Saudi Aramco

Technical Categories

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2021

TECHNICAL CATEGORIES

GEOSCIENCE

1. Petroleum Geology 
  • Depositional Systems and Diagenesis 
  • Outcrops, Analogues, and Structural Geology
  • Basin Evolution and Modelling 
  • The Petroleum System: Source to Trap
  • Regional Geology and New Exploration Frontiers 
  • Stratigraphic Forward Modelling 
  • Seal Analysis
  • Hydrocarbon Maturation and Migration 
  • Uncertainty in Petroleum Systems Analysis
  • Case Studies
2. Geophysical Data Acquisition and Processing
  • Seismic Data Acquisition Technologies 
  • Near-Surface Geophysics
  • Multi-Physical Data Integration 
  • Multi-Component Seismic
  • Passive Seismic 
  • Non-Seismic Methods
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Depth Imaging
  • Case Studies

3. Geophysical Imaging and Inversion

  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Seismic Anisotropy, Elasticity, and Attenuation
  • Advanced Seismic Depth Imaging
  • Full Waveform Inversion
  • Amplitude versus Offset (AVO)
  • Seismic Attributes and Spectral Decomposition
  • Seismic Inversion
  • Earth Model Building, Velocity, and Geophysical Modelling
  • Rock Physics
  • Case Studies

4. Geoscience Reservoir Characterisation

  • Faults and Fractures Characterisation 
  • Quantitative Seismic Interpretation 
  • Sequence Stratigraphy and Reservoir Characterisation
  • Sedimentology, Facies Prediction, and Mapping 
  • Bore Hole Geology 
  • Rock Physics Modelling 
  • Qualitative Interpretation—Seismic Attributes
  • Seismic Inversion 
  • Chemo-Stratigraphy Applications
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Petroleum Geochemistry and Source-Rock Analysis
  • Reservoir Characterisation
  • Stratigraphic Traps
  • Reservoir Heterogeneity 
  • Carbonate and Clastic Diagenesis
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
  • Geochemical Fingerprinting of Hydrocarbons
  • Pore Networks 
  • Hydrodynamic Modelling
  • Case Studies

5. Geoscience Static Reservoir Modelling

  • Advances in 3D Numerical Reservoir Modelling 
  • Reservoir Geomechanics 
  • Upscaling Petrophysical Modelling 
  • Geostatistics and Uncertainty Analysis in Reservoir Modelling
  • Numerical Modelling of Fractures 
  • Integrated Geostatistical (Stochastic) Seismic Inversion in 3D Reservoir Modelling
  • Case Studies

6. Innovations in Geoscience

  • Innovative Workflows 
  • Applications of Engineering Geophysics 
  • 4D Seismic 
  • Technological Deployments 
  • Optimising Project Turnaround Performance
  • Sparse Ocean Bottom Seismic for FWI
  • Case Studies

RESERVOIR ENGINEERING

7. Reservoir Development and Management

  • Carbonate Reservoir Development 
  • Clastic Reservoir Development 
  • Fractured Reservoir Development 
  • Integrated Reservoir and Production Modelling 
  • Field Development and Optimisation 
  • Well Design and Architecture
  • Reservoir Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Digital Fields and Advanced Technologies 
  • Reservoir Data Integration and Assessment 
  • Formation Water Management in Gas Fields
  • Field Management in Congested/Limited Surface Locations
  • Risk Assessment in Reservoir Management

8. Reservoir Simulation

  • Naturally Fractured Modelling
  • Reservoir Model Resolution and Upscaling 
  • History Matching and Predication 
  • Next Generation Simulators
  • PVT/SCAL/CORE Studies Integration and Saturation Modelling 
  • Streamline Simulation 
  • Complex Well Modelling and Optimisation
  • Tight/Shale Reservoir Modelling
  • Geothermal Reservoir Modelling
  • High Performance Computing, Algorithms, and Uncertainty Quantification Methods

INTEGRATED RESERVOIR ENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCE

9. Integrated Reservoir Development and Management 

  • Reservoir Heterogeneity
  • Rock Facies, Rock Types, and Flow Units
  • Reservoir Quality and Prediction
  • Geosteering, and Well Placement and Optimisation
  • Integrated Reservoir and Production Modelling
  • Reconciliation and New Approaches in Reservoir Modelling
  • Reservoir Benchmarking
  • Contaminants and Formation Damage
  • Far Field Petrophysics
  • Case Studies

10. Reservoir Description and Dynamics

  • Well Testing Advancement
  • Advanced Pressure Transient Modelling: Complex Wells, Completions, Fluids
  • Field Well Testing
  • Modelling of Faults and Fractures
  • Upscaling Petrophysical Properties and Models
  • Well Interferences
  • Case Studies
11. Formation Evaluation
  • Open-Hole and Cased-Hole Logging Conveyance
  • Advancements in Open-Hole (Wireline and LWD) and Cased-Hole Logging
  • Well Integrity Evaluation
  • Surface Data Logging
  • Impact of Drilling and Drilling Fluid on Logging
  • Downhole Coring
  • Rock Petrology and Mineralogy
  • Reservoir Fluid Geochemistry
  • Integrated Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Saturation Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Petrophysical Advancements in Carbonate and Clastic Reservoirs
  • Low Resistivity Low Contrast Reservoir Evaluation
  • Rock Typing, Permeability, and Saturation Height Function Modelling
  • Reservoir Characterisation based on Drill Cuttings
  • Petrophysical Characterisation of Reservoirs based on In-situ and 4D Rock Analysis
  • Complex Lithology Evaluation
  • Deep Water Petrophysics
  • Fracture and Microseismic Evaluation
  • Case Studies
12. Rock and Geo-mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Borehole Stability Prediction and Assessment
  • Sanding Prediction and Assessment
  • Fracturing
  • Natural Fracture Characterisation
  • Geomechanics Modelling
  • Cap Rock Evaluation for Well Abandonment
  • Geomechanics and Modern Developments
  • Numerical Methods in Geomechanics and Geotechnics
  • Geomechanics for Shale and Tight Reservoirs 
  • Geomechanics Modelling
  • Geomechanics and Modern Developments
  • Reservoir Geomechanics 
  • Case Studies

DRILLING AND COMPLETIONS

13. Optimisation of Well Planning and Execution
  • Complex Well Planning 
  • Extended-Reach Drilling 
  • Geomechanical Considerations 
  • Well Modelling and Simulation 
  • Performance Drilling and Optimisation 
  • Well Intervention and Optimisation 
  • Wellbore Quality Considerations 
  • Stuck Pipe Prevention 
  • Innovative Well Planning Models 
  • Real-Time Operations 
  • Advancements in Drill Bits and Drilling Tools
  • Remote Drilling Engineering
  • Lost Circulation Prevention
  • Case Studies

14. Challenges in Well Construction and

Completion
  • Deep Wells 
  • Drilling with Casing 
  • High Pressure/High Temperature Drilling 
  • Managed Pressure Drilling 
  • Multistage Fractured Horizontal Wells 
  • Naturally Fractured Reservoirs 
  • Plug and Abandonment 
  • Sand Control/Unconsolidated Reservoirs 
  • Casing Annulus Prevention
  • Sour/Corrosive Environment 
  • Well Integrity 
  • Deepwater 
  • Underbalanced Drilling 
  • Well Control 
  • Cementing Practices
  • Case Studies
15. Advancements in Drilling and Completions Technology Application
  • Drilling and Completions Equipment 
  • Drilling Systems Automation 
  • Intelligent Completions 
  • Multistage Fracturing 
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Laser-Based Technology
  • Smart Drilling 
  • Stimulation 
  • Tubulars 
  • Wellbore Fluids (Mud/Cement/Frac) 
  • CT Drilling 
  • New Rig Designs 
  • Case Studies

MIDSTREAM OPERATIONS

16. Project Management and Quality
  • Interface Management
  • Integrity Management
  • Joint Development Areas (JDA)
  • Project Management Systems—Integrated Planning
  • Risk Management and Management of Change
  • Standards and Quality Management
  • Value Engineering
  • Data Transfers and Coherence for Quality Control
17. Concept Engineering, Construction, and Commissioning (The 3 Cs)
  • Complex Facilities
  • Concept Selection—Scoping and Feasibility
  • Cost Management Systems—Cost Reporting and Control
  • Design and Engineering
  • Floating Production Storage and Offloading Development
  • Handover and Project Closure
  • Integrated Planning
  • Offshore Development
  • Operations Readiness
  • Power Generation
  • Procedures Development for Commissioning
  • Electrical and Non-Electrical Utilities, Drainage Systems
  • Practices of Expertise and Assurance to Add the Value of Engineering
18. Facilities Discipline Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Instrument, Control, Electrical
  • Integrated Facilities
  • Machinery and Rotating Equipment
  • Materials and Corrosion
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pipelines
  • Process Engineering
  • Process Safety
  • Subsea and Offshore
  • Disposal Systems
  • Measuring Equipment Control Devices
  • Environmental Engineering
19. Asset Life Cycle Maintenance and Integrity
  • Computerised Maintenance Management Systems
  • Corrective Maintenance and Intervention
  • Corrosion Management
  • Integrity Strategy
  • Pipeline Maintenance (Including Pigging)
  • Preventative Maintenance and Inspection Programmes
  • Shutdowns and Turnarounds
  • Chemical Management
  • Corrosion Inhibition
  • Equipment Strategies and Sparing Philosophy
  • Hydrate Inhibition
  • Flow Assurance
  • Produced Water Management and Disposal
  • Storage and Transportation
  • Sand Control and Sand Management
  • Slugging
  • End of Life Monitoring, Recycling, and Facilities Removal
  • Rotating Equipment Life Cycle Optimisation
  • Modelling Applications to Enhance Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
  • Mothballing and Preservation
  • FMAE, Criticality, and Reliability-Centred Maintenance RCM
  • Spare Part Handling, Cataloguing, and Storing
20. Processing 
  • Water Treatment and Management
  • Bacteria Management
  • Flow Assurance
  • Mixing Fluid Streams
  • Production Chemistry
  • Scale Management
  • Smart Chemicals
  • Gas Cycling
  • Gas Sweetening
  • Dehydration
  • Sulphur Recovery
  • NGL Recovery
  • Flare Gas Recovery and GHG Emissions
  • Processing Advanced Technology
  • Enhancements in Sour Gas Treatment
  • Novel Technologies in Oil and Gas Processing
  • Advances in Operational Efficiency in Oil and Gas Processing
  • Smart Energy Efficiency Applications
  • Innovations in NGL Recovery and LNG
  • Crude Oil Processing
  • Decarbonisation and GHG Emissions Management and Control
21. Operation Facility Management
  • Data Management
  • Exception Based Surveillance
  • Integrated Flow System Modelling
  • Control Systems
  • Integrated Reviews
  • Metering and Allocation
  • Monitoring
  • Opportunity Identification and Opportunity Maturation Process
  • Scheduling and Execution
  • Operational Excellence
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Innovation in Operation Management
  • Autonomous Operation
  • Waste Management
22. Case Studies
  • Concept Selection and Front-End Engineering Design
  • Deepwater
  • Infrastructure
  • Integrated Projects
  • Major Projects
  • Minor Projects
  • Onshore and Offshore
  • Sour Gas Treatment
  • Novel Technologies in Oil and Gas Processing
  • Advances in Operational Efficiency in Oil and Gas Processing
  • Smart Energy Efficiency Applications
  • Innovations in NGL Recovery and LNG
  • Digitalisation in Midstream Oil and Gas Processing
  • Process Optimisation
  • Energy Optimisation
  • Process Control and Instrumentation
  • Handling NORM

IOR/EOR

23. IOR/EOR

  • Chemical Flooding
  • Conformance Technologies
  • Gas Injection (CO2, N2, Foam, etc.)
  • Salinity EOR
  • Microbial Flooding
  • Thermal EOR
  • EOR/IOR Modelling and Simulation
  • EOR for Unconventional
  • EOR Monitoring and Surveillance
  • EOR Well Design
  • Novel Technologies
  • Tracer Studies
  • Emerging EOR Technologies
  • Sustainable EOR Solutions
  • Case Studies

PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

24. Well Production
and Sustainability

  • Fracturing and Stimulation
  • Operating Envelopes
  • Well Integrity, Intervention, and Surveillance
  • Artificial Lift
  • Flow Assurance
  • Water and Gas Injection
  • Well Abandonment
  • Well Production Optimisation
  • Well Control
  • Tracers Injection and Application
  • Remote Operations
  • Real-Time Operations and Monitoring
  • Advanced Completion
  • Produced Water Management
  • Production Portfolio Management
  • Long Life Production Strategy
  • Safe Casing Running Practices
  • Sand Production Control
  • Advanced Coiled Tubing Intervention
  • Case Studies

UNCONVENTIONAL

25. Unconventional Resources Evaluation and Characterisation
  • Shale and Tight Reservoirs Emerging Plays Evaluation
  • Shale and Tight Reservoir Characterisation
  • Shale and Tight Static Reservoir Modelling
  • Unconventional Laboratories Testing and Analysis
  • Geophysics for Shale and Tight Reservoirs
  • Geomechanics for Shale and Tight Reservoirs
  • Petrophysics for Shale and Tight Reservoirs
  • Fluid Characterisation for Unconventionals
  • Predicting and Mapping Fluid Phase and Composition
  • Innovative solutions for Streamlined G&G Processes in Unconventional Evaluation
26. Unconventional Drilling and Completion
  • Multi-Pad Drilling
  • Unconventional Well Construction Best Practices
  • Efficiency and Cost Reduction
  • Drill Well Completion
  • Advances in Geosteering for Unconventionals
  • Case Studies on Unconventional Wellbore Integrity/Failures/Casing Deformation
  • Unconventional Drilling Challenges in High Pressure/High Temperature Environment
27. Unconventional Stimulation and Operational Efficiency
  • Multistage Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Best Practices (Logistics and Supply Chain)
  • Multi-Well Pad Simultaneous Stimulation Operations
  • Completion Technologies for Stimulation (MSF, PnP, CT Fracturing, and Diversion)
  • Water and Sand Management for Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Re-Fracturing
  • Fracture Diagnostics and Monitoring
  • Fracture Modelling
  • Fracturing Fluids and Proppant
  • Unconventional Operational Efficiency (Innovative Solutions, Technology Implementation)
  • Coiled Tubing Operations and Technologies
  • Cased Hole Logging and Perforations Technology Advancement
  • Unconventional Well Testing Best Practices (Flaring, Produced Sand Management, etc.)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Operations (Water Conservation, Recycling and Disposal)
28. Unconventional Facilities and Midstream Operations
  • Unconventional PMT and Gas Operations
  • Unconventional Facilities Engineering
  • Unconventional Asset Life Cycle Maintenance and Integrity
  • Unconventional Gas Processing
29. Unconventional Production and Economics
  • Reservoirs Production Performance Prediction
  • Unconventional Reservoir Simulation
  • Decline Curve Analyses, Well Testing, and Rate Transient Analysis (RTA)
  • Unconventional Resources and EUR Estimation
  • Well Interference and Optimal Spacing
  • Field Development Scenarios
  • Unconventional Economics
  • Artificial Lift for Unconventional
  • Recycle the Know-How and Best Practices Between Unconventional and Conventional

OVERARCHING THEMES

30. Health and Safety
  • Asset Integrity
  • Crisis Management
  • H&S Management Systems
  • Management of Contractors
  • Safety Leadership, Culture, and Human Factors
31. Security
  • Cyber Security and Data Security
  • Data Management/Security of Data
  • Software Piracy
  • Site Security and Mitigation
  • Terrorism, Hijacking, and Kidnapping
32. Human Resources
  • Government/Regulatory Policies and Incentives
  • Knowledge Transfer and Management
  • Labour Welfare
  • Promoting the Energy Industry to the Youth
  • Promoting Women in the Energy Industry
  • Strategic Resource Planning and Management in a Cyclical Industry
  • Talent Management
  • Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mentoring
  • Engaging and Managing Future Talent
  • Talent Retention
33. Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/Community Development Projects
  • Education and Capability Building
  • Local Skills Development
34. Lessons Learnt and Knowledge Management
  • Building Organisational Capability
  • Business Continuity
  • Centres of Excellence (COE) and Virtual Teams
  • Data and Knowledge Sharing
  • Data Management and Data Architecture
  • Lessons Learnt Culture
  • Use of Social Visual Media
35. Business Development, and Commercial and Risk Management
  • Commercial Structures (Tax Royalty, Production Sharing Agreements, Joint Ventures, etc.)
  • Cross Border Development and Production
  • Economical, Commercial, and Political Risks
  • Financing in Oil and Gas
  • Government/Regulatory Framework and Incentives
  • Business Resiliency
  • Enterprise Mobility
  • Risk Assessment
  • Business Impact
36. Molecule Management from Wellhead to Product Delivery
  • Flexibility of Refining Operations and Bottoms Upgrades in Meeting Demands
  • Refining Automation
  • Adding Value to Molecules Through Downstream Opportunity

37. Saline and Hyper Saline Groundwater Treatment and Utilisation

  • Aquifer Test, Characterisation, and Hydrogeological Mapping
  • Aquifer Numerical Modelling and Simulation
  • CO2 Storage and Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers
  • Groundwater Aquifer Sustainability and Protection
  • Water-Rock Interactions and Oil-field Brines
38. Emerging Technologies
  • Energy Saving Technologies and Systems
  • Emerging Themes and Industries to Enhance Energy Efficiency
  • Examples and Case Studies

IR 4.0

39. Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Infrastructure/Platforms/Services
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Private/Public/Multi/Hybrid Clouds Applications
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
40. Big Data/Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry and Other Industries
  • Data Engineering and Anonymisation
  • Practical ML Deployment/Lessons Learned
  • Data Mining and Data Collection (Enabler for Data Analytics/AI)
  • Big Data Management/Analytics
  • Hybrid Data-Physics Modelling
  • Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry and Other Industries (Details for O&G domains)
  • Data Engineering
  • Edge Analytics
41. Robotics and the Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Drones and Robotics Applications in Oil and Gas
  • Automation and Mechanisation
  • Edge Computing and Remote Sensing
  • IoT Applications in Oil and Gas
  • Digital Twins
  • Digital Fields
  • Mobility
  • Downhole Sensing and Mechatronics
  • Drones and Robotics Applications in Oil and Gas
  • Automation and Mechanisation
  • Edge Computing and Remote Sensing Assistance/Control
  • IoT Applications in Oil and Gas
  • Digital Twins
  • •Smart Fields
  • Mobility
  • Subsurface Photonics
  • High Temperature Electronics and Sensors
  • Distributed Fibre Sensing and Algorithms
  • Distributed Sensing Networks
  • Quantum Sensors
  • Multiphysics Logging Tools
42. IR 4.0 Adoption and Scalability
  • Digital Transformation Strategy
  • Data Democratisation and Anonymisation
  • AI Ethics
  • Subsurface Data Integration and Best Practices in Data Exchange (related to OSDU)
  • Human Factors Engineering in AI
  • Citizen Data Scientists
  • Project Collaboration Best Practices
  • IR 4.0 Talent Development
43. Emerging Topics
  • Cross Domain/Process Integration
  • Digital Transformation
  • Blockchain
  • Quantum Computing
  • Immersive Technology (Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality)
  • Advanced Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Agile Prototyping
  • Hyper-Automation
  • Digital Transformation Strategy
  • Blockchain
  • DevOps/MLOps
  • Unconventional Computing (Quantum, Molecular, Cognitive)
  • Immersive Technology (Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality)
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Agile Prototyping
  • No Code Machine Learning (Auto Machine Learning)
  • Cybersecurity for Operation Technology (OT) based on Artificial Intelligence

SUSTAINABILITY

44. Carbon Capture and Storage
(CCS),and Carbon Capture,
Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS)
  • Storage in Depleted Oil/Gas Reservoirs
  • Geomechanics for CCUS (Carbon Capture, Compression/Injection and Storage)
  • CCUS and EOR
  • CCS in Aquifers
  • Storage in Basalt
  • Bio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BBCCS)
  • Case Studies
45. CO2 Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Zero Flaring
  • Leak Detection and Repair
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Fracking
  • Conformance Control
  • CO2-Foam Drilling
  • Advanced Materials
  • CO2 to Chemicals
  • CO2 to Synthetic Fuels
  • Supercritical CO2 in Power Generation
  • Supercritical CO2 in Industrial Processes
  • E-Fuels
46. Carbon Footprint Reduction
Solutions/Processes
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Efficient Carbon Management
  • Reduce CO2 Emissions
  • Water Cut Reduction Technologies—IOR, Downhole
  • Oil/Water Separation and Water Shut-Off
  • Nature Based CO2 Capture
  • Mobile CO2 Capture
  • Direct Air Capture
  • Efficient CO2 Capture Processes
47. Sustainable/Green Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydrogen Technologies
  • Bioenergy and Biofuels
  • Gas Storage
  • Energy Efficient Designs Systems and Conservation Technologies
  • Energy Saving Technologies and Systems
  • Emerging Green Energy Technologies
  • Green Nanotechnology
  • Green Power Systems
48.  Environmental Issues and Solutions
  • Produced Water Treatment
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Waste Management
  • Produced Water Management and Disposal
  • Produced Water Recycle and Reuse
  • Produced Water Treatment
  • Bioenergy and Bio-Fuels
  • The Food Energy Water (FEW) Nexus
  • Life Cycle Analysis of Energy Sources (Solar Cells, Batteries, etc.)
49. Policies, Strategies, and Governance
  • Sustainable Energy Management Policies
  • Green Energy Policies and Programmes
  • Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change Policies
  • Water Discharge Policies and Regulations
  • Low Carbon Economy Strategies and Governance
  •  The Economics of CCUS
  • The Circular Carbon Economy Framework
  • The Hydrogen Economy
  • The Role of Governance and Regulations in Carbon Markets and Pricing
  • Process Safety and Asset Integrity

 

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