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SPE Distinguished Lecturer – How To Design A Good Reservoir Model

April 28, 2022 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

$30.00 – $60.00

Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Australia is proud to present the details of our April Technical Luncheon Meeting from our SPE Distinguished Lecturer Mark Bentley.

About the Presentation

The difference between good models and bad models is an issue of model design. How can you tell the difference between a ‘good’ reservoir model and a ‘bad’ one?

Reservoir and simulation modelling capability has become a mainstream activity in petroleum engineering yet the models themselves often tend to disappoint.  Crucially, models and forecasts tend to be optimistic.

This talk draws on experiences accumulated over the last 25 years from working with international and national oil companies, and draws out common themes – reasons why some modelling and simulation outcomes are ‘good’, and others are ‘bad’. The over-riding theme is model design, and it will be argued that many of the errors in modelling are made before anyone logs on.  It’s not the capability of the software, it’s the design choices made.

The following design issues will be identified and optimal approaches recommended, concerning:

  • model purpose, and the balance of simplicity vs. complexity in modelling
  • imperfect data and concept-based modelling – “if you can sketch it, you can model it”
  • taking a fluid-centric view of the need for detail: reservoir modelling, rather than
  • geological modelling;
  • the scale transition, searching for the ‘lost heterogeneity’

The points above will be illustrated with a case study from a mature oil field undergoing waterflood, in which a decision on infill drilling needed to be made.

About the Speaker – Mark Bentley

Mark has been in the industry since 1986, initially as a production geologist with Shell where he first started learning about reservoir modelling.  He has spent the subsequent 22 years training and consulting around the world with colleagues at TRACS.  His specialist technical fields are reservoir modelling and scenario-based approaches to handling uncertainty.

Mark is a frequent contributor at conferences and co-author of the textbook ‘Reservoir Model Design’. In 2018 he took up the Chair in Mature Field Management at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

About the Event

Price:             Early Bird SPE Member          $30 <Until the 22nd April 2022>
                       Early Bird Non-Member          $50 <Until the 22nd April 2022>
                       SPE Member                          $40
                       Non-Member                          $60

Date:              Thursday, 28th April 2022

Location:       Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Location:       14 Mill Street, Perth WA 6000

Time:             11:45 am – 12:15 pm Registration with Networking & Food.
Time:             12:15 pm – 12:20 pm SPE WA Opening Marks.
Time:             12:20 pm – 12:55 pm Presentation.
Time:             12:55 pm – 13:00 pm Q&A Session.
Time:             13:00 pm – 13:15 pm Closing with Networking.

Please notice the tickets sale is limited and be hurry to lock in your ticket. The ticket sale closes on the 27th of April at 12 pm.

As per government requirements, proof of at minimum double vaccination is required to enter the venue.

Free Tickets Available for SPE Student Chapter Members

SPE WA, in conjunction with our sponsors, is kindly sponsoring SPE Student Chapter Members to attend the monthly technical events. Please fill out an application form explaining why you are interested in attending the SPE WA technical events. Successful applicants will be notified via email. Note that applications will only be accepted up to the 21st of April.

Application Form: https://docs.google.com/StudentApplicationForm


April 28, 2022
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
$30.00 – $60.00
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Pamelia Hilton Hotel
14 Mill St
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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