SPE Workshop: Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir, and Asset Management 28 - 30 Aug 2018 Brown Palace Hotel Denver, Colorado, USA


Sunday, August 26

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Introduction to Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature, Acoustic, and Chemical Sensing (DTS, DAS, and DCS)
Ticketed Event

This one-day course is an introduction to the emerging fibre optic technologies of Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) as well as related Distributed Acoustic (DAS) and Distributed Chemical Sensing (DCS). This programme looks at how these technologies work, and their application to the oil and gas industry.

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Monday, August 27

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Design of Fiber-Optics DTS and DAS Well Installations
Ticketed Event

This one-day training course introduces completion, production, surveillance, and reservoir engineers to the design of fiber-optic DTS (distributed temperature sensing) and DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) well installations.

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17:30 - 19:00

Tuesday, August 28

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:10
08:10 - 08:45
Keynote Presentation
Speaker(s) Alan Cohen, Director of Oil and Natural Gas Research, United States Department of Energy

Future Directions in Fiber-Optic Sensing: From Quantum-Based Data Acquisition to Advanced Machine Learning 

08:45 - 10:15
SESSION 1: Seismic Imaging
Session Chairpersons Barry Freifeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Steve Hirshblond, Shell

This session will focus on these geophysical, seismic and areal monitoring applications and how the results are impacting decision making. This market segment of fiber optics is continuing to grow rapidly and has seen significant advancements in the past few years.

While some of the more common applications of subsurface fiber optics are related to in/near wellbore monitoring (i.e. stimulation, injection & production profiling), there is also substantial interest in applications that focus on monitoring of the reservoir away from the wellbore. 

10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:15
SESSION 2: Emerging and Enabling Technologies
Session Chairpersons John Lovell, DataValue Consultants; Wolfgang Deeg, Devon

This session will address both emergent and enabling technologies that advance the use of fiber-optic monitoring in the oilfield, as well as methodologies that have the greatest potential to impact the oil and gas business.

Emergent fiber-optic technologies from other industries can lead to new oil & gas applications as well as improve the economics and lower the risks associated with fiber-optic deployment. Enabling technologies bring previously separate technologies together to create new optical solutions. 

12:15 - 13:30
13:15 - 14:45
SESSION 3: Completion and Stimulation Design Optimization
Session Chairpersons Chris Baldwin, Weatherford; Eric Holley, Halliburton

Completion and stimulation design execution are critical to optimal reservoir development and asset performance.  This session addresses the role of fiber-optic monitoring in validating and updating the completion, stimulation, and production models used in optimizing these processes.

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
SESSION 4: Stimulation Diagnostics
Session Chairpersons Paul Huckabee, Shell; Pierre Ramondenc, Schlumberger

This session features examples of stimulation monitoring using distributed sensing methods of temperature (DTS), acoustics (DAS) and strain (DSS). The diagnostics they enable are critical for evaluating fluid placement and completion effectiveness in wells with multiple and/or long treatment intervals.

Objectives typically include determination of injected fluid and slurry volume distribution along a wellbore and/or in the “far-field” domain. Assessment of isolation to targeted injection intervals, or communication outside of the target intervals, can also be evaluated. Stimulation effectiveness evaluation is further enhanced by measuring relative inflow contributions, and the dynamic flow behavior with time. 

17:00 - 18:30

Wednesday, August 29

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
SESSION 5: New Technologies
Session Chairpersons Tommy Langnes, BP; Bill Shroyer, SageRider

This session will explore the latest technologies to highlight the value in distributed sensing technology development.               

In today’s challenging oil and gas market it is more important than ever that wellbores, pipelines, flowlines and facilities operate as efficiently as possible. Current distributed sensing technology can give an operator the capability to ensure that this is the case and to identify those situations where it is not.

In some cases, the latest technology is not being applied in our industry, even though there is a clear need for the practical application of technology that has been developed for another space.                

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
SESSION 6: Fiber Deployment
Session Chairpersons Bill Shroyer, SageRider; Doug Norton, Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions

This session will present a look at cutting-edge technologies, methods, and processes that being developed to further our remote sensing capabilities. 

DTS technology has been in use in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years. Advances in distributing sensing technologies have led to increased adoption in the industry. This increased adoption has also highlighted the challenges faced in getting systems successfully deployed in order to collect the required measurements.

12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
SESSION 7: Data Management, Visualization, Big Data, Data Fusion
Session Chairpersons Steve Hirshblond, Shell; Kelly Hughes, Chevron

In this session, presenters will share innovations in interoperability between various suppliers, use of standards, data management, data visualization, and data analytics.  

The value of surveillance monitoring relies on timely conversion of the raw data into information and a format that the decision maker can readily use. As the use of fiber-optic sensing becomes more prevalent, the need for easily moving and manipulating data and presenting it in a useful manner has become a necessity.                    

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
SESSION 8: Production and Injection Profiling/Flow Monitoring
Session Chairpersons Jeff App, Chevron; Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips

Thursday, August 30

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
SESSION 9: Integrity, Flow Assurance, and Pipeline Monitoring
Session Chairpersons Doug Norton, Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions; Roger Duncan, Baker Hughes, a GE company

This session will explore case histories, lessons learned, and explore the solutions to asset integrity and flow assurance issues 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.

Recent incidents involving pipelines have raised awareness of the need for better methods to prevent and mitigate potential problems related to the transportation of hydrocarbons. The adoption of distributed fiber optic sensing technologies to monitor wellbores, pipelines, flowlines and facilities could provide better solutions and improve public perceptions.

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
SESSION 10: Consortia Review
Session Chairpersons Eric Holley, Pinnacle; Wolfgang Deeg, Devon; Chris Baldwin, Weatherford

Brief overviews from the various organizations that are involved with formulating standards and protocols for the industry will be provided. A focus on current and planned activities for each organization will also be discussed.