Safe and effective fluid transport
Modern production systems require designs that ensure safe and cost-effective transportation of fluids from the reservoir to the processing facilities. Once these systems are brought into production, the ability to ensure optimal flow is critical to maximizing economic potential. From complex individual wells to vast production networks, the PIPESIM steady-state multiphase flow simulator enables production optimization over the complete lifecycle.
Continuous innovation incorporating leading science
For over 30 years, the PIPESIM simulator has been continuously improved by incorporating not only the latest science in the three core areas of flow modeling—multiphase flow, heat transfer, and fluid behavior—but also the latest innovations in computing, and oil and gas industry technologies. The simulator includes advanced three-phase mechanistic models, enhancements to heat transfer modeling, and comprehensive PVT modeling options. The ESRI-supported GIS map canvas helps deliver true spatial representation of wells, equipment, and networks. Networks can be built on the GIS canvas or generated automatically using a GIS shape file. The interactive graphical wellbore enables rapid well model building and analysis. Faster simulation runtime has also been achieved for all modeling though the implementation of a new parallel network solver to spread the computational load across all processors.
Steady-state flow assurance, from concept to operations
The PIPESIM simulator offers the industry’s most comprehensive steady-state flow assurance workflows for front-end system design and production operations. The flow assurance capabilities of the simulator enable engineers to ensure safe and effective fluid transport—from sizing of facilities, pipelines, and lift systems, to ensuring effective liquids and solids management, to well and pipeline integrity. In addition, where dynamic analysis is needed to add further insight, the PIPESIM-to-OLGA converter tool enables rapid conversion of models. Shared heat transfer, multiphase flow, and fluid behavior methodologies ensure data quality and consistency between the steady-state and transient analyses.
PIPESIM 2019.1 New Network Optimizer
PIPESIM 2019.1 introduces the new network optimizer. The optimization algorithm used by the network optimizer is developed by Schlumberger-Doll Research Center (Cambridge, MA) and has been used successfully to optimize networks containing thousands of wells. The optimizer adjusts gas lift rates, ESP/PCP speeds, or choke bean size, to maximize network performance while minimizing field operational costs. Applied constraints will be honored during the optimization. Constraints can be applied on a global level, and/or to wells, flowlines, and sinks, either individually or in groups. All inputs to the optimizer are combined into one single task. For additional details on this release, please see the full release announcement.