Alumni Newsletter - December 2012 - School of Petroleum Engineering

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Research Initiative - Reynolds Receives Petrobras Funding

Albert Reynolds Professor Albert C. Reynolds recently received US$1.8 million in funding from Petrobras for a four-year research and development project that has as its ultimate goal the development of a compositional reservoir simulator which includes transient wellbore flow. The reservoir simulator will enable the use of hybrid and unstructured grids, allow for four-phase flow, will provide automatic history matching capability and incorporate yet to be developed computational algorithms for the efficient and accurate simulation of flow and transport of the complex, carbon-dioxide-rich fluids that saturate subsalt deep-water carbonate reservoirs located off the coast of Brazil. The simulator will provide a tool for the design and analysis of extended multi-rate production tests and injection/ falloff tests as there currently exists no reliable methodology for the interpretation of data obtained from these tests. Reynolds’s project represents one component of a three-part project related to the interpretation of well-testing and production data from the subsalt fields. The overall project includes research groups from Petrobras, the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense and The University of Tulsa. In addition to Professor Reynolds, the TU group includes one post-doctoral research associate and three graduate students.  

SPE Student Section Elects 2013 Officers

The SPE Student Section held their annual election in November and are proud to announce their 2013 officers: Sam Browning, President; Sam Mahr, Vice President; Babak Akbari, Secretary; and Doyle Kindle, Treasurer.  Professor Kelkar will continue as the SPE Student Section Advisor. For more information on the SPE Student Section’s officers and activities, visit their website.  

SPE ATCE Alumni Reception

An alumni reception was held Monday, October 8, 2012 at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. 113 people, including 40 students, attended the event. Our PetrolBowl team included Peter Grice, Isaac Zhukovsky, Shihao Cui, Thomas Carrington, and Babak Akbari.

Thank You!

Sincerest thanks go out to the following for their continued generosity to the MSPE students and faculty: