Statoil pilots SBED—Petrel plug-in announced

Geological modeling tool said to better capture fine scale, heterogeneities for fluid flow studies.

Statoil is piloting Geomodeling Technology’s SBED modeler with the aim of its becoming a component of its ‘multi-scale’ modeling workflow. According to Geomodeling, Statoil geologists and engineers have been able to capture the fluid flow impact of complex, fine-scale inter-layering within heterogeneous reservoir units, improving property simulations and reserve predictions.

Statoil principal researcher Alf Birger said, ‘We have successfully used SBED for several years to develop more accurate characterizations of our fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Ongoing pilot studies with SBED on thin-bedded, heterogenous reservoirs have shown excellent result—we expect to incorporate SBED into our standard workflows for reservoir characterization across all of our business units.’

SBED was developed by a consortium of major oil and gas companies. The package bridges the gap between pore-scale and full-field models. Statoil researchers have successfully generated effective porosity, absolute permeability and two-phase relative permeability values from SBED for input to large-scale reservoir simulations and reserve estimations. Results from SBED models are providing more realistic distributions of rock properties in reservoir intervals and more accurate reserve calculations and production profiles.

This month Geomodeling released SBED 4.0 and SBED 4.0 for Petrel. SBED 4 is a new, cross-platform, Windows and Linux version. SBED for Petrel leverages the Ocean API to transfer facies and well data from Petrel to SBED. More from

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