Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation


Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Description

This course is a fast-paced, lecture-style overview of the fundamental concepts and elements of reservoir simulation. No equations are used. Instead, we discuss various phases of reservoir modeling, including when to use reservoir simulation, the use and misuse of reservoir simulation, elements of a reservoir simulation model, the types of reservoir simulators and their features. The course also covers coordinate geometries and types of models, managing a simulation run, defining initial conditions, history matching and prediction.

Topics Include:

  • The sources of data
  • The facets of the study
  • Exposure to our reservoir simulation ‘jargon’

At the end of this course, students should:

  • Have an understanding of the ‘elements’ of a reservoir simulation model
  • Understand how models are built
  • Gain an appreciation for the fundamental concepts of reservoir simulation
  • Gain a view on the tools used in the industry

Learning Level

Introductory

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

If your career is in the upstream side of the business, you need a working knowledge of reservoir simulation. Upon completion of this course, you’ll know the basics, such as why and how a model is built, the various sources of data, how wells are modeled, and what to look for in a reservoir simulation study.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who need a quick start to their learning curve. It is designed for recent university graduates, early-career professionals, earth scientists, and anyone who requires a high-level introduction to reservoir simulation.

CEUs

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.

Instructor

J. Robert Gochnour is the manager of advanced reservoir simulation development and deployment for BP Exploration and Production Technology (EPT) in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for the development and delivery of new reservoir simulation technology to BP reservoir engineers worldwide.  Gochnour has mentored many BP reservoir and petroleum engineers and is extremely active in campus recruiting for specialist reservoir engineers. Gochnour earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has been a member of SPE since 1973 and has taught some 200 industry short courses as well as graduate petroleum engineering courses at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the University of Houston.

Gochnour has been associated with the research, development, and application of reservoir simulators, reservoir engineering, and production technology throughout his career with Gulf Oil Corporation (9 years), Chevron (6 years), and Scientific Software-Intercomp (2 years), Tigress (5 years) and for the past 15 years with BP.