Co-organized by:
Society of Petroleum Engineers
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Society of Exploration Geophysicists

2014 SPE/AAPG/SEG Conference

Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC)

25-27 August 2014
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO USA

URTeCThe Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) is a science-driven conference focused on how technologies and insights from multiple disciplines should be integrated to effectively develop unconventional resources. Being a partnership of three leading professional societies American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Society of Petroleum Engineers, URTeC's technical program is strongly science-driven with an industry Advisory Council helping keep URTeC's integrated technology focus.

URTeC was developed with an industry advisory group — professionals managing how wells are drilled and how plays are developed every day. Representatives from Anadarko, Apache, Chesapeake, ConocoPhillips, Devon, ExxonMobil-XTO, Schlumberger, Shell, SM Energy, Statoil and others spoke about the importance of geologists, geophysicists, engineers and business managers working together — and understanding each other. They encouraged SPE, AAPG and SEG to collaborate on URTeC to facilitate that learning and understanding.

URTeC's objectives:

  • provide a high-quality and peer-reviewed science and technology experience
  • create a premier forum for technical exchange between vendors and users
  • identify and solve E&P problems
  • raise the competency of all petroleum professionals
  • elevate the image of petroleum professionals and the societies in all communities

Proven reserves:

  • Collectively, SPE, SEG and AAPG members exceed 170,000 professionals in more than 120 countries
  • The three societies review and publish thousands of presentations annually, fueling the most comprehensive collections of E&P technical resources anywhere
  • SPE, SEG and AAPG already partner in highly successful events (OTC, IPTC)
  • The interdisciplinary program committee comprises engineers, geophysicists, and geologists

Feedback from attendees at the inaugural URTeC 2013 conference indicated that URTeC 2013 delivered the promised "integration" focus. This success and the involvement of even more volunteers in URTeC 2014 sets the stage for URTeC 2014 to be even stronger.`

Technical Program Themes

Theme 1: Regional Case Studies

  • Integrated Basinal & Formation Histories
  • Resource Play Identification
  • 3-D Seismic for Basinal Sequence Analysis

Theme 2: Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Data Integration of Geologic, Petrophysical, Geophysical, and Engineering Results
  • Seismic Attributes for Characterizing Rock Properties and Reservoirs
  • Optimization of Exploration and Development Workflows
  • Drivers for Understanding Reservoir Quality
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Types – Shales, Sands, and Carbonates

Theme 3: Application and Integration of Well Data

  • Core Analysis Techniques and Applications
  • Microseismic Techniques
  • New Logging Technologies
  • Compositional Data
  • Pressure Testing
  • Tracers and Temperature Logs
  • Performance Monitors
  • Best Practices for Testing Exploration and Development Opportunities

Theme 4: Understanding Your Petroleum System

  • Geochemistry
  • Depositional Environments – Marine and Lacustrine
  • Source Rock Migration and Hydrocarbon Charge
  • Integration of Geochemistry for Sweet Spot Mapping
  • 3-D Seismic Attributes for Source Rock Properties

Theme 5: Optimizing Recovery From Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Understanding Controls on Reservoir Quality
  • Using Geoscience and Petrophysics Data to Improve Completions
  • Improving Recovery with 3-D and 4-D Seismic
  • Evaluation Stimulations Effectiveness
  • Microseismic Fracture Mapping
  • Best Practices in Targeting and Steering Horizontal Wells
  • Completion Techniques
  • Enhanced Recovery Techniques
  • Geomechanics

Theme 6: Optimizing Capital Efficiency

  • Optimizing Drilling and Completions Costs
  • Using Seismic Data to improve Areal and Lateral Well Placement
  • 3-D Seismic for Drilling and Completion Decisions

Theme 7: Production Performance of Tight Oil & Gas Reservoirs

  • Type Curve Analysis
  • Workflows and Analytical Techniques
  • Flow Mechanics and Fluid Behavior (Oil & Water)
  • PVT
  • Reservoir Modeling
  • Stimulated Rock Volume (SRV) Modeling Using Microseismic and 3-D Seismic

Theme 8: Social Performance (HSSE)

Theme 9: Reserves Forecasting and Estimation

  • Regulatory
  • Spacing
  • Hydrocarbon Maturation Efficiency
  • Reserves Booking Efficiency vs. Establishing Optimum Field Development

Theme 10: Long Term Performance

  • Improving Long Term Performance
  • Field Compression
  • Artificial Lift
  • Liquid Loading
  • Wellbore Stability
  • 4-D Seismic

Theme 11: Emerging Unconventional Plays

  • Evolving Play Concepts
  • Exploration Ideas
  • Roadway to Commercialization
  • Definition of Success
Abstract preparation guidelines

Oral and ePaper presentations for the conference will be selected from abstracts submitted to the Technical Program Committee. The Technical Program Committee will consider all abstracts submitted by the deadline of 5 January 2014. Early submission is particularly important to ensure that the committee has ample time to review the abstracts. Submit your abstract now.

Abstract content

A proper review of your abstract requires that it contain adequate information on which to make a judgment. Abstracts should be no more than 2,500 characters in length including spaces and punctuations. The title, authors and authors' affiliations are not included in the character limit. Abstracts should be written in English and include the following:

  • DESCRIPTION: Summarize the scope and nature of the work upon which an accepted abstract will be based (e.g., field data, lab data, original analysis, technology solutions or advancements, or computer work). If the abstract is a review paper, carefully state the extent of the coverage.
  • APPLICATIONS: Describe the possible applications of the information provided in the abstract.
  • RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Summarize the results and major conclusions to be presented in the paper and state specific conclusions of the work and how these differ from previous work on the same subject. State whether new information will be revealed and whether data from field, lab, case studies, or computer work will be included.
  • TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Describe the significance of the subject matter in the abstract by listing up to three technical contributions or additions to the technical knowledge base of the petroleum industry.

Technical categories

Select the technical categories that best describe your abstract. A primary choice is required along with a sub-category selection. Please be careful when selecting the appropriate theme and sub-category for your abstract. Abstracts are evaluated on the basis of the information supplied on the abstract submission website in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. The proposed paper must contribute to the body of technology and science applied to the E&P (development) of unconventional resources with broad industry interest and an emphasis on integrated approaches. It should be of immediate interest to professionals working in the unconventional oil and gas industry and should contain significant new knowledge or experience about cross-functional collaboration.
  2. Data in the abstract must be technically correct.
  3. The proposed paper may present information about the technology, equipment and tools required for successful resource recovery. Such abstracts must show the definite applications and limitations of such equipment and should avoid undue commercialism and extensive use of trade names.
  4. The substance of the proposed paper must not have been published previously in trade journals or in other professional or technical journals.
  5. Prior to abstract submission, clearance must be obtained. Problems concerning clearance should be outlined when the abstract is submitted.
  6. Student submissions are encouraged to all themes.

Guidelines for accepted papers

  1. Presenters of abstracts selected for the conference program will be notified in February 2014.
  2. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be required to provide either a full manuscript or an extended abstract by 2 May 2014 for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings as follows:
    • Manuscript: To be no more than 10 pages in length, including figures, charts and tables.
    • Extended Abstract: To be no more than 10 pages in length, including figures, charts and tables.
  3. Detailed instructions on the preparation of Manuscripts/Extended Abstracts, Oral and ePaper presentations will be sent to the corresponding author of each accepted paper.
  4. Please note that if accepted, your proposed paper may be published, as submitted, in conference information media, including the Conference Proceedings and the sponsoring societies media libraries.
  5. URTeC follows the "no paper, no podium" policy. Therefore, if the author of an accepted abstract fails to provide a full manuscript or an extended abstract with the associated forms by the deadline of 2 May 2014, the organizers will remove the presentation from the program.
  6. URTeC assumes no obligation for expenses by authors for travel, lodging, registration, food or other incidental expenses.

A Word about Commercialism

URTeC has a stated policy against use of commercial trade names, company names or language that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text or slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Technical Program Committee in evaluating abstracts and the presence of commercialism in the paper may result in it being withdrawn from the conference program.


All authors of papers presented at the conference will be required to complete and submit a copyright form to URTeC.