22 April, 2021 Geneva Switzerland

GTW: Well Planning and Delivery in Unprecedented Times

21-22 April 2021
Geneva, Switzerland

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.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should cover the objectives, procedures, results and conclusions of the research and should be no more than 2,500 characters in length including spaces and punctuation. The title, authors, and authors’ affiliations are not included in the character limit. Abstracts can include 2 figures, to be included in the document and uploaded separately for quality purposes.

  • Titles are required—they should be brief and state the topic.
  • Abstract titles should not include company names.
  • If your abstract requires company approval, please start the process immediately.
  • In keeping with the spirit of the workshop, presenters must refrain from making subtle or blatant sales pitches including but not limited to: repeated use of product names, trade names, or pictures, or repeated use of company logo.
  • Evaluation and ranking of abstracts are based on relevance and timeliness of subject matter; usefulness of contribution to the advancement of knowledge, techniques, or practice; and overall clarity, organization, and presentation of ideas. The Technical Program Committee is seeking abstracts with direct application to industry.
  • Sessions will be determined from the abstracts submitted to each theme. Sub-themes may not directly correspond to sessions in the final program.
  • Submit your abstract in the form in which you would like it published. Abstracts will not be edited.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in late January 2021.
  • Authors are invited to have their work, both oral and poster presentations, published on AAPG’s online Search and Discovery to preserve their work for future reference. We will need your permission to do it so.
  • Posters will be presented in coffee breaks sessions. The poster booth will consist of one A0 size panel in Portrait mode

Important: AAPG has no funding for speakers. Do not submit an abstract unless at least one author is certain to attend the convention. All session chairs, speakers, and poster presenters must register to attend the convention — no exceptions.


Details to follow


Geneva, Switzerland
Department of Earth Sciences 13 Rue des Maraichers
Geneva CH-1205
++41 22 37 96111
Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland 57665

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Kathryn A. Gibbons Kathryn Gibbons Committee Member Retired, Retired, England (U.K.)
Martin Nagel Martin Nagel Committee Member Geologist, Australia
Hugo Carlos Matias Hugo Matias Committee Member REPSOL, Spain
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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