Course Description: This course emphasizes the role of numerical simulation in reservoir engineering. The philosophy of modeling discussion will introduce the course, followed by a review of the reservoir engineering of primary hydrocarbon recovery in tank models. Basic flow equations are introduced as flow between an assemblage of tanks. The resulting equations are equivalent to simple finite differences, but the mathematics required is minimal. In this way terms (such as transmissibilities) may be introduced in a physical fashion.
The course covers basic simulation options, two-phase flow, and well testing procedures, demonstrated by a spreadsheet simulator. The practical issues of data input, history matching, validation and prediction will conclude the course.
- Illustrate the philosophy of modeling
- Understand the basis of primary recovery operations
- Introduce simulation terminology: implicit, explicit, stability, truncation error, etc.
- Illustrate how wells are located in models
- Examine role of well constraints
- Illustrate common simulator options
- Understand nature of fluid flow
- Illustrate two-phase flow equations
- Examine ways to assign simulator input
- Discuss role of history matching and prediction
Those working in engineering or geosciences with at least a B.S. degree or equivalent, with some quantitative experience or interest. Working knowledge of spreadsheets desired.