SPE Workshop: Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management 29 - 31 Aug 2017 Brown Palace Hotel Denver, Colorado, USA

About the Workshop

In this workshop, reviews of distributed fiber-optic sensing case histories and mature development projects will provide a focused look at the application of this technology to better optimize well and field performance.  Significant emphasis will be placed on in-well fiber-optic sensing systems designed to provide unique well and reservoir information, as well as optical sensing systems that enable economic facilities, infrastructure, and pipeline surveillance.  We will examine how these subsurface and surface monitoring systems are being used to optimize completion efficiency, maximize asset value by better choice of field development parameters such as well spacing, maximize resource recovery though life-of-field production and injection monitoring and assess integrity up to and through plugging and abandonment phases.  This applied sensing technology will be evaluated as a system, including acquisition instrumentation advancements, optical fiber and cable construction, deployment/installation best practices, data acquisition optimization, and data management and interpretation examples.

Sessions will cover such applications as integrating distributed fiber optic data with that from other monitoring technologies for hydraulic fracture stimulation diagnostics, interpretation of flow using DAS and DTS, advances in fiber-based acquisition for bore-hole seismic, optimization of well and reservoir performance in thermal projects and monitoring for well completion, infrastructure and reservoir geomechanical integrity. These technologies will be demonstrated for applications in such areas as unconventional resource development, offshore well optimization, heavy oil production, and mature field surveillance. New or adapted technologies that have further enabled data acquisition and interpretation from permanent installations as well as intervention-based distributed fiber-optic systems will also be covered. Important aspects to be considered in the workshop are making the technology accessible during periods of low commodity price, decreasing installation risk, improving system reliability, extending the application range of monitoring to all artificial lift methods and bringing the data and interpretation capability to the engineer’s or geoscientist’s desk.

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. The majority 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 the press is not invited to attend. 


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

Attendees at this workshop qualify for 2.0 SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU).

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.

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