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Water Lifecycle

22 – 23 October 2013

Galveston, Texas | Hotel Galvez & Spa

About this Workshop


Water management is a hot topic in the petroleum industry, impacting many operational
aspects from access and resource protection to production and treatment. This workshop will
touch upon all aspects of the operation with special consideration to a holistic approach in
water management and conservation. The water lifecycle begins with source selection and
baseline characterization. Design related aspects such as groundwater protection through
drilling fluid selection, and casing and rig site operations are considered. Completion and
production operations contend with the challenges of increased volumes, treatment and
reuse technology selection challenges, and water quality issues. Overall, water management
in an operations lifecycle touches all aspects of the operations. Operators face the challenges
of managing socio-economic expectations and impacts in a way that insures the long term sustainability of this essential resource.

The first day will focus on North America, while the second day will compare and contrast
North America’s water model as used in other parts of the globe such as Australasia and
Europe. Challenges such as their unique environments will be emphasized. Discussions on
technology transfer for water management in oil sands operations are incorporated within the second day as well.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.