SPE Workshop: A Wake Up Call – Optimising Drilling Fluids, Waste Management, and Cementing to Address the Challenges of Increased Activities 19 - 20 Aug 2019 Hilton Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About this Workshop

Workshop Description

An increased transition in drilling activities in Asia Pacific since the downturn have been impactful to both operators and services providers. Therefore, it is imperative that the industry continues to be on top of their game, by replicating best practices to achieve optimum drilling objectives, while ensuring the economic value and safety are kept as priorities.

Drilling and completion fluids, waste management and cementing are integral components in well construction. Well construction is becoming more complex as wells are being drilled in deeper waters and in areas with stringent environmental requirements. Drilling and completion fluids, and cementing design must consider all facets of a well construction, including maintaining well integrity throughout well life cycle, minimising formation damage to maximise productivity and reducing overall environmental impact.

An optimum drilling and completion fluids, and cementing design will assist in delivering the well safely, and within technical limits and budget. This workshop will focus on design improvements, best practices, lessons learnt and technological advancements in the sphere of drilling fluids and cementing, to maximise drilling performance in the current challenging environment. In addition, the workshop will also review and identify current and future drilling waste management technologies while complying with local environmental regulations.

Workshop Objectives 

This workshop provides a platform for industry professionals to have in-depth discussions with subject matter experts, covering areas such as:

  • Design optimisations and best practices in drilling and completion fluids as well as cementing for safe and value-added well delivery.
  • Technologies available for safe and technically sound delivery of complex wells such as in extended reach drilling (ERD), deepwater, HPHT and wells under extreme corrosive environment.
  • Latest innovation and technology advancement to maximise well productivity throughout the well life cycle.
  • Identify improvement opportunities from existing waste management practices and technologies application in compliance with local environmental requirements.

Benefits of Attending

This workshop will benefit professionals in drilling and completions, operators and service providers who are interested in learning about new technologies, relevant industry challenges and achievements and business outlook from benign to increased drilling activities.

Workshop Guidelines

Format and Programme

  • SPE Workshops maximise idea exchange among attendees and discussion leaders through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods.
  • Workshops typically span two (2) days with highly focused topics to provide attendees with practical information on the latest applications of relevant technology, illustrated with field case studies and examples.
  • Each day will consist of a morning and an afternoon technical session, and may include a scheduled evening session. Additionally, poster sessions may be arranged as part of the programme.
  • The technical programme is planned and developed by the Workshop Programme Committee, which comprises an international group of 12 to 15 subject matter experts. The programme committee is led by two Co-Chairs.

Abstract Submission and Speaking Opportunities

  • The technical programme is comprised of abstracts and informal presentations solicited by the committee.
  • There will be no paper publication in SPE OnePetro, hence manuscript submission is not required after an abstract has been reviewed and approved by the committee.
  • Only presentations that have been authorised for release by speakers/discussion leaders are compiled by SPE staff and distributed to attendees post-workshop.


  • All attendees (including committee members and speakers/faciliators/discussion leaders) are required to register for the workshop at accorded registration rates established by SPE. Such fee will cover attendance at all sessions, workshop programme, coffee breaks, networking luncheons and dinner (as indicated in the programme), Continuing Education Units (CEU) certification, and post-workshop pack.
  • The Chairs and members of the Workshop Programme Committee, and facilitators/speakers/discussion leaders, serve as volunteers in their work for the SPE event. SPE policy prohibits the paying of any SPE honorarium, or any travel or lodging expenses connected with committee work and/or speaking at the event.


  • SPE has a stated policy against use of commercial trade names, company names, or language that is commercial in tone in the abstract and presentation title, text or slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Programme Committee in evaluating abstracts and presentation materials.