Solving the Mathematics of Oil Recovery at Mount Etna
26.09.2014IRIS participated strongly at the 14th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, ECMOR XIV, held from 8-11 September 2014 in Catania, Italy.
Nine researchers from IRIS participated at the ECMOR XIV, contributing on totally ten papers; eight talks and two posters. Why is ECMOR so attractive to IRIS researchers you might wonder, but that is quite obvious actually: It covers the right topics, it is well organized, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we meet old, and make new, friends and colleagues within our favorite research areas.
The technical program covers several aspects, all the way from pore scale modeling to risk assessment, with focus on the mathematics of oil recovery. For the IRIS researchers who focus on history matching and production optimization, the technical program was the highlight. For the IRIS drilling and well researchers there were additional highlights at the discretization methods sessions.
The ECMOR conference is always very well organized and it includes the best of the local traditions and scenery in its social events. We were not let down this year either. We enjoyed a trip to Mount Etna with researchers from National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology as guides, and got to look into a young crater of the volcano. The conference dinner was held in a beautiful garden on the slopes of Mount Etna where the best local food was served, fantastico!
Finally, and probably most importantly, we discussed some very interesting mathematical problems during breaks, dinners and on the bus going to Mount Etna as well as when walking on the ridge of the mountains. It might happen that in two years time we will publish the solution to these problems at ECMOR XV, not IRIS alone but IRIS together with the connections we made at this year’s ECMOR. We truly look forward to seeing everyone in Amsterdam 2016.