SPE Workshop: Using Instrumentation and Data to Optimize Thermal Operations 4 - 5 Jun 2019 Hudson Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Tuesday, June 04

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
07:55 - 08:30
Opening Remarks and Keynote
Moderator(s) Brad Kearl; Rick Stahl, Cona Resources

Keynote Presentation

Measurement Challenges in Thermal Heavy Oil Production

Craig Marshall

As a Flow Measurement Consultant at NEL, Craig’s responsibilities include working on a large variety of R&D, training and consultancy projects focused on single and multi-phase metering technology. He performs a variety of roles including project formulation, project management, technical lead, planning/delivering test work, data analysis and report writing.

Craig has spent 10 years at NEL completing work in the technical areas of engineering design and review for custody transfer and fiscal metering measurement systems, measurement allocation philosophy documents, measurement system audits and financial exposure calculations.

Currently, Craig is undertaking a doctorate degree at Coventry University in heavy oil and bitumen flow measurement and as part of the work has developed a Reynolds number correction method calculating flow and fluid physical properties in real-time.

08:30 - 10:00
Session 1: Understanding Well Inflow Using DAS
Session Chairpersons Ebrahim Ghanbari, Weatherford Canada Partnership; Mohammad Zeidani, CNOOC International

Risk management in thermal wellbore integrity can be promoted by the proper collection, processing and interpretation of data from various types of wellbore instrumentation. Challenges associated with current implementation of downhole instrumentation versus a touch on new technologies, improving the interpretation of the data provided by these instruments, and how to use this information to further improve well operations will be the focus of this session.


  1. FCD Acoustic Testing at Multiphase SAGD Conditions to Improve Interpretation of DAS Field Data

  •  Daniel Booy, C-FER Technologies and Lyle Burke, Devon Energy
  1.  Evaluating Flow Control Device Performance in SAGD Production Wells with Fiber-Optic DTS and DAS
  • Lyle Burke, Devon Energy and Ben Banack, Halliburton
  1. Utilizing DAS for Steam Plume Migration and Production in SAGD Operations
  • Carson Laing, OptaSense


10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: Observation Wells
Session Chairpersons Kim Bergman, ConocoPhillips Canada; Kyle Molzan, Petrospec Engineering Inc.

All operators are required to monitor temperature & pressure distribution within a producing pool and for in-situ thermal projects; however, the value of reservoir monitoring can be much more significant than meeting regulator directives.  The number and type of vertical wells used to monitor projects can vary greatly, but the significance of the data collected is often overlooked.  This session takes a closer look at opportunities to increase the value of collected data, improve completion designs, and manage unique challenges presented by observation wells.


  1. Temperature Alignment in Observation Wells
  • Ricardo Munoz, PetroChina
  1. Piezometer Data: Real or Broken?
  • Kim Bergman, ConocoPhillips Canada
  1. Utilizing IIoT for Fieldwide Optimization
  • Nael Sadek, Rockwell Automation


12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:30
Session 3: Applications of Subsurface Data for Improving Operations
Session Chairpersons Daniel Booy, C-FER Technologies; Scott Thompson, Athabasca Oil Corporation

This session will showcase operators’ experiences with downhole instrumentation directly.  The common theme is related to the interpretation and trust in the information that is being relayed back to the operator.  The practice of ensuring that quality information is used and the potential effects of that information interpretation on operational decisions and outcomes will be discussed.


  1. Value of DTS for Short Temperature Fall Offs(TFO)
  • Adrian Strong, CNRL
  1. Key Data for Optimizing SAGD Fields: SOR and Improving the Elusive Watercut Metering?
  • Bruce James, Suncor Retired and  John Graham, Suncor Energy
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
Session 4: Wellbore Integrity and Predictive Flow Monitoring with DTS and DAS
Session Chairpersons Kyle Molzan, Petrospec Engineering Inc.; Rick Stahl, Cona Resources; Faiz Zaini, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

This is a unique session where we will get a taste of what the future holds for downhole instrumentation from the wellbore integrity standpoint. The first presentation will start with cutting edge predictive analysis in flow and wellbore monitoring utilizing DTS, DAS data and other global sensors inputs in real time. It will be followed by a case study on how downhole instrumentation plays a crucial role in telling your wellbore integrity is at stake.


  1. Building Data-Driven Permanent Real-Time Full Wellbore Flow Monitoring Using Hybrid Distributed Fibre-Optic Simultaneous Vibration and Temperature Sensing Technology
  • Mahdi Mahmoudi, RGL Reservoir Management Inc. and Daniel Keough, Precise Downhole Services Ltd.
  1. Well Failure Analysis via Real-Time DTS: Can You Stop the Inevitable?

  • Donny Johnson, PetroChina Canada
16:00 - 17:30

Wednesday, June 05

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: Multiphase Measurement and ESP Optimization
Session Chairpersons John Graham, Suncor Energy; Javier Sanmiguel, Devon Energy

In this session two presentations will be focused on multiphase metering.  The first presentation will be on field implementation and validation of water cut measurements using Magnetic Resonance (MR) technology.  The second is an update of the field status and learnings using Multi Phase metering to determine oil rate, water rate and gas rate.    An additional presentation will discuss how ESP performance can be managed and optimized by analyzing the VFD performance without the use of filter and transformer.


  1. Water Cut Metering Using Magnetic Resonance (MR) Technology
  • Apostolos Kantzas and Jon Bryan, PERM Inc.
  1. Managing Downhole Assets with Direct Connected VFDs
  • Patrick Robinson, Altelec
  1. Purpose Engineering

  • Dean Piquette, Worley Parsons
09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:00
Session 6: New Monitoring Technologies
Session Chairpersons Kyle Lagran, Core Laboratories; Faiz Zaini, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

In this session presentations will be focused on New Monitoring Technologies.

The first presentation will be on Analyzing SAGD Producer Wellbore Instability and ESP Deterioration Using Dynamic Flow Simulations.  The second presentation focuses on a new way of monitoring erosion and corrosion.  The third presentation concentrates on using Stranded VFD data to improve ESP reliability.  The fourth presentation discusses the value of Monitoring ESPs with Electrical Gauges.


  1. Analyzing SAGD Producer Flow Instability and ESP Deterioration Using Dynamic Flow Simulations: A Field Case Study
  • Song Shang, Schlumberger
  1. Closing the “Gap” with Online UT
  • Mathew Walker, Suncor Energy; Joey Clarke, Spartan Controls
  1. Health Monitoring of Electrical Submersible Pumps in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Wells
  • Rahul Raveendran, University of Alberta
  1. Electronic Gauges – The Future of Bottom Hole Pressure
  • Scott Guilcher, Suncor Energy
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7: Data In, Insights Out - Case Studies of Extracting Actionable Insights from Data that Improve the Bottom Line
Session Chairpersons Glenn Thoben, Spartan Control Ltd.; Kent Qin, Osum Oil Sands Corp.

Recent developments in sensor technologies (such as distributed sensors, and IOT), coupled with new software capabilities have fueled our appetite for real-time, high fidelity data, at ever finer granularities. This has contributed to an unprecedented rate of growth in data availability that has created confusion in what data has value in this new era of big data; and has limited the ability of organizations to benefit from this data by turning data into actionable information.
In this session, we bring together cases studies from industry that showcase the best practices of data identification, collection, and using novel processes and tools of extracting information from the data and turning it into actionable insights.


  1. Questions Can Be Answered by the Liquid-Pool Depletion Model for SAGD Application: Optimum Subcool, Localized Hot Spots Effects, FCD Design and Instability Effect of Solvent
  • Mazda Irani, RPS Energy
  1. AMS Implementation for Maintenance and Reliability at MEG Energy
  • Jordan Cyron, MEG Energy
  1. Contextualizing the Digital Era- Data Source to Visualization; Getting the Right Data to the Users That Need It
  • Steve Barker, Spartan Controls
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8: Panel Session-Measuring the Success of Downhole Monitoring Systems
Session Chairpersons Brad Kearl; Rick Stahl, Cona Resources

Establishing reliability and confidence in downhole monitoring systems is a constant effort for thermal operators. Choosing a technology and determining how to best deploy it are just the first decisions that must be made. Decisions such as: Fibre or thermocouple? Permanently installed or drive by surveys? In coil or pump down? Every well, or a sample of wells? Once the data is retrieved, the interpretation and scrutiny of it must take place. Is the data absolute quantitative truth, or qualitative indication or neither? If the data is in question, how much effort (time and money) is reasonable to repair/remediate the instrumentation?

This panel will discuss current industry best practices used to improve the quality and confidence of our data streams, while also commenting on the instrumentation and data philosophies that their respective organizations follow.


  • Mark Bedry, Opcon Inc.
  • Lyle Burke, Devon Energy
  • John Graham, Suncor Energy
  • Kyle Molzan, Petrospec Engineering Inc.
  • Patrick Nolan, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.