Friday, July 26
Numerical simulation of oil and gas reservoirs continues to grow more complex and computationally intensive. Improvements in reservoir description are leading to more detailed, heterogeneous reservoir models. Increasingly hostile reservoir environments and the use of miscible displacment are leading to a need for more-complex phase behavior models. Geostatistical analyses imply the need for the simultaneous creation and simulation of flow in multiple reservoir realizations that conform to known geologic and production parameters. These trends, plus the continuing drive to model fluid movements ever more accurately, are leading to significant efforts to harness large computational engines as efficiently as possible. In this minisymposium, the speakers will address computational issues related to reservoir simulation.
Organizers: Kamy Sepehrnoori, University of Texas, Austin; and Rick Mifflin, Exxon Production Research Company