About the Workshop

How to Achieve Simplicity by Removing Layers of Complexity

The oil industry has entered a new phase after being exposed to lower oil prices in 2014 with the expectations of “lower and longer”. This impacted many new developments with respect to pre-2014 times. As a reaction to such an environment, the industry shifted gears in various dimensions, like more constrained/disciplined capital-spending, digitalisation and continued increasing of unconventional oil production. Naturally, this had implications in technology development and research applications.

This also brought changes and developments in the area of PVT and fluid characterisation. In this workshop, we will cover the most recent developments especially in the context of capturing the behavior of complex reservoir fluids. Particularly, the focus will be on the challenging questions of when and what is needed for fluid properties under various conditions, of course within the constraint of the current environment.  Some of the key elements to be covered, but not limited, to the following:

  • Why do we need the data or computations or "gold-plated" approaches? - The test question: if it was your money would you do it (ask for experiments or extra computations that may be perceived to be not necessary)?
  • What PVT means in terms of recovery optimisation and flow assurance
  • What are the main obstacles for new technologies and their deployment?
  • Why is unconventional PVT different? And does it matter?
  • To what extent reservoir fluid evaluation can contribute to the field development plan?
  • Digitalisation and new approaches – where are we today and what will be the next?

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical ‎presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to ‎discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.‎

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and ‎lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the ‎press are not invited to attend.‎


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published, therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members.

Workshop Deliverables

The committee will prepare a workshop summary for public release.

Presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address and will be available to attendees after the workshop. 


In keeping with the workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.