SPE Workshop: Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management 27 - 29 Aug 2019 Hilton Denver Inverness Denver, Colorado, USA


Sunday, August 25

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Fiber-Optic Sensing -- Introduction to the Technology and In-Well Sensing Applications
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Dennis Dria

This course introduces engineers and geoscientists to fiber-optic sensing technology that is used for well and reservoir diagnostics and surveillance. It provides in-depth technology awareness, including underlying theories of operation and breadth of well and reservoir applications, what it takes to deploy these sensing systems in a well, and the basic tools to determine whether fiber-optic sensing has the potential to address key well and reservoir uncertainties.

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Monday, August 26

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Design of Fiber-Optic DTS and DAS Well Installations
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Dennis Dria and Bill Shroyer

This one-day training event introduces completion, production, surveillance and reservoir engineers to the design of fiber-optic DTS (distributed temperature sensing) and DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) well installations.  A basic understanding of the principles and benefits of DTS, DAS and surveillance monitoring technology in general is assumed.

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17:30 - 19:00

Tuesday, August 27

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 1: Keynote Session - Operator Forum on Fiber-Optic Sensing Deployment: Value, Opportunities, Strategies and Gaps
Moderator(s) Dennis Dria, Myden Energy Consulting, PLLC; Steve Hirshblond, Hairomange Inc.

The oil industry uses fiber optic sensing to improve the effectiveness of well completions, to diagnose well and near-wellbore integrity, and to gain insights into well operations to improve production and recovery. This session will be a moderated operator forum to shed light on the value realized from fiber optic sensing, identify opportunities for additional application of this technology, and review strategies for its implementation. Additionally, this panel of experts will address real and perceived gaps in and roadblocks to wider application of fiber optic sensing. The general audience will be welcomed to participate in these discussions.

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 2: Seismic Applications I
Session Chairpersons Baishali Roy, ConocoPhillips; Barry Freifeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Seismic applications of DAS particularly timelapse VSP's and microseismic continue to grow with enhancemment of the sensitivity of the DAS interrogation system, advent of engineered fibers and advancement in our experiences with fiber deployment methods. Utility of DAS for microseismc, slow crosswell strain and frac monitoring can provide a cost effective solution to adress multiple objectives. This session will explore case histories, lessons learned, new advances and value of application to both conventional and unconventional reservoirs as well as shallow SAGD applications. 


• Presentation 1: Processing and Modelling of Microseismic DAS

Garth Naldrett, Silixa

• Presentation 2: 3D Microseismic Event Locations from DAS Sensing Data

Timur Mukhtarov, Halliburton

• Presentation 3: Status of 4D DAS VSP for Frequent Monitoring in Deepwater

Albena Mateeva, Shell

11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 3: Integrity, Flow Assurance, and Pipeline Monitoring
Session Chairpersons John Lovell, DataValue Consultants; Doug Norton, Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions

 Recent incidents involving pipelines has 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. This session will explore the case histories, lessons learned, and 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.     


• Presentation 1: Challenges in Verification and Validation of External Fiber Optic Leak Detection Systems

Chris Minto, Optasense

• Presentation 2: The Application of Distributed Differential Temperature Sensing for Pipeline Leak Detection Requirements

Matt McDonald, Fotech Solutions

• Presentation 3: Pipeline Integrity Monitoring with High Fidelity Sensing

Steven Koles, Hifi


14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 4: Design of Data Acquisitions: Strategies and Workflows
Session Chairpersons Pierre Ramondenc, Schlumberger Well Services; Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips

Each well or pilot project is designed with business objectives, constraints, and a certain level of uncertainty in mind.  To reach the objectives and address uncertainties, it needs to be ensured that proper data is collected at the right time and under the right settings.  Determining the installation type(s), conveyance and acquisition means, data type, data quantity, and timing needs to be designed into each test.  This session will show examples of strategies and decision-making workflows that are utilized to align design with business objectives.  


Presentation 1: How to Twist and Turn a Fiber: Using Modelling to Ensure a Successful Microseismic Survey with DAS

Andreas Wuestefeld, NORSAR

• Presentation 2: Optimizing DAS Seismic and Strain Measurements for Unconventional Reservoir Monitoring

Andres Chavarria, OptaSense

• Presentation 3: Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring and Optimization Using a High Precision Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor

Pete Richter, Silixa

16:30 - 18:00

Wednesday, August 28

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: Emerging and Enabling Technologies/New Technologies
Session Chairpersons Bill Shroyer, SageRider; Steve Hirshblond

This session will address both emergent and enabling technologies that advance the use of fiber-optic monitoring in the oilfield. 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. This session will focus on those newly introduced optical sensing technologies and methodologies that have the greatest potential to impact the oil and gas business.


Presentation 1: Effectiveness of DAS VSP Data Using Multi-Mode Fiber

Mark Willis, Halliburton

Presentation 2: Distributed Fiber Optics Sensing Application for Gas-in-riser Detection and Mitigation for Offshore Well Control
Jyotsna Sharma, Louisiana State University

Presentation 3: High Precision Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor for Advanced Geophysical Applications
Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 6: Stimulation Diagnostics
Session Chairpersons Paul Huckabee, Shell; Neha Sahdev, Halliburton

This session will present examples of stimulation monitoring using distributed sensing methods utilizing fiber optics sensing. These diagnostics are critical for evaluating completion effectiveness in wells with multiple treatment intervals to determine volume distribution along a wellbore. Inflow distributions will be presented to illustrate relative flow contributions from each interval, and within intervals, and the dynamic flow behavior with time. This session will also focus on decision making that leads to optimized completions/asset development.


• Presentation 1: Comparison of FIPs Generation Using Permanent and Fiber Coil Warmback Data with a XLE Perforation Design

Joe Walunas, Oasis

• Presentation 2: Pod Diversion Performance Evaluation using Fiber Optics (DAS, DTS and Downhole P/G Gauges) in Extended PnP Stages

Gustavo Ugueto, Shell

• Presentation 3: Frac Automation Advancement Using Fiber Optics

Eric Holley, Halliburton

11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7: Fiber Deployment
Session Chairpersons Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips; Steve Hirshblond

DTS technology has been in use in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years.  Continued advances in distributing sensing technologies overall has led to increased adoption in the industry.  This increased adoption has also highlighted the challenges faced in getting systems (and fiber in particular) successfully deployed in the wellbore to collect the required measurements.  This session will present a look at cutting edge technologies, methods and processes that are being developed to further improve our deployment capabilities. 


• Presentation 1: Advancements in Low Cost, Disposable Fiber Optic Well Interventions

Tad Bostick, Well-SENSE Technology

• Presentation 2: Low Profile Cables and High Accuracy Oriented Perforating

Kelly McCoy, TouchRock

• Presentation 3: Intervention Based DFO Used to Evaluate Parent-Child Interaction along the Well Bore

Matthew Lawrence, Ziebel

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8: Production and Injection Profiling/Flow Monitoring
Session Chairpersons Kelly Hughes, Chevron; Jeff App, Chevron

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.    


• Presentation 1: Modelling and Interpretation of Temperature Warm-Back/Flow-Back Data to D  termine Flow Capacity per Layer/Fracture in Conventional/ Unconventional Reservoirs

Mehdi Zeidouni, Louisiana State University

• Presentation 2: Fiber Optic Sensing-Based Production Logging Methods for Low-Rate Oil Producers

Kyle Friehauf, ConocoPhillips

• Presentation 3: Two-Phase Flow Monitoring with  DAS: Findings from Horizontal and Vertical Flow Loop Experiments

Aleksei Titov, Colorado School of Mines

• Presentation 4: Field Application of Transient Temperature Analysis

Dmitry Kortukov, Schlumberger

Thursday, August 29

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 9: Integration of DTS/DAS Sensing with Emerging Sensing/Applications with Fiber Optics and Additional Sensors
Session Chairpersons Neha Sahdev, Halliburton; Tommy Langnes, BP

This session will address newly introduced optical sensing technologies and methodologies specifically designed for E&P as well as those emerging from other industries.  They have the potential to lead to new oil & gas applications as well as improve the economics and lower the risks associated with fiber-optic deployment. This session will focus on integrating various sensor's measurements and newer fiber optics sensing capabilities like DAS MSM.      


• Presentation 1: Hybrid DAS and Geophones Acquisition

Oleg Valishin, Sercel

• Presentation 2: Gains from Integrated Distributed Measurement Interpretation Workflow

Jacques Haus, Schlumberger

• Presentation 2: DAS Monitoring of Subsea Wells

Garth Naldrett, Silixa

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 10: Data Management, Visualization, Big Data, Data Fusion
Session Chairpersons Don Yang, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Chris Baldwin, Weatherford

The value of surveillance/reservior 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 is a necessity; in addition to presenting the information in a useful manner. In this session, presenters share innovations in interoperability between various suppliers, use of standards, data management, data visualization, and data analytics.


• Presentation 1: A Solution to Handle Efficiently DAS Multi-Terabyte Datasets, their Metadata and File Hierarchy

Ross Philo, Energistics Consortium Inc

• Presentation 2: Adopting PRODML Standard in Cloud- based DAS Big Data Service for Oil and Gas E&P 
Sreejith Gopinathan, Baker Hughers, a GE company

• Presentation 3: Data Storage, Streaming, Interfacing and Visualisation Standards for DAS Interrogators

Garth Naldrett, Silixa