09 February, 2022 Geneva Genf Switzerland

GTW: Well Planning and Delivery in Unprecedented Times

8-9 February 2022
Geneva, Switzerland
Are we at the top of our game or is there room for improvement ?

Your answers to this 3 min questionnaire will gauge general sentiment in the industry and greatly assist the organizers of the AAPG GTW on Well Planning and Delivery in Unprecedented Times ( 8-9 February 2022) to create an event tailored to addressing current challenges as well as a wide range of technologies which promise significant efficiency gains without compromising safety.

User Survey

In these unprecedented times, exploration and development businesses are facing a multitude of simultaneous challenges – maintaining profitability in a low oil price environment, further reduction in budgets and at the same time, adjusting to significant changes to the way we work. All this while continuing to deliver wells that are operationally safe, and energy efficient with minimum environmental footprint.

A significant part of any well delivery budget is taken up by well construction costs. Throughout the well planning and delivery process multidisciplinary teams are tasked with finding solutions to meet these challenges. As geoscientists and engineers, we can influence how we apply processes, utilise available resources, as well as the use of technologies to minimise well construction cost and maximise value.

This workshop will bring together specialists from across the disciplines from IOCs, NOCs and service providers as well as academic and independent researchers involved in early well planning through to delivery to identify key factors that play a role delivering wells in a safe, timely and cost effective manner:

  • Processes: What processes do we have & where are the pitfalls in our existing processes? How do we make the construction process more consistent in outcome, so that the actual cost, time and quality of the final well more closely meets the planned cost, time and quality of the well?
  • Technology: What innovative application of existing and new technology can we implement?
  • Alliances: What alternative models will enable access to experience and skills required to deliver wells? How do we ensure that all construction stakeholders share in the success and failure of a project?
  • Data Governance: Machine learning/data analytics depend on good data governance and management practices. As an industry we use 80% of our time finding data and 20% using the data. What data management tools are available to reduce wasted time?
  • People Factors: As an industry we still operate in silos. What actions can we take to break down the barriers to draw on the wealth of experience and skills that will improve interdisciplinary interaction and understanding?
  • Success factors: Historically, engineers bear the brunt of the burden in well cost while geoscientists are measured on success of discovered resources. Are there alternative KPIs that will enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration and provide better measures of success?

The format of the workshop is designed to deliver at least 5 key actions/takeaways through an interactive and integrated learning and sharing environment, with opportunities to network through a blend of keynote speakers, panel discussions, technical presentations, posters, plenary discussion, and breakout sessions.

Keynote Address: John de Wardt
Scene Setting: O&G Industry State of the Art
Session 1: Processes
What does the optimal and most successful process look like for well delivery?
Are there any tangible improvements over the last 10 years?
Well Delivery Processes and Interdisciplinary Collaboration? Subsurface Perspective
Toby Harrold, P/TEN
Case Study: Overview of Well Planning/Delivery Approaches?
John Watters, OMV
PPFG Well Planning Process: The Status Quo and Future Improvements
Alex Edwards and Tom Sinclair, Ikon Science
Session 2: Technology
Which existing technologies have proven most effective in reducing time/cost of wells?
Are there any emerging technologies which promise a step-change in performance?
What are barriers to test and implement new technologies?
Elevating Planning - Utilising the Power of the Cloud
Becky Lepp, Schlumberger
Planning Wells and Completions With a Little Help From Formula 1 – How Completion Optimisation Can Increase the Value of Wells
Mike Byrne, Axis Well Technology
We Shredded the Plan and Are Ready to Solve Problems
Magnus Tvedt, Pro Well Plan
Session 3: Alliances
How can alliances contribute to improving competency time, cost, performance?
Overview, Successes & Pitfalls of Alliances
Richard Johnson, Baker Hughes
Session 4: People Factors
What actions can we take to identify and breakdown barriers to draw on the wealth of experience and skills that will improve interdisciplinary interaction and understanding in order to improve the efficiency of the well planning process?
What Use Is Technology if No One Uses It? The People Factors That Can Block or Accelerate Innovation Uptake
Ruby Roberts, Robert Gordon University Video Recorded
High Performance, High Pressure Multicultural Teams: A Dream Team or a Management Nightmare?
Hugo Matias
Observations on Multidisciplinary Behaviours That Can Be Blockers/Enablers to Process of Planning and Delivery
Colin Higgins, Siccar Point Energy
Session 5: Defining what Success Looks Like
How Is Success Measured Within the Process and What Are the Alternatives
Kate Gibbons & Martin Nagel
Well Delivery and Performance Measures: A Case Study
Café Style breakout session: Facilitated brainstorming of key actions/takeaways for each theme
What improvements can be made to the well delivery process that will lead to time/cost reduction?
Session 6: Summary of Day 1
Key Conclusions/Observations
Committee members
Session 7: Other Industries
Other industries; what can we learn them in terms of cost reduction/time to delivery
Session 8: Ranking of Take Away Actions
Rank of the 5 - 10 key top take away actions
Plenary session: Presentation of top hitters from Session 6 (Defining what success looks like) and ranking of top 5-10 actions by workshop participants.
Committee members and Workshop Participants
End of GTW : Wrap Up
Conclusion Summary of the 2 days and the top take away Actions
Kate Gibbons & Martin Nagel



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Registration Deadline

Registration will close 4 February 2022 at 12:00 GMT

Registration Fees Include:
  • Arrival dinner on the 7th February – There will be an Introductory session to the workshop during this evening.
  • Coffee breaks and Luncheons
  • Access to the full conference
  • Conference proceedings and summary report after the event

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Kathryn A. Gibbons Kathryn Gibbons Committee Member Retired, Retired, England (U.K.)
Martin Nagel Martin Nagel Committee Member Snr. Staff Geologist, Qatar Gas Operating Co. Ltd., Doha, Qatar
Hugo Carlos Matias Hugo Matias Committee Member UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, Portugal
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins Committee Member Siccar Point Energy
Becky Lepp Becky Lepp Committee Member Schlumberger
Stephan Petmecky Stephan Petmecky Committee Member CNOOC International, England (U.K.)
James Richardson James Richardson Committee Member Director Integrated Well Services, Europe, Baker Hughes
Ruby Roberts Ruby Roberts Committee Member Organizational Psychologist & Research Fellow, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Samuel McDermott Samuel McDermott Committee Member Beach Energy, Australia


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