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Technical Categories

The IPTC programme this year is a truly multidisciplinary programme. Members of the four sponsoring societies will rate the submitted papers. Papers should be submitted on the following topics:

  1. Advanced Concepts in Siliciclastics
    This topic covers subjects such as the recognition of subtle variances in siliciclastics depositional facies patterns in response to regional tectonic events, or the identification and upscaling of the microenvironment fabric.
  2. Advanced Geological Concepts in Carbonates
    Use of carbonate reservoir analogs, how to improve recovery and productivity in carbonate reservoirs. Evaluation and quantification of multi-level property heterogeneity in carbonate reservoirs within stratigraphic context.
  3. Advances in Reservoir Engineering Technology
    Advances in modelling, recovery process prediction, workflows, monitoring, measurement, and control.
  4. Awakening Old Resources
    Technologies for improvements in well productivity and recovery factor as well as drilling cost reduction.
  5. Carbon Capture and Utilisation
    Utilisation of the hydrocarbon energy resources should ensure the protection of the environment. This topic covers carbon capture and utilisation technologies, related process and case studies.
  6. Corrosion and Metallurgy in Gas Processing
    Comprehensive corrosion detection and inhibition programs are vital for safe and reliable Gas Processing Facilities. This topic covers both upstream and downstream facilities, including but not limited to pipeline protection technologies, inhibition management programs, and latest technologies on material selection and coatings.
  7. Data and Knowledge Management
    Data are acquired daily covering seismic, well and production and satellite images. This topic covers technologies, processes and case studies on how to organise, store, and retrieve these diverse data and more importantly how to integrate and transform them into knowledge to develop the energy resources.
  8. Digital Fields
    This topic covers the integration of data from all operations (exploration, drilling, monitoring) for modelling and prediction approaching real-time model update, drilling and completion optimisation and production optimisation.
  9. Drilling and Completion Technology
    Impact of new technology applications on reducing NPT, well cost, rig time, increasing performance-DTL, drilling reach and well productivities, enhanced safety, and rig automation.
  10. Exploration and Development of Deep Reservoirs
    The exploration and development of deep reservoirs often requires an innovative approach to maximize information and understanding from sparse and often lower quality datasets. This topic focuses on innovative approaches to identify deep reservoir potential, explore and appraise deep prospects and develop deep reservoirs.
  11. Exploration and Development of Subtle Traps
    New methods, processes, technologies and case studies addressing the efficient exploration and development of subtle traps such as stratigraphic and low relief traps in the presence of statics and multiple reflection challenges.
  12. Exploration Drilling, Completion and Testing Technologies
    Real-time pore pressure prediction, ECD management for deep wells/deepwater, sampling and real-time data interpretation (PVT/geochemistry), expandable contingency casing, ERD and mono-bore well designs for production use of discovery wells.
  13. Exploration in Frontier Areas
    This topic covers technologies to efficiently scan for hydrocarbon potential of the frontier areas such as airborne gravity and magnetic and geochemical surveys and satellite imagery along with efficient seismic and processing techniques and their combination.
  14. Extending the Life of Mature Fields
    Improving sweep efficiency, managing associated produced water and gas, facilities and well integrity issues due to corrosion, pipeline monitoring and assessment, well-head platform tower decommissioning, well abandonment.
  15. Facilities from Wellhead to Market
    Coupled modelling of reservoir and facilities for field development optimisation, minimising carbon footprints for offshore developments by CO2 capture and reservoir injection/sequestration (see also Topic 5).
  16. Gas Development (gas condensate, sour gas, tight gas, deep gas)
    This topic focuses on gas development case studies.
  17. Gas Processing, Facilities and Transportation
    State-of-art technologies, breakthrough case studies, and ambitious solutions to long standing issues. This topic covers a wide spectrum of the gas processing and transportation fields including but not limited to gas filtration, treatment, mercury removal, sulfur recovery and gas dehydration.
  18. Geomechanics Applications in E&P
    Reservoir structural geology, reservoir properties, subsidence, wellbore stability, sand prediction, sand face consolidation.
  19. Geophysical Challenges of the Near Surface
    Near surface complexities such as variation in topography, thickness and physical properties represent a major challenge to utilisation the geophysical techniques for exploration and development of existing fields. This topic covers technologies, processes and case studies that will address this issue.
  20. Green Technologies
    Drilling fluids, oil-water separation performance and other technologies allowing a better protection of the environment (see also Topic 5).
  21. Health, Safety and Environment
    All operations have to be conducted without harm to people and the environment. This topic covers processes, technologies and case studies on how to conduct the work safely without harming people and the environment.
  22. HSE in Gas Processing and Fuel Efficiency
    Enforced international regulations are driving gas processing facilities to comply with stringent HSE regulations that are playing a major factor on existing plant upgrades and new facilities design and costs. Scarce supply of fuel coupled with high cost stimulates end users to upgrade and build most efficient facilities. This topic will solicit papers on CO2, SO2 and NOx emission control, flare minimisation and safety behaviour programmes. It shall also solicit papers on clean burning and efficient utilisation of energy.
  23. Improved Oil Recovery
    ERD/ML/MRC, ICV/ICD completions, real-time operations, autonomous completions, new developments in downhole monitoring.
  24. Innovative Field Development Strategies
    Examples of the application of IOR and EOR technologies to provide innovative solutions to field development.
  25. Integrated Approaches to EOR
    EOR requires optimisation of integrated surface facilities and reservoir processes to improve reservoir sweep and recovery at economic and sustainable production rates.
  26. Integrated Field Development – Workflows and Technologies
    In integrated field developments the subsurface and surface solutions reinforce each other to optimise recovery, cost, time, operability, maintainability, sustainability with minimum impact on the environment.
  27. Integrated Geological Modelling
    Integrate all the available data to objectively combine the geological building blocks to accurately represent the architectural framework that can be used to model and risk rock properties.
  28. Integration: Business, People, Technology
    With the continuing increase in the complexity of technology and processes there is an even more urgent need for integration within and across functional teams. This topic will include papers on organisational structure, integration technology and case histories.
  29. LNG, GTL and Gas Value Chain
    This topic covers the increasing challenge of safety and risks of LNG transportation, technology advances for LNG Vessels and safety of LNG ports and berths. It shall also present the market forecast, drivers and latest related technology for LNG and GTL.
  30. Managing and Utilising the Experienced Workforce
    A large portion of the petroleum industry workforce is nearing retirement age. This "great crew change" has many potential consequences for the industry. This topic will focus on managing, effectively utilising and retaining the experienced workforce.
  31. Managing Risks and Uncertainties
    This topic covers the identification of both technical and non-technical uncertainties for investment decisions and operations such as uncertainties quantification and mitigation, value of information, economic and scenario analysis, and portfolio optimisation.
  32. New Advances in Geophysics
    This topic covers new advances in geophysical technologies from acquisition and processing to interpretation techniques and their impact on exploration and reservoir development and production strategies such as reservoir/fluid prediction, uncertainties and cost.
  33. Operations of Geology/Formation Evaluation
    Subsurface investigation methods; mud logging, logging while drilling, palaeontology and state of the art geochemical sampling are critical building blocks of a complete well database.
  34. People: Attracting, Training and Retaining
    With the aging of the manpower of our industry; the “crew change" is a reality. This topic covers issues with attracting and sourcing students, recruitment, professional training and career development of young professionals.
  35. Petroleum Systems
    The topic covers field case studies and recent advances in basin modelling as a truly predictive exploration tool and how this can improve success for yet-to-find resources.
  36. Proactive Reservoir Management & Monitoring
    I-Field vision of observing/listening to the reservoir and measuring the performance of advanced wells to optimise production and injection rates, sweep and recovery.
  37. Production Chemistry and Flow Assurance
    Wax, asphaltene and scale can impair sand face rock properties, wellbore performance, flowline and facilities capacities. H2S and CO2 can accelerate corrosion. We are especially interested in papers addressing the root causes rather than just the symptoms.
  38. Production Geochemical Techniques
    What can more advanced fluid properties measurements tell us on the rig and how can we use them in real-time decision making?
  39. Quantitative Geophysics: Data Acquisition to Reservoir Model
    This topic will include recent advances in geophysical acquisition, processing, applied geophysics and interpretation technology which have the potential to significantly improve our ability to provide improved images and extract additional quantitative information from seismic data for integration with the reservoir model.
  40. Regional Basin Analysis
    This topic covers innovation to integrate basin architecture with the sedimentary fill history, including palaeo-drainage and hinterland modelling case histories and how they may be applied to better predict reservoir distributions.
  41. Reserves and Resources Evaluation
    This topic covers guidelines and best practices in estimating reserves and their value, and the recommended frequency of evaluating assets as well as the status of reserves of small old fields with high operating costs, particularly in a fluctuating energy market.
  42. Reservoir Modelling and Workflows
    Reservoir modelling and workflows are challenged by the need for higher resolution, more multidisciplinary functionality, faster computation to handle increasingly complex reservoir properties, recovery processes and well architectures and completions. Optimal well placements and completions need these in a real-time environment.
  43. Reservoir Quality and Performance (e.g. Lithofacies,Diagenesis and Rock Typing)
    Reservoir rock typing has been effectively used to integrate information including primary depositional lithology, diagenesis, pore geometry and range of porosity and permeability. This session explores different approaches to reservoir rock typing and populating reservoir properties within a geologic and simulation model to correctly distinguish flow units.
  44. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, and Depositional Environments (e.g. Framework for Geological Modelling)
    Interpretation of the stratigraphic framework and environments of deposition requires careful integration of core, log, seismic scale data supported by outcrop and subsurface analogues. This session focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with building the stratigraphic framework and static reservoir characterization for use in geologic and simulation modelling.
  45. Socially Responsible Development
    This session will present different experiences, case studies, and views of the oil industry.
  46. Time Lapse in Carbonates: Experiences to Date
    The utilisation of seismic time lapse for field development in the carbonate environment is significantly more challenging than in the tertiary clastic setting. This topic will include papers on feasibility studies, technology application and results of seismic time lapse studies in carbonate reservoirs.
  47. Traps, Fault and Fracture Networks
    This topic will include papers on the detection and prediction of subtle traps, fault and fracture networks and their utilization for exploration and production. Papers will include geological & geophysical methods and case histories.
  48. Turning Waste to Value
    This topic welcomes papers covering the whole range of studies, from conceptual studies to case studies, and in particular discussions of how we quantify the fair value.
  49. Unconventional Oil and Gas
    These are exciting and potentially huge resources that will sustain global energy supply through the 21st century. Each unconventional resource has unique characteristics but lessons in methods of extraction, statistical inventory and risks that can be shared.
  50. Well and Facility Integrity and Maintenance
    This topic covers optimisation of existing investments and safe and efficient operations.
  51. Well Drilling Construction and Completion
    The increasing length of drilling reach (ERD) and completed reservoir sections (MRC) is breaching the limits of conventional well design, construction and completion. This topic covers applications of new or recent technologies and new ways to exploit existing technologies and operations to capture additional reserves and enhance recovery.
  52. Well Stimulation and Damage Removal
    Optimal well productivity and sweep are often impaired by formation damage. The probability of damage increases with increasing reservoir contact (e.g. MRC) due to increasing exposure time during drilling and completions. This topic covers technologies, procedures and case histories for damage prevention, removal and stimulation.

Deadline for submission: 21 March 2009
Submit your paper proposal online at www.iptcnet.org/2009
Alternatively, send completed form to IPTC Middle East Office,
P.O. Box 502217, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel.: +971.4.390.3540 • Fax: +971.4.366.4648 • Email: iptc@iptcnet.org

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