Maximizing the Value of Geophysics in Unconventional Resource Plays

2-4 October 2018 | Dubai, UAE


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.

Whilst 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 with expressing these in economics terms.

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

Organizing Committee

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


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


SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Who should attend?

The workshop will cover a wide range of topics from exploration of basins to fracturing and production with special focus on economic value of geophysical technologies and workflows used. Case 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 / production engineers
  • Research institutes & academia

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.

Six sessions (three days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with the closing session at the end of the workshop providing an outlook going forward. The oral presentations are made up of 20-minute talks followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. After each session a 45 minute discussion session will be planned. The objective of this session is allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from eachother 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 45 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.

Call for Abstracts

Call for papers submission deadline: 30 April 2018
Submit your abstract to SEG Middle East.

We invite abstracts for the following technical topics, including but not limited to:

  1. Emerging Plays Globally 
  2. Geophysics in Modeling of Unconventional Petroleum Systems 
  3. Pushing the Limits of Legacy Data 
  4. Seismic Acquisition, Processing and Inversion Workflows 
  5. Multi-Component Seismic Data 
  6. Petro-Physics and Rock Physics 
  7. Core Analysis 
  8. Geomechanical Models 
  9. Reservoir Characterization and Sweet-Spot Mapping 
  10. Geophysics in Operational Geo-Steering 
  11. Fracturing and Seismic Monitoring 
  12. Case Studies 
  13. Defining Technology Gaps 
  14. Emerging Technologies and Workflows 

Abstract Format

Max 2 page abstract + 1 figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient detail for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be a minimum of 1 page, text plus 1 figure (optional), with a maximum of 2 pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x11 inch paper size, have text in Roman font, and include both text and figures. Title should be one or two-line, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 points. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 points, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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

Call for abstracts deadline
30 April 2018

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