Introduction to Integrated Production Modeling and Case Histories
Recorded on September 24, 2014 (90 minutes)

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The main objectives of modeling flows of production fluids in wells, pipelines and risers are:  to predict the pressure drops, the phase distributions, the potential for unsteady phase delivery (commonly referred to as slugging) and the thermal characteristics of the system.

These objectives arise from the requirement to design production systems which avoid the flow assurance problems, bottlenecking, increased pressure restriction problems and ensure delivery of production targets.

The key point from Integrated Production Modeling is that we eliminate fix boundary conditions as we can from the interconnected components, e.g. we don’t control by a fix rate, a fixed BHP, or fixed THP, but through a common sink constraint and other boundary conditions are dynamically calculated.

Integrated production modeling utilizes the changing nature of every component at all-time instances:

i. Reservoirs deliverability is constrained by the adequate backpressure when connected to wells and network
ii. Well performance is estimated in the presence of changing multiphase flow quantities, reservoir energy change and backpressure from network (interaction with other wells
iii. Network response will capture the dynamic interaction with well responses (flowing pressure vs flow rate)

This webinar will provide an Introduction to Integrated Production Modeling covering the following points:

• Why do we need Integrated Production Modeling?
• Building an IPM, the processes involved, the repetitive cycles, deliverables checklist
• Critical Success Factors (best practices)
• Value creation opportunities – how to identify the value?
• The role of real-time updates of IPM in the context of Digital Oilfields
• Case histories of typical IPM uses

Dr. Luigi Saputelli is a petroleum engineer with 24 years’ experience in reservoir engineering, field development, production engineering, drilling engineering, production operations and oilfield automation projects. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2003) from the University of Houston, a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering (1996) from Imperial College, London, and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering (1990) from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

Luigi worked as senior advisor in the North Kuwait Sabriyah-Mauddud, SEK Burgan GC01 and WK Minagish Oolite Kuwait Oil Company Digital Oil field efforts (2012-2014), Production Engineering Senior Advisor in Hess Corporation (2009-2012), Halliburton (2003-2009) where he acted as technical lead of various major projects such as Petrobras Barracuda-Caratinga fields Real Time Operations project (2005-2006), KOC KwIDF Digital Oilfield projects (2012-2014), PDVSA integrated modeling and field exploitation plans for Carito and Orocual fields (2006-2007); he later acted as Production Operations Regional Practice Manager and Field Development Global Practice Manager for Halliburton. He also worked in PDVSA E&P (1990-2001) and acted as a well planning senior advisor, production technologist, reservoir modeling and simulation engineer.

He has worked in several countries such as Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Scotland and USA. He is an industry recognized researcher, lecturer, SPE Liaison and member of various SPE committees.

He has published more than 60 industry papers and three patents on applied technologies for reservoir management, real time optimization and production operations.

He is currently the President of Frontender Corporation and is currently engaged in various Digital Oilfield implementations around the world.