RPSEA Project Workshop - Accessible Software Developed for Application to Unconventional Resources

Please join RPSEA member Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a workshop on software applications developed from the portfolio of the RPSEA Unconventional Resources Program. Their RPSEA-funded project, A Self-Teaching Expert System for the Analysis, Design and Prediction of Gas Production from Shales, and other RPSEA projects will present the results of their recent funded software. Once a funded research project is completed, the software developed will be available to the public. There is no cost to attend. You must register to attend.


8 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45 a.m. Project Overviews

   8:45 Optimization of Infill Well Locations in Wamsutter Field - The University of
   Tulsa, Dr. Mohan Kelkar
An evaluation procedure that includes Petrel commercial 
   software and The University of Tulsa developed streamline "time of flight" 
   flow simulation that allows for modeling rate acceleration vs new resources; at 
   the conclusion of the project, The University of Tulsa will provide software which will 
   allow the user to evaluate other gas fields using a similar procedure.

   9:15 a.m. New Albany Shale Gas, Design of Multiple Transverse Fracture Wells 
   - Texas A&M University, Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides: 
This program is aimed
   to design multiple transverse fracture horizontal wells in shale gas reservoirs under 
   specific engineering and economic requirements. Developed in Excel.

   9:45 a.m. Gas Production Forecasting From Tight Gas Reservoirs:  Integrating
   Natural and Hydraulic Fracture Networks - The University of Utah, Dr. Milind 
Natural fracture networks and hydraulic fractures are being incorporated 
 The University of Utah’s simulators to predict and optimize gas recovery 
tight gas reservoirs. 

  • Discrete-fracture network model: FRACMAN (imported and meshed in CUBIT meshing program)
  • Geomechanics: 3DEC (create hydraulic fracture and supply geomechanical properties)
  • Multiphase reservoir simulation to predict gas production – use SMURF (Simulation of Multiphase Reactive Flow in Fractured Reservoirs framework at The University of Utah)
10:15 a.m. Break

   10:30 a.m. Self-Teaching Expert System for Unconventional Resources -
   Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. George Moridis:
A self-teaching 
   expert system available as a web application that: is centrally located and accessed 
   over the web, can use both “public” (but protected) and “private” databases, 
   continuously updates the databases and refines the underlying decision-making 
   metrics, enables the design of appropriate production systems, optimizes the 
   operation and management of unconventional (tight) gas resources, and, estimates 

   11 a.m. Optimizing Development Strategies to Increase Reserves in 
   Unconventional Gas Reservoirs - Dr. Duane McVay (Texas A&M 
   University/Texas Engineering Experiment Station) & Dr. Eric Bickel (The 
   University of Texas at Austin): 
Integrated Reservoir and Decision Models 
   Developed in Excel

   11:30 a.m. The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program, System 
   Engineering Design Methodology - Texas A&M University, Dr. Zenon Medina-
Decision Optimization Tools - web based decision optimization tool (causal 
approach) including a geo-reference toolbox

12 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Breakout Session
Live Software Demos:
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Dr. George Moridis
  • Texas Engineering Experiment Station/Dr. Duane McVay & Dr. Eric Bickel
  • Texas A&M University/Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides
  • Texas A&M University/Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina

2:30 p.m. Discussions (all projects) with refreshments

3 p.m. Adjourn


Organizer Charlotte Schroeder


Thu, June 30, 2011
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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