Our long-established research is focused on combining production and reservoir simulation, and modelling skills to design, monitor and optimise production from advanced wells (including intelligent or smart wells). The continuous, underlying purpose of our multidisciplinary research theme is to quantify the "Added Value" from advanced wells.

Advanced wells are becoming commonly used worldwide in the development of complex geology and/or unfavourably saturated, reservoirs. Notable examples include thin oil rim reservoirs like Troll field offshore Norway, water-flooded heavy oil reservoirs like Peregrino field offshore Brazil, multi-reservoir fields like Golden Eagle field offshore UK, and many more.

All major, international operators and service companies use and/or develop advanced well completions, and a vast number of smaller companies do so too.

The Group currently runs the Value from Advanced Wells (VAWE) Joint Industry Project exploring the areas of design, monitoring, and optimisation of wells with sandface, flow control and monitoring completion.

Please visit our VAWE website for information on currently active and previous projects.

Areas of expertise

  • Advanced, smart, intelligent wells
  • Modelling of downhole flow control completion performance
  • Optimisation of design and control of advanced wells
  • Evaluation of added value from advanced well completions
  • In-well monitoring, data sampling, well test design
  • Real-time, in-well measurement interpretation methods for advanced wells

Research impact

  1. Intelligent field evaluation study done for one of the North Sea, offshore, green fields influenced the multi-million decision to develop it with intelligent completion. The bespoke, production optimisation algorithm was developed, applied to the field, and later generalized for universal use.
  2. Cross-European project was completed with the HWU as one of the contributors. New well control technology (AICVs) was developed, tested, evaluated, and marketed.
  3. A bespoke, intelligent well modelling and optimisation algorithms were implemented in one of the major petroleum software packages, IPM, used as a standard software worldwide.
  4. Novel methodology of in-well data interpretation in advanced wells has been developed, internationally recognized, and applied on smart wells.
  5. The researchers actively help forming the advanced well technology by routinely contributing to the organization, review, knowledge exchange, and steering of the relevant conferences, forums, and publications.