18-21 March 2019

Houston, USA

Day One
Tuesday, March 19

Day Two
Wednesday, March 20

Chair Opening Remarks

  • David Fulford Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineer, Exploration Evaluation, Apache

Advancing Analytics New Applications

Opening Presentation: Identifying Opportunities & Developing an Action Plan to Advance Data Analytics in Existing & Novel Areas


  • Prioritizing opportunities, identifying low-hanging fruit and setting long-term goals
  • Measuring which applications will deliver the highest ROI
  • Considering silo structures and establishing an organizational set-up effective for collaborative data analytics
  • Understanding technology set-up and requirements
  • Where next? Translating successful analytics to new applications in the upstream environment

Panel Discussion: Taking the Application of Machine Learning to New Upstream Areas


  • Reviewing where and how machine learning is improving current upstream performance, onshore and offshore
  • Understanding particular challenges of preparing and gathering data for machine learning models and sharing strategies to overcome them
  • Identifying new opportunities in the upstream ecosystem where current successes could be translated
  • Determining what is needed from each player to increase efficacy down the line
  • Integrating machine learning with other analytics tools across the entire ecosystem

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Nuances of Subsurface Analytics: Unveiling Emerging Opportunities

  • Andrea Cortis Chief Data Scientist, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Rob Klenner Principal Geoscientist, Energy & Environmental Research Center
  • Ari Mitra Exploration Manager, ConocoPhillips


  • Applying data analytics to subsurface problems: Current areas of successful activity
  • Considering production successes: What analytics techniques can and can’t be translated to the subsurface?
  • Proving short-term value and results to change mindsets and traditional approaches to interpreting structural geology
  • Reviewing software options that can analyze petrotechnical and business data together to support both discovery analytics and operational workflows

Morning Refreshments & Networking

Roundtables: New Analytics Applications Discussion – Identifying Opportunities & Overcoming Domain-Specific Challenges


This session will break out into different disciplines to:

  • Discuss current analytics projects being pursued to identify areas of success and inspire new opportunities.
  • Share some of the lessons learned in overcoming challenges relating to people, technology, culture and change, specific to each area of E&P.

Real-World Application Use Cases: 2nd Round

Use Case 4 – ConocoPhillips’ Canadian Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Project


  • Utilizing historical data from Surmont in Machine and Deep Learning techniques to forecast oil/water production
  • Training predictive models to recommend short-term optimal steam targets for a given set of wells
  • Developing an end-user interface to deploy models and methods in the field
  • Learning ConocoPhillips’ successes and challenges throughout the SAGD project from data gathering to modelling to optimization to deployment

Use Case 5 – Leveraging Deep Learning for Improved Predictive Analytics

  • Joseph Pauly Data Scientist , Pioneer Natural Resources Company


  • Optimizing vertical wells workover for improved production
  • Analyzing over 5 million dynocards and their trend signals for dysfunctions: Usage in cloud environments
  • Utilizing deep learning algorithms for shape detection and time series analysis
  • Building the solution at scale: Exploring the asset tree model, field communications and dashboarding for SMEs


Use Case 6 – Ingesting and Leveraging Upstream Data in a Data Lake


BP will showcase an innovative use case of how they are leveraging upstream data analytics in an analytics project involving data lakes to solve a specific business problem. This session will walk through their methodology, lessons learned and results gained and offer transferable learnings for your analytics projects.

Use Case 7 – To Be Revealed Shortly


Hear a cutting edge use case that reveals a novel application of advanced analytics in Upstream O&G. This session will reveal real-world examples of how to:

  • Identify the business problem
  • Source and prepare data
  • Select appropriate technology and tools
  • Prepare for and overcome key challenges
  • Measure the results achieved
  • Scale the solution

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

Audience Discussion: Reviewing Existing and Emerging Tools & Technologies


  • Evaluating the latest tools, technologies and trends that are benefitting the industry and learning how they are being utilized
  • Sharing success stories and lessons learned from implementing new tech
  • Exploring strategies to identify appropriate technology for different functions
  • Measuring the efficacy of analytics tools
  • Reviewing technology development from within the team vs outsourcing software and tools

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • David Fulford Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineer, Exploration Evaluation, Apache

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