Society of Petroleum Engineers  ICoTA


SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition
22–23 March 2022

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center
The Woodlands, Texas

Call for Papers

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  Well Intervention

Call for Papers

Call for Papers is Now Closed.

The program committee of the 2022 SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition invites you to submit a paper proposal and contribute to this highly anticipated annual event of knowledge sharing of the latest well intervention, new technology 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. The committee is seeking case histories illustrating new technology, new methods or processes, operational experience, and lessons learned.

Considering the challenging economic environment, the committee is also seeking case histories of novel approaches to overcoming the challenges of adjusting to the current market.

The conference session categories will be:

  • Coiled and Capillary Tubing Applications
  • Data Analytics and Data Science Applied to Well Intervention
  • Electric Line Applications and Wireline Powered Intervention Applications
  • Slickline, Digital Slickline, and Braided Line Applications
  • Standard Workover, Hydraulic Workover, and Snubbing Unit 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, continues to evolve as wells become deeper and more complex. As a result, intervention conveyance tools and techniques have also evolved to meet the new challenges while remaining cost-effective in a competitive environment.

Improving Operational Efficiency, HSE and Well Control

Operational experiences and lessons learned using both traditional and newly developed 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 deepwater offshore wells.

Latest Developments in Equipment, Tools, Software Applications, and Materials for Interventions

Operational experiences and technical developments related to equipment, tools, software applications, and materials utilized to optimize or enable well intervention operations. Experimental research and performance will be included.

Light Well Intervention Solutions: Doing More With Less

Operational experiences and technical developments to address the growing and more cost-effective light well intervention market including installing and verifying permanent barriers, well abandonment, stimulation, perforations, or any other intervention that would have otherwise been completed with a more expensive work-over rig.

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 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 multistage completion techniques, matrix acidizing, perforating, or other stimulation operations, and to flow conformance operations including water and gas shut-off.

The Emergence of Data Science Applications in Well Interventions

As an industry, we have always collected and analyzed data to improve intervention effectiveness on the job and for future interventions. In recent years, the focus on collecting data has shifted to “what can we do with the data collected?” Data science is moving rapidly through all aspects of our lives and the well intervention arena is no exception. There is massive amounts of computing power, an abundance of tools and sensors to collect data, and new machine learning algorithms to predict outcomes and assist operators and engineers in making each intervention a better one. Examination of machine learning techniques utilized to analyze data and improve/optimize well interventions should be showcased.

The Value of Interventions Especially During Increased Capital Discipline

How can operators benefit from more interventions? Examination of the return on performing interventions and how this can be benchmarked and learned from to improve the choices of operators, especially during challenging times in a cyclical industry. From candidate selection, the approval process, execution, and outcome analysis of what tools and techniques are used for decision making to enable more future opportunities. Also seeking applications of data analytics for making intervention decisions and where to spend capital.

University Student ePoster Session

This 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/ICoTA papers at the conference. The abstracts will be evaluated peer-to-peer on several factors including the relevance of subject matter, the importance of the subject matter, technical information, and new or novel information provided.

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 aims to diagnose and repair well integrity challenges including evaluating tubular integrity issues, hydraulic isolation, mechanical failures, sustained casing pressure, and corrosion.