SRW, Multi-disciplinary Static and Dynamic Reservoir Modeling: Best Practices, Opportunities and Challenges



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2014 SEG/SPE/AAPG/SPWLA/EAGE Summer Research Workshop

Multi-disciplinary Static and Dynamic Reservoir Modeling:
Best Practices, Opportunities and Challenges

3-8 August 2014
San Diego, California

Call for Papers Now Open

Important Dates

4 April 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline
1 July 2014
Advance Registration Deadline

Important Documents

Call for Abstracts (PDF)

Sponsorship Form (PDF)

Achieving effective and efficient Integrated Reservoir Modeling (IRM) workflows and processes is a key goal for oil and gas companies. However, despite the fact that IRM process is a well-defined objective, it continues to be very challenging and hard to achieve primarily due to its non-uniqueness. The IRM process involves multi-disciplinary data gathering and integration, appropriate software/workflows to enable domain-experts communication and collaboration, adequate project timing and cost allocation, and most importantly, a consistent and systematic industry-wide strategy. 

This Summer Research Workshop will focus on the IRM's best practices used for building multi-disciplinary static and dynamic reservoir simulation models for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. In the IRM process, a wide range of subsurface data types are involved, in addition to the associated uncertainties, workflows and ideas that feed into it. This includes core subsurface disciplines such as geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, computational sciences, as well as their related subjects: seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, rock physics, seismic inversion, time-lapse seismic, geomechanics, geomodelling, history matching and production forecasting.

Over the last several years, these core disciplines have made significant advances beneficial to IRM, which have led to revolutionizing the model building process, and hence sharpening our predictive power. At the same time, the biggest enabler to the "Integrated" Reservoir Modeling (IRM) process is the increased and more efficient cross-discipline collaboration and integration, allowing a shared use of all available subsurface or outcrop analogue data. Such integration is crucial in developing reliable and streamlined methods and workflows to help the industry make informed business decisions related to development options, ultimate recovery, and enhanced project economics.

At this workshop it is our intent to focus on the industry's current experience with the IRM process, its future potential, as well as impact, and the value it brings to the business: What works, what could be done better, and how to maximize business impact.

We expect this workshop to be a grass roots approach to this complex problem leading to future discipline-specific debates as a follow up. Delegates will leave the workshop familiar with the IRM process, the value it brings to the business and the potential challenges and opportunities ahead. The following are the topics which will be covered during this workshop:

  • The IRM Process (best practices, challenges and opportunities)
  • IRM Data and Uncertainty (challenges and the learning cycle)
  • Geology in IRM (from core measurements to basin-scale stratigraphy)
  • Geophysics in IRM (from seismic acquisition to reservoir characterization)
  • Static Models (balancing between conceptual models and data driven workflows)
  • Dynamic models (upscaling, automation, production forecasting and business impact)
  • Closing the loop (conditioning, optimization and forecasting)
  • IRM application to Unconventional Plays
  • Multi-disciplinary Integration in IRM (challenges and opportunities)
  • Future of IRM (general discussion)
Forum Process
  • Submit your abstract and application form for consideration to present
  • The committee will review applications to determine workshop programming
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application/submission in April
  • Applicants will receive registration and housing information by email
  • Registration opens for speakers and other interested individuals
  • Registrants should make reservations at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
  • Enjoy the workshop and make some great contacts
Application/Abstract Submission

Instructions for preparing and submitting an abstract and application form for submission can be found in the official Call for Papers.


The registration fee will be set when the notification of acceptance is distributed in April.

Meeting Schedule
  • Sunday, 3 August Registration and Opening Reception
  • Monday, 4 August Morning and afternoon sessions; Group Dinner
  • Tuesday, 5 August Morning and afternoon sessions
  • Wednesday, 6 August Morning and afternoon sessions; Vendor Reception

Companies currently participating in the Vendor Reception include:


  • Thursday, 7 August Morning and afternoon sessions
  • Friday, 8 August Morning session

*Schedule is tentative, and may change upon the conclusion of the abstract submission phase.


Sponsorship is a great way to show your support and get your company name and message before industry professionals as well as a great way to support the industry. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities for this Workshop, please reference the Sponsorship Brochure, or email us for more information.


Direct participation of all Workshop attendees is mandatory. Participation may be through presentation or discussion contributions. An oral presentation is not a requirement in order to be accepted for registration. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the conference facilities, then preference will be given to presenters.

Visa information invitation letter

Participants in the SEG/SPE/AAPG/SPWLA/EAGE Summer Research Workshop may generate an official invitation letter using the form below. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use in obtaining a visa. 

For those whose company or organization is planning on sending more than one individual to the workshop, additional documentation may be required for scheduling an appointment with the local United States embassy. If additional assistance is required, fill out a separate invitation letter for each individual requesting a visa using the form below. Each invitation letter has a unique reference number. Produce one cover letter listing all individuals requesting who will be requesting a visa. The letter must include the following information for each individual. 

  • Name
  • Passport number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality as it appears on the passport
  • Reference number from the invitation letter

Fax these forms together with the cover letter printed on the group's official stationary to +1.918.497.5557.

Please note that this letter 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 United States.

If you have any questions about this form or the letter it generates, please send us an email.

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Organizing Committee

Kurang Jvalant Mehta, Shell; Mosab Nasser, Maersk Oil; Ali Tura, ConocoPhillips; Mike King, Texas A&M University; Peter Clifford, BP; Matthew Bennett, Chevron; Claude Scheepens, ConocoPhillips; Marko Maucec, Landmark; Daniela Justiniano, Exxon; Jorge Sanchez-Ramirez, BHP Billiton; Mark Kittridge, Hess; Mark Knackstedt, Lithicon; Alfonso Junio Marini, eni
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