|Reservoir Management - RM|
|Evaluating and Developing Heavy Oil Resources - HOED|
|Geological and Geophysical Characterization of Heavy Oil Reservoirs - HORC|
|Reservoir Modeling of Heavy Oil Resources - HORM|
Discipline: Reservoir Engineering
Duration: 3 days
Instructor(s): Chris Galas
|As conventional oil reserves decline, more emphasis is placed on heavy oil and bitumen. Heavy oil and bitumen are plentiful in many developed oil provinces, as well as in areas with no conventional oil. As with conventional oil, the reservoir engineering aspects of the development of heavy oil and bitumen is aided by modeling of various kinds. For heavy oil and bitumen, the modeling is complicated by the high oil viscosity and the need for enhanced oil recovery techniques, usually involving heating of the reservoir to produce the oil at commercial rates. In this course, modeling is understood as a part of reservoir engineering and includes the use of analogues and analytical modeling, as well as numerical simulation. The emphasis is on numerical simulation, but analytical techniques are also examined in some detail, since they provide considerable insight into the recovery process. The emphasis of the course is on HOW to perform a successful heavy oil simulation study, including factors to be considered, pitfalls to avoid, testing of models, examination of output, and ensuring results are reliable. Note that this course does NOT teach details of data input for a particular program, advice on selection of software, detailed comparison of features of different software, or a cookbook on how build a model. Examples from the literature, conceptual models, and class exercises are used to illustrate various points, as well as highlight the uncertainties and limitations of current knowledge and technology. The course includes the use of computers, which are provided at additional cost. The only software required is a spreadsheet and text editor for the exercises.|
Petroleum and reservoir engineers who will be actively working on studies, and be involved in assessing the results of studies.
You Will Learn:
DR. CHRIS GALAS is a senior reservoir engineer whose main interests are in numerical simulation, reservoir studies, and EOR. He started his career in 1981 with BP Canada, where he worked on the in-situ combustion project at Wolf Lake, as well as other thermal, chemical, and conventional oil projects. He has conducted over 285 reservoir studies, of which 218 involved simulation. He has taught on 'The Art of History Matching' in numerical simulation. A 2003 evaluation of studies carried out in the early 1990's showed that predictions from simulation were close to actual field performance. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, an MSc from London University, and a PhD from the University of Calgary, all in Physics. Chris is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada.
In-House Course Presentations
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