Course Description

Reservoir Simulation

 Duration: 5 days

  • Presenter: Professor Martin Blunt (Imperial College)
  • Prerequisites: A basic understanding of multiphase fluid flow and some knowledge of numerical methods.
  • Aims: To give an overview of the state-of-the-art in field-scale reservoir simulation.
  • Who should attend? Reservoir engineers working on simulation or planning to do so.  Geoscientists who work with simulation engineers.

Learning Outcomes: The course will give an overview of different simulation approaches and their strengths and weaknesses.  Some of the major applications of reservoir simulation will be illustrated through recent case histories studied by the instructor or published in the recent literature. 

Day – 1

Introduction to reservoir simulation and mathematical basics

  • The need for reservoir simulation
  • Conservation equations and dividing the reservoir into grid blocks
  • Setting up conservation equations and solving sets of linear equations
  • When to use reservoir simulation and when to use simpler methods

Day – 2

Analytic solutions to the transport equations – Buckley-Leverett analysis

  • Waterflooding in a one-dimensional system
  • Solutions to the flow equations and implications for waterflood analysis
  • Recovery plots
  • Worked examples and guidelines on how to use analytical methods

Day – 3

Grid-based simulation

  • Strengths of grid-based methods
  • Numerical dispersion and grid orientation
  • How large a model to run?
  • Upscaling
  • Example applications

Day – 4

Streamline-based simulation

  • Why use streamlines?
  • Basic methodology – tracing streamlines and including gravity
  • Examples using streamlines – well placement and history matching
  • Strengths and weaknesses of streamline-based simulation

Day 5

Topics in reservoir simulation

  • Dual porosity modelling to represent fractured reservoirs at the field scale
  • History matching
  • Well placement
  • Gas injection and enhanced oil recovery
  • Facilities coupling

Course materials: All material used in the lectures will be made available in the lecture notes. 
In addition, the following is very useful: K Aziz and A Settari, ‘Petroleum Reservoir Simulation’ (1979).
Copies of relevant scientific papers will be made to participants.


Price per delegate £3950.00

Location: London

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BluntMartin Blunt is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Head of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. He has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.  Prof Blunt’s research interests are in multi-phase flow in porous media, with applications to improved oil recovery, carbon sequestration and contaminant transport and clean-up.  He has published over 100 research papers and is on the editorial board of three international journals.  Prof Blunt won the Cedric Ferguson award from the SPE in 1996 and was an SPE Distinguished lecturer in 2001/2002.  Click here to read more …