How to Make a Good Reservoir Model: It’s not the software, it’s the design

GeoLogica Limited
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8 hours
650 USD excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

How to Make a Good Reservoir Model: It’s not the software, it’s the design

How can you tell the difference between a ‘good’ reservoir model and a ‘bad’ one? This short, focused class is designed to draw out the common reasons for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ outcomes, under the premise that models add value only when they add clear value to business decisions.

The theme through the event will be the over-riding issue of model design and the five areas of common error: model purpose, selection of elements, use of determinism and probability, model scale and uncertainty-handling. Advice will be given on how to review models, what questions to ask the model builders and how to determine whether the output from models can be relied upon and used to support decisions. The course will close with a set of questions to ask yourself and others, suitable for reference in peer reviews or assists.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Designed for people who want an update or refresh on working with reservoir models without having to spend a week out of the office. The class will provide an opportunity for learning, inspiration and discussion with other modelers.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Explain the common causative factors for modeling ‘disappointments’.
  • Define model purpose and explain the use of framing.
  • Understand the fluid sensitivity to selection of model elements.
  • Describe techniques for handling small-scale detail in large models.
  • Be able to select between techniques for quantifying uncertainty.
  • Implement QC tips to evaluate your (and other peoples) models.

Training Course Content

Model Purpose

  • Why model at all? What do we understand by 'fit-for-purpose'?

Elements & Architecture

  • Getting the building blocks right

Determinism and probability

  • Concept-driven (intuitive) geostatistics; balancing probabilistic and deterministic tools, the importance of trends


  • Beyond upscaling - pitching the models at the correct scale, multi-scalemodelling and the REV


  • Overcoming heuristics and modelling what you don't know

Course delivery details

  • 8am-12pm CST
  • Two 4-hour interactive online sessions, presented over 2 days (morning sessions for North America, afternoon sessions for Europe). A digital manual and exercise materials will be distributed to participants before the course. Some reading and several exercises are to be completed by participants off-line.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...

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BH8 8GS Bournemouth Dorset

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