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Streamline-based flow simulation has traditionally been viewed as a modeling approach that is complementary to other flow simulation methods. However, streamlines are also ideally suited to the much more common application of reservoir surveillance of mature floods. Because the streamline paths themselves yield well drainage regions and well-pair allocation factors, engineers can reduce complex production data down to the pattern level in a robust and physics-based manner.
This webinar will begin with some fundamentals of streamline simulation and surveillance. We will also discuss the minimum amount of data needed to build a surveillance model and how to interpret novel streamline-based surveillance metrics. Lastly, we will show that by knowing well-pair connections and pattern efficiencies, this provides the basis of a simple flood optimization via updated well rate targets.
Dr. Rod Batycky is an expert in reservoir simulation with nearly 20 years of experience in reservoir engineering, flow simulation, and software development. He is a cofounder of Streamsim Technologies, Inc., which was founded in 1997 based on successful research he was involved with while at Stanford University. Today, Streamsim is the industry leader in streamline-based reservoir simulation and streamline-based engineering workflows for oilfield management. Dr. Batycky continues to be involved in development of new software workflows, engineering consulting projects, lectures, and training. He has worked first-hand on projects ranging from reservoir surveillance of mature fields, to full-field simulations of CO2, WAG, and polymer flooding for some of the largest fields in the world.
Dr. Batycky received MSc and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, during which time he was also awarded SPE’s Cedrick K. Ferguson Medal. Previously he worked as a reservoir engineer with Shell Canada on a variety of projects including naturally fractured gas fields, mature waterflood revitalization, and source rock production. Prior to Shell Canada, he obtained a BSc in chemical engineering from the U. of Calgary. He is currently an associate editor for SPE-JCPT, a member of SPE, a registered P.Eng. with APEGA, and an author or co-author of several publications within the reservoir simulation community.