More Than 380 Technical Presentations at SPE Oct. Conference

More than 380 technical presentations arranged in 73 technical sessions are scheduled for the 2003 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, "Mile-High Meeting of the Minds," 5-8 October, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

As an annual industry staple in its 79th year, the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition continues to provide a technical program covering all aspects of the upstream oil and gas industry and the latest technological innovations. This year is no exception, as more than 8,000 attendees converge on Denver to learn from technical presentations prepared by authors from around the world.

"We received more than 1,100 proposals from authors," said Wolfgang Schollnberger, 2003 Program Chairperson. "From those we selected the papers with the most innovative information relevant to the session tracks. This year attendees will see an increased number of engineering and facilities presentations. The program also includes sessions on management issues, such as reserves estimation, risk analysis, and portfolio management."

Peter Davies, VP and Chief Economist, BP plc, moderates the Opening General Session, "Myths and Realities about Future Supplies." The session takes place 10 a.m. to Noon, Monday, 6 October and focuses on how the industry will find and develop oil and gas reserves to satisfy future demand.

Two panel sessions are scheduled that focus on education and training and their importance to the future needs of the industry. "Education and Ethics" is scheduled for 1 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, 7 October and "Metrics for Professional Development" takes place 1:30 to 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, 8 October.

"The programming committee also included sessions focusing on the expanding use of information systems in the oilfield," said Schollnberger. "These include 'The Automated Oilfield,' 'Oilfield Computing Directions,' and 'Knowledge Mining, Visualizing, and Learning.'"

This year the technical program has been arranged by the six major disciplines represented by SPE membership: Drilling and Completions; Facilities and Construction; Production and Operations; Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics; Management and Information; and Health, Safety, and Environment. This easy to use format facilitates the process of finding all the presentations and sessions relevant to the attendee's area of interest.

Twenty-six posters also are available in Lobby B during registration hours. Poster authors are present from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 7 October.

For more information related to the 2003 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition or to view the full technical program, visit SPE