PETROENG 7035 - Reservoir Simulation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PETROENG 7035 Course Reservoir Simulation Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Block-format course with integrated lectures, practicals (computer-based) and discussions. Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1011, MATHS 2106, MATHS 2107, ENG 1003 AND PETROENG 3025 (or equivalent) Course Description The course gives the theoretical basis and practical fundamentals for the mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs. The governing laws and equations required for the modelling of single-phase and multi-phase flow in porous media, such as mass conservation, Darcy, equation of state, rock compressibility, capillary pressure and relative permeability, are reviewed. By combining these laws and equations, the corresponding partial differential equations are derived. The numerical methods for solving the governing partial differential equations are presented. A particular attention is given to the internal and external boundary conditions, and initial conditions. It is also demonstrated how numerical simulation can help us to forecast the reservoir performance in response to different field-development scenarios. The role of input data of reservoir simulators on the accuracy of prediction is another aspect which is reviewed in this course. It is also discussed how to reduce the inherent uncertainties in the input data, using inverse modelling techniques, known as history matching. Through several exercises and assignments, an overview of a commercial reservoir simulator is given.
Course Coordinator: Dr Mohammad Sayyafzadeh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain the mathematical and computational concepts behind commercial reservoir simulators 2 Explain the physical laws that govern fluid flow in porous media 3 Formulate single-phase and multi-phase flow in petroleum reservoirs 4 Solve the governing partial differential equations using finite difference methods and interpret the potential numerical errors 5 Treat internal and external boundary conditions and initial conditions 6 Explain iterative matrix solvers and Understand the fully implicit and IMPES solution strategies for solving flow equations 7 Write a program for simple problems 8 Use a commercial reservoir simulator for studying the reservoir performance in response to different development strategies 9 Develop some experience with history matching a reservoir simulation model 10 Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively in groups for the assignments
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-9 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4, 8, 10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
8, 10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 4, 7-9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesCourse lectures notes will be supplied.
Ertekin, T., Abou-Kassem, J.H. and King, G.R. “Basic Applied Reservoir Simulation”, SPE Textbook Series, 2001
Aziz, A & Settari, A., "Petroleum Reservoir Simulation", Applied Science Publishers Ltd., London, 1979.
Peaceman, D.W., "Fundamentals of Numerical Reservoir Simulation", Elsevier Scientific Publishing Co., 1977.
Online LearningAny additional materials, not provided in the class notes, will be provided via MyUni and you will receive an email accordingly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures combined with interactive sessions which solve problems using MATLAB and ECLIPSE, and also lectures are supported by several exercises and examples.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A 3-unit course requires 156 hours and possibly some additional private study time.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
6 days of lectures/labs (9am to 5pm) plus time to complete 4 assignments.
Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities will follow the sequence as presented in the course notes.
Specific Course RequirementsAs this course is offered in a short course format, your complete attendance and punctuality are important for you to gain the best learning outcome.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual / Group Formative / Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignment#1 40 Individual Summative ~Week 10 N 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Assignment#2 30 Group Summative ~Week 12 N 5. 8. 9. 10. Assignment#3 15 Individual Summative ~Week 13 N 2. 5. 8. 10. In-class activities & Quizzes 15 Individual Summative ~Week 9 N 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Total 100
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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