Author: Zainub Noor
Head of R&D – Reservoir, Production & Economics
Author: Qinghua Wang, PhD
Product Owner, Full-Scale Asset Simulation
How much time could you save if you could simultaneously model multiple subsurface reservoir systems with surface facilities in a tightly coupled solution environment? How much more time could you save if you could optimize field development and operations because you had access to the accuracy and model fidelity you need for complex reservoir studies?
With reservoir simulation models becoming more complex and model sizes getting larger, traditional, on-premise computers may no longer be adequate, as they can easily run into data processing issues and the implementation cost is usually very high. Running reservoir simulations can be a very time-consuming process. This limits the number of simulations you can run, which impacts your ability to make fully informed decisions in a timely manner.
Full-Scale Asset Simulation, a DecisionSpace® 365 cloud application, is the industry's first cloud-native, integrated asset modeling application, which enables you to efficiently run advanced reservoir simulations in the cloud.
Full-Scale Asset Simulation dynamically adapts the size of the computing infrastructure to the complexity of the model, providing faster simulation execution and optimizing the costs per run. It also allows you to reconfigure reservoir variables in run-time, enabling you to make corrections or additions to the model without the need to stop the simulation execution.
Built on open architecture and Landmark’s leading simulation software, Nexus®, Full-Scale Asset Simulation enables you to model a complete asset on a single application, using structured or unstructured grids. Recovery mechanisms can be modeled at any asset level, making it the only simulation application that can model oil and gas production from pore space, through surface facilities, to the point of sale. This allows you to analyze and optimize asset performance—in both the short term to maximize production and in the long term for further field development.
Figure: Advanced Asset Simulation
Endless Possibilities, Faster Decisions
By taking advantage of practically unlimited computing capacity and scalability of the cloud, you can submit very large models or submit multiple operations simultaneously. This means you can run your complex simulation models in hours rather than days!
Once your simulations are up and running, you can visualize and modify on-the-fly through a web dashboard, helping avoid repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Signals can be as simple as resetting the number of processes or changing solver parameters or shut-in wells.
With the ability to rapidly run multi-scenario analysis, you can make better decisions based on the latest surface and subsurface conditions, supporting short- and long-term production forecasting and the optimization of field development plans.
Efficiency When it Counts
Surface network and subsurface equations are solved simultaneously, via Newton-level implicit coupling, for more accurate representations of the asset to improve robustness and performance. Surface facilities extend into wellbores, providing accurate flow within the most complex wellbores; and branched wellbores, inflow control valves, and inflow control devices can be easily created in the model.
This means you can estimate your cloud costs before running any simulations. This complete transparency allows you to further optimize parameters and performance, be more efficient in your use of infrastructure resources, and lower costs of running your simulations.
Once up and running, the latest algorithms optimize the computing capacity by scaling up or down as needed for optimal performance, and fault tolerance helps ensure that simulations are uninterrupted and performance is maintained so your simulations stay on track.
Figure: Multi-reservoir modeling
Giving New Meaning to 24x7
The multi-user work environment provided by Full-Scale Asset Simulation helps streamline collaboration by allowing teams from around the globe to work concurrently on the same model or project. Since there is no need to make large data transfers, teams can work efficiently wherever they are.
You can perform advanced simulations and monitor their progress in real-time, at your convenience 24/7, and stay connected and equipped to deal with any challenges, big and small, as soon as they occur.
Script-driven simulation workflows and customization enablers that are integrated into the cloud application mean you can easily integrate other plug-ins, providing you with flexibility and choice. You can also design customized workflows using the seamlessly integrated Jupyter Notebook or write Python code to help control simulation operations, perform data analytics, or design your own automated workflows.
The customized workflows can be shared across projects, so you can create a broad library of workflows that are applicable for particular users. Truly integrated asset management frees you up, so you can focus on assessing/interpreting simulation results.
Real-time Data Management
Data management is at the very heart of our industry and asset simulation is no exception. To keep on top of it, Full-Scale Asset Simulation uses a centralized data repository that can be accessed by individuals or team members working on a joint project.
Data can be managed in real time, and enhanced search functionality makes it easy to find what you need. Any changes made in the models can be tracked over time, allowing management of historical models and data, and helping prevent loss of information. Each project automatically stores the root model data, and each operation in the project only stores the data difference, rather than filing in data or repetitive workflows. It also avoids duplicated copies of data. Data are categorized, so it is easy to compare data in the same category across multiple projects or assets.
Full-Scale Asset Simulation, built on Nexus and coupled with the open architecture of DecisionSpace 365, seamlessly integrates with Landmark and third-party tools for a complete, end-to-end workflow.
The ability to simultaneously model multiple subsurface reservoir systems with surface facilities in a tightly coupled solution environment is at your fingertips, enabling you to arrive at informed decisions, faster in order to define the optimal field development plan and maximize reservoir recovery.
To learn more about how Full-Scale Asset Simulation can support your creativity to innovate, collaborate, and drive your digital transformation objectives, request a demo today!