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SPE Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management Workshop

11 – 13 August 2015

Napa, California | Silverado Resort

About this Workshop


The growing interest to implement in-well fiber-optic monitoring systems has been supported by reports of economic benefits and a better understanding of reservoir characteristics and well performance. The true value is shown when real-time information is used to make immediate decisions on completion designs, production operations, and new well placement to maximize asset value, as well as manage mechanical integrity and environmental risks.

This workshop will address the characterization and implementation of monitoring systems based on distributed fiber-optic sensors. Participants will identify the value along with potential risks associated with distributed fiber-optic measurements. Applications using a distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) system for subsurface monitoring, field deployment of fiber-instrumented interventions, and permanently installed DFOS will highlight the technical sessions. Topics will include production and injection interpretation, hydraulic fracturing diagnostics, new capabilities in distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS), advances in field installation techniques, and mechanical integrity monitoring.

Emphasis will be placed on field examples and well-characterized development projects involving optical well, reservoir, and facilities surveillance. The agenda will further tackle challenges associated with robust quantitative interpretation, the relatively high cost of installations and support infrastructure, the integration of emerging and enabling technologies, and extrapolating from other applications to the down-hole environment.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.