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2018 37th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Perkins-Rosen Research Conference


Rocks to Recovery: The Path to Reservoir Characterization

December 3–4, 2018—Houston, Texas

Extended abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2018

The current economics in industry favors exploitation of conventional and unconventional resources over exploration. Conventional exploitation combined with the continued push, particularly in North America, into unconventional resource plays motivates the call for this research conference. It will explore the current state and future trends in reservoir characterization and examine how these trends improve recovery efficiency. This meeting aims to provide high-quality presentations by leaders in the field with the intent to illustrate improved techniques for the characterization of hydrocarbon assets, present optimal workflows, inspire high-level discussions, and look ahead to future research areas in reservoir management. A highlight of the meeting will be a core workshop to emphasize the importance of rock-based research to the reservoir management process. With this in mind, we are seeking contributions in the following subthemes:

Unconventionally Conventional Geologic Reservoir Characterization

This subtheme will cover a broad range of topics related to the characterization of geological heterogeneities in the reservoir. We are seeking focused presentations that will illustrate recent advances in characterization of geologic heterogeneity in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, as well as innovative techniques for the distribution of petrophysical properties in reservoir models with the intent to improve resource recovery efficiency.

Multidisciplinary Approaches for Improved Characterization

Optimal reservoir management requires a pursuit of understanding the factors that affect the efficiency of resource recovery. This subtheme will highlight the power of multidisciplinary integrated approaches to reservoir characterization. We are seeking presentations that illustrate workflows and techniques that successfully combine a wide range of techniques and disciplines at various scales and demonstrate their impact to reservoir production.

Applied Reservoir Geomechanics for Improved Recovery Efficiency

The unconventional revolution has forced the integration of rock mechanics, petrophysical properties, stratigraphy, and improved awareness of both natural and induced fractures. Conventional reservoir characterization also benefits from this enlightened awareness. This subtheme seeks presentations that explore the interwoven relationship between reservoir geomechanics and stratigraphic facies that underpin the effectiveness reservoir stimulation and recovery efficiency.

Computational Methods for Reservoir Characterization

The maturity and data-richness of many conventional assets and the ongoing voracious data collection in unconventional resources reminds us that we have massive information at our fingertips. Couple the data plentitude with the rapidly evolving world of machine-learning, deep-learning, and artificial intelligence that are prevalent in all areas of scientific research, we realize the potential of big data mining for improved reservoir characterization. The next wave of geoscientists will be asked to combine the learnings of their predecessors with being adaptable to quickly evolving advanced computing methods that will both make their efforts more efficient and enable them to ask insightful questions. This subtheme examines novel methods, distills the science, and promotes thought and discussion regarding the implementation of these new methods in reservoir management.

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