13–15 January 2020
Dhahran EXPO
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Saudi Aramco

Call For Papers

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2019


  • As a distinguished speaker at IPTC you will be part of the first international multi-disciplinary, inter-society oil and gas conference and exhibition to be held in Saudi Arabia
  • Contribute to technical knowledge transfer between international experts, regional and local industry professionals
  • Share new technologies and best practices with peers from around the world
  • Boost your company’s profile at a renowned industry event
  • Be part of a collaborative experience for students, young professionals and the industry to network and discover the activities and opportunities taking place in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East
  • Have your paper published in the multisociety library, OnePetro


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"Join us in Saudi Arabia, an oasis of opportunities and a land of a great energy vision." 

Ali M. Al-Shahri
IPTC 2020 Conference Programme Chair
Manager, Northern Area Reservoir Management
Saudi Aramco

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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
  • 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
  • Case Studies

3. Geophysical Imaging and Inversion

  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Seismic Anisotropy
  • Advanced Seismic Depth Imaging
  • Full Waveform Inversion
  • Velocity And Geophysical Modelling 
  • Seismic Inversion
  • Applications in Machine Learning and Data Analytics
  • Earth Model Building
  • Case Studies

4. Geoscience Reservoir Characterisation

  • Faults and Fractures Characterisation
  • Quantitative Seismic Interpretation
  • Facies Prediction and Mapping
  • Sequence Stratigraphy and Reservoir Characterisation
  • Sedimentology, Facies Prediction, and Mapping
  • Bore Hole Geology
  • Case Studies

5. Geoscience Static Reservoir Modelling

  • Advances in 3D Numerical Reservoir Modelling
  • Geostatistical Reservoir Modelling
  • Reservoir Geomechanics
  • Upscaling Petrophysical Modelling
  • Uncertainty Analysis in Reservoir Modelling
  • Case Studies

6. Advanced Concepts in Geoscience

  • Innovative Workflows
  • Applications of Engineering Geophysics
  • 4D Seismic
  • Technological Deployments
  • Application for Big Data and High Performance Computing


7. Reservoir Development and Management

  • Carbonate and Fractured Reservoirs Development
  • Integrated Reservoir and Production Modelling
  • Field Development and Optimisation
  • Reservoir Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Digital Fields and Advanced Technologies
  • Reservoir Data Integration and Assessment

8. Reservoir Simulation

  • Carbonates Reservoir Simulation
  • Reservoir Model Resolution and Upscaling
  • History Matching and Prediction
  • Next Generation Simulators
  • PVT/SCAL/CORE Studies Integration and Saturation Modelling
  • Streamline Simulation
  • Geomodelling


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
  • Case Studies

10. Reservoir Description and Dynamics

  • Well Testing Advancement
  • Advanced Pressure Transient Modelling; Complex Wells, Completions, Fluids
  • iField Well Testing
  • Modelling of Faults and Fractures
  • Upscaling Petrophysical Properties and Models
  • Reservoir Simulation Uncertainty Assessment
  • Field Development and Optimisation
  • Complex Well Modelling and Optimisation
  • Tight/Shale Reservoir Modelling
  • Case Studies
11. Formation Evaluation
  • Logging Conveyance; Open-Hole and Cased-Hole
  • Advancements in Logging; Open-Hole (Wireline and LWD), Cased-Hole
  • Well Integrity Evaluation
  • Surface Data Logging
  • Impact of Drilling and Drilling Fluid on Logging
  • Coring
  • Formation Evaluation Core Analysis, Physical Measurements, and Digital Analysis
  • Rock Petrology and Mineralogy
  • Fluid Geochemistry
  • Tracer Studies
  • Integrated Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Saturation Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Petrophysical Advancements; Carbonate and Clastic Reservoirs
  • Low Resistivity Low Contrast Reservoir Evaluation
  • Rock Typing, Permeability, and Saturation Height Function Modelling
  • Case Studies
12. Rock and Geo-mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Borehole Stability Prediction and Assessment
  • Sanding Prediction and Assessment
  • Fracturing
  • Natural Fracture Characterisation
  • Geomechanics Modelling
  • Case Studies


13. Optimisation of Well Planning and Execution
  • Complex Well Planning
  • Extended-Reach Drilling
  • Geomechanical Considerations
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Performance Drilling, Optimisation
  • Well Intervention and Optimisation
  • Wellbore Quality Considerations
  • Stuck Pipe Prevention
  • Innovative Well Planning Models
  • Data Analytics in Drilling
  • Real-Time Operations

14. Challenges in Well Construction and

  • 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 Reservoir
  • Severe Loss Circulation
  • Sour/Corrosive Environment
  • Well Integrity
  • Deepwater
  • Underbalanced Drilling
  • Well Control
15. Advancements in Drilling and Completions Technology Application
  • Drilling and Completions Equipment
  • Drilling Systems Automation
  • Intelligent Completions
  • Multistage Fracturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart Drilling
  • Stimulation
  • Tubulars
  • Wellbore Fluids (Mud/Cement/Frac)
  • CT Drilling
  • New Rig Designs


16. Project Management, Contracting, and Quality
  • Contract Strategy
  • Contracting and Procurement
  • 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
17. Concept Engineering, Construction, and Commissioning (The 3 Cs)
  • Complex Facilities
  • Concept Selection—Scoping and Feasibility
  • Cost Management Systems—Cost Reporting and Control
  • Design—Front-End Engineering Design
  • Floating Production Storage and Offloading Development
  • Handover and Project Closure
  • Integrated Planning
  • Offshore Development
  • Operations Readiness
  • Power Generation
  • Procedures Development for Commissioning
  • Reliability Availability Management
  • Steam, Air, Heating, Cooling, Plant Instrument Air, Drain Systems
  • Transient Modelling
  • 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


19. Gas Processing


20. LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)


21. GTL (Gas to Liquids)


22. GHG Management


23. Flow Assurance


24. Chemical Inventory Management


25. Industrial Energy Efficiency in Gas Processing 



26. Technology and Innovation in Midstream 
  • Gas Sweetening
  • Dehydration
  • Sulphur Recovery
  • NGL Recovery
  • Water Treatment
  • Digitisation in Gas Processing
  • Technology Development in Gas Processing
  • Operational Efficiency 
  • Flare Gas Recovery and GHG Emission 
  • Geo-Political
  • Operational Excellence
  • Operation and Maintenance Best Practices
  • Inspection Programmes and Best Practices
  • Rotating Equipment Life Cycle Optimisation
  • Role of Gas and C2+NGL in Future Energy Mix and Petrochemicals
  • Storage and Transportation




  • Advanced EOR Technologies
  • Chemical Flooding
  • Conformance Technologies
  • EOR Case Study
  • EOR Modelling
  • Gas Injection (CO2, N2, Foam, etc.)
  • Low Salinity Water Flooding
  • Microbial Flooding
  • Nano Technologies
  • Thermal Technologies
  • EOR/IOR Simulation
  • Lab Analysis
  • EOR for Unconventional
  • EOR Monitoring and Surveillance
  • EOR Well Design 


28. Asset Life Cycle, Production

Maintenance, Integrity

Asset Management and Maintenance

  • Computerised Maintenance Management Systems
  • Corrective Maintenance and Intervention
  • Corrosion Management
  • Fracturing and Stimulation
  • Integrity Strategy
  • Operating Envelopes
  • Pipeline Maintenance (Including Pigging)
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Shutdowns and Turnarounds
  • Well Integrity and Intervention


Flow Assurance

  • Artificial Lift
  • Bacteria Management
  • Chemical Management
  • Corrosion Inhibition
  • Equipment Strategies and Sparing Philosophy
  • Flow Assurance
  • Hydrate Inhibition
  • Mixing Fluid Streams
  • Produced Water Management and Disposal
  • Production Chemistry
  • Sand Control and Sand Management
  • Scale Management
  • Slugging
  • Smart Chemicals


End of Life/Abandonment

  • Monitoring
  • Recycling
  • Remediation and Reinstatement
  • Structural Facilities Removal
  • Well Abandonment

29. Data Analytics and Collaboration

Tools in Field Development
  • Big Data and Data Management
  • Collaboration Centres and Communication Tools
  • Control Systems
  • Field of the Future, Digital Oilfield, Smart Fields, Smart Wells
  • Intelligent Operators and Real-Time Operations and Monitoring
  • Multi-Skilling/People Redeployment
  • Remote Operations
  • Use of Social Media/Applications In Asset Management
  • Mobility
  • Data Analytics
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Industry Internet of Things (IIoT)
30. Development Case Studies
  • Advanced Drilling and Intelligent Completions
  • Concept Selection and Front-End Engineering Design
  • Deepwater
  • Infrastructure
  • Integrated Projects
  • Major Projects
  • Minor Projects
  • Onshore and Offshore
  • Production Optimisation
31. Well, Reservoir and Facility Management
  • Data and Data Management
  • Exception Based Surveillance
  • Integrated Production System Modelling
  • Integrated Reviews
  • Metering and Allocation
  • Monitoring and Learning
  • Opportunity Identification and Opportunity Maturation Process
  • Scheduling and Execution
  • Tracers Injection and Application
  • Well and Reservoir Surveillance
  • WFRM Strategy
  • Advanced Completion
  • Laser-Based Technology

32. CO2, IOR, and EOR in Operations

and Production
  • Chemicals
  • CO2 Generation, Transport, and Storage
  • Disposal and Reuse Options
  • Gas Cycling
  • Gas/Nitrogen Injection
  • Produced Water Irrigation
  • Produced Water Management
  • Water and Gas Injection
  • Water Injection Well Design
  • Water Treatment and Water Quality
  • Smart Water
33. Conventional Gas and Integrated Gas
  • Enhanced Gas Recovery
  • Gas Deliquification
  • GTL (Gas to Liquids)
  • LNG and Floating LNG
  • Produced Water Management and Disposal
  • Production Chemistry and Flow Assurance
  • Production Monitoring and Control


34. 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
  • Geochemistry for Shale and Tight Reservoirs
35. Unconventional Drilling and Completion
  • Multi-Pad Drilling
  • Unconventional Well Construction Best Practices
  • Efficiency and Cost Reduction
  • Drill Well Completion
36. Unconventional Stimulation
  • Multistage Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Best Practices
  • Multi-Well Pad Simultaneous Stimulation Operations
  • Completion Technologies for Stimulation (MSF, PnP, CT Fracturing, and Diversion)
  • Water Management for Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Re-Fracturing
  • Fracture Diagnostics and Monitoring
  • Fracture Modelling
  • Fracturing Fluids and Proppant
37. Unconventional Production and Economics
  • Reservoirs Production Performance Prediction
  • Unconventional Reservoir Simulation
  • Decline Curve Analyses and Well Testing
  • Unconventional Resources and EUR Estimation
  • Well Interference and Optimal Spacing
  • Filed Development Scenarios
  • Unconventional Economics
  • Artificial Lift for Unconventional
  • Fluid Characterisation for Unconventional
  • Produced Water Management


38. Health and Safety
  • Asset Integrity
  • Crisis Management
  • H&S Management Systems
  • Management of Contractors
  • Safety Leadership, Culture, and Human Factors
39. Environment
  • Water Management
  • Waste Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Emissions
  • By-Product Solutions
40. Security
  • Cyber Security and Data Security
  • Data Management/Security of Data
  • Software Piracy
  • Site Security and Mitigation
  • Terrorism, Hijacking, and Kidnapping
41. Human Resources
  • Government/Regulatory Policies and Incentives
  • Knowledge Transfer and Management 
  • Labor 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
42. Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/Community Development Projects
  • Education and Capability Building
  • Local Skills Development
43. 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
44. Commercial and Risk Management
  • Commercial Structures (Tax Royalty, Production Sharing Agreements, Joint Ventures, etc.)
  • Cross Border Development and Production
  • Economical, Commercial Risk, and Political
  • Financing In Oil and Gas
  • Government/Regulatory Framework and Incentives

45. Molecule Management from Wellhead to Product Delivery

  • Flexibility of Refining Operations and Bottoms Upgrades in Meeting Demands
  • Big Data and IoT in Crude Management and Refining
  • Refining Automation
  • Adding Value to Molecules Through Downstream Opportunity
46. Emerging Technologies
  • Examples and Case Studies

IR 4.0

47. Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Infrastructure/Platforms/Services
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Private/Public/Hybrid Clouds Applications
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
48. 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
49. 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
  • Mobility
50. 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


Oral Presentations/ePoster Presentations for the Conference will be selected from abstracts submitted to the Conference Programme Committee. The Programme Committee will consider all abstracts submitted by the deadline of 31 March 2019. Early submission is particularly important to ensure that the committee members has ample time to review the abstracts


A proper review of your abstract requires that it contain adequate information on which to make a judgement. Written in English and containing a maximum of 450 words, abstracts should be summarised into four (4) specific paragraphs:

    Please list the objective and/or scope of the proposed paper. (25-75 words)
    Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures and process. (75-100 words)
    Please describe the results, observations and conclusions of the proposed paper. (100-200 words)
    Please explain how this paper will present novel (new) or additive information to the existing body of literature that can be of benefit to and/or add to the state of knowledge in the petroleum industry. (25-75 words)

Do not include title or author names in the body of the abstract. Title and author information will be requested separately through the submission system.


Please refer to the list of technical categories to indicate the category that best describes your abstract. A primary choice is required; however, a secondary choice is optional.

Abstracts are evaluated on the basis of the information supplied on the abstract form in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. The proposed paper or ePoster must contribute to petroleum technology or be of immediate interest to the oil and gas industry, and should contain significant new knowledge or experience in the oil and gas industry.
  2. Data in the abstract must be technically correct.
  3. The proposed paper or poster may present information about equipment and tools to be used in exploration and production. Such abstracts must show the definite applications and limitations of such equipment and should avoid undue commercialism and extensive use of trade names.
  4. The substance of the proposed paper or poster must not have been published previously in trade journals or in other professional or technical journals.
  5. Prior to abstract submission, clearance must be obtained. Any problems concerning clearance should be outlined when the abstract is submitted.


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