April 11, 2019


 The oil & gas industry faces many challenges from the onset of exploration to production of petroleum and natural gas, operating in extreme environments with increasing mandate to minimize CAPEX and OPEX, prioritize safety whilst reducing downtime and emissions. The role of advanced flow modeling technology is very important to overcome these challenges, especially during the current advancement in the digital era. Accurate digital representation of the upstream and downstream operations requires a multidisciplinary approach ranging from simple correlations to high-fidelity numerical analysis, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Scope and need for CFD modeling have gained significant momentum within the industry and growing rapidly, offering the opportunity to maximize innovation and engineering output at reduced time and cost.

 This symposium aims to provide an overview of how numerical simulation and analysis can be successfully applied to solve fluid flow problems for oil and gas industry across a wide range of applications, including, but not limited to, Near-wellbore reservoir modelling, Drilling and Completion, Flow Assurance, Process and Process Safety, Offshore and Deepwater, Refining and Petrochemical. This symposium will further act as a venue for experts from industry and academia to share experiences and lessons learned.

 The program includes technical presentations on different topics of fluids mechanics, some of these topics are following –

  • Reduced Order Modeling and Digital Twins
  • Integrating Machine Learning and Data Analytics with CFD
  • Integrity Issues such as Erosion, Corrosion & Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Multiphysics, Multiphase, and Multiscale Modeling
  • Numerical Wave Modeling for Offshore Engineering
  • Flow Modeling in Downhole Tools
  • CFD in Chemical and Petrochemical Processes



7:00 AM – 7:45 AM             Registration / Breakfast

7:45 AM – 8:00 AM             Welcome / Introduction

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM             Keynote Talk: Speaker TBD, BP

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM           Session-1

  • Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Flow Assurance, Prabu Parthasarathy, Wood Plc
  • Simulation-Driven Design of Cyclone Type Autonomous Inflow Control Device for Water and Gas Control, Gocha Chochua, Schlumberger
  • Accelerating Innovation in New Energies: Applications of Computational Methods, Santhosh Shankar, Shell
  • Advances in CFD Modelling of Multi-Regime Multiphase Flows, Simon Lo, Siemens PLM Software


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM         Coffee Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 noon      Session-2

  • Keys to Particulate Diverter Applications: From CFD Modeling to Geomechanical Simulation, Jian Huang, Weatherford
  • Choosing the Right Scale for Building Effective Digital Twins in Process Industries, Nandakumar, Louisiana State University
  • Simulation-Based Digital Twins for Improved Asset Operation and Maintenance Management, Anchal Jatale, ANSYS
  • CFD Modeling in Downhole Completion Tool Applications, Bin Zhu, Baker
  • Modeling Polydisperse Multiphase Flows with Quadrature-Based Moment Methods in OpenQBMM, Alberto Passalacqua and Rodney Fox, Iowa State University


12:00 noon – 1:00 PM        Lunch Break

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM              Session-3

  • A CFD Based Neural Network Model for Oil/Water Separation in Horizontal Pipelines, Kuochen Tsai, Shell
  • Role of CFD Modelling in Digital Twin Concept for the Oil and Gas Industry, Ali Marzban, NOV
  • Structural Integrity: Why Should I Care About Fluid Flow Simulation, Matt Straw, Norton Straw Consultants
  • Multiphase Computational Fluid Dynamics at Exascale, Madhava Syamlal and William Rogers, NETL
  • Assessment of Erosion in the Pipelines using Data Science, Erosion Science and CFD Methods, Praveen Gonuguntla and Damodaran Vedapuri, Tridiagonal


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM              Coffee Break

3:00 PM – 4:50 PM              Session-4

  • Hybrid Digital Twin: The Challenges in Combining Data-Driven and Physics-based Techniques for Digital Twin Creation & Modeling, Srinath Madasu, Landmark - Halliburton
  • CFD – DEM Coupling for Modeling of Fluid Flow with Accurate Particle Representation, Marcus Reis and Clovis Maliska, ESSS
  • Examples of Multiphysics Simulations and Predictive Analytics for Petroleum Engineering Applications, Mayank Tyagi, Louisiana State University
  • Pragmatic Approach to Model Industrial Scale Gas-solids Reacting Flows, Sreekanth Pannala, SABIC
  • Advanced CFD Modeling Tools to Accurately and Efficiently Predict Complex Hazardous Phenomena at Large-Scale Petrochemical Facilities, Scott Davis, Gexcon US

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM              Closing Remarks


Computational Fluid Dynamics Study Group


Chair: Madhusuden Agrawal 

Program Coordinators: Kedar Deshpande, Mazdak Parsi, Gocha Chochua, Bharat Tulsyan, Uday Godse

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Date and Time

Thu, April 11, 2019

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Chevron Building - Auditorium

1500 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002