SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium 28 - 30 Nov 2017 The Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, Alberta, Canada

Call for Papers is OPEN!

The program committee invites you to share your technical innovations and accomplishments by submitting a paper proposal for consideration. 

Length of Abstract: minimum of 225 words, maximum of 450

Submission Categories:

a. Material selection and evaluation

b. Placement and integrity evaluation to ensure long-term zonal isolation

c. Cement bond and impact on intermediate casing integrity

a. Containment condition and life monitoring, loss of containment and detection methods

b. Well integrity risk management during planned and unplanned short-term and long-term shut-in periods and impacts of restarting operations

c. Instrumentation and monitoring (surface and sub surface)

d. Data tracking systems, dashboards, well risk-ranking criteria

e. Risk assessment (includes root cause analysis, software for compliance and organization for effective usage, and failure analytics)

f. Advancements in well intervention for well integrity evaluation and remediation (including wireline evaluation

g. From design and well construction to abandonment and post-abandonment

h. Well integrity metrics and benchmarking to peers

a. Well integrity considerations for infills and re-entry

b. Well integrity for observation wells, corehole, water source, disposal and utilities wells penetrating a steam chamber

c. Well integrity considerations during SAGD end of life phase (co-injection, steam wind-down, pressure maintenance...)

d. Thermal well integrity and post abandonment liability

e. Impact of production system and operating practices on well integrity (subcool, infill well usage, artificial lift selection, case histories)

f. Tubular fatigue: damage mechanism and remaining capacity versus operational life

g. Innovation and new technology related to well integrity (includes product qualification)

a. Influence on well integrity

b. Influence on well design (cement selection, casing design, location of connections relative to susceptible shear planes)

c. Influence on cement placement and cement sheath integrity

d. Influence on operational practices (heating and cooling rates, pressure cycles, number of cycles)

e. Influence on linear design and integrity

f. Influence on end-of-life and abandonment (plug selection)

a. Linear integrity breach monitoring and detection methods - escalation and impacts on containment

b. Sand control impact on surface erosions and safety

c. Linear design, performance and integrity

d. Inflow/outflow control devices - impacts on performance and well integrity

a. Prevention - key factors in design, placement, and operation

b. SCVF and GM prevention

c. Detection and management

a. Casing, linear, and completion equipment (FCDs/ICDs, packers)

b. Identification, prevention, and remediation

c. Impacts of production system and recovery method

d. Surface casing corrosion

e. Design, materials, and coatings

a. Abandonments

b. Well failure statistics

c. Adapting and adherence to evolving regulations and best practices

d. Fit for service

e. Legacy and inactive wells compliance

f. Corporate well integrity basis and integration with regulatory variances from region to region (between jurisdictions or countries)

a. Value added opportunities

b. Lessons learned

c. Cost savings

d. Optimization

e. Corporate well integrity evaluation (where well integrity sits within the corporate structure and HSE and asset integrity philosophies and practices)

f. Proactive measures (preventative, forecasting, maximizing industry learning from failures) versus reactive (detection, containment, and repairs)


Additional speaking opportunities are available for this symposium. If you would like to be considered for a non-papered presenter spot, please email Jinny with a description of your presentation by 23 April 2017 for review and rating by the reviewing committee.



The submission deadline is

  Sunday, 23 April 2017


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Questions? Email Jinny


Plagiarism Check

In an effort to further improve SPE’s technical quality standards, all submitted symposium papers will be checked for plagiarism.