Streamline simulation uses different computational methods from standard finite-difference reservoir simulators and is invariably faster than the traditional approach. In the case of incompressible, heterogeneous reservoirs, the speed improvement can by many orders of magnitude. The simulator calculates the pressure throughout the reservoir and then generates a series of streamlines that represent the fluid flow pattern. The movement of fluids is then calculated along these streamlines.
Because large simulation models can be run in a relatively short time using the FrontSim simulator, it is an invaluable tool for many simulation intensive workflows such as geological model screening and ranking, uncertainty studies, and history matching. It is also used extensively for waterflood optimization, as the generated streamlines make it easy to understand injector–producer relationships.
- Dual porosity and dual permeability for simulating fractured reservoirs
- Pattern flood management option that automatically adjusts production and injection rates to maximize a given criteria such as sweep, or voidage replacement or minimizer water cut.
- Compressible and incompressible fluids
- Immiscible and miscible displacement modeling
- Numerical and analytical aquifers
- Regular and variable spacing local grid refinements (LGRs)
- Hierarchical field, group, and well targets, limits, and constraints, and well management logic
- Individual well rates and bottom-hole pressure controls
- Economic limits and workovers
- ECLIPSE compatible input, output, and restart capability