GEO 2020 will take place under the theme Geosciences in the Digital World: 2020 and Beyond. 16 themes addressing the fast-moving developments in the petroleum geoscience industry will be presented during the conference.

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Theme 1: Reservoir Characterization

Comprehensive understanding of the subsurface geology is key to optimize reservoir production, extend its lifetime and maximize its ultimate hydrocarbon recovery. The aim of this theme is to attract presentations, both oral and poster, related to reservoir characterization in carbonate, siliclastic and mixed reservoirs. Industry and academia experts are invited to share ideas, insights and recent research results on a wide range of disciplines linked to reservoir characterisation. Submitted abstracts are expected to cover but not limited to the following topics:

  • Innovations and Technology Applications in Reservoir Characterization
  • New Trends in Reservoir Characterization
  • Role of Enhanced Reservoir Characterization in Well Placement and Geosteering
  • Advances in 3D Numerical Reservoir Modeling
  • Integration of Outcrop and Subsurface Characterization
  • Lithofacies, Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality Prediction
  • Faults and Fractures Characterization and Modeling
  • Reservoir Compartmentalization
  • Reservoir Geomechanics
  • Reservoir Characterization and Modeling
  • Reservoir Monitoring
  • Improved Recovery and Productivity from Reservoirs
  • Permanent Reservoir Monitoring
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Advanced Geophysical Methods for Reservoir Characterization
  • Case Studies

Theme 2: Advances in Seismic Acquisition and Processing

With the continuing breakthroughs in technologies, seismic has its share of advancement and progressive applications spanning exploration, production, geotechnical and environmental. This theme aims to draw attention to various subjects related to advanced seismic acquisition and processing techniques that can help in overcoming some of the most common challenges in this field. Experts from both academia and industry sectors are invited to showcase their relevant work in this subject. The submitted abstracts are expected to cover the following topics:

  • Near Surface Challenges
  • Deep Imaging
  • Depth Imaging
  • Broadband Seismic
  • Multicomponent Seismic
  • Simultaneous Seismic Data Acquisition / Dispersed Source Array
  • Passive Seismic Monitoring
  • Automation in Seismic Acquisition and Processing
  • Passive Seismic Imaging
  • Case Studies

Theme 3: Advances in Seismic Interpretation

Prediction of lithology, oil and gas from seismic data, both for exploration and production, continues to advance. Improvements in resolution resulting from broadband data and diffraction imaging, together with the use of pre-stack and multi-component data, are moving interpretation to new levels of detail. The aim of this theme is to attract presentations, both oral and poster, on theory and applications developed in industry and academia.   Submitted abstracts are expected to cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Interaction with Seismic Data Processing
  • Seismic Attributes and Spectral Decomposition
  • Rock Physics
  • Amplitude versus Offset (AVO)
  • Thin Reservoir Detection
  • Automation of Seismic Interpretation
  • Fracture Prediction
  • Visualisation
  • Time Lapse Seismic (4D)
  • Sub-salt Imaging
  • Imaging of Complex Structures
  • Interpreting multi-component data
  • Case Studies

Theme 4: Advances in Borehole Geology and Geophysics

Recently, there has been a lot of workflows and advancements that has been introduced in the market, these advances emphasize the value of borehole images in multiple applications particularly reservoir characterization throughout the lifecycle of the field development planning. The Applications of the Borehole images includes and not only limited to structural analysis, facies characterization and fractures analysis, completion design optimization of lateral wells based on the detailed fractures analysis. In addition to Borehole geology; Borehole seismic is the link between geology (from wells) and seismic data. In recent years, several advancements have been made to develop and optimize borehole seismic technology to maximize its application and value. The goal of this theme is to demonstrate some of these advancements in VSPs and passive seismic applications. Industry and academia experts are invited to share their knowledge on the following topics:

  • Advances in Borehole Image Interpretation
  • Advances in Borehole Image Acquisition
  • Value Borehole Images in Building Realistic Static Models.
  • Quantitative Interpretations of Borehole Images
  • Application of Borehole Images
  • Integrated Workflows
  • VSP & Well Bore Seismic
  • Link between Geology and Seismic
  • Borehole Geophysics and Modeling
  • VSP Impact on Seismic Processing
  • Passive and Microseismic
  • Borehole Monitoring
  • Advances in Fiber-Optic Technologies – Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and Distributed Chemical Sensing
  • Case Studies

Theme 5: Advances in Multiphysics Technologies

Over the years, there have been several advancements in multi-physics and remote sensing technologies to generate earth models over large and difficult to access areas in an efficient way. Some of these technologies have proven extremely beneficial in understanding surface and subsurface geology and in minimizing exploration risks by integrating potential field data with seismic, geologic and well data. Academia and industry experts are encouraged to share their knowledge, experience, and insights on this subject through the submission of abstracts covering the below topics:

  • New Trends and Uses of Gravity and Magnetics in Exploration and Development
  • Advances in Electromagnetics
  • Advances in Potential Field Methods
  • Remote Sensing
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Airborne Gravity / Gradiometry
  • Case Studies

Theme 6: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics

Data is considered the most important pillar in the petroleum industry’s digital transformation agenda. It is through data that geoscientists “listen” to the subsurface. With the recent rate of data generation, we need to leverage the advances in AI technologies to devise novel ways of data collection and utilization for improved reservoir characterization. Recent advancements in IT infrastructure has posed unprecedented challenges in data management and security. Industry and academic experts are encouraged to share their knowledge and insights on all topics related to novel data collection, integration, and management technologies. This theme covers, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Data Management & Security
  • Multiscale and Multidimensional Data Integration
  • High Performance Computing
  • Big Data Handling, Manipulation and Processing
  • Advanced Real Time Visualization
  • Real-time Reservoir Properties Prediction
  • Cloud Solutions for the Geoscience
  • Integration of AI and Geostatistics
  • Integration of AI and GIS Systems
  • AI in Remote Sensing Applications
  • Machine Learning
  • Reservoir Analogs and Proxy Models
  • Automation of Geological/Geophysical Processes
  • Case Studies

Theme 7: Petrophysics

Accurate petrophysical measurement and analyses are fundamental for understanding the reservoir and its detailed characteristics. Therefore, the objective of this theme is to discuss all topics related to petrophysics and the important role it plays in reservoir characterization, advanced analysis and applications, and reserves calculations. Experts from the industry and academia are invited to share their ideas, results, and technical insights on various topics related to petrophysics. The submitted attracts for this theme, should cover but not limited to any of the below topics:

  • Advances in Well Logging
  • Logging While Drilling (LWD)
  • Comparison between LWD and Wireline Logging
  • Advances in Hydrocarbon Saturation Measurement
  • Use of Saturation Height in Prediction of Trap Fill for Exploration
  • Core Measurement for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Reserves Calculations and Resource Assessment
  • Core to Log Calibration
  • Fracture Identification and Analysis
  • Low Resistivity Pay
  • Normalization
  • Special Core Analysis (SCAL)
  • Rock Typing
  • Petrophysics for Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Petrophysics for Property Modeling
  • Case Studies

Theme 8: Petroleum Systems and Basin Modelling

Petroleum system modeling is a powerful tool for assessing potential hydrocarbon reserves. It requires a multidisciplinary approach involving diverse geosciences skills. Recent modeling techniques and advancements in technology have promoted the integration of specialized data types to understanding complex petroleum systems. Basin modeling and petroleum system experts from both academia and industry are invited to share their ideas, case studies, insights on the subject through submitting abstracts covering but not limited to the following topics:

  • Advances in Basin Modeling
  • Advances in Geochemistry
  • Source Rock Analysis
  • Lacustrine and Marine Source Rocks
  • Basin Evolution and Fill History
  • Burial History and Diagenesis
  • Generation and Migration History
  • Salt-Related Petroleum Systems
  • Uncertainty in Petroleum Systems Analysis
  • Paleogeographies and GDE Mapping
  • Play Fairway Analysis
  • Regional Geology
  • Depositional Systems
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Structural Restoration
  • Case Studies

Theme 9: Exploration Drilling

Drilling is a vital component for the success of any exploration campaign. With all the challenges associated in drilling frontier basins and wildcat wells, industry leaders have been utilizing both past best practices in exploration drilling, as well as employing advanced technologies to convert these challenges to opportunities while attempting to optimize cost. You are invited to share ideas, case studies and experience in respect to exploration drilling. The submitted abstracts are expected to cover but no limited to the below topics.

  • Best Practice in Exploration Drilling
  • Pre-drill planning
  • Formation Testing
  • Optimum Logging and Testing Programs to Achieve Desired Results in Cost Effective Manner
  • Sub-surface Risk (Analysis and Mitigation)
  • Managing HP/ HT Reservoirs
  • H2S
  • Pore Pressure Prediction
  • Feedback of Lessons Learned from Past on New Drilling
  • Drilling Operational Issues
  • Protecting Aquifers
  • Advances in Well Placement / Geo-steering
  • Case Studies

Theme 10: Conventional Exploration

The ever increasing global demand for energy pushes oil and gas industry leaders to continue their efforts to discover and deliver more hydrocarbons. The horizon for hydrocarbon exploration has been expanding and today there is active exploration efforts in environments that can be more subtle, deeper or harsher than what was previously considered the norm. Innovative exploration techniques along with technological advancements have been key in overcoming challenges in such plays and environments leading to a number of new oil and gas discoveries around the world. Energy leaders, academics and petroleum geoscientists are invited to share their knowledge, creative ideas, and past experiences in this theme. Submitted abstracts are expected to cover the following:

  • New Plays in Mature Basins
  • New Exploration Concepts
  • New Exploration Technologies
  • Rejuvenation of Sub-Economic Plays
  • New Discoveries
  • Offshore Exploration
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • Depositional Systems
  • Outcrop Analogues
  • Prospect Risk and Uncertainty
  • Portfolio Management
  • Case Studies

Theme 11: Unconventional Resources

Unconventional resources (e.g. tight gas, tight oil  reservoirs, shale gas, shale oil, coal bed methane heavy oil, tar sands, oil shale and gas hydrates, etc.) are currently targeted for unconventional oil and gas exploration and development in many places around the world including the Middle East.  The objective of this theme is to attract the industry and academia to share their knowledge, innovations and technology applications to their successful pursuit of unconventional resources. The desired abstracts should cover but not limited to:

  • Mapping Unconventional Reservoir (Tight Sand, Shale, Carbonate, etc.)
  • Sequence Stratigraphy of Unconventional Resource Play (Tight Sand, Shale, or Carbonate)
  • Unconventional Reservoirs Characterization (Tight Sand, Shale, or Carbonate)
  • Geomechanics for Unconventional Reservoir
  • Geochemical Procedures to Evaluate Liquid Rich Unconventional (LRU) Plays
  • Unconventional Well Construction and Pad Drilling Practices
  • Unconventional Well Completion and Stimulation Practices
  • Reservoir Simulation for Unconventional Reservoir
  • Production Performance and Resources Estimate
  • Economics for Unconventional Resources
  • Surface Facilities for Unconventional
  • Unconventional Data Statistics and Analysis
  • Case Studies

Theme 12: Rift Basin Exploration

With all the advancements in subsalt/basalt imaging and deep sea drilling technologies, rift basin exploration is becoming more of an opportunity than a challenge. This theme aims to shed some light on the various technology applications and advanced exploration techniques that facilitated the pursuit of resources in such a complex geological setting. Academics and industry experts are all invited to participate in this theme by sharing their innovative ideas and experience on the subject. The submitted abstracts should cover but not limited to the below topics:

  • Identification of Rift Phases and Their Impact on Structural and Stratigraphic Styles
  • Subsalt/Basalt Imaging
  • Rift Basin Hydrocarbon Plays
  • Pore Pressure Prediction
  • Managing HP/ HT Reservoirs
  • Deep Sea Drilling
  • Structural Controls on Rift Basin Formation/ Evolution
  • Rift Basin Analogues
  • Understanding Reservoir Quality in Rift Basins
  • Heat Flow Analysis
  • Inverted Rift Basins
  • Best Practices and Trends in Unconventional Development
  • Case Studies

Theme 13: Hydrocarbon Traps and Seals

In any petroleum system, trap and seal are crucial elements that control hydrocarbon accumulations. While hydrocarbon traps can be structural or stratigraphic, the seal and sealing mechanism are the decisive factor in the formation of any trap. Different factors determine the effectiveness of a seal such as lithology and geomechanics properties, pressure regime as well as the trap type. The objective of this theme is to shed light on various trapping forms and the impact that sealing mechanisms can have on the accumulation of the hydrocarbons. Participants of this theme are encouraged to share their experience, knowledge, and insights on this subject. The submitted abstracts should cover but not limited to the following topics:

  • Traps, Seals, Fault and Fracture Networks
  • Fault Seals and Risk Assessment
  • Folded Belts
  • Fractured Reservoirs
  • Fractured Basement Plays
  • Inversion-Related Traps
  • Salt Tectonics and Related Traps
  • Sub-Basalt Traps
  • Stratigraphic Traps
  • Technology to Unravel Stratigraphic Traps
  • Stratigraphic Traps Closure Definition
  • Hydrodynamic Traps

Theme 14: Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

Detailed geological understanding of sedimentary rocks forms the basis for hydrocarbon exploration, especially at a time where the focus is increasingly shifting towards subtle stratigraphic plays. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction and chronostratigraphic correlation are paramount in the understanding of facies distribution within sedimentary basins. Industry and academia experts are invited to share here their latest work and understanding in the fields of sedimentology and stratigraphy (in carbonate, clastic and mixed systems). The submitted contributions can be related, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Lithofacies, Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality Prediction
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Paleoenvironments and Paleoclimates
  • Sources and Sinks
  • Outcrop Analogues
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Chemostratigraphy (Isotopes and Elemental)
  • Heavy Minerals
  • Magnetostratigraphy
  • Integrated Case Studies

Theme 15: Integrated Case Studies

The integrated case studies theme will give the opportunity for teams of experts to share their latest ideas and project results on work that combine different themes. Presentations in this theme can be 50 minutes in length and will include two or three presenters from different disciplines making the integrated case study.

  • Exploration Play Concept to Development
  • Technologies and Workflows
  • Case Studies Bringing Breakthrough Concepts
  • G&G Integrated Projects Progression with a Focus on Delivery

Theme 16: Geosciences for Other Applications

In today’s economy, academia and industry experts are redefining geosciences through different applications. Beyond the Oil and Gas world, geosciences are being used for groundwater projects, mining, geo hazards, renewable energy, archaeological heritage management  and other social projects. The aim of this theme is to show the application of geosciences technologies in non-oil and gas industries. The submitted abstracts should cover but not limited to the below topics:

  • Social Responsibility
  • Ground Water
  • Mining Industry
  • Risk Assessment
  • Geo Hazards
  • Geothermal
  • Waste Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Geo-tourism
  • Environmental Applications
  • Geo-archeology
  • Geoscience Technical Applications
  • Case Studies