Albert C. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Albert Reynolds

Professor and McMan Chair in Petroleum EngineeringDirector, TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects (TUPREP)Stephenson Hall #2285
918-631-3043
reynolds@utulsa.eduResearch WebsiteAlbert Reynolds - 2013-01 Vita

Introduction

Albert C. Reynolds has been a faculty member at The University of Tulsa (TU) since 1970.  At TU, he has served as Associate Graduate Dean, Associate Director of Research, and Chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering.  Currently, he is McMan Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Professor of Mathematics, and Director of The University of Tulsa's Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects (TUPREP), an industry/university cooperative project dedicated to research in reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation and well testing.

Dr. Reynolds served as an SPE Technical Editor (1983-85 and 1989-92, 2007-present) and served ten years as an Associate Editor of In Situ. He has served on the SPE Pressure Transient Testing Committee (1991-1994, Chairman 1993-94), the SPE Well Testing Committee (1981-1982), the SPE Reservoir Monitoring Committee (2004-2007), the AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award Committee (1991-1992, 1992 Chairman), the SPE Formation Evaluation Award Committee (1996-1999, 1999 chairperson, 2007-2010), on the Steering Committee for the 2006 SPE Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on History Matching and on the Program Committee for 2009 and 2011 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium.  He was the Program Committee Chairperson for the 2006 SPE Improved Oil Reservoir Symposium and Co-Chairperson for 2008 SPE ATW on "Closed-Loop Reservoir Management."

Dr. Reynolds has co-authored well over 100 technical papers and two books, primarily on well testing and the application of inverse theory and optimization to data integration and uncertainty quantification to reservoir characterization and history matching.  In support of his research, Dr. Reynolds has extensive funding from more than 20 oil companies and the U.S. Department of Energy. He a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the SPE Formation Evaluation Award, the SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award and became a SPE Distinguished Member in 1999.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University (1970)
  • M.S., Mathematics, Case Institute of Technology (1968)
  • B.A., Mathematics, University of New Hampshire (1966)

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Reservoir Characterization
  • Assisted History Matching
  • Characterization of Uncertainty in Reservoir Description and Performance
  • Real Time Reservoir Management
  • Pressure Transient Analysis
  • Computational Methods in Engineering

Areas of Research Focus

  • Reservoir Characterization
  • Optimization
  • Data Integration
  • History Matching
  • Characterization of Uncertainty
  • Inverse Theory
  • Pressure Transient Analysis
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Ensemble Methods

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
  • International Association of Mathematical Geology
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Courses Taught at TU

  • History Matching (PE 7813)
  • Inverse Problems (PE 7133)
  • Reservoir Engineering I (PE 3023)
  • Reservoir Simulation I (PE 7043)
  • Rock Properties (PE 2113)
  • Special Topics - Closed Loop Reservoir Management (PE 7813)

Awards & Recognition

  • McMan Chair in Petroleum Engineering, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1966
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1966
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, 1983
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Member, 1999
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Formation Evaluation Award, 2005
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Outstanding Technical Editor, 2008
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, 2003

Publications

  • Application of EM Algorithms for Seismic Facies Classifcation
    Han, Mei, Li, Gaoming and Reynolds, A. C.; Computational Geosciences, Vol. 15, No. 3 (June 2011) 421- 429.
  • Closed-Loop Reservoir Management on the Brugge Test Case
    Chen, Chaohui, Wang, Yudou, Li, Gaoming and Reynolds, A. C.; Computational Geosciences, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Sept. 2010) 691-703.
  • Combining Sensitivities and Prior Information for Covariance Localization in the Ensemble Kalman Filter for Petroleum Reservoir Applications
    Emerick, A. and Reynolds, A. C.; Computational Geosciences, Vol. 15, No. 2 (March 2011) 251-269.
  • Combining the Ensemble Kalman Filter with Markov Chain Monte Carlo for Improved History Matching and Uncertainty Characterization
    Emerick, Alexandre A. and Reynolds, Albert C.; paper SPE-141336, SPE Journal Vol. 17, No. 2 (June 2012), 418-440.
  • Ensemble Smoother with Multiple Data Assimilations
    Emerick, Alexandre A. and Reynolds, Albert C.; accepted for publication in Computers and & Geosciences Online First, March 2012.
  • History Matching a Field Case Using the Ensemble Kalman Filter with Covariance Localization
    Emerick A. A. and Reynolds, A. C.; SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, (August 2011), 443-452.
  • History Matching Time-Lapse Seismic Data Using the Ensemble Kalman Filter With Multiple Data Assimilations
    Emerick, A.A. and Reynolds, A.C.; Computational Geosciences, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2012, pp. 639-659.
  • Investigation of the Sampling Performance of Ensemble-Based Methods with a Simple Reservoir Model
    Emerick, Alexandre A. and Reynolds, Albert C.; accepted for publication in Computational Geosciences.
  • Large Scale History Matching with Quadratic Interpolation Models
    Zhao, Hui, Li, Gaoming, Reynolds, Albert C. and Yao, Jun; Computational Geosciences, Vol. 17, No. 1, (2013), 117-138.
  • Maximization of a Dynamic Quadratic Interpolation Model for Production Optimization
    Zhao, Hui, Chen, Chaohui, Do, Sy, Li, Gaoming and Reynolds, Albert C.; paper SPE 141317, Proceedings of the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 21-23 February, 2011, accepted for publication in SPE Journal.