SPE/EAGE Workshop: The Future of Geomechanics in Brown Fields and Unconventionals 2 - 3 May 2018 Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi, UAE

The SPE/EAGE Geomechanics workshop in Abu Dhabi, themed “The Future of Geomechanics in Brown Fields and Unconventionals” will focus on how geomechanics are currently being used at present, and how they can help in the future with the increasing pressure to maximise recovery from challenging environments.

Through six sessions across two days, this workshop will provide opportunities for operators, service companies, and researchers to discuss common challenges, and examine the application of new and future technologies to solve them. 

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Session topics will include:

  • How to improve reliability and treatment of data.
  • The application of the data and models to improving recovery and efficiency, while keeping development and operating costs down.

  • The current status and benefits of field monitoring.

  • A look ahead to what is coming in terms of new technology, and how geomechanics can best be positioned in the industry of the future.



Geologists • Geochemists • Geophysicists • Petroleum Engineers • Reservoir Engineers • Petrophysicists • Geomechanics engineers • Production Technologists • Geoscientists


"With the so-called “easy oil” gone, geomechanics has become an integral part of field development (including well construction, completion, and production) in order to maximise delivery. Many subsurfaces processed in a field’s life cycle induce or trigger a mechanical response from the rock formations penetrated by boreholes and produced from. Activities in the Middle East region currently concentrate on mature reservoirs that are fractured and, many, even tight. On top, unconventional source rock exploration and appraisal adds to the complex regional portfolio. The upcoming SPE/EAGE geomechanics workshop—the third in this series—will focus on these aspects and future challenges with a series of exciting and technical presentations, keynote speeches, as well as discussion forums gathering renowned and experienced industry experts and researchers."

Thomas Finkbeiner
Senior Research Scientist
Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology