Streamline-Based History Matching for Multicomponent Compositional Systems

Topics: Reservoir simulation
Source: SPE 174750
Fig. 1—Corner-point geometry used for 1D pressure-sensitivity test.

Streamline-based history-matching techniques have provided significant capabilities in integrating field-scale water-cut and tracer data into high-resolution geologic models. However, application of the streamline-based approach for simultaneous integration of water cut and bottomhole pressure (BHP) has been rather limited. In this paper, the authors introduce a novel semianalytic approach to compute the sensitivity of the BHP data with respect to gridblock properties.


The streamline-based method has many advantages in terms of computational efficiency and applicability. The main advantage of the streamline-based method is that it is able to calculate parameter sensitivity with a single streamline simulation or post-processing of the grid-based finite-difference simulation results. The calculated sensitivity is comparable with the sensitivities computed from numerical perturbation or with adjoint-based sensitivities. It is possible to calculate the parameter sensitivity from a commercial finite-difference simulator by use of streamlines traced using the flux field. This allows accounting for detailed physics by means of finite-difference simulation while taking advantage of the power of the streamlines for sensitivity computations.

Streamline and Parameter Sensitivity

Streamline-based history matching starts with the tracing of streamlines from a given set of static and dynamic conditions. This process is outlined in detail in the complete paper.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 174750, “Streamline-Based History Matching of Arrival Times and Bottomhole-Pressure Data for Multicomponent Compositional Systems,” by Shusei Tanaka, Dongjae Kam, Akhil Datta-Gupta, and Michael J. King, Texas A&M University, prepared for the 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, 28–30 September. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Streamline-Based History Matching for Multicomponent Compositional Systems

01 April 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 4