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LACPEC is the preeminent technical event for the region and is designed to meet the existing, emerging, and future technical and social needs for the upstream petroleum industry. LACPEC 2014 is a 3-day event and will feature more than 150 technical paper presentations, posters, and panel sessions.

The program committee invites you to submit your technical advancement, new method, case study, or practical application as a conference technical paper. Read more »

Abstract Submission Categories

  • Integration of geoscience technologies
  • Reservoir characterization and description
  • Reservoir management and testing
  • Reservoir planning
  • Deepwater developments
  • Well construction and well stimulation
  • Digital oilfield
  • Emerging and new technologies
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), improved oil recovery (IOR), and mature fields
  • Flow assurance and production chemistry
  • Gas technologies
  • Heavy oil
  • Health, safety, and environment (HSE), social concerns, and human resources
  • Production and facilities
  • Risk analysis and evaluation of oil  and gas developments
  • Unconventional resources
  • Water and CO2 management
  • Sand control and sand production management
  • Resources to reserves to production (R2R2P)
  • Naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Petroleum reserves and resources estimation
  • Regional play assessment in Latin America


Integration of geoscience technologies

  • Lithofacies, diagenesis, and reservoir quality
  • Petrophysical input to geologic modeling
  • Integration of rock typing and reservoir properties
  • Reservoir characterization for model construction
  • Application of field work
  • Case histories

Reservoir characterization and description

  • Reservoir surveillance
  • Rock and fluid characterization
  • Integration of seismic and petrophysical data
  • Upscaling and downscaling from pore to seismic and simulation scales
  • Advances in simulation, modeling, and history matching
  • Quantifying uncertainty in reservoir models
  • Evaluation of bypassed oil
  • Waterflood design

Reservoir management and testing

  • Pressure transient testing in dry, wet, and gas-condensate reservoirs
  • Evaluation of reserves
  • Cost-saving approaches for reservoir testing
  • Reservoir limits testing and analysis
  • Surveillance and monitoring (tracers, geochemical, etc.)
  • Depletion management
  • Sampling analysis (pressure-volume-temperature, core studies, etc.)
  • Well testing and production logging

Reservoir planning

  • Economic evaluation
  • Performance forecasting
  • Integrated asset management
  • Reserves and resource evaluation
  • G&G considerations
  • Improved long-term recovery
  • Reservoir appraisal

Deepwater developments

  • Advances in deepwater production equipment
  • New technologies for deepwater exploration and production
  • Multiphase flow in deepwater developments
  • Geohazards in deepwater developments
  • Wet and dry completion systems

Well construction and well stimulation

  • New developments in drilling and extended-reach drilling
  • Managed-pressure drilling and underbalanced drilling
  • New developments in well completions (including intelligent well completions)
  • Geomechanical challenges in drilling and well completions
  • Best practices and lessons learned in drilling and well completions
  • Multi-stage fractured horizontal wells
  • Sour and corrosive environments

Digital oilfield

  • Data acquisition, control, and monitoring systems
  • Measurements relevant to smart fields
  • Data versus information
  • Robotic data analysis
  • Development and deployment of data-driven models
  • Automation and expert systems
  • Management-by-exception (controlling or exceptional factors in a system)
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) for production management
  • Quantifying the value of the "digital oilfield"
  • New advances in real-time optimization and monitoring
  • Inverse modeling, history matching or uncertainty quantification

Emerging and new technologies

  • Non-fossil energy resources
  • Ultra-deep drilling (HP/HT)
  • Carbon capture and sequestration for EOR/IOR
  • Application of advanced 3D seismic technologies
  • Application of nanotechnologies in exploration and production
  • Artificial intelligence applications
  • Smart fluids systems

EOR/IOR/mature fields

  • Development and operational strategies for mature fields
  • Recovery methods for mature fields
  • Key technologies for mature fields
  • Seismic applications for mature fields
  • Horizontal/multilateral well applications for mature fields
  • Reservoir management for mature fields
  • Low salinity waterflooding
  • Water conformance technologies
  • EOR/IOR case histories in mature fields
  • EOR/IOR economics

Flow assurance/production chemistry

  • Ultra-deep production
  • Well integrity
  • Safety and environment challenges
  • Hydrate control
  • Advances in asphaltene control
  • Corrosion prevention and risk assessment
  • Scale prediction and inhibition
  • Erosion, foaming, and emulsions
  • Sampling and monitoring technologies
  • Geochemical modeling
  • Reservoir souring
  • Compositional analysis of fluids
  • In-situ production technologies

Gas technologies

  • Modeling and simulation for gas reservoirs
  • Viscous and diffusive flow behavior in gas reservoirs
  • Core analysis protocols for conventional and shale gas reservoirs
  • Gas-reservoir management
  • Gas-condensate reservoirs
  • Sampling procedures and PVT analysis for gas reservoirs
  • Maximizing natural gas liquids production
  • NGL recovery
  • Surface compression
  • N2 rejection technologies
  • Gas hydrates
  • Gas storage

Heavy oil

  • Heavy oil recovery—thermal and non-thermal mechanisms
  • Heavy oil production challenges for deepwater operations
  • Well designs and surface infrastructure systems for heavy oil (including artificial lift systems)
  • Emerging technologies for processing heavy oil
  • Handling heavy oil production with hazardous gases (CO2, H2S)
  • Thermal recovery (steam flood, SAGD, in-situ combustion)
  • Miscible recovery (miscible gas, huff and puff, diluent injection)
  • Uncertainty and risk analysis for screening and selection of heavy oil EOR technologies
  • Pilot projects in heavy oil—lessons learned, case histories, and trends

HSE, social concerns, and human resources

  • Issues in environmentally sensitive areas (e.g., operations, seismic acquisition, etc.)
  • Stakeholders roles when dealing with social and environmental issues
  • Potential social implications for new discoveries
  • Environment protection
  • Health and safety (construction, operations, transport, water, waste, planning)
  • Fluid remediation (drilling and produced fluids)
  • Community relationships
  • Sustainable development
  • Reduction of emissions
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Training and competency
  • Date and knowledge sharing
  • Corporate social responsibility and community development projects
  • Government and regulatory policies and incentives

Production and facilities

  • Separation facilities
  • Chemical technologies
  • Management of high water-oil-ratio fields (facilities perspective)
  • Field automation
  • Production improvement and optimization
  • Integrity of tubulars and surface facilities
  • Measurement and control of produced fluids
  • Maintenance and reliability of production installations

Risk analysis and evaluation of oil and gas developments

  • Cost of uncertainty
  • Prioritizing risks
  • Risk-based management
  • Reliability estimation of reservoir models
  • Probabilistic risk analysis in oil and gas projects portfolio
  • Probabilistic risk analysis in well drilling and workovers
  • Risk analysis in selecting field development options
  • Mitigating and reducing risk in exploration
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Scenario analysis
  • Case studies and best practices
  • Value of information quantification

Unconventional resources

  • Geologic techniques for characterizing unconventional gas plays
  • Reserves assessment in CSM and CBM, tight gas, and shale gas fields
  • Tight and ultra-tight gas and oil reservoirs: technical and operational challenges
  • Formation evaluation in unconventional gas reservoirs
  • Key factors to optimize well locations
  • Coalbed-methane reservoirs
  • Ultra-heavy oil and bitumen
  • Gas shale and liquids-rich shale plays
  • Natural fractures and unconventional gas plays
  • Geothermal energy systems
  • Gas hydrate reservoir systems

Water and CO2 management

  • Scaling and souring issues
  • Produced-water challenges (re-injection and disposal)
  • Water management
  • Water cleanup (conversion to potable and agricultural water)
  • CO2 mitigation in oil and gas production activities
  • CO2—challenge or resource?

Sand control and sand production management

  • Fit-for-purpose completions for sand control
  • New and existing technologies in sand control
  • Case studies and best practices in sand control
  • Challenges in sand control

Resources to reserves to production (R2R2P)

  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • New projects

Naturally-fractured reservoirs

  • Modeling of naturally and induced fracture systems
  • Case histories for naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • New technologies for fracture detection in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Management of gas and water coning and channeling in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Effect of stress state(s) on naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Production performance of wells in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • EOR and IOR in naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Petrophysics of naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Drilling and completions in naturally-fractured reservoirs

Petroleum reserves and resources estimation

  • Seismic applications
  • Deterministic and probabilistic methods
  • Aggregation of reserves
  • Commercial considerations
  • Unconventional resources
  • Reserves entitlement

Regional play assessment—Latin America

  • Exploration and development potential
  • Technical and commercial challenges
  • Activity level—offshore and onshore
  • Fiscal regimes
  • Incentives for developing marginal fields