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Course Title: Reservoir Simulation B

School: Engineering
Discipline: Petroleum Engineering
Reservoir Engineering
Programme Level: Master of Science
Date of Issue: September 2016

Modelling of Reservoir Fluids:

Course Code(s)  Reservoir fluid classifications in reservoir simulation
EG551O (MSc September start)  Modelling of hydrocarbon mixtures properties
EG501X (MSc January start)  Required PVT data and Data manipulation
 Spatial variations
Credits  Multiple PVT regions and initialization
15 credits will be awarded upon passing this course. Aquifer Modelling
 Analytical aquifer
Programmes for Which this Course is a Pre-Requisite  Numerical aquifer
None Well and Production Data Modelling
 Well placing and patterns
 Modelling of well connection and perforation intervals
 Well control (targets, constraints, actions)
 Time steps and grid size
Aims of Course
Analysis of the results and History Matching
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of
 Dynamic model analysis
theoretical formulation, data sources and integration into
simulator, and quantification of uncertainties necessary for  Uncertainties and quantifications
transforming real reservoir engineering problems into  Error identifications
manageable numerical simulation models. Practical use and  Practical considerations: history match and prediction
hands-on experience of industry standard software is provided  History Matching and prediction
to develop reservoir simulation skills.
Mode of Delivery
Learning Outcomes This course is delivered as a full-time (on-campus) option.
By the end of the course students should: Eleven two-hour lectures and eleven two-hour tutorials and
 Understand principles of numerical reservoir simulation. practicals per semester.
 Have knowledge of static and dynamic model
construction and minimum required data. Assessment Details
 Understand concepts and techniques of upscaling and One two-hour written examination (60%). Continuous
pseudoisation. assessment based on two reservoir simulation assignments
 Plan and design a reservoir simulation study. (40%).
 Analyse and interpret reservoir simulation results through
The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam
post processing.
and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a
 Model forecasting procedures for different development
maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements
(successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either
RP or RF will be recorded.
Basic Concepts of Reservoir Simulation:
Indicative Student Workload
 Reservoir models introduction, Physical models
Full Distance
 Mathematical and Numerical models
Contact Hours Time Learning
Reservoir Simulator Equations and Solution Methods:
Lectures 22
 Introduction and terminology
Tutorials 10
 Mass Conservation, Darcy’s Law and Diffusivity equation Practical 12
 Multi-phase flow equations
 Discretisation of flow equations Directed Study
 Implicit and Explicit formulation Coursework
 Initial and boundary conditions
 Solution of linear systems of equations Self-Learning
 Stability and numerical dispersion Private Study 106
 IMPES (implicit pressure, explicit saturations) solution Self-directed study of online
 Oil-water simulation and Oil-gas simulation materials
Construct the Data Set: Online Activities
 Model types and their uses
 Input data required Recommended Reading
 Pre-processing and post-processing of reservoir data - Mattax, C.C. and Kyte, R.L.: Reservoir Simulation, Monograph
 Analysing of the simulation results Series, SPE, Richardson, TX (1990).
Geostatic and Upscaling: - Aziz, K. and Settari, A. Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
 Block centre, Corner point and Unstructured (Pebi) (Applied Science Publishers, 1979)
 Non-neighbour connections and local grid refinement - Fanchi, J.R. Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation, (Gulf
 Routine and special core analysis Professional Publishing, 2001
 Upscaling techniques and limitations

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understanding at the highest levels of excellence. The provisions of this document are subject to change and should be considered to be for
informational purposes rather than to be an irrevocable contract between the university and the student.