(‘tight’) hydrocarbon reservoirs are currently the hottest unconventional
resource targets in North America. Also, the analysis of oilsands core
and chips has made many strides in evaluating pay and the cap rock integrity.
The technologies used have direct application in both play styles, though
presently rarely applied.
In the face
of ongoing suppressed commodity prices, the energy industry seeks advanced core
and cuttings analysis techniques that allow reliable, fast, inexpensive and
efficient identification of reservoir “sweet spots” and provide critical data
for assessing hydrocarbon recovery in an environmental-friendly manner. When
producing from these unconventional and bitumen reservoirs, a complex series of
physico-chemical processes occurring at multiple spatial and time scales are
initiated that we do not completely understand. While advanced
technologies such as long horizontal wells, combined with multi-stage hydraulic
fracturing in unconventional plays, have enabled commercial recovery, development efficiency is still suboptimal partly due to our insufficient
understanding of geochemical, petrophysical and geomechanical characteristics.
Understanding how to advance characterization methods at all scales is
therefore critical for predictable development through primary and enhanced
The R.A.W. will bring together professionals and
subject matter experts, dealing with multidisciplinary characterization of
unconventional and bitumen reservoirs, to share experiences gained through
laboratory and field operations. The workshop will focus on not only new
advances in all areas of rock characterization but also the added value through
field applications. A variety of leading operators, service providers,
and national/international universities will provide up-to-date discussions on
multiple technical topics. These include highlights on advanced geochemical,
petrophysical and geomechanical characterization techniques, case studies, and
operator and governmental regulatory perspectives. A dedicated panel session
will explore potentials for collaboration among operators, technology
developers, service providers and governmental regulatory agencies.