Society of Petroleum Engineers  ICoTA


SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention
Conference and Exhibition

24–25 March 2020 | The Woodlands, Texas, USA
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

Call for Papers

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  Well Intervention

Call for Papers

Share your insights and expertise at the 2020 conference. The program committee invites you to share your technical innovations and accomplishments by submitting a paper proposal for consideration. The call for papers submission deadline is 6 August 2019.

Case Histories are invited illustrating operational experience and lessons learned in the following conveyance technologies including the innovative use or technical developments of these technologies in intervention or thru-tubing applications involving diagnostics, surveillance, and/or well workover:

  • Application of other Conveyance Methods
  • Coiled and Capillary Tubing Applications
  • Electric Line Applications and Wireline Powered Intervention Applications
  • Slickline, Digital Slickline, and Braided Line Applications
  • Snubbing and Hydraulic Workover Applications


Other abstract categories will address the following focus areas:

  • Horizontal and Multi-Lateral Solutions: The application of intervention technologies in horizontal and multi-lateral wells including extreme-reach horizontals and coiled tubing drilling.
  • Improving Operational Efficiency, HSE and Well Control: Operational experiences and lessons learned using traditional downhole and surface intervention systems in unique or more efficient ways; application of redesigned equipment or processes to maximize return on resources or minimize operational time as well as improve HSE and/or well control.
  • Intervention Solutions in Extreme Well Conditions: Operational experiences and technical developments to overcome the challenges presented by ever more challenging well conditions including HPHT, ERD, high H2S/CO2 environments and deep water wells.
  • Latest Developments in Equipment, Tools, or Materials for Interventions: Operational experiences and technical developments related to equipment, tools, and materials utilized to optimize or enable well intervention operations.
  • Latest Developments in Intervention Solutions: Technology development which aims to enable and expand the arena of well intervention operations including the results of experimental research and performance, or other modelling.
  • Non-Conventional Applications: The application of intervention technologies to industries other than the petroleum industry or to challenges other than well intervention including surface piping and pipeline clean out. This category also includes the potential application of equipment and techniques from other industries to well intervention.
  • Offshore and Subsea Well Intervention Solutions: Operational experiences and technical developments to address the challenges of working in the offshore environment including operations performed from light well intervention vessels, semi-sub, jack-ups, barges, boats, and platforms.
  • Stimulation and Conformance Solutions: Operational experiences and lessons learned in the application of intervention technologies to fracturing, including multi-stage completion techniques, matrix acidizing, perforating or other stimulation operations and to flow conformance operations including water and gas shut-off.
  • Value of Data for Well Interventions: Historical and new means of gathering subsurface and surface equipment data can be used to improve interventions in each stage of a job from candidate selection through operational implementation and post campaign benchmarking analysis. The IoT, digitization, and machine learning are additional tools arriving to supplement prior data collection methodologies from which we can learn from. Examination of the benefits of increased data collection and/or improved analytics to deliver better intervention outcomes.
  • Value of Interventions: Examination of the return of performing interventions and how this can be benchmarked and learned from to improve the choices of operators. From candidate selection, the approval process, execution, and outcome analysis of what tools and techniques are used for decision making to enable more future opportunity.
  • Well Abandonment and Thru-Tubing Recompletion Solutions: Well or zonal abandonment and isolation operations including methods and technologies for installing and verifying permanent barriers as well as lightweight surface solutions to avoid the use of expensive drilling units.
  • Well Integrity Diagnostics and Intervention Remediation: Technology development which aims to diagnose and repair well integrity challenges including evaluating tubular integrity issues, hydraulic isolation, mechanical failures, sustained casing pressure and corrosion. 


New for 2020!

University Student ePoster Session: This new Knowledge Sharing ePoster session will focus on abstracts submitted by university students on any of the solicited topics with the opportunity to present their SPE papers at the conference. The abstracts will be evaluated peer-to-peer on several factors including: relevance of subject matter, importance of subject matter, technical information, and new or novel information provided.

Plagiarism Check

We expect authors to credit all sources used in their writings and not to represent work of others as their own. Authors found to have plagiarized the work of another are subject to having their paper removed from the conference program and from OnePetro. Future submissions from authors found to have plagiarized will be scrutinized carefully. In the case of students found to be plagiarizing the work of others, SPE may inform the student’s university.

In an effort to further improve SPE’s technical quality standards, all submitted conference papers will be checked for plagiarism.

A Word About Commercialism

SPE has a stated policy against use of commercial trade names, company logos or text that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text, or presentation slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Program Committee in evaluation paper proposals and the presence of commercialism in the paper will result in it being withdrawn from the program.