Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields


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Description

This course will discuss practical, state-of-the-art techniques for optimizing gas field assets -techniques that are based on the concept of integrated asset modeling (IAM), and working together through an asset team. In addition, because of the tremendous interest in developing and optimizing shale gas and tight oil field assets, around the world, an introduction to this topic is included in this course. Integration of reservoir, well inflow, wellbore, pipeline, and compressor models bring together all of the interested parties and allows for an integrated optimal solution, rather than different parties working in vacuum and arriving at solutions for the separate components that do not fit well. This course goes beyond standard nodal analysis courses available in the industry, as in this course the reservoir and facilities components are also incorporated. The instructors have extensive industry experience in optimizing gas field assets and using integrated asset modeling approach for achieving that objective. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1) discuss how the concept of integrated asset modeling works, (2) present examples of various applications of optimization used to modify existing facilities and increase gas rates and reserves, (3) give the course attendees some practical and useful problems to work on, and (4) provide each course attendee will receive a workbook containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the problems.

Integrated asset modeling is currently a very important skill set in many major and independent oil & gas companies, as well as in national oil & gas companies, around the world. Integrated asset modeling combines skill sets of all the technical personnel on gas production asset teams. Many companies utilize this technology over reservoir simulation approach because answers can be obtained quickly. This speed aspect is extremely important to those oil & gas industry managers who have to make business investment decisions rather quickly for presentations to the upper managements, and be responsible for those decisions, and do not have the luxury of waiting for results from more time consuming methods. Integrated asset models can be readily updated to manage gas field performance throughout the life of the field. Integrated asset modeling is now being combined with real-time automation data to monitor daily performance. In the future, we expect that integrated asset modeling will also be married to monitoring CO2 emissions as the effect of fuel consumption on facilities can easily be incorporated.

The big advantage of optimizing gas fields through integrated asset modeling is that the optimal results are consistent with facilities, well, and reservoir constraints, and are thus more realistic. Conventional optimization involves isolated studies of facilities and wells, and reservoirs and wells; the results of these studies are often inconsistent, and are not in agreement with the actual performance. For example, in one large tight gas field, on which one of the co-instructors worked on, the reservoir engineers generally over predicted the increase in net gas rate from new wells by 20%. The integrated asset modeling approach correctly showed that the new wells caused bottlenecks in the surface facilities, thus yielding a lower net increase in gas rate from the new wells, and this was precisely what operation and facility engineers had experienced in the field.
This course is ideally suited for presentation in conjunction with the SPE conferences and workshops, in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions, where presently there is tremendous interest in developing and optimizing gas field, as well as shale gas and tight oil field, assets.

The instructors, seasoned petroleum engineers and long-standing members of SPE, offer their extensive experience and expertise in optimizing gas field assets, and using the integrated asset modeling approach for achieving those objectives. Their extensive industry experience covers petroleum, reservoir, simulation, IOR/EOR, ECBM, production and facilities engineering, as well as geomechanics, and well stimulation/ fracturing. The instructors also have extensive experience in teaching courses to engineers around the world, and for SPE.

Learning Level

Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

The biggest advantage of utilizing gas fields through IAM is that the results are consistent with facilities, well, and reservoir constraints and are more realistic. Utilizing this technology helps obtain answers quickly—extremely important for making business investment decisions with limited time. In the future, IAM will be linked to monitoring CO2 emissions as the effect of fuel consumption on facilities can easily be incorporated.

Who Should Attend

Petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, and asset managers interested in managing and maximizing profitability from gas field as well as from shale gas and tight oil field, assets should attend this course.

This course is ideally suited for presentation in conjunction with the SPE conferences, in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions, where presently there is tremendous interest in developing and optimizing gas field, as well as shale gas and tight oil field, assets.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. Excel programs will be provided in class.

CEUs

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be 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.

Instructors

S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, PE, PhD, is chairman and CEO, and director of engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide energy consulting company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to the company, that he founded in 1990, and that now provides full-service integrated consulting services to the worldwide oil and gas industry for onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy (and extra heavy) oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil and gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise. 

Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, Imperial College London, and Texas A&M University (where he earned a PhD in petroleum engineering). He was a research fellow in chemical engineering at Rice University, and worked for several years in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with major global integrated oil and gas producing and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc. in 1990.

Avasthi is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, SPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He is a co-instructor of several popular courses taught under the auspices of SPE, including, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2, Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR, Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects, Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays, and Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Prospects.

Luiz C. Amado, PhD, an expert in reservoir engineering, PVT/ compositional simulation, and Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), works with ENI Petroleum as a Senior Reservoir Engineer.

Amado has over 20 years of oil and gas industry experience, working with Shell, Petrobras, Ecopetrol, Nexen Petroleum and Schlumberger. He started his career as a Senior Reservoir Engineer with Schlumberger, where he was involved in conducting reservoir engineering and simulation studies of onshore gas and gas-condensate fields in Mexico. During his 10-year career with Shell, as a Senior Reservoir Engineer, he worked on several projects in UK, Brazil and USA. In UK, he was involved in reservoir engineering and simulation studies, and operations, in the Southern North Sea gas and gas-condensate fields. He was responsible for development of the Leman field integrated system model to carry out reservoir engineering tasks in support of operations, field monitoring and optimization. As part of the Leman field IAM study, he was involved in the compressor upgrade project and debottlenecking study for the integrated surface network. He was also responsible for reservoir engineering studies of Bijupira and Salema fields in Brazil. As a Senior Reservoir Engineer for Shell in Houston, he worked on deepwater reservoir engineering projects in GOM (Llano field), and at exploration areas in Brazil (Santos, Campos and Espirito Santo basins), as well as on projects in other areas in South America and South Caribbean. As a Senior Reservoir Engineer for Petrobras America, Dr. Amado worked on reservoir engineering projects to evaluate prospect opportunities in Pliocene, Miocene and Lower Tertiary plays of GOM, and reservoir engineering studies for Hadrian project and Cottonwood gas-condensate field, both in the deepwater GOM. He also worked as a Lead Reservoir Engineer for Ecopetrol America, providing reservoir-engineering support to evaluate opportunities in Pliocene, Miocene and Lower Tertiary plays of GOM and K2 field in GOM. He also worked as an Appraisal Reservoir Engineer for Nexen Petroleum, providing reservoir-engineering support to evaluate opportunities in GOM.

Amado holds a BS in civil engineering from Federal Fluminense University, Brazil; an MS in petroleum engineering from Campinas State University, Brazil; and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Leoben, Austria. He is a long-standing member of SPE, and has served on several SPE technical committees and conference boards. He is a co-instructor of two popular SPE training courses: ‘Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields’, and ‘Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Prospects’. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

J. M. (Jay) Avasthi, PhD, is president and COO, and director of geoservices (geomechanics, geosciences and CO2 geosequestration) and unconventional/shale resources development and optimization at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide energy consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to managing the worldwide consulting and training operations of the company, which he joined in 2003, he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.

Avasthi has extensive worldwide oil & gas industry experience, including several years with Chevron Corporation in geomechanics, well stimulation/fracturing, rock properties, wellbore stability, and sand production prediction research, engineering and supervision. His expertise includes acquisition, calibration and use of the in situ stress data for oil & gas well construction and production, and for waterflood improved oil recovery (IOR) and CO2 flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project optimization; and solving fracturing stimulation, waste disposal through injection, wellbore stability, wellbore mechanics, and sand production prediction problems. He has authored/co-authored numerous technical publications on geomechanics, fracturing and related topics, including a US patent. He has taught several short course and conducted hands on training workshop in his areas of technical expertise, around the world. He is a co-instructor of three popular SPE training courses: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’, ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’, and ‘Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields’.

Avasthi is an engineering and geosciences alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he earned a PhD in mining engineering, with specialization in Rock Mechanics). He worked in senior-level research, engineering and supervisory positions at Chevron Corporation for 24 years, before joining Avasthi & Associates, Inc. He is a long-standing member of SPE, a Technical Editor of the ‘SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal’, and has served as the SPE Los Angeles Basin Section Director and Program Chairman.

Bijay S. Banthia, P.E., an expert reservoir engineer with extensive worldwide oil and gas industry experience in EOR/IOR reservoir engineering and simulation, CO2 EOR, oil & gas and shale resources development and optimization projects, has worked with Avasthi & Associates, Inc. (A&A) as a Principal EOR/IOR Reservoir Engineering and Simulation, CO2 EOR, and Shale Resources Development and Optimization Consultant since 2014, and provides consulting and training services in his areas of technical expertise.

Banthia has 40-plus years of worldwide oil & gas industry experience, having worked with several oil & gas producing companies (Mobil Oil, Aramco, Fina, EOG, Oil India, and ONGC), and consulting companies. His extensive industry experience includes working on major CO2 EOR, waterflood optimization, reservoir engineering and simulation, and, onshore and offshore, oil & gas field development planning and management projects, around the world. He was a consultant to Shell on Eagle Ford Shale resources development, and to Devon on Utica, Niobrara and Tuscaloosa-Marine Shale (TMS) resources development, as well as on waterflood optimization and on CO2 EOR projects.

Banthia is a petroleum-engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Texas, and a long-standing member of SPE and SPWLA. He has made numerous presentations at technical meetings, and published several papers in technical journals, in his areas of technical expertise.

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