SPE Technical Reports

What are SPE Technical Reports?

SPE Technical Reports address areas where SPE membership and the public would benefit from understanding the current technology and challenges. Each report is the result of broad-based input from subject-matter experts. Draft Technical Reports are prepared by a committee and posted for SPE member review and comment for at least 30 days. Comments received are considered in finalizing the report for submission to the SPE Board of Directors for approval for publication. Any SPE member can propose development of a Technical Report to the SPE Board of Directors. Learn more in our guidelines document.

Final Report

"The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture"  (SPE-170575-TR) 

This report captures the findings of the July 2012 SPE Summit on Human Factors. It is the first technical report to be published and was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March 2014.


Final Report

"Calculation of Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)"  (SPE-174705-TR) 

This technical report documents the findings of the 2014 WCD Summit (17-18 March 2014, New Orleans) and presents an SME consensus for calculating the WCD of liquid hydrocarbons to the environment resulting from a loss of control from a well during openhole drilling. It was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March 2015.


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All comments are moderated. You must provide your name and company to be considered for approval.