New Software Release

PIPESIM 2019.1 Now Available

Monday, 24 June 2019

Product overview

Fit-for-purpose modern production systems require that fluids are cost-effectively transported with the highest possible safety from the reservoir to the processing facilities. Harsh environments, such as deep-water fields with complex infrastructure or large-scale onshore developments, pose many additional challenges that must be addressed by the production system design. The ability to accurately simulate such a broad range of scenarios and conditions has established the PIPESIM steady-state multiphase flow simulator as the industry’s leading tool for production system design.

Once production systems are brought into operation, the ability to ensure optimal production is critical to achieving the maximum economic potential of the asset. The PIPESIM simulator provides a comprehensive set of workflows ranging from candidate well selection for workovers to identification and mitigation of flow assurance challenges to online optimization of the complete system.

The newly redesigned user interface (UI) delivers a step change in user experience, enabling users to build models more quickly and focus on results. The ability to work within one application and switch between well-centric or network-centric application layouts simplifies the modeling of the entire production system.
From early field development and all the way to production operations, the PIPESIM simulator enables production optimization over the complete life cycle by accessing the latest targeted science to address flow assurance challenges.

In Europe, North America, and major parts of South America and Asia, PIPESIM 2019 is now also available as part of the Petrotechnical Suite in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment.

Release updates

Network optimizer task

PIPESIM 2019.1 introduces the new network optimizer. 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.

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.

User interface enhancements

  • To account for relative and fixed power transmission losses from surface to downhole pump drivers for ESPs, two coefficients can now be specified in the user interface under Calculation options.
  • To account for the re-injection of the gas separated by the ESP gas separator to the main flow stream, it is now possible to select Recombine gas at wellhead Under Calculation options.


The product is suitable for use by production, process and flow assurance engineers and those involved in multiphase flow simulation.