Maximizing the Value of Geophysics in Unconventional Resource Plays

2-4 October 2018 | Dubai, UAE

Registration Open! Early Bird Deadline: 1 September 2018


2-4 October 2018
Dubai, UAE

Cost-efficient practices, along with the technological advancements in drilling and completion, are key enablers for obtaining economies of scale and achieving success in the development of unconventional resources.

While developing these resources is often an engineering optimization endeavor, geophysical technologies play an important role in addressing the uncertainties related to reservoir quality and completion effectiveness. This can consequently improve the value of unconventional plays.

However, geophysical workflows themselves are challenged by data-inherent constraints such as logistics, noise, and resolution. Geophysicists encounter difficulties quantifying the value of geophysics in unconventional resource plays and struggle to express in economic terms.

This workshop will address questions related to how the value of geophysics is measured throughout the unconventional asset lifecycle and how this value can be maximized. It will include discussions on geophysical workflows that address operational challenges, reservoir quality, and completion effectiveness.


SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting), Lunches (Tue.Wed.Thu) and Icebreaker on Tue.

Early Bird Registration Fee (by 1 September 2018)
US $1,250 (non-members) | US $1,150 (members)

Full Registration Fee (from 2 September 2018)
US $1,350 (non-members) | US $1,250 (members)

Rates are subject to 5% UAE VAT

Cancellation Policy

Please contact

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 2 October
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions; Icebreaker

Wednesday, 3 October
Morning and afternoon sessions

Thursday, 4 October
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

The workshop will cover wide topics from exploration of basins to fracturing with special focus on economic value of geophysical technologies and workflows used. Cases studies that demonstrate the applications and assessment of unconventional resources will be presented.

The workshop will be of significant interest to asset team leaders, geoscientists, reservoir engineers, data scientists & academia.

Students are welcome at a special reduced fee if presenting a poster.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field where they will be sharing their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants interested in unconventional reservoirs.

Five sessions (three days). The oral presentations are made up of 20-minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session a 60 minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each other what has worked for them and debate the issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 60 minutes.

Students: Presentations of posters will also be allowed to give ample time for the delegates to discuss with the poster’s author(s) the topic of the poster. Posters will be displayed in the workshop room available for viewing during coffee breaks and afternoon free time after each session.


Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai, UAE:

  • Single occupancy – AED 815.00 net with breakfast and WiFi
  • Double occupancy – AED 890.00 net with breakfast and WiFi

Above rates are per room, per night, inclusive of 10% service charge, 10% municipality fees. Rates are subject to 5% VAT and "Tourism Dirham" Fees of AED 20

Reservations must be made on or before 30 August 2018 in order to take advantage of the group rate. Book your accommodation at the group rate for the workshop

Workshop Venue

Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai, UAE

The luxury hotel is just moments away from Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) -home to The Walk, which offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Dubai Marina is close by as well. Unwind in one of our beautifully designed hotel rooms and suites, which boast sophisticated design, plush bedding, free Wi-Fi and lighted makeup mirrors in the bathroom - as well as views of the beach or the resort garden. Visit one of our many on-site restaurants, serving succulent steak, Italian classics and more. Be sure to schedule some time for a little relaxation at our resort spa after a day spent exploring JBR or lounging on the beach.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG using the "Generate Invitation Letter" button. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use if required.

For Visa requirements for entering Dubai, contact the U.A.E embassy for nearest you. If you are staying at the hotel mentioned above, Visa Application service is available on request, please contact the hotel for further information.

Please note that SEG do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to UAE.

Technical Program

This workshop will address questions related to how the value of geophysics is measured throughout the unconventional asset lifecycle and how this value can be maximized. It will include discussions on geophysical workflows that address operational challenges, reservoir quality and completion effectiveness.

Technical topics to be discussed:

  • Emerging Plays Globally
  • Pushing the Limits of Legacy Data
  • Seismic Processing and Inversion Workflows
  • Petro-Physics and Rock Physics
  • Core Analysis
  • Geomechanics
  • Reservoir Characterization
  • Sweet-Spot Mapping
  • Fracturing and Seismic Monitoring
  • Regional and Global Case Studies
  • Digital enablement in Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Machine Learning


Opening Address 
Ahmed Hakami, Saudi Aramco 

Keynote Speakers 
Christopher Fredd, Schlumberger 
Colby Fuser, Halliburton 
Michael Shaver, ADNOC 
Mohammed Duhailan, Saudi Aramco 

Technical Committee

Chair: Mohammed Badri, Schlumberger
Co-Chair: Mohammed Al-Duhailan, Saudi Aramco


  • Abdelwahab Noufal, ADNOC
  • Abdullah A. Al-Shuhail, KFUPM
  • Aly Bassiouny, Weatherford
  • Hicham El Hajj, Halliburton
  • Mehaboob Abdulazeez, Saudi Aramco
  • Mohamed Abdulla, Tatweer Petroleum
  • Randal J. Gill, Saudi Aramco
  • Roger May, CGG

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Packet or contact Bhavana Raj for additional information.

Important Dates

Early Bird Registration Deadline
1 September 2018

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