Over the past 20-30 years, reservoir simulation technology has gone through various stages of acceptance and utilization. This paper will discuss the most common workflows as well as several of the emerging trends in reservoir simulation technology, particularly: 1) building ever larger increasingly complex simulation models, 2) building smaller models, which can be evaluated quickly, and 3) building scalable or "fit for purpose" models. This paper will discuss these trends in more detail, reconcile these approaches and discuss the appropriateness of each method. Potential conflicts with respect to the user profile and the differing demands imposed on development and usage of a reservoir simulation system will also be discussed relative to each of these workflows.
|State||Published - Dec 1 2001|