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Guidelines for Preparing Abstracts

Technical papers and posters for the conference will be selected from abstracts that are submitted to the Programme Committee no later than 29 March 2013. Early submission is particularly important to ensure that committee members have ample time to review the abstracts. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts electronically at the SPE website.

Evaluation Criteria

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

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


Enter a title that is concise, yet descriptive of the primary content and application of the proposed paper. 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the Programme Committee in evaluating abstracts and the presence of commercialism in the paper may result in it being withdrawn from the programme. All authors of papers or posters presented at the conference will be required to complete and submit a copyright release form to the Society of Petroleum Engineers or submit the copyright exemption form where applicable.

Abstract Content

A proper review of your abstract requires that it contains adequate information on which to make a judgement. Written in English and containing a maximum of 300 words, abstracts 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).  If the paper is a review paper, carefully state the extent of the coverage.
  • Applications: Describe the possible applications of the information provided in the paper or poster.
  • Results, Observations, and Conclusions: Summarise the results and major conclusions to be presented in the paper/poster 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.


  1. Obtain necessary clearance from your management.
  2. Finalised abstract must be received by 29 March 2013.
  3. Submit your abstract online. 

An agreement to present a paper at this SPE conference carries an obligation to participate in the event. Manuscripts will be required. Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be expected to provide a manuscript for inclusion in the meeting Proceedings. Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the manuscript due date will be withdrawn from the programme and not allowed to present.

Submission Categories

Emerging Technologies

  • Recovery in Unconventional Resource Systems
  • Advances in Reservoir Characterisation
  • Advanced in Reservoir Monitoring

Geosciences and Reservoir Characterisation Aspects of Unconventional Resources

  • Shale Gas, Tight Gas, Basin-centered Gas
  • Light, Tight Oil
  • Petrophysics of Unconventional Resources
  • Natural Fracture Analysis
  • Laboratory Services Analysis
    • Geochesmistry
    • Routine/SCAL (Permeability/Porosity)
    • Imaging (FIB/SEM, Pore/Core Modelling)
    • Seismic Identification of "Sweet Spots"

Well Construction Practices

  • Drilling Techniques and Best Practices
  • Novel Well Designs
  • Drilling Challenges of Multi-Well Pads
  • Wells Manufacturing Processes

Completion and Stimulation Practices

  • Completion/Perforation Techniques/Strategies
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation
  • Innovative Modelling Techniques/Case Histories

Well Completions Practices

  • Re-Stimulation — Practices and Results
  • Case Histories of Challenging Well Completions
  • Geomechanical Challenges and Ensuring Well Integrity

Reservoir Engineering Aspects

  • Reservoir Production and Recovery Mechanisms
  • Phase Behavior of Reservoir Fluids
  • EUR and Performance Prediction
  • Reservoir Stimulation
  • Pressure Transient Testing/Well Testing

Tight Gas Resources

  • Stimulation of Tight Gas Systems
  • Enabling Technologies Specific to Tight Gas
  • Production and Reservoir Engineering Aspects

Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Resources

  • CSG/CBM Well Post-Shutdown Recovery Behaviour
  • Reservoir Management for CSG/CBM Systems
  • Enhanced CSG/CBM ( Injection, Stimulation)
  • Surface Network Modelling

Shale Gas Resources

  • Well Spacing and Well Interference
  • Flowback and Well Performance Challenges
  • Case Histories of Shale Gas Development

"Liquid Rich" Resources

  • Production and Reservoir Engineering Aspects
  • Assessment and Reserves
  • Development and Operations Issues

Non-Petroleum Unconventional Resources

  • Geothermal
  • Gas Hydrates
  • Biogas

Value Chain of Unconventional Gas

  • Gas-to-Liquids (GTL)
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Heavy/Unconventional Oil/Oil Shale Resources

  • EOR/IOR for Heavy Oil Systems
  • Oil Shale and Heavy Oil In-situ Upgrading
  • Oil Shale Mining and Surface Processing

Reservoir and Project Management

  • Well Spacing
  • Integrated Reservoir Management (IRM)
  • Artificial Lift to Optimise Reservoir Recovery
  • Resource and Reserve Estimation
    • Appraisal
    • De-risking
  • Value Added Activities; Value of Information

Production and Operations

  • Produced Water Management
  • Flow Assurance/Production Chemistry
  • Artificial Lift
  • Production Improvement and Optimisation

Digital Oilfield

  • Data Acquisition, Monitoring and Control
  • Data vs. Information
  • Data-Driven Models and Data Integration


  • Environment Management
    • Sensitive Areas
    • Non-Sensitive Areas
  • Groundwater and Geohazard Protection
  • Safety and Environmental Aspects

Stakeholder Management

  • Managing Roles, Expectations and Relationships
  • Social Investment and Impacts
  • Effective Communications Strategies

Mid-stream and Downstream Integration

  • Facility Issues — Unconventional Resources
  • Integrated Asset Management

Life-Cycle Processes/Demonstration Projects

  • Project Workflows
  • Illustrative Field Studies/Case Histories
  • Fit-for-Purpose Technology Demonstration Projects

Exploration and Appraisal

  • Formation Evaluation and Production Testing
  • Technical and Commercial Factors
  • Exploration Success/Failure Examples
  • Sweet Spot Identification