First EAGE Workshop on Directional Drilling and Geosteering

Welcome to the First EAGE Workshop on 

Directional Drilling and Geosteering

3-4 March 2021, Online Event

Workshop Overview

The integration of directional drilling and geosteering workflows allows for the precise and optimal navigation of a wellbore to specified resource targets (oil and gas, ore body, geothermal etc). The utilization of historical and real-time geophysical and geological information for optimal well placement also provides key benefits in increasing production and recovery factors while improving safety and mitigating risks.  

This First EAGE Workshop on Directional Drilling and Geosteering seeks to examine how real-time insights into the subsurface while drilling can contribute to increased efficiency and accuracy of well placements for resource production. We will mainly seek to address the integration of real-time data with other subsurface information for automated directional drilling workflows.  

Other key issues such as real-time data accuracy, transmission rates and lookahead imaging will also be addressed. The workshop also includes a complimentary course which will give a comprehensive introduction to well planning and modern real-time geosteering techniques as well as sharing well placement case studies and best practices from around the globe.


We invite submissions for posters and oral presentations in a wide range of topics related to directional drilling, well placement and geosteering. Case studies are especially encouraged as well as novel data acquisition and interpretation techniques, and applications highlighting automation techniques and advanced data analytics. 

We look forward to applications in resource production, including oil and gas, deep ore mining, and geothermal energy. Infrastructural and engineering applications (microtunneling, near-surface horizontal drilling, etc.) are also welcomed.

Participant's Profile

Well planning and placement is a highly multidisciplinary process and as such we encourage a wide range of participants including: Geophysicists, Geologists, Drilling Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Rock Physicists, Geomechanics Domain Experts, Data Scientists, Asset Managers and other key decision makers.

Technical Committee

This event is organized with the essential support of the technical committee members. The Technical Committee is composed of industry specialists within the event topic's area.

Technical Committee
Filippo ChinellatoEni
Victor FilimonovRosneft
Alexander Goertz*Octio Gravitude
Dennis MarbebeSaudi Aramco
Giorgio NardiWeatherford
Lies PetersTNO
Kirill Ronzhin*
Johannes SingerFugro
Michel Verliac



Date:3-4 March, 2021
Workshop Attendees:70+
Abstract Extended Deadline30 November, 2020



Submission Topics

1. Data Integration and Multidisciplinary Workflows

  • Integration of directional drilling and geosteering workflows
  • Geophysical measurements while drilling (LWD/MWD/SWD)
  • Role of high-resolution image logs in well placement
  • Real-time petrophysical interpretation while drilling 
  • Integrating various geological, drilling, and geophysical datasets to gain confidence and increase accuracy of well placement

2. Case Studies and Best Practices for Well Placement and Geosteering

  • Directional drilling and well placement in conventional reservoirs
  • Directional drilling and well placement in unconventional plays
  • Geosteering in challenging environments: complex geology; proximity to fluid contacts; thin target intervals  
  • Directional drilling for infrastructure (aka microtunneling, or trenchless technology) 

3. Wellbore Trajectory Uncertainty Measurements 

  • Modern ways of reducing uncertainty of wellbore position
  • Anti-collision of wells 

4. Automation and Data Analytics

  • Automation of directional drilling and geosteering decision process
  • Cloud-based solutions
  • Advanced data analytics. Get the most out of your data
  • Role of AI and Machine Learning in well placement

5. Current Challenges and Future Developments

  • Real-time downhole data transmission (wired pipe, mud pulse channels, etc.)
  • Ultra-deep directional resistivity tools. Inversion and distance-to-boundary calculation. What is next?
  • Lookahead imaging. Prediction ahead of the bit
  • Multi-lateral and complex trajectory wells. Extended reach drilling  
  • Drill-bit Seismic applications
  • Wellbore pressure prediction. Optimization of mud weight while drilling. Wellbore stability. Analyzing pressure profiles to determine optimum horizontal length and target sweet spot
  • Communication and decision-making process. Can we do better?
  • Bridging the gap between drilling and geology disciplines 

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