SPE Vision 20/20: Exploring the Future of Heavy Oil Workshop

Canadian heavy oil has been successfully produced for more than 70 years. This has been possible because of continuous innovation by people and technology rising to the challenges that we faced. But, are we looking far enough ahead to stay successful? What proactive discussions should be started now looking towards the challenges that we will face by the year 2020?


This workshop will provide an opportunity for operators, service companies, international specialists, educators, and government officials to exchange experience, and understand the latest technologies and operating practices, as well as the societal and infrastructure challenges facing further heavy oil development.

Heavy oil typically has a density of 11 to 16°API (960 to 990 kg/m3). This will be the focus of the workshop. It is not intended to include Athabasca bitumen (typically in the 6 to 8°API range), although many of the topics will be relevant. 

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members.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. A workshop summary will be prepared by the ‎technical program committee for public release, but no other information.‎


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 2.4 CEUs.‎

One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are 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.