The second annual Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, which once again threw a multi-discipline spotlight on new approaches, technology and science being used to develop unconventional plays, attracted more than 5,000 attendees– a 25 percent increase over last year’s inaugural event – to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center in late August.
More than 230 companies also exhibited at the event, which was sponsored by AAPG, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
This year’s meeting featured 193 oral sessions, 66 e-papers, short courses, field trips, intersociety workshops and a core exhibit featuring rock from 12 North American unconventional plays.
“We are very happy with the attendance this year,” said AAPG President Randi Martinsen, “and I see tremendous potential for this meeting as the industry keeps pushing the frontiers on extracting hydrocarbons from unconventional accumulations.
“URTeC is a cutting-edge meeting that is extremely well suited to addressing the needs of the industry as we strive to deliver additional oil and gas reserves to the country, and provide North America with energy security,” she said.
Past AAPG president Lee Krystinik, chairman of URTeC’s Management Committee, agreed that the conference itself proved to be a valuable resource for those in the industry’s unconventionals segment.
“As new concepts and technologies continue to evolve globally, I believe URTeC will remain at the epicenter of technical innovation,” he said.
The next URTeC will be held July 20-22 in San Antonio, and the call for abstracts already has been issued.
The 2015 technical program will include 11 themes:
- Regional Case Studies.
- Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs.
- Application and Integration of Well Data.
- Understanding Your Petroleum System.
- Optimizing Recovery from Unconventional Reservoirs.
- Integrated Approaches and Case Studies.
- Production Performance of Tight Oil and Gas Reservoirs.
- Social Performance (HSSE).
- Reserves Forecasting and Estimation.
- Long-Term Performance.
- Emerging Unconventional Plays.
To submit an abstract, or for more information, go to URTeC.org.