Reservoir Modelling and Data Integration



Details :

As with conventional oil, the reservoir engineering aspects of the development of heavy oil and bitumen is aided by modelling of various kinds. For heavy oil and bitumen, the modelling 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, modelling is understood as a part of reservoir engineering and includes the use of analogues and analytical modelling, 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


• Select the type of modelling required to meet the aims of the study

• Design different types of modelling studies to achieve the aims of the study (feasibility,

operating strategy, development plan, ultimate recovery, etc.)

• Collect and select the data for the study

• Incorporate field observations into the study (production data, pressure data, etc..)

• Set up, run, and test the model(s)

• Assess the adequacy of the history match(es)

• Create and run different development options and assess the results

• Assess the results of third party studies (in-house or external)

Petroleum and reservoir engineers who will be actively working on studies, and be involved in assessing the results of studies.


• Introduction (definitions of heavy oil, types of study, types of modelling, design of study, grid effects, binary screening)

• Basic reservoir engineering and reservoir characterization (overview of reservoir engineering techniques and their limitations for heavy oil, types of geological models, introduction to geo-statistical models)

• Rock and fluid data for heavy oil (oil viscosity, thermal properties of reservoir, temperature dependence of relative permeability, etc.)

• Non-thermal recovery of heavy oil (cold heavy oil production with sand, chemical flooding, VAPEX, immiscible gas flooding)

• Thermal recovery using steam (cyclic steam stimulation, steam flood, steam-assisted gravity drainage)

• Thermal recovery without steam (in-situ combustion, electrical heating, hot water flood, steam with additives)

  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

daily 09:00 – 14:00