SEG | SPE Advanced Geophysical Applications in Drilling and Well Placement Optimization

18–20 February 2019


18–20 February 2019
Dubai, UAE

As the oil and gas industry strives for efficiency and low cost of operations, drilling and well placement require integrated workflows that combine subsurface information such as geophysical, geological, and petrophysical data in order to optimize well placement. Subsurface geologic structures are provided by surface seismic data in terms of depth to target bed boundaries, fault locations, geologic dip, and reservoir quality in terms of porosity and lithology. This information is vital in the planning and preparation for drilling exploration, field development, and horizontal well placement. Fractures and lithology sensitive to drilling fluids’ chemistry also add more challenges to the drilling environment. Contingency plans are normally prepared in order to manage drilling surprises such as over-pressure and gas kick-in formations. New technology developments, such as deep electromagnetic imaging while drilling, seismic-guided drilling, pressure while drilling, and real-time geomechanics, play an important role in reducing risk and optimizing costs. Maximum Reservoir Contact (MRC) wells based on reservoir simulation platform have brought new ways of optimum well placement. Looking ahead of the drilling bit and analysis of rock cuttings are also important in well placement. Joint inversion of seismic, based on Full Waveform Inversion (FWI) and deep electromagnetic data, has proven valuable in well construction and geosteering of wells in real time. Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), examples of which include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, and Deep Learning, has brought a new way of integrating and analyzing digital data and enables real-time decision making that is improving efficiency and optimizing cost. AI, IoT, and machine learning will be included in the technical program.

Organizing Committee

  • Mohammed Badri, Schlumberger – Committee Chair
  • Mohammed Kanfar, Saudi Aramco – Committee Co-chair
  • Mohamed Al Hinai, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Beth Rees, CGG
  • Bader Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Emmanuelle Brechet, TOTAL
  • Salman Ferdian, Halliburton
  • Hemant Singh, Baker Hughes
  • Hamza M Aljamaan, Saudi Aramco
  • Hisham H Mohammadi, Saudi Aramco


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Who should attend?

Geoscientists, petroleum engineers, drilling engineers, geomechanics specialists, petrophysicists, well site geologists, data scientists, and other relevant disciplines from industry and academia.

Workshop format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field and share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as outlook going forward. The oral presentations are made up of 20 minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 45-minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each what has worked for them and debate on issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 45 minutes.

Poster presentations are also welcome to give ample time to delegates to discuss the poster topic with the author(s). Posters will be in displayed in the workshop room available for viewing during coffee breaks and afternoon free time after each session.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 25 October 2018

Submit your abstract to Hyra Dalisay.

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

  1. Reservoir Characterization
  2. Advances in Geophysical Measurements for Drilling and Well Placement
  3. Drilling Challenges
  4. Real-time Geosteering of Horizontal Wells
  5. Downhole Advanced Geophysical Methods
  6. Pore Pressure and Fracture Gradient in Salts and Carbonates
  7. Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) Applications
  8. Real-time Geomechanics using the Geophysical Measurements
  9. Geophysical Imaging for Drilling
  10. Case Studies and Best Practices in Drilling and Well Placement Using Geophysical Data
  11. Uncertainties in Drilling and Well Placement
  12. Unconventional and Deep Gas Drilling

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 8.5x11 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.

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Important Documents

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes
25 October 2018

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