Mile-High Event: Unconventional Resources Conference Returns to Denver

By Valerie Wilke 23 Jul 2014

The Unconventional Resources Technology Conference is returning 25-27 August 2014 to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The event, now in its second year, will include 350 multi-themed technical sessions, topical breakfasts and luncheons, a plenary session, interactive panels, and industry speakers.

The conference aims to examine technologies, emerging trends, and best business practices across disciplines to bridge the information gap and facilitate successful field development. SPE, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) worked together to organize the conference and create the program. More than 4,300 attendees and 173 exhibitors from 45 countries attended last year’s inaugural event, with more than 5,000 attendees are expected this year.

The Kick-Off

The opening plenary session, “Using Science and Integrated Technologies to Develop Unconventional Plays,” will feature a panel of subject matter experts from Chevron, Anadarko, IHS, SM Energy, Petrie Partners, and Continental Resources.

The Program

The technical paper program will explore how multidisciplinary integration can lead to breakthroughs, pragmatic prospecting and assessment tools, and optimized development and value creation. Eleven themes will be covered in the technical program, which was developed by a committee of engineers, geophysicists, and geologists, including: 

  • Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Regional Case Studies
  • Application and Integration of Well Data
  • Understanding Your Petroleum System
  • Optimizing Recovery from Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Optimizing Capital Efficiency
  • Production Performance of Tight Oil and Gas Reservoirs
  • Social Performance (HSSE)
  • Reserves Forecasting and Estimation
  • Long-Term Performance
  • Emerging Unconventional Plays


The conference will feature various options for interacting with speakers and digital platforms. Interactive panel sessions will end with question-and-answer sessions from the audience, and ePapers, electronic additions to oral presentations, will be available at on-demand kiosks for attendees who want to view presentations live or at a later time.

Food for Thought

Topical luncheons will be held Monday through Wednesday. Tickets are required for entry to the lunches, which will discuss such topics as the upstream merger-and-acquisitions market, regional challenges, refracturing horizontal shale wells, and sustaining the unconventional oil and gas revolution.

Topical breakfasts will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, with three topics presented daily. Areas to be covered include fracturing and microseismic mapping, approaches for a more predictive understanding of reservoirs, and the North American shale “revolution.” A ticket is required for admission.

Extracurricular Activities

All-day short courses will be offered Saturday and Sunday prior to the conference for an extra fee. Course topics to be covered include petrophysics of unconventional reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing fundamentals for unconventional reservoirs, and multidisciplinary assessment in unconventional resource development.

A pre-conference field trip to Pueblo, Colorado will examine “Unconventional Reservoirs and Stratigraphy of the Southern Denver Basin: Graneros, Greenhorn, Carlile and Niobrara Formations.”

A post-conference field trip, “Unconventional Petroleum Systems: A Geologic Transect Across Colorado, USA,” will begin in the Denver Basin and end in the Piceance Basin. 

Valerie Wilke is a Web Content Associate Editor at SPE.