SPE Workshop: Next Chapter in Deepwater Drilling and Completions: Improving Efficiency and Reliability 17 - 18 Oct 2019 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa San Antonio, Texas, USA

Schedule | SPE Workshop: Next Chapter in Deepwater Drilling and Completions: Improving Efficiency and Reliability | 17-18 October 2019 | San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, October 16

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Terry N. Gardner

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic advance in the technology employed to identify and develop deepwater reserves. Through innovation and exploitation of high tech advances in related fields, the offshore industry has succeeded in overcoming major technological and economic challenges of deepwater. Deepwater operators as well as equipment and service providers have all made major contributions.


  • Marine seismic exploration
  • Drilling - well control, pressure management, riser/BOP, and MODUs
  • Station keeping—mooring and dynamic positioning
  • Currents, VIV, vessel hydrodynamics
  • Pipelines/flowlines – construction and maintenance
  • Production risers
  • Subsea completions– processing, control systems, well maintenance, and seafloor processing

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Thursday, October 17

07:00 - 07:50
08:00 - 08:30
Keynote Speaker: Michael New, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research - Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Wildcatting the Solar System: Drilling and Sampling Other Worlds

Dr. New will describe the history of drilling and sampling robotically on other worlds in our Solar System. He will compare and contrast this type of activity with drilling here on Earth. Opportunities for collaboration will be briefly discussed.

08:30 - 10:00
Session 1: The Challenges of Deepwater and Deep Space
Session Chairpersons Bala Gadiyar, Schlumberger; Fred Florence, Rig Operations

Two deepwater industry leaders give us their views of what opportunities and challenges lie ahead. They are joined by our keynote speaker for an extended Q&A.

Topic Speaker(s)
Leveraging Technology to Improve Deepwater Economics Jeremy Thigpen, Transocean
Enhancing Offshore Well Reliability via System Design and Engineering Kevin Whaley, BP
  Michael New, NASA


10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: Deepwater Wells: Requirements and Construction Challenges
Session Chairpersons David Curry, Consultant; Mike Loudermilk, Volturo NRG

The goal of this session is to highlight distinctive characteristics of deepwater reservoirs and their environments, and show how those drive well objectives, design, and construction.  Experience from different geographical regions will be used to identify key challenges, both common to deepwater and specific to each region, and ways in which those challenges can impact deepwater well design and construction decisions.

Topic Speaker(s)
Overcoming Deepwater Drilling Challenges While Improving Reservoir Productivity JC Cunha, Texas A&M University
Standardization: Successful Implementation of Driving Consistency in Deepwater Operations Darren Murphy, Shell
Improving Deepwater Kick Detection and Riser Gas Unloading Event Mitigation Eric van Oort, University of Texas at Austin


12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: Challenges and Techniques in Completing Depleted Reservoirs
Session Chairpersons Ying Zhang, Shell; Bala Gadiyar, Schlumberger

As deepwater fields start to deplete, completing wells becomes more challenging: for example, undesired losses during gravel packing leading to incomplete gravel pack. In this session, some of the key challenges and successful completion techniques deployed to mitigate will be discussed.

Topic Speaker(s)
Depletion Challenges on a Multistage Completion Michael Rodriguez, Chevron
Design a Horizontal Open Hole Gravel Packing Operation Utilizing Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) System for a Deepwater Environment Chih-Cheng Lin, Shell
Collaborative Planning and New Technology Helps Improve Rig and Stimulation Vessel Efficiency Troy Decker, BP


15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4: Risk Reduction in Deepwater
Session Chairpersons Paul Sonnemann, SafeKick Americas; Tony Reid, Future Production

Use of a deepwater MPD (closed-loop) circulating system from well design through well completion can significantly enhance overall well productivity. It can also help control or even reduce costs while greatly reducing exposure to major safety and environmental risks. In this session, operators will share experiences utilizing integrated deepwater MPD systems to increase well productivity, drilling efficiency, and control of riser gas events.

Topic Speaker(s)
Riser Gas Handling: Step Change in Risk Reduction Paul Sonnermann, SafeKick
MPD Case Study: Deep Water GoM Horizontal Lessons Learned Ivan Henry, BP
MPD Experiences Tom Proehl, Ensco


17:00 - 19:00
Technology Showcase and Reception

Participating Companies

Ace Oil Tools
Baker Hughes, a GE company

Friday, October 18

07:00 - 07:50
08:15 - 09:45
Session 5: Completion Practices Across the World
Session Chairpersons Kenyon Blake, Chevron ETC; RJ Wetzel, Consultant

In this session, three different completion techniques (either cased or openhole) from three regions will be presented.  In addition, the rationale for selecting  given technique will be discussed.

Topic Speaker(s)
Gorgon Stage 2: Design and Execution of Relable Subsea Cased Hole Completions with Oriented Perforating Guns Philip Crabtree, Chevron
Completion Selection Methodology and Challenges in Operating Areas Michael Hecker, ExxonMobil
Recent Experiences in Cased Hole Gravel Pack Completions: Key Factors Influencing Sand Control Integrity and Productivity Steve Tinker, BP


09:45 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:45
Session 6: Deep Water Drilling: Innovating the BOP: A Startup Perspective
Session Chairpersons Jorge Hernandez, Bastion Technologies

One sign of a healthy market is a willingness of investors to pursue innovative step-change solutions. This session focuses on BOP step changes and their innovators' approach to managing technical and commercialization risk. 

Topic Speaker(s)
Real-Time BOP Monitoring and Prognostics: Innovating in a Soft Offshore Market Matt Franchek, Model Based Solutions
From Aerospace to Subsea BOP Controls: Technology Transfer Challenges Jorge Hernandez, Bastion Technologies
A Winning Solution: Electrical BOP Technology Combined With an Open Water Drilling System (DGD) John Dale, Electrical Subsea & Drilling


11:45 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:45
Session 7: Completions New Technologies
Session Chairpersons Troy Decker, BP; RJ Wetzel, Consultant

During the last 3-5 years, significant advancement has been made by the industry to develop sand control completion technology for addressing the needs to improve efficiency, ability to complete long wells, etc.  Both cased and openhole new technologies that have been successfully implemented in the field will be presented.

Topic Speaker(s)
Multizone Single Trip System Case Studies Jeromie Poizat, Schlumberger
Wireless Reservoir Monitoring With Downhole Chemical Tracer Technology Scott Lavoie, Resman
Mind the Gap: The Need for Real-Time Downhole Data Throughout Well Construction Andrew Hawthorn, Baker Hughes, a GE company


14:45 - 15:15
15:15 - 16:30
Session 8: Hot Topics and Workshop Wrap-Up
Session Chairpersons Fred Florence, Rig Operations; Bala Gadiyar, Schlumberger

Bringing it together: how can the drilling and completion teams work more closely to improve the safety, efficiency, and economics of deepwater well construction.