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2020 Call for Papers Now Open
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TECHNICAL CALL FOR PAPERS

WHOC 2020 Technical Conference call for papers are now open. Submit your abstracts for an opportunity to present at the WHOC 2020 Technical Conference where you can share your technical knowledge and expertise with the global heavy oil community.

WHOC 2020 has 11 categories to choose from across upstream, midstream and downstream heavy oil operations.

To view the detailed 2020 categories and timeline, download the Call for Papers Brochure. For any questions, please contact us on [email protected]

RESERVOIR PROSPECTING AND CHARACTERISATION

  • Data collection, management and analysis
  • Enhancing reservoir life cycle and costs of thermal wells
  • Exploration strategy, planning and execution
  • Geology and geophysics and wireline logging related to heavy oil
  • Geomechanics and geochemistry
  • Geosciences technology development and commercialization
  • Petroleum system modelling and geological plays: strategy, planning and execution
  • Reservoir evaluations
  • Rock physics, and seismic inversion
  • Seismic surveys: imaging and modelling
  • Well logging, remote sensing for new and existing wells

DRILLING & WELL COMPLETIONS

  • Artificial lift innovation and technologies
  • Directional drilling and drilling bits advancements
  • Drilling fluids: technology, environment, performance enhancement
  • Drilling optimisation and cost reduction
  • Drilling practices and wellbore stability
  • Drilling technologies and downhole equipment
  • Intelligent completions: design, implementation and performance
  • Onshore and offshore well stimulation: hydraulic fracking
  • Technology and operations
  • Well construction challenges and improvements
  • Well interventions and new technologies

HEAVY OIL & OIL SANDS FIELD DEVELOPMENT

  • Best industry practices for heavy oil operations
  • Brownfield revamping, expansion, conversion and developments
  • Field development case studies
  • Field surveillance and testing
  • Innovative strategies in new and existing projects
  • Lifecycle asset management
  • Offshore heavy oil development
  • Oil sands mining and extracting technology and facilities
  • Operational cost optimisation and reduction
  • Recovering by-passed oil in mature fields
  • Subsurface Technologies

ENHANCED/IMPROVED OIL RECOVERY – TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

  • Application of renewable energy in EOR/IOR
  • C02 reduction: strategies, technologies, and implementation
  • EOR/IOR extracting technology and facilities
  • Non-Thermal Recovery Processes (CHOPS, Chemical, CO2, solvents, microbiological)
  • Research & development
  • Solar energy: technology, operations and successful case studies
  • Solvent and steam additives technologies
  • Synthetic fuels
  • Thermal Recovery Methods (CSS, SAGD, Steam-flooding, In-situ Combustion)
  • Wind power, wave power, geothermal

DIGITISATION, DATA MANAGEMENT & INTERNET OF THINGS IN OIL & GAS

  • Artificial Intelligence and advanced technologies
  • Cloud engineering and virtual technology validation
  • Data: Collation, Management and Analysis
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), connected performance
  • Protecting Facilities: Cyber and Infrastructure Security
  • Smart grid, nanotechnology, robotics, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality
  • Smart Oilfields: Improving Operational Capabilities of Assets

DIGITISATION, DATA MANAGEMENT & INTERNET OF THINGS IN OIL & GAS

  • Artificial Intelligence and advanced technologies
  • Cloud engineering and virtual technology validation
  • Data: Collation, Management and Analysis
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), connected performance
  • Protecting Facilities: Cyber and Infrastructure Security
  • Smart grid, nanotechnology, robotics, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality
  • Smart Oilfields: Improving Operational Capabilities of Assets

REFINING, PETROCHEMICALS, OPERATIONS, TRANSPORTATION & STORAGE

  • Aromatics: operations and technology developments
  • Biofuels: feedstock, technology, production and usage
  • Blending, desalting, pre-heat train and Coker fouling, product diversification
  • Brownfield revamping, expansion, conversion and developments
  • Developments of refining technology and processing: catalytic and thermal cracking, advanced hydrocracker reaction and fractionation units, delayed coking units, contaminants removal, alkylation and polymerisation, isomerisation, technology to increase gasoline yield
  • Improving refinery economics: Reducing costs, increasing efficiency, optimisation and profitability
  • Marketing and distribution of refined products: efficiency, safety and security
  • Metal contamination from heavy oil processing and its impact on downstream catalysts
  • New trends and emerging technologies for lubricants, fuels and base oils: product integrity, standards and legislations
  • Olefins: operations and technology developments, on-purpose olefins production
  • Petrochemical and refining integration, supply chain management and feedstock allocation, diversification and maximisation
  • Plastic/petrochemicals recycling and the role of producers in overcoming this global environmental challenge
  • Strategy, long term planning and exit strategies for petrochemical operations
  • Technologies to meet new fuel specifications and support clean energy standards; gasoline vs diesel technology advances
  • Technology for effective conversion from crude to chemicals
  • Transportation and separation, storage, marketing & distribution

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

  • Attracting investment and research finance, managing research costs in current economic climate
  • Data Management & Partnerships
  • Developing disruptive technologies and solutions: concept to commercialization
  • EOR/IOR sustainability
  • Heavy oil and oil sands Research & Development: Theoretical and Laboratory Research
  • New strategies and policies
  • Refining technologies, new processes and solutions
  • Research and development in moving further downstream: producing maximum value products

PROJECT MANAGEMENT, RISK ASSESSMENT, PROJECT FINANCE & ECONOMICS

  • Agile project management
  • Current economics, market trends, fiscal policies & contracts, risk assessment
  • Mega project challenges in a low price oil environment
  • Mitigating challenges during commissioning and start-up operations
  • Project Finance: IPOs, Cryptocurrencies, Smart-financing, M&As, JVs, Portfolio Diversification
  • Reducing Operational Expenditure (OpEx)
  • Risk and integrity management, interface challenges: greenfield and brownfield projects
  • Successful project execution: engineering, procurement, supply chain, construction and management, cost optimisation, value engineering, refinery upgrades
  • Tackling oil, gas and petrochemicals mega-project challenges

 

For submission enquiries contact: Varkha Israni, Senior Conference Manager at [email protected]

HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT

  • Environmental Technologies/Solutions
  • Hazardous Chemicals Management
  • HSE related Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes (CSR)
  • Innovation in HSE
  • Management of produced waters (PW): Water & Waste Treatment, and drilling waste
  • Metering, production management, testing and managing ageing fields and infrastructure
  • Preventing oil spills and improving sustainability
  • Process safety: accident prevention and lessons learnt
  • Reducing carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions, carbon capture and storage
  • Safety culture and safety management systems, occupational health and safety
  • Security management, equipment and services

PEOPLE & TALENT DEVELOPMENT

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging: In-house Women Programmes, Equal Pay, Returnship programmes
  • Leadership and career development
  • People Management and Development: Team building, mentorship and sponsorship of employees, training and skill development
  • Performance management: Appraisals, total rewards and compensation, incentive plans and executive compensation, managing employee benefits
  • Risk management and worker protection, employee rights and responsibilities
  • Strategic HR management and planning
  • Workplace learning: Technology, E-learning & virtual development

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE & MAINTENANCE

  • Advancements in asset maintenance strategies, managing asset life extension
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Intelligent automation and the role of technology to achieve operational excellence
  • Mitigating risks and improving asset integrity
  • Oilfield and facilities maintenance, upgrade and repair
  • Overcoming production constraints
  • Reducing operating expenses
  • Six Sigma methods and applications