Session 1 - Regional/Big Scale/ Continental
Session Chairs - Steve Hubbard and Joan Carter
The volume of in-place oil and crude bitumen in the Mannville Group of Alberta exceeds 200 billion m3, making it one of the most petroliferous stratigraphic units on Earth. The objective of this session is to examine the regional setting for the strata with an emphasis on sediment routing, deposition and stratigraphy. The session will outline the context and genesis of clastic reservoirs at the basin-scale. What is it about the Mannville Group that makes it one of the most important clastic hydrocarbon-bearing units in the world? Presenters from academia and industry will discuss the latest thinking on continent-wide and local sediment transport, controls on sediment (and reservoir) distribution, and integrated stratigraphic frameworks for the Mannville Group. This regionally focused session will set the stage for more reservoir-scale discussions in subsequent sessions.
Session 2 - Reservoir Facies/Reservoir Characterization
Session Chairs: Jason Lavigne and Paul Durkin
Earlier versions of Mannville geological studies emphasized the stratigraphy and sedimentology of various pools in the basin. More recently, a plethora of new data including the widespread incorporation of 3D seismic data and high-resolution micro resistivity image logs has allowed for the detailed characterization of reservoir sandstone bodies. Many of the internal heterogeneities within reservoir sandstone bodies are now better understood and can be mapped and modelled accordingly. This session will focus on adding detail to the facies models that play an important role in the way we explore for and develop Mannville heavy oil and oil sands deposits. These improved facies models also refine and further inform paleoenvironmental interpretations and reconstructions.
Session 3 - Integrated Case Studies - Bryce Jablonski and Greg Cave
Session Chairs: Bryce Jablonski and Greg Cave
By integrating subsurface data with well design, production and surveillance data, companies are pushing the limits on what can be developed in the Mannville. From complex and longer well designs, threading the needle into thin zones, state of the art completions through complex data analysis, models and forecasts we have created an incredible basis of understanding for recovery process in our heavy oil and oil sands resources. This session will explore the application of the latest breakthroughs and the direct impacts to project performance and the ever so important bottom line, all which has allowed us to survive and compete globally in this lower for longer WCS price environment.
Session 4 - Future Directions and Innovation
Session Chairs: Michael Webb, Mark Caplan, Megan Boutin
This session will pull together a select group of multidisciplinary industry experts to help shine a light on oil sands and heavy oil technology and innovation from a geoscience and integrated subsurface perspective. The presentations will be highlighting new approaches, discuss new technologies and contain analysis from industry leading professionals. After the technical talks, the session will conclude with an interactive panel discussion that will help us integrate the talks on future directions with the rest of the conference talks. Our goal is to explore technologies and generate discussion on the opportunities and challenges associated with these technological advancements.