Graduate Seminar - In-Situ Upgrading Process Workflows: From Sector Models to Full Field Development Forecasts

Friday, March 01, 2013 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Please join us at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 in Keplinger Hall, room #M2, for the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering's Graduate Seminar.  Dr. Jeroen Vink of Shell, Tulsa will lecture on "In-situ Upgrading Process Workflows: From Sector Models to Full Field Development Forecasts."


Dynamic modeling of Shell’s proprietary In-situ Upgrading Process (IUP) recovery method is a complex multi-physics modeling challenge: Thermal compositional flow and transport, chemical reactions, multi-scale models of complex carbonate resources (e.g., dual-permeability and dual-porosity model, discrete fracture features), and the need for accurate modeling of downhole heater behavior, render the IUP models computationally expensive. Dynamic modeling work for IUP is typically carried out within the framework of comprehensive sensitivity studies, pattern optimization, and uncertainty quantification workflows, which often result running in the order of 100s to 10s of thousands concurrent simulations.

After briefly introducing the In-Situ upgrading process, Dr. Vink will describe our field-scale IUP simulation workflows and address three challenges: the complex physics which leads to long simulation times, upscaling of sector models to full-field results with project-level economical evaluations, and development optimization under subsurface uncertainty.

Prof. Rami Younis
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