Long Term Program - Computational Issues in Oil Field Applications, 20 March - 9 June 2017, University of California LA, USA

Publish Date: Jul 13, 2015

Event Dates: from Mar 20, 2017 12:00 to Jun 09, 2017 12:00

About the Programe. Computational Issues in Oil Field Applications

The world is increasingly reliant on unconventional (e.g., shale gas, heavy oil) and deep offshore resources that are difficult and expensive to find and produce. The computational challenges associated with these exploration and production operations are substantial. Specific issues include reliably imaging and characterizing deep subsurface oil and gas reservoirs, accurately simulating flow through these highly heterogeneous systems, and applying these modeling capabilities to quantify uncertainty and optimize field performance. Complications arise from the multiphysics and multiscale character of the wave propagation and fluid flow problems, from the need to perform data assimilation for different properties over a range of scales, and as a result of the challenging model-based optimization problems associated with maximizing reservoir performance.

This program will focus on the key modeling and computational challenges in these areas. Cross-cutting issues and themes will be emphasized throughout. The issues and approaches addressed in this program are directly relevant for other subsurface flow applications such as geological carbon storage and hydrogeological modeling.


Lou Durlofsky (Stanford University)
William W. Symes (Rice University)
Mary Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin)


Click here to apply for financial support to attend and participate for extended periods up to the entire length of the program. If you wish to apply or register for one of the workshops, please use the application form for that workshop. We urge you to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, December 6, 2016, but offers may be made at any time, up to one year before the start date. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. Questions and supporting documents should be sent to the email below.

We typically offer support to recent PhDs, graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their career; however, mathematicians and scientists at all levels who are interested in this area are encouraged to apply for funding. Supporting the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of IPAM’s mission and we welcome their applications.

Please send your questions and supporting documents to: oil2017@ipam.ucla.edu


The program consists of opening day, tutorials, a series of workshops, and a culminating workshop at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Most participants, including several distinguished senior scientists, will be in residence at IPAM continuously for the entire period. Between the workshops there will be a program of activities, such as seminars and discussion groups, involving long-term and short-term participants as well as visitors.

  • Computational Issues in Oil Field Applications Opening Day : March 20, 2017
  • Computational Issues in Oil Field Applications Tutorials : March 21-24, 2017
  • Workshop I: Multiphysics, Multiscale, and Coupled Problems in Subsurface Physics : April 3-7, 2017
  • Workshop II: Full Waveform Inversion and Velocity Analysis : May 1-5, 2017
  • Workshop III: Data Assimilation, Uncertainty Reduction, and Optimization for Subsurface Flow : May 22-26, 2017
  • Culminating Workshop at Lake Arrowhead Conference Center : June 5-9, 2017

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