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

18–20 February 2019

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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.


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880

Workshop Schedule:

Monday, 18 February
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions; Icebreaker

Tuesday, 19 February
Morning and afternoon sessions

Wednesday, 20 February
Morning and afternoon sessions

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 who will share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (3 days). Keynote speakers will present. The oral presentations are made up of 15 minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 30-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 30 minutes.


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

  • Single occupancy – AED 815.00 with breakfast and WiFi
  • Double occupancy – AED 890.00 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 by 19 January 2019 to receive the discounted 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 the beautifully-designed hotel rooms or suites, which boast sophisticated designs, plush bedding, free WiFi and lighted makeup mirrors in the bathroom - as well as views of the beach or the resort garden. Visit one of the many on-site restaurants, serving succulent steak, Italian classics, and more. Be sure to schedule some time for a little relaxation at the 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. 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 nearest you. Please note that SEG does 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

The workshop will discuss drilling and well placement integrated workflows that combine subsurface information such as geophysical, geological, and petrophysical data for optimal well placement. It will bring drilling and geophysics into closer integration, including AI, IoT, geomechanics, and machine learning, and will explore seismic and potential geophysical methods for well placement.

Technical topics to be covered:

  • Reservoir Characterization I & II
  • Reservoir Geophysics and Applications
  • Advances in Geophysical Measurements for Drilling and Well Placement
  • Drilling Challenges
  • Geophysical Imaging for Drilling
  • Uncertainties in Drilling and Well Placement
  • Downhole Advanced Geophysical Method
  • Real-time Geosteering of Horizontal Wells
  • Real-time Geomechanics Using the Geophysical Measurements
  • Case Studies and Best Practices in Drilling and Well Placement Using Geophysical Data
  • Industrial Revolution 4.0 Applications


Opening Address

Khalid Al-Abdulgader, Saudi Aramco
Rob Stewart, SEG President

Keynote Speakers

  • Aiman Bakhorji, Saudi Aramco
  • Eric Moellendick, Saudi Aramco
  • Khalifa Al-Amri, Saudi Aramco
  • Mahmoud ElGizawy, Schlumberger
  • Musab Al-Khudiri, Saudi Aramco
  • Rami Saleh, Saudi Aramco

Technical Committee

Committee Chair - Mohammed Badri, Schlumberger
Committee Co-Chair - Mohammed Kanfar, Saudi Aramco

  • Adel Al Qahtani, Saudi Aramco
  • Ahmed Garwan, Saudi Aramco
  • Bader Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Beth Rees, CGG
  • Emmanuelle Brechet, TOTAL
  • Hamza M Aljamaan, Saudi Aramco
  • Hemant Singh, Baker Hughes
  • Hisham H Mohammadi, Saudi Aramco
  • Mohamed Al Hinai, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Mohammed Husain, Saudi Aramco
  • Mohammad Sarraj, Saudi Aramco
  • Salman Ferdian, Halliburton

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