About the UPM Forum
As we enter the third decade of multiphase flow meters in the field and reflect upon the balance of challenges facing production and measurement engineers today in upstream oil and gas applications, we recognize that the challenges are shifting away from a focus of “Does the measurement technology work?” or “How does the technology work?” to the more routine challenges of how to apply the technology and how to improve the measurement. This reflection on the needs of upstream production measurement led to the decision that we need an event that focuses on how to choose, implement, and validate the devices, software, information, and work processes that together produce the production data that is used daily to monitor and evaluate producing oil and gas wells, and upon which key decisions are made. In addition, to keep the technology moving closer to the practical needs of measurement, we should also highlight measurement technology developments.
Having defined the purpose above, the format for this event evolved from an amalgamation of needs of:
- Engineering staff of oil and gas operators
- Suppliers of metering systems and software
- Researchers, academicians, and technology developers
- Government regulators
Thus, the format became a forum of users, suppliers, developers and regulators where exchange can take place on many levels, from the fundamentals to the latest technological developments. The focus of the forum, however, will be the user of measurement data, because the application is the purpose of measurement, and is thus the driver of the entire upstream production measurement industry.
Breaking down the topic of upstream production measurement into its various present challenges, the forum encompasses the following technical areas:
- Wellhead measurement – usually in multiphase conditions
- Fluid sampling, analysis, and equation-of-state modeling
- Flow modeling, virtual flow metering, and process simulation
- Drilling fluid measurement
- Shale production measurement & allocation
- Offshore and subsea wellhead measurement
- Flow assurance diagnostics, such as sand, scale and asphaltene deposits, and erosion
- Separator measurement and custody transfer metering
In addition, the forum addresses unique, challenging applications, such as the measurement of fluids produced from shale reservoirs and in subsea and deep water. Other areas the forum may improve include the way the industry:
- Builds, tests, and installs measurement devices by entertaining project-centered debate on product requirements and development
- Monitors and evaluates flow measurement data – how to perform diagnostic tests, validate input and output data, and implement performance indicator surveillance that is capable of handling the vast volumes of data produced by the various measurement devices
In short, the purpose of the Upstream Production Measurement Forum, or UPM Forum, is to improve how we acquire and use upstream oil and gas production measurements. Through this forum we hope to close the gap that has been created by two decades of rapid development of drilling and completion capability, and a much slower development pace of production measurement capability in new wells. We hope the takeaway for those who attend the forum will be better strategies for measurement uses, better technology developments, and better and more sustainable upstream practices.
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UPM 2018 will be held February 21 - 22, 2018.
The core group of participants are measurement users, those who use production data in some aspect of their jobs, and anyone wanting to learn more about production measurement, including:
- Production engineers
- Facility supervisors, engineers, and operators
- Flow assurance engineers
- Flow measurement, well testing and allocation engineers
- Fluid and flow modeling engineers
- Instrumentation & controls, data management, and project engineers
- Field managers and interdisciplinary managers
- Service suppliers, consultants, and vendors
- Researchers, scientists, and professors
- University students
- Government Regulator staff and managers
Like last year, the format of the UPM Forum 2018 will be held over two days. Each topic section will start with a general lecture about the topic and then followed with one or more technical paper presentations. The agendas for each day will consist of a single track of technical sessions to allow attendees to attend all of the content presented.
The format is based on the submitted abstracts along with the wants and needs of the members of the UPM Steering Committee aligned with responses from last year’s participants. The forum consists of state-of-the-art aspects of upstream production measurement, covering the technology applied today and its underlying fundamentals, as well as technical sessions of common topics of interest with papers presenting recent applications and developments of measurement.
Following the technical sessions of both days, each evening will feature a social networking reception in which registered attendees may meet with the authors, lecturers, exhibitors and other attendees. Additionally, the forum provides other ways for attendees to engage, such as panel discussions with distinguished experts, large and small group discussions, commercial product demonstrations/presentations, distinguished speakers, and a keynote address.
The chief goal of the forum is knowledge sharing, and that goal cannot be fully realized if the information flow is only one way – from presenter to audience. Therefore, group discussion and Q&A is an important part of the forum, and the agenda is designed to encourage several avenues of multi-directional communication.
While the technical sessions are specifically not commercial in nature, it is important to recognize and discuss the products and services that are such a large part of the day-to-day operations of production measurement. Sponsoring companies provide an insight into their offerings through their booth exhibitions. The exhibition is an excellent way to meet with technical and sales staff that can bring you up to date on the latest product developments, and introduce you to people in their organization. The exhibition is not a sales event, but is considered an educational opportunity to learn about the available products and services in the industry.
Distinguished lecturers and author requests for publication will be considered by the Steering Committee for publication and presentation in the technical sessions. Papers proposed within the defined technical focus areas will be given priority. All papers and presentations will be subject to review before the forum for professional integrity. Final papers will be published in a proceedings and made available to attendees before the start of the forum to allow review of the papers before the presentations. Copyrights of papers reside with the UPM Forum, however authors retain the right to reuse and republish information.
The Steering Committee will select from the previous year’s papers a “Best” award based on the impact that the papers have had on the industry during the year that followed their publication.