Wed, Feb 23, 2011 @ 12:45 PM - 01:30 PM
Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars
Speaker: Anil Ambastha, Chevron, Indonesia
Talk Title: Recent Trends in Reservoir Engineering Research
Abstract: This talk would concentrate on recent trends in reservoir engineering research based on empirical observations from reservoir engineering papers submitted for peer review for the "SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering" journal in the last 2 1/2 years. In enhanced oil recovery (EOR) arena, chemical flooding methods, involving alkali, surfactant, polymer as well as CO2, continue to garner significant interest from researchers. A key challenge for EOR methods is to improve overall recovery economically, especially for heterogeneous reservoirs. Also, an area of considerable environmental importance is long-term CO2 sequestration in porous media which is being researched actively within the petroleum engineering community at this time.
From theoretical computation point of view, experimental-design methods and optimization algorithms for a wide variety of scenarios continue to evolve. Intelligent computational techniques need to be refined to be consistent with historical field data, assist in identifying important known and "unknown" uncertainties, and yield robust results for future field development plans.
An area of widespread application is geomechanical computation coupled with flow simulation. In particular, if fracture evolution can be reliably simulated, it will have profound implications for fluid flow in situations such as injection of water, CO2, steam etc. under fracturing conditions, and production from oil shale, gas shale, and extremely low-permeability reservoirs where massive and/or multiple fracturing is a prerequisite to economic production rates.
This talk would conclude with the thought that all of our research efforts need to be geared toward "economic energy production with the least environmental impact" as a key objective.
Host: CiSoft & Petroleum Engineering Program
More Info: http://usccisoft.omnovia.com/register/48091298056533
Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) -
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Contact: Juli Legat