Thursday, February 21, 2013

Computerized fluid flow forecast: The rise of reservoir simulation

A subfield of petroleum engineering, reservoir engineering has been growing alongside technological advancement. With the rapid changes in field development over the past few years, there has been a growing need for information on computer-aided engineering practice, and among these, there continues to be a dearth in information regarding the specialized practice of reservoir simulation.

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Reservoir simulation is a specialized area of occupation in the reservoir engineering turf which works on computer models to predict the fluid dynamics in a system. It usually deals with the flow of water, air, and oil as they pass through porous material.

The importance of reservoir simulation lies in its model’s ability to help in important field-related and corporate processes. For one, these computerized models are central to the development of new oil and gas fields. They can also be used in established fields which are production forecast-dependent and help in coming up with important investment decisions.

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This importance of reservoir simulation has become directly proportional to its growth as a science. To cater to the practice’s growing need for literature, some field experts have penned books which may serve as an authoritative text for engineers in the conduct of reservoir simulation. In this regard, industry pundits Boyun Guo, Kai Sun, and Ali Ghalambor concerted efforts to author Well Productivity Handbook, a book which provides up-to-date information on the creation of oil and gas production wells with simple and complex trajectories.

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Dr. Ali Ghalambor is an internationally renowned petroleum engineer, both in the practice setting and in the academe. This Facebook page provides more updates on oil and gas production and frac packing.

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