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Petroleum Technology Forum, February 8, 2011
The next Petroleum Technology Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. The speaker will be Bret L. Beckner from ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. Abstract and speaker bio follow.
Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Registration: 11:30 AM
Buffet Lunch: 11:30 AM
Presentation: 12:00-1:00 PM
Free for students.
Next Generation Reservoir Simulation –
New Capabilities For New Challenges
Bret L. Beckner, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Reservoir simulation capabilities have grown significantly over the past decade, coinciding with the development of several next-generation reservoir simulators. The most distinguishing next-generation reservoir simulation technologies recently developed are the use of unstructured grids, the expansion of the modeling domain to include integration of surface facilities and multiple fields, and the use of parallel and grid computing to reduce turnaround times. This new class of next-generation reservoir simulation technologies is available to the reservoir engineer and presents many benefits. Unstructured grids can more accurately model complex geologic features and boundaries than is possible with rectilinear grids making fidelity with geologic modeling features (sloped faults, pinch outs, sinuous boundaries) a reality. Extension of the modeling domain to include surface facilities and other fields linked by common facilities allows simulations to model the dynamic interaction driven by reservoir management strategies for fields with common surface facilities. Recent advances in parallel simulation algorithms, coupled with parallel computers on the desktop, make parallel execution easily attainable for the reservoir engineer. With compelling illustrative examples of these new distinguishing technologies, this lecture will raise technology awareness and spur reservoir engineers to begin to apply these technologies to their own modeling problems.
Bio – Bret Beckner:
Bret Beckner is a Senior Consultant in reservoir simulation technology at ExxonMobilUpstream Research Company. He has over 20 years of experience in reservoir simulation development and application including 10 years as the Supervisor of Reservoir SimulatorDevelopment at ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company. He holds a BSin Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He was the 2007 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium Program Chairman and has been a Board Member of the Reservoir Engineering Research Institute since 2000. He has authored many papers on reservoir simulation applications and simulation technology and has made frequent invited talks on reservoir simulation technology in the U.S., Russia, and the Middle East.
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