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Reservoir Engineering in Modern Oilfields

Vertical, Deviated, Horizontal and Multilateral Well Systems
By Wilson C. Chin
Series: Handbook of Petroleum Engineering Series
Copyright: 2016   |   Status: Published
ISBN: 9781119283782  |  Hardcover  |  
348 pages
Price: $225.00 USD
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The first in a series of handbooks that detail the state-of-the-art for petroleum engineering, this must-have volume shows the engineer how to create complicated geologies and arbitrary well systems on a computer screen and perform steady or transient reservoir simulations with integrated three-dimensional color graphics results in seconds, using the rigorous and cutting-edge processes detailed herein using common sense and easy-to-understand language.

Audience
Reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, and any engineers or scientists involved in simulation and well characterization

Description
Real-world reservoirs are layered, heterogeneous and anisotropic, exposed to water and gas drives, faults, barriers and fractures. They are produced by systems of vertical, deviated, horizontal and multilateral wells whose locations, sizes, shapes and topologies are dictated “on the fly, at random” by petroleum engineers and drillers at well sites. Wells may be pressure or rate-constrained, with these roles re-assigned during simulation with older laterals shut-in, newer wells drilled and brought on stream, and so on. And all are subject to steady and transient production, each satisfying different physical and mathematical laws, making reservoir simulation an art difficult to master and introducing numerous barriers to entry. All of these important processes can now be simulated in any order using rapid, stable and accurate computational models developed over two decades.

And what if it were further possible to sketch complicated geologies and lithologies, plus equally complex systems of general wells, layer-by-layer using Windows Notepad? And with no prior reservoir simulation experience and only passing exposure to reservoir engineering principles? Have the user press “Simulate,” and literally, within minutes, produce complicated field-wide results, production forecasts, and detailed three-dimensional color pressure plots from integrated graphics algorithms?

Developed over years of research, this possibility has become reality. The author, an M.I.T. trained scientist who has authored fifteen original research books, over a hundred papers and forty patents, winner of a prestigious British Petroleum Chairman’s Innovation Award in reservoir engineering and a record five awards from the United States Department of Energy, has delivered just such a product, making real-time planning at the well-site simple and practical. Workflows developed from experience as a practicing reservoir engineer are incorporated into “intelligent menus” that make in-depth understanding of simulation principles and readings of user manuals unnecessary. This volume describes new technology for down-to-earth problems using numerous examples performed with our state-of-the-art simulator, one that is available separately at affordable cost and requiring only simple Intel Core i5 computers without specialized graphics boards. The new methods are rigorous, validated and well-documented and are now available for broad petroleum industry application.



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• State-of-the-art models handling complicated heterogeneous, anisotropic, layered reservoirs produced by systems of vertical, deviated, horizontal and multilateral wells
• Steady and transient flows, arbitrary well constraints, multiple drive mechanisms
• Processes for changing from “pressure to rate” well constraints (and vice-versa), shortening or extending wells during simulation
• Rigorous, numerically stable and advanced math models and award winning methods that develop user-friendly models that lower entry barriers to advanced reservoir simulation
• Details for sketching geological and lithological models, plus general vertical, horizontal and multilateral well topologies layer-by-layer that result in simulations completed in seconds, to include report generation and integrated color graphics
• Equation setup, matrix inversion and all post-processing performed transparently
• Very user friendly, with workflows embedded in “intelligent” menus – reservoir simulation experience, exposure to modeling techniques and user manuals not required. Software available separately.


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The first in a series of handbooks that detail the state-of-the-art for petroleum engineering, this must-have volume shows the engineer how to create complicated geologies and arbitrary well systems on a computer screen and perform steady or transient reservoir simulations with integrated three-dimensional color graphics results in seconds, using the rigorous and cutting-edge processes detailed herein using common sense and easy-to-understand language.

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