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E-334C - Reservoir Simulation Workshop Certification

E-334C - Reservoir Simulation Workshop Certification

10 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Reservoir engineers, experienced reservoir geologists and production engineers willing to deepen their knowledge and get a practical insight in black-oil dynamic reservoir simulation.


  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a thorough and practical understanding of dynamic reservoir simulation, covering principles of simulation as well as data reviewing and formatting, with an immediate application to a full field development project using real field case data.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • deal with actual simulation dataset and perform basic history matching and production forecast study using dynamic reservoir simulation,
  • discuss the fundamental concepts of dynamic reservoir simulation,
  • build a simple reservoir simulation model (data gathering, data QC),
  • carry out basic reservoir simulation study (data input, history matching and production forecast) from a real field case black-oil simulation model,
  • discuss, explain and justify choices in setting up a simple field development scheme, taking into account economic constraints.
Course Content


5 days

  • Introduction to reservoir simulation:
  • Physical aspects & basic laws.
  • Mathematical & numerical aspects (diffusivity, transport & general equations).
  • Types of reservoir simulation models: black oil, compositional, thermal, chemical and double porosity model.
  • Introduction to the simulator (ECLIPSE™):
  • Simulation software presentation.
  • Practical exercise (building a model from A to Z).
  • Space & time discretization:
  • Grid properties (cartesian grid, radial grid, corner point grid, etc.) & key elements to take into account.
  • Time step management & main events to take into account.
  • Petrophysics:
  • Data review & petrophysical upscaling.
  • Fluids:
  • Data review & formalisms used by the simulator.
  • Use of black oil data set & integration of lab experiments (constant composition expansion, constant volume depletion).
  • Initial state:
  • Data review & formalisms used by the simulator (equilibration regions).
  • Identification of fluids in place per region.
  • Aquifers representation and modeling:
  • Formalisms used by the simulator (gridded or analytical aquifers).
  • Review of different possibilities (bottom, edge, transient, steady state, semi steady state) & “Hurst & Van Everdingen” tables.
  • Flow representation:
  • Formalisms used by the simulator (transmissivity multipliers, end point scaling of capillary pressures & relative permeability).
  • Identification of production mechanisms & material balance analysis.
  • Wells representation:
  • Formalisms used by the simulator (Inflow Performance & numerical PI, outflow performance & VFP tables).
  • Practical exercise using the simulation software.
  • History match:
  • Objectives & methodology.
  • Production data & identification of data to match.
  • Production mechanisms & identification of matching parameters.
  • History matching strategies (pressure, saturation, early & late times) & uncertainty reduction.
  • Production forecast:
  • Objectives & methodology.
  • Integration of well representation & production constraints.
  • Estimation of future productions linked to different scenarios and identification of remaining uncertainties.
  • Identification of recommended scenario and conclusions.


5 days

  • Field case presentation and critical analysis of the dataset:
  • PVT data.
  • Kr-Pc data.
  • Accumulation.
  • Analysis of various production schemes:
  • Natural depletion down to bubble point, below bubble point, down to maintained optimum pressure.
  • Water injection.
  • History matching:
  • Matching field pressure, wells pressure, water-cut and GOR.
  • Select the matching parameters and related range.
  • Decide on the level of acceptability of the history match.
  • Production forecast:
  • Using the selected previously matched dataset, perform a development study.
  • Investigate natural depletion and water injection (and possibly WAG): optimize recovery adding producers, injectors, finding out their optimal location.
  • Recommend an FDP based on relevant economic calculations (NPV, IRR, Profitability Index, etc.).
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Ways & Means
  • Intensive 10-days work alternating courses on black-oil Dynamic Reservoir Simulation using simple and didactic dataset and teamwork on a full field development project with deliverables to be presented to a joint IFP Training/Company jury in a plenary session.
  • Coaching by industry experts throughout the period.
  • Deliverables: a well-organized data set with input data and relevant results, a presentation and (optionally) a report.
  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Advanced Certificate is obtained.
  • An expertise confirmed in E-334C - Reservoir Simulation Workshop Certification.
  • Ready-to-use skills.