Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation

3rd Edition

Authors: John R. Fanchi, PhD
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750679336
eBook ISBN: 9780080460451
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 8th December 2005
Page Count: 532
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SHORT BLURB/BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The hottest, most important topic to reservoir engineers is reservoir simulation. Reservoir simulations are literally pictures of what a reservoir of oil or gas looks, or should look, like under the surface of the earth. A multitude of tools is available to the engineer to generate these pictures, and, essentially, the more accurate the picture, the easier the engineer can get the product out of the ground, and, thus, the more profitable the well will be.

UNIQUE FEATURE: Completely revised and updated throughout, this new edition of a GPP industry standard has completely new sections on coalbed methane, CO2 sequestration (important for environmental concerns), Co2 Flood, more sophisticated petrophysical models for geoscientists, examples of subsidence, additional geomechanical calculations, and much more. What makes this book so different and valuable to the engineer is the accompanying software, used by reservoir engineers all over the world every day. The new software, IFLO (replacing WINB4D, in previous editions), is a simulator that the engineer can easily install in a Windows operating environment. IFLO generates simulations of how the well can be tapped and feeds this to the engineer in dynamic 3D perspective. This completely new software is much more functional, with better graphics and more scenarios from which the engineer can generate simulations.

BENEFIT TO THE READER: This book and software helps the reservoir engineer do his or her job on a daily basis, better, more economically, and more efficiently. Without simulations, the reservoir engineer would not be able to do his or her job at all, and the technology available in this product is far superior to most companies’ internal simulation software. It is also much less expensive ($89.95 versus hundreds or even thousands of dollars) than off-the-shelf packages available from independent software companies servi

Key Features

  • This reference is THE industry standard to successfuly modelling reservoirs, obtaining maximum supply and profiting from oil and gas reservoirs

  • Includes dowloadable software of the new IFLO reservoir simulation software, that can save your company thousands of dollars

  • This edition has been updated to included new sections on environmentally important issues such as CO2 sequestration, coalbed methane,Co2 Flood

  • The third edition also provides more sophisticated petrophysical models, examples of subsidence and additional geomechanical calculations


MARKET: Reservoir Engineers, Petroleum Geologists, Geophysists

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
About the Author
Introduction to Reservoir Management
1.1 Consensus Modeling
1.2 Management of Simulation Studies
1.3 “Hands-On” Simulation
1.4 Outline of the Text Exercises
Part I - Reservoir Engineering Primer
Basic Reservoir Analysis
2.1 Volumetrics
2.2 IFLO Volumetrics
2.3 Material Balance
2.4 Decline Curve Analysis
2.5 IFLO Application: Depletion of a Gas Reservoir
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3 Multiphase Flow Concepts
3.1 Basic Concepts
3.2 Capillary Pressure
3.3 Relative Permeability
3.4 Mobility and Fractional Flow
3.5Flow Concepts in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
4 Fluid Displacement
4.1 Buckley-Leverett Theory
4.2 Welge’s Method
4.3 Miscible Displacement
4.4 Viscous Fingering
4.5IFLO Application: Buckley-Leverett Displacement
5 Frontal Stability
5.1 Frontal Advance Neglecting Gravity
5.2 Frontal Advance Including Gravity
5.3 Linear Stability Analysis
5.4 IFLO Application: Frontal Advance in a Dipping Reservoir Exercises
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Pattern Floods
6.1 Recovery Efficiency
6.2 Patterns and Spacing
6.3 Advances in Drilling Technology
6.4 Pattern Recovery
6.5 IFLO Application: Five-Spot Waterflood
6.6 IFLO Application: Line-Drive Waterflood in a Naturally Fractured Reservoir Exercises
7 Recovery of Subsurface Resources
7.1 Pro


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About the Author

John R. Fanchi, PhD

John R. Fanchi is a Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He has worked in the technology centers of three major oil companies (Marathon, Cities Service and Getty), and served as an international consultant. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Houston.

Affiliations and Expertise

Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA


"The talents of this very special author make up this book that is first of its kind in petroleum engineering and is a very useful tool for any engineering discipline interested in fluid flow in porous media." Saeid Mokhatab Advisor of Natural Gas Engineering Research Projects Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming, USA