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Share Yours at the 2024 SPE Canadian Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition

The program committee of the 2024 SPE Canadian Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition invites you to submit a paper and  presentation only proposals and  contribute to this highly anticipated annual event focusing on knowledge sharing of the latest technology advancement and applications, best practices, and lessons learned.

Submitting a paper proposal is a great way to transfer knowledge and create discussion among peers on successes and overcoming challenges. 







What's New in Heavy Oil

  1. Cold Production
    • Primary Heavy Oil | Waterflooding | CHOPS (Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand)
  1. Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery (non-solvent)
    • Polymer Flooding | ASP Flooding | Microbial | Gas Flooding | CO2
  1. Hybrid & Solvent Processes
    • Solvent-Assisted SAGD | Solvent-Assisted CSS | EMH + Solvent | RH + Solvent | Solvent-Dominated
  1. SAGD Production Improvements
    • Start-Up Optimization | Steam Additives | Well Stimulation | Production Metering |
  1. Non-SAGD Thermal Recovery
    • Cyclic Steam Stimulation | Steamflooding | Air Injection
  1. Novel Recovery Processes
    • Electromagnetic Heating | Resistive Heating | Inductive Heating | In Situ Mining
  1. Late Life SAGD Strategies
    • NCG Co-Injection | SOR Optimization | Wind Down | Blow Down | Conductive Heating
  1. Post-SAGD Tertiary Recovery
    • Air Injection | Foam Injection | Energy Harvesting
  1. Reservoir Characterization & Geomechanics
    • Caprock Integrity | Caprock Monitoring | Petrophysics | Geochemistry | Impairments | Modeling
  1. Reservoir Management
    • Reservoir Development | Reservoir Surveillance | Steam Allocation | Production Optimization | Value Maximization | Reserves Definition | Modeling | Managing Impairments (Lean, Gas, Water) | Turnaround Management
  1. Artificial Lift Completions
    • Pump Reliability | PCP Applications | Gas Lift Optimization | Gas Handling | Completion Optimization
  1. Drilling, Completions, Logistics
    • Sand Control | Flow Control | Alternative Materials | Multilaterals | Extended Reach | Cost Optimization | Wellbore Integrity | Redrills | Infills

Unconventional Resources

  1. Unconventional Geoscience and Reservoir Characterization

    • Drivers for Understanding Reservoir Quality and Completion Quality
    • Advances in Special Core Analysis and Core-Flood Testing Driving Development Decisions to Create Value
    • Emerging Petrophysical Evaluations and Specialized Log Analysis to support Reservoir Imaging and Characterization
    • Integration of Petrophysical, Seismic and Geological data for effective Property Geocellular Modeling
    • Pore Pressure Modeling and Prediction
    • Using Volumetrics, Contributing Rock Volumes and Recovery Factors to identify Sweet Spots & Assess Stepouts
    • Geological Workflows and Recommendations for Data Acquisition Planning Across the E&P Lifecycle
  2. Unconventional Reservoir Modeling, Dynamics & Surveillance

    • Rock-Fluid and Fluid-Fluid Interactions – PVT data acquisition/analysis
    • Phase Behaviour, Fluid Flow Modeling and Pore Network Modeling for Tight Oil and Shale Oil/Shale Gas Reservoir Systems
    • Pressure Transient Testing, DFIT, and Well Testing
    • The SRV Concept: Use & Limitations
  3. Unconventional Reserves Estimation & Production Forecasting

    • Managing Unconventional Depletion, Well Spacing and Optimizing Recovery
    • Type Well Creation and Workflows
    • EUR and Well Performance Predictions: Methods and their Strengths/Limitations
    • Reserves & Resources Implications: Guidelines and Considerations
    • Case Studies — Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS)
    • Data Gathering & Surveillance Necessary to Optimize Assets
  4. Unconventional Drilling & Completions

    • Geomechanics in Well Design, Construction, and Drilling
    • Drilling Considerations & novel ways to reduce time/cost of operations
    • Managing Frac Interference and Sand Flowback
    • Quantifying, Mitigating and/or Overcoming Parent-Child effects
    • Optimizing Completion designs for Maximum Value
    • Refracturing to Improve Performance and Economics
    • Hydraulic Fracturing: Monitoring, Modelling, and Analysis
    • Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing and Drawdown on Well Productivity
  5. Unconventional Production Optimization

    • Geomechanical Effects on Production Simulation, Forecasting and Optimization
    • Early-Time Well Performance in Unconventional Reservoirs as a Long Term Predictor
    • Artificial Lift Design, Installation & Optimization
    • Integrated Network Modeling to minimize back out and right size infrastructure
    • Production Diagnostics and their use in Production Forecasting
  6. Unconventional Facilities and Operations

    • Facilities design specialized for unconventionals
    • Economies of scale associated with unconventional plays
  7. EOR for Unconventionals

    • Case Studies in IOR/EOR Field Pilots
    • Lean Gas Injection IOR/EOR
    • EGR (Enhanced Gas Recovery) Methods in Unconventionals
    • Lab Analysis & Data Gathering Required to Assess Fields for EOR Potential
    • Surfactants and Nanofluids for EOR in Unconventionals
    • Flow Conformance and Sweep Efficiency Strategies
  8. Improving Unconventional Asset Economics

    • Maximizing the Productivity and Value of Base Production while developing
    • Integrated Workflows from Subsurface to Sales Point to Assure Holistic Planning & Asset Performance
    • Stacked Pay Development Strategies
    • Execution Optimization & Lean Project Delivery
    • Using Existing Infrastructure to optimize development in a mature field
    • New Technologies Improving Play Economics

Digitization, Automation, Data and Analytics

  • Domain Knowledge in the Application of Machine Learning, AI and Big Data
  • Integration of Physics Based Models with Analytical Tools
  • Applications of Digital Twins across the Petroleum Value Chain
  • Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Drones, Sensors and IoT
  • Real-Time Decision Support Systems
  • Organizational Implementation of Data Models
  • Assignment of Metrics and Key Performance Indicators
  • Technology Deployment for Enabling Collaboration
  • Case Studies:  Driving Operational Efficiency through Deployed Technology Solutions
  • Foundation of People and Processes: How Culture Impacts Technology Adoption
  • Crossover Success Stories:  Learnings for the Energy Industry from Other Sectors

Market Outlook

  • Global Oil/Gas Demand/Supply Outlook
  • Canadian Oil/Gas Marketing and Distribution
  • Alternative Energy Impact on Hydrocarbon Business
  • Alternative Energy Supply/Demand and Economics
  • Hydrogen Regulatory Opportunities/Challenges
  • Hydrogen Supply/Demand and Economics
  • Abandonment and Reclamation Regulations
  • Carbon Tax Impact on Energy Production
  • CCUS Regulatory Opportunities/Challenges
  • Canadian Competitiveness in Worldwide Energy Supply (Alternative and Hydrocarbon)

ESG and Sustainability

  • GHG mitigation/tracking/goal-setting
  • Waste management/circular economy
  • Fresh water reduction
  • Land/habitat management (conservation/reclamation/remediation)
  • Diversity & inclusion (potential for subtopics here)
  • Indigenous engagement and awareness
  • ESG metrics/rating systems and financial considerations (investment perspectives from the financial community)
  • Integrating sustainability into engineering design/business decisions

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

  • Capture Solutions - pre-combustion, post combustion, chemical process by-product, ambient (DAC)
  • Compression and Transmission
  • Conversion and Use - creating value-add products from CO2 feedstock, CO2 for industrial purposes
  • Sequestration - storage security, pore space determination, reservoir sterilization, aquifer vs. reservoir
  • Integration into an industrial hub - centralizing carbon capture for economies of scale vs. distributed CO2 management

Clean Technology

  • Methane Emissions Monitoring
  • Water treatment and reduction in fresh water usage
  • Reduction in land footprint and surface impacts of hydrocarbon production

  • Improvements in energy efficiency

  • Value add products in hydrocarbon production: metals, minerals, asphaltene applications, and nanomaterials

Alternative and Emerging Energy Solutions

  • This category includes submissions on topics such as: Geothermal, Hydrogen, Ammonia, Biofuels, Nuclear/Small Modular Reactors (SMR), Solar, Wind, Wave, Tidal, Hydroelectric, etc.
  • Some examples include:
    • Alternatives for steam generation energy sources (to replace cogen at larger facilities, or at the wellhead and smaller facilities)

    • Repurposing end of life wells for geothermal
    • Use of alternatives in offshore facilities (wave, tidal, etc.)
    • Repurposing reclaimed land (land owners looking for alternative streams of income once oil leases depleted)


  • Digital Offshore Operations  (remote, unmanned,  integrated operations)
  • Emissions Reduction in the Offshore (electrification, flaring, CCUS, decarbonisation/green/clean technologies)
  • Subsea (marginal field development, production systems, flow assurance)
  • Offshore Wells and Completions
  • Offshore Field Development Strategies (economies of scale, joint venture partnerships, integrated operations, optimization, logistics)
  • Drilling Offshore
  • Remote Offshore Challenges (marine, sea state, ice/icebergs, health and safety)
  • Enhanced, Improved, and Optimized Oil Recovery in the Offshore (EOR, IOR, production optimization, reservoir management)
  • Interventions and workovers

Author Support

Length of Abstract

Minimum: 225 words, Maximum: 450 words

Abstract Content

A proper review of your abstract requires that it contain adequate information on which to make a judgement. Written in English and containing a maximum of 450 words, abstracts should be summarised into four (4) specific paragraphs:

  • Objective/Scope: Please list the objective and/or scope of the proposed paper (25-75 words).
  • Methods, Procedures, Process: Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures and process (75-100 words).
  • Results, Observations, Conclusions: Please describe the results, observations and conclusions of the proposed paper (100-200 words).
  • Novel/Additive Information: Please explain how this paper will present novel (new) or additive information to the existing body of literature that can be of benefit to and/or add to the state of knowledge in the petroleum industry (25-75 words).

Important Guidelines

Obtain necessary clearance from your management and start preparing now.  Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the paper proposal is submitted.

  • Your proposal could be accepted for presentation in a technical or ePoster session.
  • Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to provide a manuscript of (3000-7000 words) for inclusion in the conference proceedings no later than 18 December 2023. SPE operates a “no paper, no podium” policy whereby if a manuscript with the associated forms is not received by the due date, it will be withdrawn from the program and not allowed to be presented.
  • Invited Presenters (presentation only) whose proposals are accepted will be required to present, however, no manuscripts are required.
  • Your session chairpersons will review a draft of your manuscript. The deadline for submitting your draft is 4 December 2023.
  • DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR DRAFT INTO THE ONLINE SYSTEM. Send the draft directly to your session chairpersons. They will review and, if applicable, advise you of any revisions that need to be made before submitting your final manuscript and forms on or before 18 December 2023.
  • If accepted, your paper proposal may be published in conference media, including on the SPE website.

  • SPE assumes no obligation for expenses by authors for travel, lodging, food, or other incidental expenses.
  • Accepted authors and invited presenters will be offered a discounted full conference registration fee.
  • Please Note: An agreement to present a paper at this SPE conference carries an obligation to participate in the event. For questions regarding the paper process, please visit: SPE's Author Guidelines for Papers.


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.

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.


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