Digital Geology: “Flight Simulator for Petroleum Engineers”

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Digital Geology: “Flight Simulator for Petroleum Engineers”
 Digital Geology: “Flight Simulator for Petroleum Engineers”
M.C. Pöppelreiter, Prof, hc., Shell The 21th‐century‐civilisation is fueled by hydrocarbons. This lecture will summarise how petroleum is found and developed. You will make the required investment decisions in a ‘serious game’. You will explore with the ‘Digital geology”project how oil companies invest. You will use a deltaic sandstone reservoir in Spain to explore the exploration and production workflow. Finding and development petroleum petroleum engineering thinking geology in space (3D) and time (4D) to support robust decision making. Basically 4 components need to be considered to develop a hydrocarbon accumulation to an investment decision: 1. Exploring for an oil field . 2. Determination of volumes and value of hydrocarbon accumulation. 3. Determination development options and costs required to produce hydrocarbons to surface. 4. Determination of costs required to bring the hydrocarbons to markets via surface facilities. ....all these steps require decision making based on robust engineering. Geological Scale Development Decision  Exploration area and layer for petroleum.  Appraising of reservoirs and hydrocarbons.  Primary development scheme.  Water flooding scheme.  Enhanced oil recovery method. Basin scale Play scale Environmental scale Body scale Pore scale The investment tool in energy companies are integrated reservoir‐economic models. In contrast to models used in the construction, health‐care or aviation industry, models in energy companies are build for something unknown, invisible, only detected with geophysical sensors: the subsurface. Uncertainties are ubiquitous. Shell’s novel training tool is called DIGITAL GEOLOGY. DIGITAL GEOLOGY is implemented, as a world‐first, in the Shell Technology Centre in the Netherlands. The concept of DIGITAL GEOLOGY is comparable to a Flight simulator. It allows engineers to develop and test scenarios and evaluate its economic impacts. In its primary stage DIGITAL GEOLOGY is based on a clastic delta outcrop of Eocene age in Spain. However the platform is designed to exchange geological scenarious as required. The fundamental concepts used to work Digital Geology are multi‐hierarchy, multi‐
dimensionality and multi‐disciplinarily. These steps reflect the consecutive workflows of energy companies through exploration and production of hydrocarbon accumulations. Augmented reality is used to characterize and model hydrocarbon accumulations. This provides the opportunity to experience hands‐on reservoir characterization work in a virtual and integrated environment. Objective of “DIGITAL GEOLOGY” is to develop fundamental skills of Petroleum Engineers in geological modeling and its application to support business decisions. it allows engineers to iteratively utilize models to construct development plans, tailor‐made to the architecture of the reservoir bodies. Scenarios can iteratively be optimized with respect to hydrocarbon production and project economics. The EAGE student lecture is designed as serious gaming for petroleum engineers. 
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You will work in teams. You will manage a budget. You will make decisions. You are in charge. You ‘ll discover that good geology leads to sound business decisons. 

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