The Formation Testing SIG (FTSIG) strives to advance formation pressure and sampling methods and knowledge (est. December 2010)



Contact us at [email protected]

Call for Abstracts

The Executive Committee of the SPWLA FT SIG would like to invite you to its 2024 annual Conference. The conference will take place on Sep 19th at BP Helius Plaza Auditorium in Houston, Texas featuring a day of talks and discussions related to the formation testing discipline. The event provides an opportunity to showcase recent advancements in the field and to connect or reconnect with individuals who share the similar interests in formation testing.

The program will be comprised of presentations solicited by the review panel. Abstracts are welcome to be submitted by email to: [email protected]. Please choose the category of your abstract from the ones below and specify during submission. There will be no paper publication in OnePetro, hence manuscript submission is not required after an abstract has been approved by the panel.

We request that abstracts are limited to a 400-word maximum. Abstracts selected for oral presentation will have up to 20 minutes presentation time, immediately followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 14th, 2024

The list of abstract categories for the conference includes:

  • Going Beyond Traditional Testing
  • Formation Testing in Tight and Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Role of Machine Learning and Digitalization in FT
  • Role of Formation Testing in the Energy Transition
  • Fluid Sampling and Characterization
  • Integration of FT into Formation Evaluation

More information on the conference and registration will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

Steering Committee:


Gibran Hashmi, Halliburton

Vice-Chair Technology

Camilo Gelvez, BP


Anup Hunnur, Baker Hughes


Jules El-Khoury, SLB


Margaret Waid, The Waid Group

W. Wade Samec, Halliburton

Carlos Torres-Verdin, The University of Texas at Austin

Mark Proett, Independent Consultant

Wilson Pineda, BP

Tarek Mohamed, The University of Texas at Austin

Irina Baca Espinoza, Weatherford

Juan Carlos Nunez, KAPPA Engineering

Steve Smith, Baker Hughes

Scotty Paul, SLB

The SIG plans to host one meeting per year on various topics pertaining to formation testing.

  Some general SIG activities anticipated:
- SIG related meetings, workshops, short courses, and sessions at general/annual meetings
- Maintain contacts with other professional societies that are also concerned with formation testing
- Web-based information exchange, perhaps including posting of papers, experts list, question area
- Provide leadership for technical standardization activities or QA/QC related with pressure measurements or fluid sample acquisition

Click here for the Formation Testing and Sampling LinkedIn Group.