Thirty Years of Innovative Thought and Accelerated Results
14–19 August 2011
Ojai, California, USA
Digital Rocks: Realizing Deadline:
25 May 2011
Chevron Energy Technology
Step Change in Value of
Digital Rocks (DR), an exciting emerging technology driven by rapid advances in pore scale
imaging and computation, allows an unprecedented quantitative understanding of the pore
Committee: scale at which all reservoir processes operate.
Joanne Fredrich This forum will begin by discussing the various ways this technology can add value to our
BP America industry and end by outlining the actions needed to create the step change to realize this value.
Dan Georgi Sessions include future applications of DR pertaining to:
Baker Hughes • Different disciplines such as petrophysics and rock physics
Omer Gurpinar • Various asset classes such as carbonates, sandstones, and shales
• Integration of diverse data sets
TOTAL E&P Additionally, there will be sessions on future technology developments that are needed in
imaging, pore construction, physics, and computation.
Australian National University
SPE Forums: Innovative Thought and Accelerated Results
Stanford University SPE Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to discuss complex industry challenges with top
technologists, innovators, and managers. The forums’ limited size and intensive format maximize your
Pal-Eric Oren opportunity to contribute. The objective is to stimulate thought, accelerate innovation, and inspire the
Numerical Rocks development of new technology.
Julianna Toms To create a cohesive group in which discussion is free flowing, only committee-selected applicants are
ExxonMobil Upstream Re- invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and
search Company knowledge, not to be spectators or students.
If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today. Participants will be
selected based on their ability to contribute to the discussion and to represent their stakeholder group.
IFP Energies nouvelles How Participation Benefits You—and Your Organization
• Learn in days what would usually take months—even years—of research to learn.
• Effectively focus on a topic that directly relates to your work.
FSIC-WH Liason: • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your
Nitec • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and
universities in an off-the-record format.
• Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.
Society of Petroleum Engineers
14–19 August 2011
Ojai, California, USA
Digital Rocks: Realizing Step
Change in Value of Laboratory Data
These exciting topics will be discussed in an open setting designed for optimal input
from all participants.
The Value Proposition Conventional and Unconventional Asset
Session Co-Managers: Joanne Fredrich, Pal-Eric Oren Characterization
Session Co-Managers: Olga Vizika, Per Valvatne
The ability to provide high-quality data and in-depth
understanding of reservoir systems at the pore-scale By focusing on a few select industry cases where a digital
promises that DR will be a key building block in reservoir rock approach has already been used, we will explore
evaluation and characterization, development optimization, current challenges and future benefits to sandstones,
and performance prediction. This opening session is carbonates, and shales from the DR approach.
a broad, free-ranging exploration of the value of this
emerging technology across all of E&P. Integrating Across Disciplines
Session Co-Managers: Dan Georgi, Omer Gurpinar
Setting the Stage Reconciliation and integration of the different types of
Session Co-Managers: Mark Knackstedt, Gérald Hamon petrophysical data from a fundamental understanding of
the pore scale is valuable. This session will also explore
DR technology is developing rapidly across many different
the use of DR to explain scatter and trends, and overcome
specialties. We will discuss the state of the art in imaging,
limitations of laboratory measurements (representative
computation and physics to enable all to actively participate
elemental volume, wettability, water saturation
in addressing future opportunities and challenges.
How to Increase Discipline Specific Value Realizing Technology Potential
Session Co-Managers: Amos Nur, Joanne Fredrich Session Co-Managers: Julianna Toms, Mark Knackstedt
How can this technology help the Reservoir Engineer? What are the some of the key technical areas that need further
Does it have the potential to change the way we honor (or development to realize the full technological potential of Digital
not!) laboratory-based relative permeability measurements Rocks? We will delve into improvements needed in areas such
in reservoir simulation? How will it help the Petrophysicist as transport physics, rock strength and geochemical processes,
besides simply providing him or her with more data? Where along with novel methods to help quantify measurements and
are the key opportunities in geophysics? physical processes.
The Challenge of Scale
Session Co-Managers: Pal-Eric Oren, Dan Georgi
There is limited value in measuring data at the smallest
scale if we cannot use the results to provide data at the
Representative Volume scale. This session will discuss how
to combine data from the smallest measured scale, multiple
scans, and measurements at other scales to provide
meaningful petrophysical properties.
Value Demonstration Creating the Step Change to Realize Value
Session Co-Managers: Gérald Hamon, Per Valvatne Session Co-Managers: Jairam Kamath, Tony Kovscek
This session will address ways to overcome issues related Finally, we will discuss the steps we need to take to address
to the value that can be obtained from digital rocks. value demonstration, technology needs, and service capacity
Integrity and volume of the sample, ability to capture some requirements to realize the full potential of this fascinating
key experimental properties, image quality, appropriate emerging technology.
knowledge and modeling of pore scale physics, comparison
between different modeling techniques will be discussed.
Participants at SPE Forums are selected by a steering committee on the basis of ability to contribute to the
discussion of the topic. Apply online at www.spe.org/events/11fus3. You must apply by 25 May 2011 to be
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After notification of acceptance, your registration form with payment must be returned by 28 June 2011 to
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The forum fee is USD 2,995 and includes
Please note: The base registration fee does not
• Nine technical sessions
include accompanying persons. The registration fee is
• Five nights hotel accommodations, Sunday through Thursday
not transferable. Gratuity for exceptional services is
• Daily continental breakfast
discretionary. The full fixed fee is charged regardless
• Monday and Thursday Lunch
of the length of time a registrant attends the forum.
• Monday evening reception and dinner
Attendees are expected to attend the entire forum.
• Thursday farewell reception
• Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
Digital Rocks: Realizing Step Change 14–19 August 2011
in Value of Laboratory Data Ojai, California, USA
The Forum Series Format
The SPE Forum Series provides nine alternate morning, afternoon, and evening sessions of scheduled and
unscheduled presentations with maximum time available for informal discussions and exchange of experience.
Presentations are generally limited to three or four slides. Breakout sessions for discussions are common. A short,
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