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Share Yours at the 2023 SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition

The program committee of the 2023 SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition invites you to submit a paper proposal and contribute to this highly anticipated annual event focusing on knowledge sharing of the latest well intervention techniques, 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 current challenges around the increased demand for hydrocarbon production paired with a resource-constrained drilling sector, the committee sees a renewed interest in maximizing productivity of current assets and is also seeking case histories of novel approaches to overcoming these particular challenges.

Call for Papers is Now Closed.

Technical Topics

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.

Reducing Carbon Footprint while 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 carbon emissions, 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 in an Increasingly Constrained Drilling Market

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 opportunity. Also seeking applications of data analytics for making intervention decisions and where to spend capital.

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.

Past Papers

Author Information

Paper Policies


Sample Proposal

Papers FAQs

Length of Abstract

Minimum: 225 words, Maximum: 450 words

Important Guidelines

Obtain necessary clearance from your management and start preparing now.

  • Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to write a manuscript for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 10 January 2023.
  • Your session chairpersons will review a draft of your manuscript.  The deadline for submitting your draft is 19 December 2022.
  • 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 10 January 2023.
  • Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the stated deadline will be withdrawn from the program and will not be allowed to present per the No Paper, No Podium policy.

  • If accepted, your paper proposal may be published in conference media, including on the SPE/ICoTA website.

  • Please Note: An agreement to present a paper at this SPE/ICoTA conference carries an obligation to participate in the event. For questions regarding the paper process, please visit: Author Guidelines for Papers.


A Word About Commercialism

SPE/ICoTA 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.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Required Information

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Technical Discipline
  • Keywords
  • Copyright Type
  • Revised Abstract
  • Speaker Information
Required Documents

All manuscripts must be submitted through the online system. An upload link is sent to the Presenting Author via an email notification from the Conference Lead. For more information, visit this page.

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/ICoTA may inform the student’s university.

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