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Program Overview

Computational optimization, history matching (data assimilation), uncertainty quantification, and data interpretation are key technologies for modern reservoir management. The Stanford Smart Fields Consortium (SFC) is a multidisciplinary program that performs state-of-the-art research in these important areas. We investigate a wide variety of approaches, algorithms and enabling technologies for optimization and his-tory matching. A key SFC focus area is the development of deep neural network surrogate models to greatly reduce the computation required for these applications. SFC members are provided access to the Stanford Unified Optimization Framework, which is a modular implementation of many of the algorithms developed and evaluated within the group.

Smart Fields current and recent research areas include:

  • Implementation and application of a wide variety of optimization techniques for well placement, well control, history matching, and closed-loop modeling
  • Development of deep-learning-based surrogate models for flow simulation and well-response prediction, with application to history matching and optimization
  • Deep learning for geological parameterization (for efficient/realistic history matching)
  • Deep-learning-based closed-loop reservoir management
  • Data science methods for interpreting permanent downhole gauges
  • Multifidelity/multigroup approaches for optimization and uncertainty quantification
  • Use of machine-learning-based error models in multifidelity optimization
  • Treatments for handling geometric constraints in well location optimization
  • Optimization under geological uncertainty
  • Data-space inversion for history matching and uncertainty quantification
  • Development of treatments for model error in history matching
  • Application of optimization and closed-loop procedures for oil production, shale gas production, CO2 storage with geomechanics, and energy systems management

Recent Publications

Louis Durlofsky's Publications
Roland Horne's Publications

Please contact Cerise Burns with any questions regarding SFC or the website.