2020 Open Porous Media project

OPM project ‘encourages open innovation and reproducible research for modeling and simulation of porous media processes’. Equinor on open source, open data, ResInsight, GNU Octave integration, IFEM, the isogeometric toolbox and FLOW, a fully-implicit, black-oil simulator. TNO on salt-in-tubulars joint industry project. BigDataAccelerate speeds OPM runtimes with Xilinx Alveo FPGA. OPM-OP presents OPMRUN (a clone of Schlumberger’s ECLRUN) that leverages the Apache velocity template language.

Speaking at the 2020 Open Porous Media (OPM) meeting in meeting in Eichstätt, Germany, Alf Birger Rustad, from OPM sponsor Equinor, outlined progress on the open source software initiative. OPM ‘encourages open innovation and reproducible research for modeling and simulation of porous media processes’. This is done by coordinating collaborative software development and by maintaining open-source software and open data sets. Rustad reported progress on the OPM flagship ResInsight project, a reservoir simulation visualization tool, that now offers ‘fast and free’ 3D visualization of simulation results in the Eclipse binary format and seamless integration with the GNU Octave Matlab clone. IFEM, the Isogeometric Toolbox for the solution of partial differential equations is ‘still very active’. Flow, the fully-implicit, black-oil simulator now produces Eclipse-compatible restart files.

Cíntia Gonçalves Machado described recent OPM work at TNO*, in particular, a JIP between Total, Equinor and others that is investigating salt precipitation in tubulars with a view to optimizing washing strategies and increasing production.

Tom Hogervorst and Tong Dong Qiu showed how BigData Accelerate is accelerating OPM run times in hardware using the Xilinx Alveo FPGA.

Joakim Hove, from Norwegian OPM-OP presented OPMRUN, a graphical user interface for OPM Flow. The GUI has similar functionality to Schlumberger’s ECLRUN program. The tool offers reservoir engineers a production environment that supports editing and management of OPM Flow run time parameters. The app is based on the Apache velocity template language (VTL). Some 450 templates are currently implemented in VTL. The tool has been used to kick-off parameter sensitivity tests from an existing input deck.

Read these and other Open Porous Media presentations from the project page.

* The Netherlands Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek R&D organization.

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