March Distinguished Lecturer - Design of Experiment as a Vehicle for Reservoir Studies – Lessons and Best Practices
Design of Experiment as a Vehicle for Reservoir Studies – Lessons and Best Practices
From its humble beginnings in an agricultural research station near London in the 1920s, the Design of Experiment has found universal industrial applications. It is, today, recognized as the most efficient way to conduct an experiment because it offers a structured way to gain the most information about a system from the least number of experimental runs. A search of the www.onepetro.org library indicates that the reservoir management community started embracing the Design of Experiment method in reservoir studies in the 1990s. This is evidenced by the surfeit of published materials that describe the workflow and benefits of experimental design applications in diverse reservoir studies. Unfortunately, not much is written about the growing pains and practical challenges of applying this technique in a reservoir study.
This presentation addresses this shortcoming by using lessons and best practices at each stage of a design of experiment workflow to describe how to correctly navigate the many twists and turns encountered in a typical reservoir study.