Reservoir Simulation (7ª edición)


Oil and gas reservoir modelling needs two types of data. Those that permit to define the static model ( core, well logs and seismic interpretation) and those that allow to define the dynamic model (pressure, evolution, fluis production, boundary conditions). In this MOOC we will focus on the dynamic model.

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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What is Reservoir Simulation? In what context are we? Is it really important in the hydrocarbons exploration and production industry? What do we need to build a model of a hydrocarbon (oil / gas) reservoir? What is the difference between a static model and a dynamic model of a reservoir? Can you really predict the behaviour of fluids (oil, gas, water) through porous media? How can a model be improved? Who makes up a group of hydrocarbon reservoir modelling? What kind of computer tools is used in the dynamic simulation of hydrocarbons?

Duration: 36 hours of study (6 weeks)

Start: 26/2/2024
End: 06/04/2024

Target audience: 

  • Mining and Energy Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Geological Engineers.

Learning goals:

The main objectives in the learning methodology proposed are the following

  • To understand the role of numerical reservoir simulation in the context of reservoir economic development.
  • To understand the fluid flow equations in a porous media.
  • To understand the differences between compositional and black-oil model equations.
  • To understand the numerical discretizacion of fluid flow equations.
  • To grasp the general structure of a Into Data File in different simulation programs.
  • To be able to use one of them


  • Module 1.
    Reservoir Simulation Overwiew. Introduction to Reservoir Simulation. The fluid flow equations in porous media. Numerical discretization.
  • Module 2.
    Tutorial on General Structure of a Input Data File different simulation programs, Case Study
  • Module 3.
    Tutorial on a Practical Use of Reservoir Simulation. Case Study

Technical requirements:

  • The student must have a laptop with calculation options.

Recommended previous knowledge:

  • General knowledge oin Geology an numerical analysis.
Ramón Rodríguez Pons-Esparver (UPM)
APhd: in Mining engineering-UPM. Associate Professor at the Madrid School of Mines and Energy (UPM). He was Director of the Applied Mathematics and Numerical Methods Department (UPM) during seven years. Coordinator of the courses of Reservoir Simulation at the School of Mines and Energy. Director of the Oil & Gas Engineering Master degree (UPM).
Laura M Valle Falcones (UPM)

PhD. in Mining Engineering-UPM. Master in reservoir Geosicience and Engineering at IFP. Associate Professor at Geological and Mining Engineering Department. Coordinator of the courses related to Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons at School of Mines and Energy (UPM). Laboratory leader of Petrophysics -UPM Technological Center during 8 eight years. Research Scientist. Reservoir and gas storage characterization. Development of dynamic model for CO2 storage site. Technical expert evaluator of I+D+I projects.

Carlos Iglesias Delgado de Torres (Repsol).

Ph.D. in Mining engineering-U.P.M-E.T.S.I.M.&E. Operations Reservoir Engineer in Los Perales-Las Mesetas field (Santa Cruz, Argentina). Implementation Reservoir Engineer in Cañadón de la Escondida field (Santa Cruz, Argentina). Development Reservoir Engineer in Barrancas field (Mendoza, Argentina). Senior Reservoir Engineer for the Spanish Business Unit and UK North Sea. Subsurface Team Leader in Repsol for Libya Business Unit, PE Superintendent for Akakus Oil Operations as secondee. Reservoir Engineer Advisor in Technical E&P Repsol worldwide. Currently Excellence Center Subsurface Coordinator for Norway and Ad-hoc Projects.


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