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Better simulation tools


Simulation workshop with focus on Open Porous Media.

It is challenging to simulate Enhanced Oil Recovery processes. Improved simulation tools is an important goal in The National IOR Centre of Norway.

The centre invited to a reservoir simulation workshop where research activities from both Research Themes of the Centre, "Mobile and immobile oil and EOR methods" and "Mobile oil: Reservoir characterization to improve volumetric sweep", were presented and discussed. An important topic of the workshop was the introduction to Open Porous Media (OPM), a framework that will be used by some of the simulation tool developments within the Centre.
Nearly 30 participants, from UiS, IRIS, IFE, UiB, SINTEF, First-Geo, Statoil and Schlumberger , joined the workshop that took place Thursday, December 11th. The workshop, that was organized by The National IOR Centre of Norway, took place at IRIS´s offices in Stavanger and was concluded with a nice dinner at the restaurant of the Clarion Hotel in Stavanger.

The Open Porous Media (OPM) initiative was established in 2009, and is a collaborative effort. IRIS Energy is one of many partners in the OPM initiative, and together with SINTEF ICT and Statoil, they form the most active contributing organizations to the initiative. The goal is to develop open source simulation tools for porous media flow and to establish a sustainable environment for the development of an efficient and well-maintained software suite.

The presentations about OPM emphasized that this framework is important today, for both,  the industry and for academia.
It can accelerate technology transfer from academic institutions to industry as it makes research results available as free software. It can also speed up the testing of new models and attack problems commercial providers might ignore. Another motivation to choose this open source approach might come from the possibility of having full control over discretization and solvers. In addition, the OPM framework can be used to facilitate testing of new ideas on models with industry complexity, and it is ideal for benchmarking, exchange of methods et cetera.
OPM employs an open source, open contribution development model that allows people from all over the world to contribute to the code. Code contributions are reviewed by the main developers before integration into  the main branch of the code. Frequent regression tests are applied for quality assurance. However, more open industry scale test cases would be highly appreciated to improve the capability of the simulator.
For more information on OPM, please visit
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