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

11 – 13 August 2015

Napa, California | Silverado Resort

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 11 August

SESSION I: Keynote: Fiber-Optic Sensing: The New Must-Have Tool for Unconventional Field Development

Trey Lowe, Devon

Chairs: Dennis Dria, Myden Energy Consulting, PLLC; Steve Mathias, Weatherford

SESSION II: Flow Monitoring and Interpretation

Chairs: Kevin Holmes, Baker Hughes; Jeff App, Chevron

This session covers data retrieval and interpretation processes for qualifying flow characteristics in reservoirs. It will present end users with examples of data gathering, analysis, and interpretation techniques for reservoirs, and qualifying reservoir flow using integrated, fiber optic-acquired data such as fiber-optic pressure/temperature (FOPT) gauge, DTS, DAS, and microseismic.

SESSION III: Stimulation Diagnostics

Chairs: Paul Huckabee, Shell; Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips

This session will address stimulation diagnostics validation monitoring with fiber-optic tools such as DTS, DAS, and multiple sensing (MS). Examples of monitored stimulation diagnostics will be presented. The value of the monitoring will be discussed to understand both the fracture character as well as the reservoir production characteristic.

SESSION IV: Quantitative Interpretation

Chairs: Jeff App, Chevron; Zafar Kamal, BP

With increasing use of distributed sensing over the past decade, it is desired that currently available qualitative observations are transformed into quantified measures such as rates, distances, and phase distribution. This session will let colleagues share and discuss leading work in quantitative interpretation solutions for measurements in the pipe, well, and near wellbore.

Wednesday, 12 August

SESSION V: Integrity and Flow Assurance Monitoring

Chairs: Doug Norton, Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions; Kevin Holmes, Kevin Holmes

The number of recent incidents involving the release of hydrocarbons during production, transportation, and processing of hydrocarbons has raised awareness of the need for better methods of prevention. The adoption of distributed sensing technologies to monitor wellbores, pipelines, flowlines, and facilities could be a good solution. This session will explore the different issues that challenge distributed sensing for leak and intrusion/damage-sensing applications in the upstream and midstream markets. These issues include the impact of installation practice on performance, event detection issues and tradeoffs, and new features and capabilities.

SESSION VI: Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Thermal Applications

Chairs: Eric Holley, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service; Lars Hinrichs, Devon

Thermal applications are known to be some of the harshest downhole environments in our industry, reaching up to 650°F. Over the past decade, fiber-optic sensors in the form of DTS, pressure, and DAS are being applied to wellbores, providing immense insight into how the EOR process is being operated and developed over the life of the asset. The session focuses on fiber-optic influence in these steam environments and how those results are impacting decision making for well and pad development.

SESSION VII: Data Handling and Visualization

Chairs: Zafar Kamal, BP; Philippe Legrand, ALS Omega Well Monitoring

The value of monitoring relies on timely conversion of data into information for the decision maker. As the use of fiber-optic sensing becomes more prevalent, the need for easily moving and manipulating data between different generating and analyzing systems is becoming a necessity. In this session, presenters share innovations in interoperability between various suppliers, use of standards, data management, data visualization, and data analytics.

SESSION VIII: Emerging and Enabling Technologies

Chairs: Kelly Hughes, Chevron; John Lovell, Schlumberger

Emerging technologies are new technologies that are currently developing or will be developed over the next five years, substantially altering the business environment. Enabling technologies bring previously separate technologies together so that they share resources and interact with each other to create new efficiencies. This session will cover those leading contributions from both technologies that have the greatest potential to impact the oil and gas business.

Thursday, 13 August

SESSION IX: Fiber Deployment, Installation Advances, & Reliability

Chairs: Bill Shroyer, SageRider; Steve Hirshblond, Shell

Early distributed sensing fibers were pumped into control lines installed in wells to monitor thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes. It was not uncommon for a fiber to survive only days prior to failing under those extreme temperatures. Pumped fibers are not suitable for every installation scenario, and high temperature (HT) monitoring is only one application in which distributed sensing is used. Glass chemistry at the fiber level, cable design, protection, and installation methodology have advanced considerably since those early fiber deployments. In this session we will look at solutions that the industry has developed to meet the challenges of these demanding distributed-sensing installations.

SESSION X: Areal Reservoir Monitoring

Chairs: Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips; Eric Holley, Pinnacle, a Halliburton Service

While the most common application of fiber optics is downhole injection and production profiling, there are several applications where the reservoir is being monitored between wells or from a source to the sensor well. The session will focus on these areal monitoring applications and how those results are impacting decision making. This market segment of fiber optics is growing rapidly and has seen significant advancement in the past couple years.