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Advanced Reservoir Simulation Technology

This course discusses the theory and practice of reservoir simulation and its advanced topics; the development of simulation programs, selection of the proper model for a simulation study, data preparation and grid design, calibration of the reservoir model using observed performance data, forecasting of future performance under primary and secondary recovery schemes, and interpretation of simulation results. Advanced topics, including pseudo-relative permeability and capillary pressure, understanding the role of simulation in reservoir management, the mechanics of reservoir simulation, limitations and structural aspects of the models, upscaling and simulation techniques are also discussed. ECLIPSE will be utilized

Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Classical analysis
  • Reservoir simulation overview
  • Characterizing the reservoir
  • Benefits of reservoir simulation
  • Formulation of equations
  • Linearization & solution process
  • Minimum data requirements
  • Well calculations
  • General data requirements for reservoir simulation
Day 2
  • Handling of rock properties (porosity, permeability, saturation)
  • Handling of rock-fluid properties (relative perm and capillary pressure)
  • Simulation grids
  • Local grid refinements
  • Fine grid simulations
  • Upscaling
  • Tips on single well studies
  • Tips on handling large simulation models
  • Grid orientation and numerical dispersion
Day 3
  • Simulation types (Black-oil, MBO, Compositional, others)
  • Overview of compositional simulation
  • Applications of compositional simulation
  • Data requirements for compositional simulation
  • Computation considerations
Day 4
  • Types of fractured reservoirs
  • Dual porosity fundamentals
  • Fractured reservoir simulation
  • Simulation walk-through to build dual porosity/dual permeability models
  • DFN models
Day 5
  • Overview of simulation process
  • Conducting a study
  • Experimental design applications in reservoir simulation
  • Assisted history matching
Learning activity mix

Engineers, geologists, geophysicists, managers, and other oilfield technical staff

Fundamentals of reservoir simulation equations, Finite difference approximations, Single and multiple dimensions, Single and multiple phases, Solution methods, Well calculations, Types of models Black-oil, MBO, Compositional, thermal, miscible, dual-porosity, Applications of different types of model, Data used in a reservoir simulation study, Geological data, Fluid properties, Rock properties, Well data, Pressure data, Production history, Practical guidelines for using reservoir simulators, Applications of reservoir simulation How to identify the model you need, Uses and misuses of simulation, Effect of time and space discretization, How to recognize problems, Pre- and post-processing, Small scale models, Coning studies, Cross-sectional models, Areal models, Grid orientation, Field scale models, Simulation grids, Local grid refinement, Modeling faults, Aquifers Problem solving., Assisted history matching. The class will be taught in a workshop format using related software applications

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