Technology focus: reservoir simulation



The Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) July 2015 issue includes a technology focus feature on reservoir simulation which discusses four recent papers published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Two of the four articles are based on recent research output from Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE). JPT is disseminated to over 100,000 SPE members.

The first of the papers discusses the latest results of Dr Florian Doster's long-standing and successful collaboration on fit-for-purpose models for CO2 Storage within the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (Princeton University) and the University of Bergen. Currently Dr. Florian Doster and Prof. Sebastian Geiger represent IPE in a 1M USD project lead by Mike Celia (Princeton University) on Multiscale Modeling of CO2 Migration and Trapping in Fractured Reservoirs project funded by the US Department of Energy.

  • Paper 1: Full pressure coupling for geo-mechanical multi-phase multi-component flow simulations, authored by Dr Florian Doster, Heriot- Watt's Institute of Petroleum (IPE), and Jan Martin Nordbotten, University of Bergen

The second of the papers reviews the Rapid Reservoir Modelling (RRM) project, a research collaboration with partners Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College London and University of Calgary.

  • Paper 2: Rapid reservoir modelling: prototyping with an intuitive, sketch-based interface, authors include Prof. Sebastian Geiger and Dr Zhao Zhang (IPE)

Rapid Reservoir Modelling project

The RRM project was established in 2014 to develop specialised software for prototyping complex reservoir models, by means of novel, interactive, modelling techniques, exploratory visualisation, and numerical analysis.

The work is scheduled over three phases, each of which will deliver a complete RRM workflow, but with increasing breadth in input/output data, techniques for rapid model construction, and sophistication of the numerical analyses available.

This 2M USD collaboration was fostered by Foundation CMG and is supported by ExxonMobil, Petrobras, IBM and Statoil.

Prof. Geiger is the current Foundation CMG Chair in Carbonate Reservoir Simulation. Dr Doster is a Global Platform Lecturer for Multiscale Modelling and works closely with Prof Geiger. Dr Doster has presented his research on full-pressure coupling to the Foundation CMG.