper or poster may result in it being withdrawn from the programme.


All authors of papers/posters presented at the conference will be required to complete and submit a copyright release form to SPE or submit the copyright exemption from where applicable.

Changes, Cancellations, and Withdrawals

SPE and the Programme Committee consider an accepted abstract as a commitment to present. If  extenuating  circumstances prevent  the author from making the presentation, it is that author’s obligation to find an alternate presenter and notify their SPE Programme Lead and their session chair(s) (if applicable). Withdrawals must be made in writing to the SPE office as soon as possible. Under no circumstances can a submitted abstract be changed once it has been submitted. Cancellations, particularly after a paper has been accepted and publicised, are viewed by the Programme Committee as highly unprofessional.

Call for Papers is now closed.


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