Research and Development

Oil and gas is a high-technology industry, where companies, scientists, and engineers continually challenge the barriers of what is possible to find and produce energy. New techniques and technologies discovered through R&D have been vital in enabling the industry to meet global energy demand, and will continue to be vital as the industry overcomes current and future challenges.

Find information on SPE activities that encourage and facilitate R&D in the oil and gas industry with a focus on exploration and production.

  • Grand Challenges Facing E&P Industry Explored
    What are the biggest research challenges facing our industry? The Research & Development Committee (now Research Development Technical Section) identified five areas it considers key grand challenges in E&P and is developing articles on each.
  • Additional R&D Articles and Papers
    Download and read R&D committee's white paper and Technology Tomorrow series and Spotlight on R&D series articles published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology.
  • R&D Technical Section Online Community
    SPE members interested in research and technology development can engage in discussions and share documents in our online community.

  • SPE Research Portal
    Search the full SPE library by a variety of keywords and industry-specific filters.