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.

Top New Features - Latest release

 
ESP surface power calculations

ESP surface power calculations

The PIPESIM simulator can now calculate the ESP power consumption at surface conditions. To enable this functionality, you need to add the installed motor and cable in the well.

Gas lift modeling using VPC catalog

Gas lift modeling using VPC catalog 

In addition to the conventional gas lift valves catalog available in the PIPESIM simulator, you can now connect and utilize the Valve Performance Clearinghouse (VPC) catalog from Louisiana State University for more accurate gas lift modeling.

Annulus flow in surface pipes

Annulus flow in surface pipes    

Now you can model annulus flow in surface pipes. This will help in modeling multilateral completions as well as some special configurations for SAGD operations.

Prediction of gas lift multi-pointing

Prediction of gas lift multi-pointing

Gas lift multipointing is a nondesirable condition that can be modeled using the gas lift diagnostics task. Now the PIPESIM simulator can predict this condition in pressure and temperature and system analysis tasks.

Erosion and corrosion risk indicators

Erosion and corrosion risk indicators 

Risk indicators for erosional velocity ratio (EVR) and corrosion rate can now be calculated based on user-defined risk ranking limits from negligible to severe. This can then be visualized on the results color gradient on the GIS canvas.

Python Toolkit additional features

Python Toolkit additional features

The extensibility framework PythonToolkit has been updated with additional functionalities to support new features and functionalities added in the PIPESIM simulator in this release.

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