Todays competitive economic climate requires cost-effective production technology to profitability produce marginal petroleum reservoirs. Reservoir simulation studies allow efficient exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves. Typically reservoir simulation is restricted to large companies which can afford mainframe computer or sophisticated workstation and wasn't feasible for the small independent producer.
Recent advances in PC computational speed and memory, the release of U.S. DOE BOAST3 (3D, 3 phase simulator) makes PC-based simulation feasible for small companies.
Pre & post processing tools such as MS Office97 & Geographix reduces simulation cost & time to assemble simulation input data. Output data can be manipulated by software packages such as B3plot2, Colorgrid of Boast3, MS Office97 & CorelDraw.
The reservoir simulator solves a system of partial differential equations, describes multiphase fluid flow (oil, water, gas) in a porous reservoir rock, estimates performance of reservoir, predicts future performance of a user defined reservoir based on its current state and past performance and explores methods for increasing the ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons. The program does require geologic & engineering judgement for proper use.
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Updated January 1999
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