Online registration is now open for a new multidisciplinary conference that merges the energies and resources of the industry’s three top professional groups in one comprehensive look at unconventional resources.
The inaugural Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) will be held Aug. 12-14 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The conference is a unique entity created, endorsed and supported by AAPG, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).
URTeC also will include a large, diverse exhibition hall, featuring items ranging from high tech to heavy equipment – and everything in between.
URTeC was created as a response to the rapidly changing energy landscape – and to the ways new scientific knowledge, next-generation technologies and an entrepreneurial spirit have combined to drive significant new oil and natural gas production in North America.
“This conference is unique because the technical program is an integrated program across three disciplines – geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering,” said Stephen Sonnenberg, a past AAPG president who is one of the co-chairs for the URTeC Technical Program Committee.
The other co-chairs are AAPG member Ken Beeney, with Devon Energy Corp., and Luis Baez, with BG Group.
“URTeC is a special meeting combining the resources of AAPG, SPE and SEG together to address unconventionals,” Sonnenberg continued. “Unconventional reservoirs are the future for many countries around the world and are being actively pursued in North America with great success.
“The proof,” he added, “is in the abundant oil and gas production coming from unconventionals.”
Beeney echoed Sonnenberg’s statements – and said the conference is a “must” for those involved in unconventionals.
““URTeC is definitely an event that cross-discipline asset teams should plan on attending,” Beeney said. “The purposeful collaboration among the leading professional societies has created all the elements for a one-of-a-kind technical conference.
“The ability to engage across disciplines within the venue is unique,” he added, “and the technical program was designed with this collaborative emphasis in mind.”
The inaugural URTeC technical program offers 340 technical presentations – including oral and ePapers covering 20 themes related to the way oil and gas companies involved in unconventionals do business today.
The conference itself will start with an opening Plenary Session titled “Unconventional Resources: Breakthrough Integration Changes Everything,” moderated by past AAPG president Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology in Austin and the state geologist of Texas.
The session will explore the foundational scientific, technical and business practices that, when leveraged by innovative integration in a multidisciplinary environment, differentially “moves the needle” across the value chain of unconventional resource identification, assessment and monetization.
Panelists will include:
Also slated are six interactive panels, taking an in-depth look at everything from technologies transforming the future to government regulations. They are:
3 Energy Policy Forum: Government Regulations That Affect Unconventional Resource Development, moderated by Edith Allison, director of AAPG’s GEO-DC office and contributor for the EXPLORER’s monthly “Policy Watch” column.
But it’s not all technical presentations – the robust exhibition has been planned as providing an effective way for industry to target a multidisciplinary professional audience.
“Industry has been encouraging AAPG, SPE and SEG to collaborate in this area for some time,” said Paul Weimer, another past AAPG president. “While our societies frequently work together, URTeC may rank as our most significant joint venture in the United States since we all joined the Offshore Technology Conference in the late 1960s.”
Exhibitors are giving the multi-society collaboration a thumbs-up.
“IHS is more than elated to be a part of URTeC’s inaugural expo show and conference. It’s the first show of its kind where we’re able to reach three large and influential groups of customers in one setting and the overlap here is fantastic,” said Kenedy Hughes with IHS. “Geologists, geophysicists and engineers will now see how the solutions we offer are integrated and how we can connect their workflows and assist them in advancing their decisions.”
Getting in on the ground floor has been a common theme with exhibitors who signed up early.
“Weatherford is involved in the inaugural URTeC because it is likely to become the preeminent unconventional conference in North America,” said company representative Melanie Kania. “No single existing conference today provides Weatherford the opportunity to interface with the cross section of industry professionals who are the target audience for the URTeC.”
Companies interested in exhibiting still have an opportunity to get in on the ground-floor of this landmark event. For complete details or to register visit www.urtec.org.
Registration for this integrated, peer-reviewed conference as well as details about the technical program and associated events can be found at www.urtec.org.
Julie Simmons, AAPG’s conventions marketing manager, contributed to this article.