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Understanding and modeling the underground environment

Bassin modeling

Basin modeling aims to reconstruct the geological history of a sedimentary basin and its petroleum systems in order to predict the existence of accumulations.

It also makes it possible:

  • to locate and estimate the potential of oil and gas reserves in sedimentary basins,
  • and seek satellite deposits in mature basins.

Beicip-Franlab, an IFPEN subsidiary, is one of the leading players in this market with its flagship product, TemisFlow™.

                     Biodegradation Index on Accumulations with TemisFlow™

Developed as a result of research carried out by IFPEN, DionisosFlow™ software makes it possible to understand and model sedimentary deposit formation (stratigraphic modeling).

Research on this theme has been under way for the past 15 years or so as part of a Joint Industry Project (JIP). The objective of the project’s most recent component, Dionisos Organic-Rich Sediments, conducted with five industrial partners, is to simulate the production, degradation and preservation of organic matter. This new model will make it possible to estimate the distribution and quality of the source rock on a sedimentary basin scale. DionisosFlow™ is now evolving to establish a continuum between the basin and the reservoir, moving from the modeling of sedimentary processes on a regional scale to an assessment of the reservoir. The Innovation Awards organized each year by Engie singled out DionisosFlow in 2015, in the Business Development category.

In 2015, IFPEN also demonstrated proof of concept for an Internet application providing access to its database of structural analogical models, aimed at improving the understanding of complex geological structures. The goal is to provide users with an advanced visualization (static and dynamic) of the models contained in the data base (deformation experiments based on representative models of a deposit environment using scanning equipment). This application may be particularly useful for facilitating seismic interpretation and helping the modeler understand the deformation of sedimentary formations over a geological timescale. The first version of the tool should be available at the end of 2016.


Dynamic simulation

Reservoir simulation consists in characterizing the properties of a reservoir on a much smaller scale than at basin level, providing a 3D description of the rocks.

The software solutions developed by IFPEN in this field make it possible to:

  • optimize the layout of wells,
  • evaluate enhanced recovery strategies,
  • and select the best production processes.

A first important step in reservoir simulation consists in characterizing the reservoirs, i.e. describing them in terms of geology and flow properties. This is the purpose of FracaFlow® software developed by IFPEN for fractured reservoirs.

The following stage consists in modeling fluid circulation: production of oil and gas and associated fluids such as water and CO2, injection of fluids to maintain pressure and for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), etc. It was for this purpose that IFPEN developed PumaFlow® software. In recent years the focus has been on developing new functionalities for EOR applications (modeling of chemical, CO2 and thermal processes) and optimizing simulator performance.

                                 Dynamic simulation with PumaFlow® software.

The knowledge acquired in modeling and simulation is incorporated into software developed on an integrated platform for geosciences, called OpenFlow®. The associated suite (OpenFlow™ Suite) is revised annually, with upgrades of the various exploration, characterization and dynamic reservoir simulation software. The 2015 version incorporates some notable improvements, both in terms of the management of data handled within the platform and its global performance (up to 80% quicker for some operations). It is marketed by Beicip-Franlab.

Also in 2015, using functionalities developed on the OpenFlow® platform, IFPEN initiated the development of a data-oriented software tool box. The objective is to be able to load a variety of data (digital and analog) for the purposes of comparison, visualization and analysis.

Lastly, in 2015 IFPEN developed and validated in the field a workflow for the 3D acquisition and interpretation of geological outcrops. The objective is to provide professionals with interactive tools to supplement reservoir knowledge.

                              OpenFlow™ an integrated platform for geosciences.

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new functionalities in the 2015 OpenFlowSuite™

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