General Meeting: Using Downhole Fiber Optic Sensing Technology to Monitor, Control & Improve Well Performance

ABSTRACT of Presentation


Downhole sensing technology today provides engineers continuous measurements for flow condition diagnosis. The measurements include temperature, pressure, acoustic, and strain, with Distributed Temperature Sensors (DTS) and Distributed Acoustic Sensors (DAS) being more commonly used than other measurements. Since optical fiber technology was first introduced to the industry, it has advanced dramatically. 

Many field applications have proven fiber optics to be effective and beneficial. From downhole flow condition characterization, we can diagnose flow problems, monitor, control, and optimize production & injection well performance, monitor well stimulation - both matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing - and optimize treatment designs. There are rich field application examples to show the potential of the technology. One of the keys to applying downhole sensing technology is to develop models and methodologies that interpret the sensor measurements. This is challenging because data collection and processing, model development, and converting the measured parameters to flow profiles is extremely mathematically and computationally intensive. 

In this lecture, we will review the current status of downhole sensing technology, explain the available models and approaches for interpretation, and present  field  application  examples  including  production  profiling,  horizontal  well  flow  control,  matrix  acidizing optimization and multi-stage hydraulic fracture diagnosis.  The lecture is based on publications by the author and other SPE publications. The lecture illustrates the power of DTS as a tool for production problem diagnosis and well  performance optimization.





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Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee $5 more than the on-line registration fee.

Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the valet parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee for this valet parking is $15. Be sure to get discount parking sticker at registration table if you use this valet parking service.
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  Parking is also available via valet at the Louisiana Street entrance of the hotel.  Cost is about $10. 

Location: Petroleum Club
1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor
Houston , Texas 77002

Date: April 11, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - April 11, 2019, 1 p.m.