Official numbers are yet to be tallied and final reports are yet to be given, but the initial reports from the inaugural Unconventional Resources Technology Conference – URTeC – indicate the event was an extraordinary success.
More than 4,200 geoscientists and engineers attended the conference and exhibition, held Aug. 12-14 in Denver.
Jointly organized by SPE, AAPG and SEG, the conference examined 20 unconventional E&P topics in more than 340 technical presentations, interactive panels, topical breakfasts and luncheons.
Reporters from several media outlets provided coverage of the event, including documentary teams from Edmonton, Cananda, and Paris, France.
The opening plenary session, moderated by past AAPG president Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology in Austin, Texas, was titled “Unconventional Resources: Breakthrough Integration Changes Everything,” and drew a standing-room-only crowd to the huge main ballroom.
The exhibition hall, a popular gathering place throughout the conference, boasted 173 companies showcasing their technologies and services.
Best yet, preliminary results of the exit interviews indicated 99 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied to extremely satisfied with the event, and more than nine in 10 indicated they plan to attend next year.
URTeC 2014 will return to Denver Aug. 24-25.