Upscaling: from Static to Dynamic Model


Who should attend?

  • This course provides participants with a clear understanding of the techniques related to upscaling.
Public :
  • Geologists and reservoir engineers involved in integrated reservoir modeling.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Degree in geology or reservoir engineering, or equivalent experience, with basic knowledge in dynamic modeling.

Course Content

  • INTRODUCTION TO UPSCALING - Duration : 0.25 Day

      • Objectives of upscaling.
      • Why upscaling?
      • Aggregation rate, up-layering, heterogeneities, geological features.
      • Properties to upscale: porosity, net-to-gross, rock-types, saturation, permeability.
  • UPSCALING METHODS - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Algebraic methods: Cardwell and Parsons.
      • Numerical methods: flow based method.
      • Criteria to choose the upscaling method.
  • VALIDATION - Duration : 0.25 Day

      • Static validation: volumes, histograms.
      • Dynamic validation: volumes, simulation results on fine and coarse grids, well transmissivity.

      • Geological model: heterogeneities.
      • Facies proportion curves analysis.
      • Up-layering definition: choice of the most appropriate up-layering.
      • Zone division and zone mapping.
      • Scale-up properties methodology: choice of the most appropriate method.
      • Volume calculation: static validation.
      • Dynamic validation: simulation and comparisons with the fine model.
      • Synthesis and wrap-up.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • identify the techniques and challenges related to upscaling (properties, methods, validation),
  • employ the workflow for generating an upscaled grid using dedicated software Petrel™ and Eclipse™.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive presentations, hands-on real case study using software dedicated for reservoir modeling: Petrel™ and Eclipse™.
  • Software used during workshops: with courtesy of Schlumberger.


Coordinator :IFP Training (permanent or contracted) expert in reservoir simulation with a wide experience and whose competencies are kept up-to-date in industry projects.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program :