Monday, November 27

08:00 - 16:00
Training Course: Flow-Control-Devices for Thermal Recovery Operations
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Mazda Irani

This 1-day course is an introduction to design and optimization of Flow-Control-Devices (FCDs) and to thermodynamics and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) in horizontal wells in Thermal Recovery Operations for both SAGD and SA-SAGD. The interaction between reservoir and FCD, and design charts created to evaluate the response of the FCD are discussed. The following topics will be covered:

  • Different types of the Flow-Control-Devices defining their characteristic curves, and Operating Principles of FCDs
  • The review of Previous Use of the Flow-Control-Devices in Canadian SAGD projects: pros and cons.
  • Introduction to thermodynamics and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT): basic law such as: Clausius-Clapeyron Equation, Dalton's law, Henry's Law and Raoult’s law are explained and practical examples such as temperature reduction in chamber due to NCG injection, and temperature reduction at Azeotropic point in ES-SAGD process will be solved numerically. 
  • Production Challenges in Solvent Operation: Liquid-pool model and concept will be explained and concern with steam trap control for Nsolv will be discussed and numerically explained. 
  • Effects of Steam quality on Inflow- Control-Devices (ICD) and Outflow-Control-Devices (OCD). 
  • Flashing effect in FCD for both SAGD and SA-SAGD applications
  • Liquid Pool modeling: a method to calculate the liquid pool level from temperature profile in observation wells will be discussed, and an algebraic equation for liquid pool depletion based on wellbore drawdown, subcool and emulsion productivity is generated and discussed in practical examples. A minimum subcool concept (or target reservoir subcool) is discussed and calculated as a function of skin and pressure draw-down. 

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Become familiar with fundamentals of phase behavior modeling 
  • Be able to carry out simple phase-equilibria calculations 
  • Become familiar with fundamentals of multi-phase flow in pipe
  • Be able to read and understand the FCD characteristic curves
  • Be able to optimize a FCD for a given producer
  • Be able to carry out simple nodal analysis for SAGD producer
  • Become familiar with fundamentals of steam trap control and minimum subcool concept
  • Understanding benefits and limitations of implementation of FCDs for SAGD producer

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16:30 - 16:40
Welcome Remarks by Symposium Co-Chairs

Jesse Gore, Sr. Well Integrity Engineer - MEG Energy

Shaista Jivraj, Exploitation Engineer - Canadian Natural

16:40 - 18:00
Opening Keynote and Panel: Alberta’s Energy Outlook & Future Cascade Ballroom

Session Chairs: Jesse Robert Gore - MEG Energy; Shaista Esmail - Athabasca Oil Corporation; Trevor Meador - Precision Well Servicing

This session will provide the  context through a discussion on the energy future, emerging geopolitics of energy development, the energy outlook in Alberta and Canada, and perspectives on how organizations and professionals will remain competitive in the future.


Moderator: Trevor Meador, Director, Sales and Marketing - Precision Well Servicing


  • Jim Campbell, VP Public Policy & Government Relations - MEG Energy
  • Vanessa Rawlins, VP, Operations and Capital Execution - ConocoPhillips
  • Michael Verney, Executive Vice President - McDaniel 


18:00 - 20:00

Tuesday, November 28

07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
01  Well Construction for Lifelong Integrity and Production Assurance Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Ian Kyle Peleshok - Alberta Energy Regulator, Mohammad Shaikh - Cenovus Energy
Properly designing and completing a well is crucial to its overall integrity. The presentations in this session will discuss methods that can be implemented to ensure a thermal well will maintain integrity both in the long-term and short-term for maximizing production.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 Successful Field Implementation of an Integrity Focused DigitalMonitoring System for Tubular Running in a Challenging Thermal ERD Application T. Abs, Suncor Energy; S. Taubner, Volant
0900-0930 Cement Integrity Improvements from Novel Cementing Technique K. Gronning, Core Design
0930-1000 Mitigating Gas Migration Using Foamed Cement On Shallow Thermal Wells In Northeast Alberta C. Sylvestre, Sanjel Energy Services; J. Oliveira, Suncor Energy
Alternate Thermal Liner Top Anchor Packer J. Golinowski, Tier 1 Energy Solutions
10:00 - 10:30
10:00 - 10:30
PO01  Knowledge Sharing ePosters 1
Time Paper # Presentation
1015-1030 Thermal Liner Top Anchor Packer J. Golinowski, Tier 1 Energy Solutions
10:30 - 12:00
02  Well Interventions, Conversions, and Redrills Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons John Runciman - C-FER Technologies, Jesse Stevenson - Variperm Canada Energy Services
This session focuses on technologies and processes utilized to improve well integrity and safely enable the conversion of non-thermal wells for thermal operations. Case studies will be presented regarding: (i) the use of biocement to reduce Surface Casing Vent Flows; (ii) an evaluation of corrosion logging tools in a controlled laboratory environment; (iii), the conversion of non-thermal wells for CSS operations; and (iv) enhancements to a well integrity program discovered during redrilling. This session is intended for drilling, completion, and well integrity engineers, as well as associated logging tool and software vendors.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 217422 Production & Operations Biomineralization - A New Solution For Surface Casing Vent Flow J. Griffin, BioSqueeze Inc.; R. Bean, Independent; R. Hiebert, H. Binde, BioSqueeze Inc.
1100-1130 Downhole Casing Corrosion Inspection Technology Evaluation by Full-scale Testing G. Tao, C-FER Technologies
1130-1200 A Case Study on CNOOC’s Well Integrity Program Lessons Learned for Redrill Well Candidates J. Lucic, CNOOC International
Alternate 217419 Drilling Restoring Well Production By Replacing The Damaged Area With Thermally Operated Bismuth Alloy: A Cure For Leakage Z. Al Marhoon, Saudi Aramco; D. Shearer, Wellbore Integrity Solutions; A. Sharaawi, Saudi Aramco; S. Swadi, Wellbore Integrity Solutions
Alternate Controlled Casing Expansion Technology (CET) for Improved Well Bore Integrity I. Cameron, Winterhawk Technologies
12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
03  Casing Integrity Evaluation in Thermal Wells Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Barkim Demirdal - Canadian Natural, Mazda Irani - Ashaw Energy

Thermal wells exposed to conditions that will deform casing due to thermal-mechanical forces and geomechanical impacts. This session will show some of the new tools and technologies used to 1) quantify the amount of strain casing is being exposed to during thermal service, 2) detect deformation of casing and tubing to understand the risk of loss of wellbore access and loss of integrity, 3) understand the impact of impairments on the casing caused by thermal service. This session is intended for completion, well integrity and production engineers as well as vendors that are in logging and well servicing industry.

Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 Monitoring a SAGD Reservoir Using Long Term Distributed Strain Measurements: A Caprock Integrity Case Study R. Buzea, Cenovus Energy; C. Hawks, Baker Hughes
1400-1430 Thru-Tubing Casing Deformation and Tubing Eccentricity Evaluation N. Sookram, Gowell Oilfield Technology Canada
1430-1500 High-resolution Acoustic Imaging for Submillimetric Casing Integrity Assessments and Advanced Burst Pressure Analyses R. Reeves, DarkVision Technologies; C. Dyck, Imperial; T. Pehlke, DarkVision Technologies
15:00 - 15:30
15:00 - 15:30
PO02  Knowledge Sharing ePosters 2
Time Paper # Presentation
1515-1530 217419 Drilling Restoring Well Production By Replacing The Damaged Area With Thermally Operated Bismuth Alloy: A Cure For Leakage Z. Al Marhoon, Saudi Aramco; D. Shearer, Wellbore Integrity Solutions; A. Sharaawi, Saudi Aramco; S. Swadi, Wellbore Integrity Solutions
15:30 - 17:00
Panel Session: Surface Casing Vent Flow Cascade Ballroom

Session Chairs: Wendy Akins - GLJ; Jodi Anderson - Imperial; Michelle Wolanski 

Join us for an in-depth discussion on Surface Casing Vent Flows (SCVF) in thermal wells.  We will start the session with data and insights from the regulatory  on SCVFs.  We will then invite a panel of industry experts to discuss how they detect, verify, repair and monitor SCVF in their operations.  We will be seeking opinions from the experts on tried-and-true methods of detection,  timing of repair, repair techniques and insights to new technology that may assist with SCVFs.  Audience participation is welcome in this session with questions and their own experience and insight. 

Moderator: Barkim Demirdal, Well Integrity Engineer - Canadian Natural


  • Kristi Clark, Completions Engineer - Cenovus Energy
  • Leah Davies, Well Abandonment Lead – Imperial Oil 
  • Gary Ericson, Regional Manager, Field Operations Lloydminster, Energy Regulation Division - Ministry of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan

  • Doug Goda, Well Integrity Engineer - ConocoPhillips

  • Scott Mundle, Associate Professor - University of Windsor

  • Ian Peleshok, Wellbore Engineer - Alberta Energy Regulator

17:00 - 18:30
19:00 - 22:00
Bowling Social Event Banff Springs Bowling Centre

This SPE social event is held alongside the Symposium for attendees to get active and meet new people in a relaxed setting. ​​


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Wednesday, November 29

07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
Panel Session: Liner Failure Remediation - Best Practices Cascade Ballroom

Session Chairs: Trevor Meador, Precision Well Servicing; Mohammad Shaikh, Cenovus Energy

This session will bring industry experts together to discuss problems, solutions and best practices when dealing with liner failures in thermal well operations. The panel will discuss methodologies around candidate selection, repair methods and best practices to ensure remediation is cost-effective and resistant to short-term failure.


Moderator: Mohammad Shaikh, Senior Drilling Engineer - Cenovus Energy


  • Mike Miller, Sr. Reservoir Engineer - Cenovus Energy
  • Fernando Gaviria, Production Engineering Advisor - SAGD - Suncor Energy
  • Scott Pruett, Production/Completions Engineer - AERA Energy

  • Kelcie Smith, Drilling Engineer – ConocoPhillips 

10:00 - 10:30
10:00 - 10:30
PO03  Knowledge Sharing ePosters 3
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1015 Controlled Casing Expansion Technology (CET) for Improved Well Bore Integrity I. Cameron, Winterhawk Technologies
1015-1030 Novel, All-metal Rotary Positive Displacement Pumps For Thermal Applications H. Beaumont, G. Montie, Rotoliptic Technologies
10:30 - 12:00
04  Production Optimization & Monitoring: Challenges & Successes Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Mahdi Mahmoudi - Variperm Canada Energy Services, Bradley Kearl - Canadian Natural
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 Online Optimization and Surveillance of SAGD Production Wells R. Bal, D. Hocking, Madala Software; A. Ramnauth, Suncor Energy
1100-1130 High GVF Gas Handling - Shrouds A. O'Reilly, ConocoPhillips
1130-1200 217421 Completions Unleashing Thermal Potential: Successes and Challenges in Steam Injection Well Completions for Thermally Assisted GOGD Heavy Oil Field N. Nofali, M. Amri, M. Shaibani, T. Vandeweijer, M. Diri, Petroleum Development Oman
12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
05  Geothermal Well Design and Operations Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Candice Malvin - Connacher Oil and Gas, Jonathan Gordon Olsen - Tenaris Canada
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 Geothermal Applicability of Strain-Based Casing Design Guidelines from Extreme Temperature Oil and Gas Wells S. Miller, Noetic Engineering 2008 Inc
1400-1430 Increase the Lifecycle of a Well: An Innovative Look at Scale Removal in Thermal and Geothermal Wellbores R. Longval, Blue Spark Energy
1430-1500 Well Design and Operational Considerations for Deep Geothermal in Hot, Dry Rock B. Tracey, Eavor Technologies
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Breakout Sessions


Topic 1: Sands, Clays & Scale, Oh My!: Discussing a Variety of Chemical Stimulation Treatments on SAGD Wells
Facilitator: Jesse Gore, MEG Energy, Candice Malvin, Connacher Oil and Gas and Nadia Miller, ConocoPhillips

Room: Cascade Ballroom

This session is directed to those interested in discussing chemical stimulation treatments on SAGD producer wells. With operators looking at how to get more out of their existing wellbores, the use of chemical stimulation treatments are being used to mitigate sand and scale limitations. Through interactions between operators, service providers, and chemical stimulation experts, this session will provide an introduction to conditions wellbore chemicals may treat, how best to plan a treatment workover, and troubleshooting recommendations for flow back to minimize impact to the processing facility. The hope for the outcome of this session is to come away with new insight into the treatment or reduction of clays, scales, and sands in your wellbores as well as the steps to plan and execute chemical stimulation workovers from the wellhead to the plant inlet.

Topic 2: Thermal Compatibility
Facilitator: Wendy Akins, GLJ, Barkim Demirdal, Canadian Natural and Ian Peleshok, Alberta Energy Regulator 

Room: Ivor Petrak Room

In addition to the steam injection and bitumen production wells in thermal assets, there are other wells in thermal areas that were drilled before even thermal EOR techniques were developed. Integrity of those wells needed to be verified and confirmed through thermal compatibility process.  Purpose of this break-out session is to discuss the thermal compatibility assessment process and how each operator handles it from organizational and operational perspectives. Moderators will provide questions to audience with the purpose of understanding the challenges and opportunities to streamline thermal compatibility assessment among peers to gain alignment and unified approach.

Topic 3: Well Design and Operation
Facilitator: Shaista Jivraj, Canadian Natural, Sam Miller, Noetic Engineering and Jesse Stevenson, Variperm Energy Services

Room: Alhambra Ballroom

Join us for a breakout session that will explore thermal wellbore design and operation under various reservoir scenarios. Through thoughtful questioning, we will collaborate with leading thermal professionals and service providers to discuss wellbore design best practices, designs for tough reservoirs and go over technology that can aid with optimal SAGD production. This session will provide you with valuable insights on designing, deploying, and operating the most cost-effective and efficient SAGD liners in Western Canada's toughest conditions.


Thursday, November 30

07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
06  Flow Control Devices Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Scott Pruett - Aera Energy LLC, Richard Michael Stahl - Strathcona Resources
Flow control devices (FCDs) are used to overcome the problems with uneven steam trap height, allowing for more aggressive production rates through improved effective well length. This session focuses on technologies and processes utilizing FCDs in new well construction and existing well interventions. Presentations will include design considerations and application of specialized equipment to achieve improved conformance and longevity. Case studies will be presented to share application and deployment learnings and techniques. This session is intended for drilling, completion, production and well integrity engineers.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 Sand Control Design Considerations for Horizontal Wells: Installation Loading and Failure of Sand Control Screens M. Mahmoudi, M. Hughes, Variperm Energy Services
0900-0930 217423 Completions Flow Control Device and Liner Floatation: Key Technology Driver in Extreme Extended Reach Shallow Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Wells H. Izadi, University of Alberta; M. Roostaei, M. Mahmoudi, J. Stevenson, A. Tuttle, Variperm Energy Services; G. Bustamante, S. Rhein, COSL Canada; C. Sutton, Variperm Energy Services; R. Mirzavand, J. Leung, University of Alberta; V. Fattahpour, Variperm Energy Services
0930-1000 DAS Inflow Profiling for SAGD Wells - Insights from COSIA JIP & Drive-bys A. Abraham, Canadian Natural
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
07  New Technologies Cascade Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Samantha Miller - Noetic Engineering, Michelle Wolanski - Independent
Increasing complexity in thermal wells demands continued development of new technologies and approaches to ensure well integrity. This session will explore opportunities to enhance well performance through novel approaches to well design optimization, completions, and thermal recovery.
Time Paper # Presentation
1030-1100 Optimization of Longer Reach Wells’ ‘Reaching Farther’ -Connacher’s Experience G. Wozney, Conacher Oil and Gas
1100-1130 Screening High Temperature Foams with Microfluidics for Thermal Recovery Processes H. Acosta Ramirez, Suncor Energy; T. De Haas, Interface Fluidics
1130-1200 Automatic Diverter Valve for Direct to SAGD K. Eto, Suncor Energy
Alternate Novel, All-metal Rotary Positive Displacement Pumps For Thermal Applications H. Beaumont, G. Montie, Rotoliptic Technologies