The three components that will shape the future of the petroleum engineers and specifically, the reservoir discipline are increased demand for hydrocarbon over the next 30 years, the 4th industrial revolution, and the energy transition.
All the reservoir sub-disciplines need to focus in increasing the production & recovery of both conventional & unconventional reservoirs. In addition, we can explore how to transfer petroleum reservoir technology to manage CO2 & H2 storage, & geothermal energy. We need to use advances in geomechanics and address issues such as the integration of data at different scales, the connection of multi-porosity fractal and sub-diffusion approaches with static-dynamic models, coupling processes at various time/length scales, upscaling methods to relate molecular- & pore-scale physics to core and reservoir scales.
The use of nanotechnology for reservoir characterization & EOR, and the use of data analytics, AI, & machine learning, in all the reservoir sub-disciplines, will change how reservoir engineers work in the future.
All these technical challenges offer areas of opportunity for future reservoir engineers. To continue adapting and evolving to meet the industry needs, the reservoir discipline must promote disruptive and forward-thinking conversations around all the reservoir sub-disciplines. Some of these challenges have been established in the green document: Reservoir Technologies of the 21st Century.
The objective of this two-day workshop will be to obtain an action plan with responsibilities, milestones, deliverables, & a timeline, to create a bridge between current knowledge and future technical challenges in the reservoir discipline.