An improved methodology for gridding fractured reservoirs for simulation

Sheldon Gorell, Jim Browning, Justin Andrews

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A significant amount of research for gridding of complex reservoirs, including models with fractures, has focused on use of unstructured grids. While models with unstructured grids can be extremely flexible, they can also be expensive, both in configuring, computationally, and visual display. Even with this focus on unstructured grids, most reservoir simulation models are still built on structured grids. Current methods for creating reservoir simulation models with structured grids often involve defining a base grid upfront and then "somehow" inserting one or more Features of Interest (FOI's) into the model. Applied to fractured horizontal wells with many stages it can be extremely difficult to accurately align wells and completions within a pre-existing simulation grid. This work describes and demonstrates a methodology to resolve such issues. This approach changes the order of model design and creation steps. This paper describes the process where FOI's are identified, a base grid is designed around the FOI's, then local grid refinements (LGR's) are defined as desired. Applied to a horizontal well with fractures, the well and completion locations are defined before the detailed grid definition is created. This process is illustrated for generalized FOI's, and then applied to fractured horizontal wells. Formulas for creation of models for wells with evenly space homogeneous completions are presented. Numerical testing and analyses are presented that show the impact of the gridding parameters and various design parameters on performance of reservoir simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2021, ATCE 2021
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781613997864
StatePublished - 2021
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2021, ATCE 2021 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Sep 21 2021Sep 23 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
ISSN (Electronic)2638-6712


ConferenceSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2021, ATCE 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


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