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Louis Durlofsky

Louis  Durlofsky
Title:Otto N. Miller Professor
Primary Affiliation:Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Office Location:Green Earth Sci.  64
Research Group:Smart Fields Consortium
Alternative Website:http://pangea.stanford.edu/ERE/research/suprihw/durlofsky/index.htm
Phone:(650) 723-4142
Fax:(650) 725-2099
E-mail:lou@stanford.edu

Research

The ability to accurately model flow in subsurface formations enables the efficient production and optimal management of key resources such as oil and natural gas. Reliable subsurface flow models will also be required for the design and operation of geologic CO2 storage processes. My students and I pursue a number of research areas involving the simulation of multiphase subsurface flow phenomena. Some of the specific areas we study are the optimization of well placement and well settings, the upscaling (or coarse-graining) of detailed geological descriptions for flow simulation, reduced-order modeling, flow in fractured or faulted systems, CO2 sequestration modeling, and general numerical discretization and gridding issues. Many of our studies involve the development of new computational methods able to accurately and efficiently represent the effects of geological complexity on subsurface flow. Another main focus is "closed-loop" reservoir modeling, in which we employ computational optimization and data assimilation techniques for real-time simulation and optimization.

Teaching

I teach or co-teach graduate courses on advanced reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, and advanced reservoir simulation. These classes focus on the analytical description and computational modeling of subsurface flow phenomena. I also co-teach an undergraduate class on energy and the environment.

Professional Activities

I co-direct the Stanford University Industrial Affiliates Programs on Smart Fields and Reservoir Simulation Research (SUPRI-B). Outside of Stanford, I serve on the Editorial Boards of SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation and Computational Geosciences, and I am a permanent member of the European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery (ECMOR) Program Committee. I am also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Education

  • 1986 | Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1982 | M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1981 | B.S., Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

  • 2003 – Present | Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
  • 2001 – 2003 | Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1999 – 2004 | Senior Staff Research Scientist, Reservoir Simulation Research Team, Chevron Energy Technology Company, San Ramon, California
  • 1998 – 2001 | Associate Professor (Research) of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1987 – 1999 | Various positions, Chevron Petroleum Technology Company, La Habra, California
  • 1986 – 1987 | Post-Doctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 | IBM Faculty Award
  • 2009 | Otto N. Miller Chair in Earth Sciences
  • 2009 | Best Paper Award, Mathematical Geosciences
  • 2007 | SPE Lester C. Uren Award
  • 2007 | SPE Distinguished Member
  • 2004 | SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award, SPE Journal
  • 2002 | Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Engineering Award
  • 2001 | School of Earth Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1999 | Chevron Corporation Chairman's Award
  • 1995 | Chevron Petroleum Technology Company R & D Award
  • 1981 | Student Marshall, College of Engineering, Penn State University

University Service

  • 2012 – Present | Member of School of Earth Sciences Core Council
  • 2010 – Present | Co-Director, Stanford Smart Fields Consortium
  • 2006 – 2012 | Chair of Department of Energy Resources Engineering
  • 2005 | Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Petroleum Engineering
  • 2005 | Interim Department Chair, January 2005 - June 2005
  • 2004 – Present | School of Earth Sciences Academic Programs Committee (EEES)
  • 2004 | Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, Petroleum Engineering
  • 2003 – 2004 | School of Earth Sciences Core Disciplines Committee
  • 2000 – Present | Co-Director, Stanford Reservoir Simulation Affiliates Program (SUPRI-B)
  • 1998 – Present | Co-Director, Stanford Advanced Wells Affiliates Program (SUPRI-HW)
  • 1998 – 2001 | Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Petroleum Engineering

Professional Activities

  • 2011 - Present | Associate Editor, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
  • 2011 - Present | Editorial Board, Computational Geosciences
  • 2013 | Invited speaker, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, October 2013
  • 2013 | Keynote speaker, 2nd International Conference on Nonlinearities and Upscaling in Porous Media (NUPUS), Os, Norway, October 2013
  • 2013 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, August 2013
  • 2013 | Invited speaker, Shell Petroleum Engineering Seminar Series, University of Houston, April 2013
  • 2013 | Invited speaker, Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Department Seminar, University of Texas at Austin, March 2013
  • 2013 | Invited speaker, Schlumberger Applied Math Global Webinar, March 2013
  • 2012 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, July 2012
  • 2012 | Invited speaker, InterPore Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, May 2012
  • 2011 | Invited speaker, Petroleum and Geological Engineering Department Seminar, University of Oklahoma, October 2011
  • 2011 | Invited speaker, NSF-SIAM Workshop on Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences, Washington DC, September 2011
  • 2011 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, July 2011
  • 2011 | Invited speaker, CENPES, Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2011
  • 2011 | Plenary speaker, Workshop on Geomechanics and Numerical Methods for Reservoir Simulation, LNCC, Petropolis, Brazil, June 2011
  • 2011 | Invited speaker, Institute of Mathematics and its Analysis Workshop on Large-scale Inverse Problems and Quantification of Uncertainty, Minneapolis, MN, June 2011
  • 2011 | Minisymposium co-organizer, SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Long Beach, CA, March 2011
  • 2011 | Invited speaker, Thermal and Fluid Sciences Affiliates Meeting - Optimization Day, Stanford University, February 2011
  • 2010 | Invited speaker, Petroleum Engineering Department Seminar, Texas A&M University, College Station, October 2010
  • 2010 |Invited speaker, 2nd International Conference on Engineering Optimization (EngOpt), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010
  • 2010 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, July 2010
  • 2010 | Invited speaker, London Mathematical Society Durham Research Symposium – Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Problems, Durham University, Durham, UK, July 2010
  • 2010 | Invited speaker, InterPore Conference and Annual Meeting, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, March 2010
  • 2009 | Invited speaker, SPE Golden Gate Section, San Ramon, CA, May 2009
  • 2009 | Invited speaker, Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, May 2009
  • 2009 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, July 2009
  • 2009 | Co-organizer and Participant, Fueling the Future Panel Discussion, Stanford, January 2009
  • 2008 | Minisymposium co-organizer, SIAM Conference on Optimization, Boston, May 2008
  • 2008 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, July 2008
  • 2008 | Invited speaker, SPE Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education, Houston, January 2008
  • 2008 | Invited speaker, SIAM Conference on Optimization, Boston, May 2008
  • 2008 | Invited speaker, Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, MA, December 2008
  • 2008 | Invited speaker, SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Closed-loop Reservoir Management, Bruges, Belgium, June 2008
  • 2008 | Invited speaker, Distinguished Speaker Series in Computation for Design and Optimization, MIT, December 2008
  • 2007 | Upscaling Short Course, Occidental of Elk Hills, Bakersfield, CA, September 2007
  • 2007 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, August 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Petroleum Engineering Department Seminar, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, October 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, US Baseline Workshop on Simulation Based Engineering and Science, World Technology Evaluation Center, Arlington, VA, November 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Occidental of Elk Hills, Bakersfield, CA, September 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Department Seminar, University of Texas at Austin, September 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Foundation CMG Technical Symposium, Calgary, Canada, September 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, CENPES, Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Smart Fields Roundtable, Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, 9th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Uncertainty Modeling and Quantification in Computational Mechanics, San Francisco, July 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Petroleum Engineering Department Seminar, University of Tulsa, OK, February 2007
  • 2007 | Invited speaker, Mathematics and Engineering Seminar, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, February 2007
  • 2006 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, August 2006
  • 2006 | Guest co-editor, Computational Geosciences Special Issue on Closed-loop Reservoir Management
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED), PetroChina, Beijing, China, November 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, CNODC, Beijing, China, November 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, November 2006
  • 2006 | Keynote speaker, Marathon Oil Company Upscaling Symposium, Houston, July 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, 7th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Data Assimilation in Computational Mechanics, Los Angeles, July 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, ConocoPhillips, Houston, June 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, 7th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Mathematical and Computational Aspects of Multi-scale and Multi-physics, Los Angeles, July 2006
  • 2006 | Invited speaker, Geophysics Department Seminar, Stanford, June 2006
  • 2006 | Keynote speaker, Quantitative Methods for Reservoir Characterization, Institut Francais du Petrole, Paris, France, April 2006
  • 2005 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, August 2005
  • 2005 | Invited speaker, Computer Modeling Group, Calgary, Canada, March 2005
  • 2005 | Invited speaker, Workshop on Integrative Multiscale Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science, Fluids and Environmental Science, Universite de Montreal, Canada, May 2005
  • 2005 | Invited speaker, Eni E&P, Milan, Italy, June 2005
  • 2005 | Keynote speaker, 8th International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Stresa, Italy, June 2005
  • 2005 | Chair of Technical Committee, SPE Advanced Technology Workshop on Modeling and Optimization of Smart Wells, Huntington Beach, CA, April 2005
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, SPE Advanced Technology Workshop on Improved Reservoir Physics, San Diego, CA, April 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker EAGE Workshop on Scale Changes in Shared Earth Models, Paris, France, June 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Gaz de France, Paris, France, June 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Institut FranÁais du PÈtrole, Paris, France, June 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, BG Group, Reading, UK, June 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Institute for Scientific Computation, Texas A&M University, August 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas, September 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Workshop on Multiscale Modeling for Fluid Flow and Material Science, University of Oslo, Norway, October 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen, Norway, October 2004
  • 2004 | Invited speaker, AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, December 2004
  • 2004 | Co-organizer, Delft-Stanford Workshop on Closed-Loop Reservoir Management, Delft, Netherlands, June 2004
  • 2004 | Co-taught Reservoir Simulation Short Course, Stanford, August 2004
  • 2003 | Member of Technical Committee, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium (Feb. 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker, SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Austin, TX (March, 2003)
  • 2003 | Mini-symposium co-organizer, SIAM Geosciences Conference, Austin, TX (March, 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker, Geophysics Department Seminar, Stanford (May, 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker, International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Buhl/Baden-Baden, Germany (June, 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker and Session Chair, SPE Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Park City, UT (July, 2003)
  • 2003 | Co-taught Short Course on Reservoir Simulation, Stanford (August, 2003)
  • 2003 | Co-organizer, Heriot-Watt - Stanford Reservoir Description and Modeling Forum, Peebles, UK (September, 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Geologie, Nancy, France (October, 2003)
  • 2003 | Invited Speaker, Total, Pau, France (October, 2003)
  • 2002 – Present | Permanent Member of the Scientific Committee for the European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • 2002 | First Opponent, PhD Disputation - Jorg Aarnes, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Bergen (Norway)
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, Institute of Mathematics and its Analysis Workshop on Numerical Methods in the Geosciences, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2002 | Keynote Speaker, Reservoir Simulation Forum, BHP-Billiton, Houston, TX
  • 2002 | Guest Editor of Special Issue on Upscaling of Computational Geosciences
  • 2002 | Co-organizer and Invited Speaker, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Workshop on Quantifying Uncertainty and Multiscale Phenomena in Subsurface Processes, Minneapolis (held Jan 02)
  • 2001 | Session Chair, Stanford/Heriot-Watt Reservoir Modeling Forum, Carmel, CA
  • 2001 | Short course on Reservoir Simulation, Petroleum Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • 2001 | Chairman of Technical Committee, 2001 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium
  • 2000 | Panelist, Fourth International Conference and Exhibition on Horizontal Well Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, First SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Washington, D.C.
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Modeling Flow in Permeable Media, Andover, NH
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology Seminar, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 | Short course on Reservoir Simulation, Petroleum Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • 1999 | Mini-symposium co-organizer and session chair, Fifth SIAM Geosciences Conference San Antonio, TX
  • 1999 – 2000 | Member of Technical Committee, 2000 SPE Asia Pacific Conference (Japan)
  • 1999 | Short course on Reservoir Simulation, Chevron, San Ramon, CA
  • 1999 | Short course on Reservoir Simulation, Petroleum Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • 1999 | Invited Speaker, Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics Group, Stanford University
  • 1999 | Invited Speaker, Workshop on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Flow and Transport in Porous Media, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 1999 | Invited speaker, SPE Forum on Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Multilateral and Advanced Wells, Breckenridge, CO
  • 1999 | Session chair and presenter, Heriot-Watt - Stanford Forum, Edinburgh, UK
  • 1999 | Co-organizer and presenter, Workshop on Challenges of Multiphase Flow in Horizontal Wells, Porsgrunn, Norway
  • 1998 – 1999 | Member of Technical Committee, 1999 SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium
  • 1998 | Member, SPE Forum Steering Committee
  • 1998 | Short course on Reservoir Simulation, Petroleum Engineering Dept, Stanford University
  • 1998 | Short course on Upscaling, Japan National Oil Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998 | Invited speaker, Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997 | Invited speaker, Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1997 | Invited plenary speaker and session chair, Fourth SIAM Geosciences Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1996 – Present | Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • 1996 – 2006 | Member, SPE Journal Editorial Board
  • 1996 | Invited speaker, SPE Forum Series in Europe on Upscaling, Aviemore, UK
  • 1996 | Invited speaker, Applied Math Colloquium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • 1996 | Invited speaker, Elf Aquitaine Production, Pau, France
  • 1996 | Invited speaker, Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 1994 – Present | Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Courses Taught

  • 2013 (Spring) ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 22]
  • 2013 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 23]
  • 2013 (Winter) | ENERGY/EARTHSYS 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 63]
  • 2012 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 8]
  • 2012 (Spring) ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 10]
  • 2012 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 14]
  • 2012 (Winter) | ENERGY/EARTHSYS 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 67]
  • 2011 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 7]
  • 2011 (Spring) ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 16]
  • 2011 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 23]
  • 2011 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 49]
  • 2010 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 8]
  • 2010 (Spring) | ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 23]
  • 2010 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 16]
  • 2010 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 115]
  • 2009 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 9]
  • 2009 (Spring) | ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 17]
  • 2009 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 20]
  • 2009 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 99]
  • 2008 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 12]
  • 2008 (Spring) | ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 26]
  • 2008 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 20]
  • 2008 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 70]
  • 2007 (Spring) | ENERGY 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 13]
  • 2007 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment [Enrolled 31]
  • 2007 (Summer) | ENERGY 802 TGR DISSERTATION [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Summer) | ENERGY 363 DOC RES PET ENGR [Enrolled 2]
  • 2007 (Summer) | ENERGY 362 ENG RESRCH PETROLEUM ENGR [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Summer) | ENERGY 355 PH D INDUSTRY TRAINING [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Summer) | ENERGY 255 MS ENERGY INDUSTRY TRAINING [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Spring) | ENERGY 802 TGR DISSERTATION [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Spring) | ENERGY 801 TGR PROJECT [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Spring) | ENERGY 363 DOC RES PET ENGR [Enrolled 4]
  • 2007 (Spring) | ENERGY 361 MSTRS RES PET ENGR [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | ENERGY 801 TGR PROJECT [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | ENERGY 363 DOC RES PET ENGR [Enrolled 4]
  • 2007 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 6]
  • 2007 (Winter) | ENERGY 801 TGR PROJECT [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Winter) | ENERGY 363 DOC RES PET ENGR [Enrolled 5]
  • 2007 (Winter) | ENERGY 223 RESERVOIR SIMULATION [Enrolled 15]
  • 2006 (Fall) | ENERGY 363 Doctoral Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 4]
  • 2006 (Fall) | ENERGY 361 Masters Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 5]
  • 2006 (Fall) | ENERGY 224 Advanced Reservoir SImulation (with Tchelepi) [Enrolled 5]
  • 2006 (Summer) | PetE 355 PhD Industry Training [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Summer) | PetE 255 Masters Energy Industry Training [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Spring) | PetE 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Spring) | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 16]
  • 2006 (Winter) | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation (with Gerritsen, Tchelepi) [Enrolled 13]
  • 2006 (Winter) | ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment (with Kovscek) [Enrolled 15]
  • 2005 (Winter) | PetE 363 Doctoral Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Winter) | PetE 361 Masters Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Winter) | PetE 101 Energy and the Environment (with Kovscek) [Enrolled 15]
  • 2005 (Winter) | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation (with Gerritsen & Tchelepi ) [Enrolled 17]
  • 2005 (Fall) | PetE 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Juanes, Tchelepi) [Enrolled 9]
  • 2005 (Spring) | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 20]
  • 2004 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 19]
  • 2004 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Gerritsen) [Enrolled 27]
  • 2004 | PetE 101 Energy & the Environment (with Gerritsen, Kovscek) [Enrolled 5]
  • 2004 | PetE 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Tchelepi) [Enrolled 9]
  • 2003 | PetE 360 Adv Petro Engr [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 | PetE 222 Adv Resrvr Eng [Enrolled 22]
  • 2003 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Gerritsen) [Enrolled 18]
  • 2003 | PetE 101 Energy and the Environment (with Gerritsen) [Enrolled 18]
  • 2003 | PetE 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 | PetE 363 Doc Res Pet Engr [Enrolled 10]
  • 2003 | PetE 224 Advanced Res Simulation (with Aziz, Tchelepi) [Enrolled 9]
  • 2003 | PetE 362 Doctoral Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 | PetE 361 Masters Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 5]
  • 2002 | PetE 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2002 | PetE 224 Advanced Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Gerritsen) [Enrolled 15]
  • 2002 | PetE 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2002 | PetE 363 Doctoral Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 12]
  • 2002 | PetE 362 Engineering Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 4]
  • 2002 | PetE 361 Masters Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 4]
  • 2002 | PetE 355 Ph.D. Industry Training [Enrolled 1]
  • 2002 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation (with Aziz, Gerritsen) [Enrolled 19]
  • 2002 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 22]
  • 2001 | PetE 362 Engineering Research Petroleum Engineer [Enrolled 4]
  • 2001 | PetE 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2001 | PetE 363 Doctoral Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 12]
  • 2001 | PetE 361 Masters Research Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 1]
  • 2001 | PetE 360 Advanced Petroleum Engineering [Enrolled 6]
  • 2001 | PetE 355 Ph.D. Industry Training [Enrolled 2]
  • 2001 | PetE 285 Research Seminar [Enrolled ]
  • 2001 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 17]
  • 2001 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 19]
  • 2000 | PetE 801/2 TGR Project/Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2000 | PetE 360-65 Petroleum Engineering Research [Enrolled 17]
  • 2000 | PetE 255/355 Industry Training [Enrolled 2]
  • 2000 | PetE 285 Research Seminar [Enrolled 1]
  • 2000 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 9]
  • 2000 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 18]
  • 1999 | PetE 360-65 Petroleum Engineering Research [Enrolled 7]
  • 1999 | PetE 223 Reservoir Simulation [Enrolled 6]
  • 1999 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 16]
  • 1998 | PetE 222 Advanced Reservoir Engineering [Enrolled 19]

Publications

  • 2013+ | He, J., Durlofsky, L.J. Reduced-order modeling for compositional simulation using trajectory piecewise linearization. SPE paper 163634, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 18-20
  • 2013+ | Farshidi, S.F., Fan, Y., Durlofsky, L.J., Tchelepi, H.A. Chemical reaction modeling in a compositional reservoir-simulation framework. SPE paper 163677, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 18-20
  • 2013+ | Isebor, O.J., Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Durlofsky, L.J. Generalized field development optimization using derivative-free procedures. SPE paper 163631, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 18-20
  • In press* | Kourounis, D., Durlofsky, L.J., Jansen, J.D., Aziz, K. Adjoint formulation and constraint handling for gradient-based optimization of compositional reservoir flow. To appear in Computational Geosciences
  • In press*+ |Isebor, O.J., Durlofsky, L.J., Echeverría Ciaurri, D. A derivative-free methodology with local and global search for the constrained joint optimization of well locations and controls. To appear in Computational Geosciences
  • In press* | Zhou, X., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J., Aydin, A. Fluid flow through porous sandstone with overprinting and intersecting geological structures of various types. To appear in Advances in the Study of Fractured Reservoirs, G.H. Spence et al., eds., Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 374
  • In press*+ | Cameron, D.A., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimization and data assimilation for geological carbon storage. To appear in Computational Models for CO2 Sequestration and Compressed Air Energy Storage, R. Al-Khoury and J. Bundschuh, eds., Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press
  • In press*+ | Rousset, M.A.H., Huang, C.K., Klie, H., Durlofsky, L.J. Reduced-order modeling for thermal recovery processes. To appear in Computational Geosciences
  • 2013*+ | Wilson, K.C., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimization of shale gas field development using direct search techniques and reduced-physics models. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 108, 304-315
  • 2013*+ | He, J., Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J. Reduced-order flow modeling and geological parameterization for ensemble-based data assimilation. Computers & Geosciences, 55, 54-69
  • 2013*+ | Zheng, W., Durlofsky, L.J., Van Roy, B., Aziz, K. Approximate dynamic programming for optimizing oil production. Reinforcement Learning and Approximate Dynamic Programming for Feedback Control, IEEE Press Series on Computational Intelligence, pp. 560-581, F. Lewis, D. Liu, eds., Wiley – IEEE Press
  • 2012+ | Kang, C.A., Brandt, A.R., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimal heat management in an integrated fossil-renewable energy system with CO2 capture. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-11), Kyoto, Japan, Nov. 18-22
  • 2012+ | Rousset, M.A.H., Huang, C.K., Klie, H., Durlofsky, L.J.: Reduced-order modeling for thermal recovery processes. Proceedings, 13th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Biarritz, France, Sept. 10-13
  • 2012+ | Isebor, O.J., Durlofsky, L.J., Echeverría Ciaurri, D. A derivative-free methodology with local and global search for the joint optimization of well location and control. Proceedings, 13th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Biarritz, France, Sept. 10-13
  • 2012 | Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. A new global upscaling technique for 3D unstructured grids. Proceedings, 13th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Biarritz, France, Sept. 10-13
  • 2012+ | Wilson, K.C., Durlofsky, L.J. Computational optimization of shale resource development using reduced-physics surrogate models. SPE paper 152946, presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, Bakersfield, CA, March 19-23
  • 2012+ | Kang, C.A., Brandt, A.R., Durlofsky, L.J. Impact of CO2 emissions policy and system configuration on optimal operation of an integrated fossil-renewable energy. CMTC paper 151446, presented at the Carbon Management Technology Conference, Orlando, FL, Feb. 7-9
  • 2012* | Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Accurate resolution of near-well effects in upscaled models using flow-based unstructured local grid refinement. SPE Journal, 17, 1084-1095 (also SPE paper 141675)
  • 2012* | Bellout, M.C., Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Durlofsky, L.J., Foss, B., Kleppe, J. Joint optimization of oil well placement and controls. Computational Geosciences, 16, 1061-1079
  • 2012*+ | Cameron, D.A., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimization of well placement, CO2 injection rates, and brine cycling for geological carbon sequestration. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 10, 100-112
  • 2012*+ | Fan, Y., Durlofsky, L.J., Tchelepi, H.A. A fully-coupled flow-reactive-transport formulation based on element conservation, with application to CO2 storage simulations. Advances in Water Resources, 42, 47-61
  • 2012* | Wang, H., Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Durlofsky, L.J., Cominelli, A. Optimal well placement under uncertainty using a retrospective optimization framework. SPE Journal, 17, 112-121 (also SPE paper 141950)
  • 2012* | Durlofsky, L.J., Chen, Y. Uncertainty quantification for subsurface flow problems using coarse-scale models. Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Problems, Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, Vol. 83, I.G. Graham, T.Y. Hou, O. Lakkis, R. Scheichl, eds., Springer
  • 2012*+ | Nakashima, T., Li, H., Durlofsky, L.J. Near-well upscaling for three-phase flows. Computational Geosciences, 16, 55-73
  • 2012* | Aouizerate, G., Durlofsky, L.J., Samier, P. New models for heater wells in subsurface formations, with application to the in-situ upgrading of oil shale. Computational Geosciences, 16, 519-533
  • 2011*+ | Kang, C.A., Brandt, A.R., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimal operation of an integrated energy system including fossil fuel power generation, CO2 capture and wind. Energy, 36, 6806-6820
  • 2011* | Wilson, C.E., Aydin, A., Durlofsky, L.J., Boucher, A., Brownlow, D.T. Use of outcrop observations, geostatistical analysis, and flow simulation to investigate structural controls on secondary hydrocarbon migration in the Anacacho Limestone, Uvalde, TX. AAPG Bulletin, 95, 1181-1206
  • 2011*+ | Onwunalu, J., Durlofsky, L.J. A new well pattern optimization procedure for large-scale field development. SPE Journal, 16, 594-607
  • 2011*+ | He, J., Saetrom, J., Durlofsky, L.J.: Enhanced linearized reduced-order models for subsurface flow simulation. Journal of Computational Physics, 230, 8313-8341
  • 2011* | Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Mukerji, T., Durlofsky, L.J. Derivative-free optimization for oil field operations. Computational Optimization and Applications in Engineering and Industry, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 359, p. 19-55, X.-S. Yang, S. Koziel, eds., Springer-Verlag
  • 2011* | Scheidt, C., Caers, J., Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. A multi-resolution workflow to generate high-resolution models constrained to dynamic data. Computational Geosciences, 15, 545-563
  • 2011* | Wilson, C.E., Aydin, A., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J, Sagy, A., Brodsky, E.E., Kreylos, O., Kellog, L.H. From outcrop to flow simulation: constructing discrete fracture models from a LIDAR survey. AAPG Bulletin, 95, 1883-1905
  • 2011*+ | Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Isebor, O.J., Durlofsky, L.J. Application of derivative-free methodologies to generally constrained oil production optimisation problems. International Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Optimisation, 2, 134-161
  • 2011* | Chen, Y., Park, K., Durlofsky, L.J. Statistical assignment of upscaled flow functions for an ensemble of geological models. Computational Geosciences, 15, 35-51
  • 2011+ | He, J., Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J. Use of reduced-order models for improved data assimilation within an EnKF context. SPE paper 141967, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 21-23
  • 2011+ | Zheng, W., Durlofsky, L.J., Van Roy, B., Aziz, K: Use of approximate dynamic programming for production optimization. SPE paper 141677, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 21-23
  • 2010* | Livescu, S., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. A semianalytical thermal multiphase wellbore flow model for use in reservoir simulation. SPE Journal, 15, 794-804
  • 2010*+ | Nakashima, T., Durlofsky, L.J. Accurate representation of near-well effects in coarse-scale models of primary oil production. Transport in Porous Media, 83, 741-770
  • 2010*+ | Cardoso, M.A., Durlofsky, L.J. Linearized reduced-order models for subsurface flow simulation. Journal of Computational Physics, 229, 681-700
  • 2010*+ | Onwunalu, J., Durlofsky, L.J. Application of a particle swarm optimization algorithm for determining optimum well location and type. Computational Geosciences, 14, 183-198
  • 2010* | Livescu, S., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K., Ginestra, J.C. A fully-coupled thermal multiphase wellbore flow model for use in reservoir simulation. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 71, 138-146
  • 2010*+ | Fan, Y., Durlofsky, L.J., Tchelepi, H. Numerical simulation of the in-situ upgrading of oil shale. SPE Journal, 15, 368-381
  • 2010*+ | Cardoso, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Use of reduced-order modeling procedures for production optimization. SPE Journal, 15, 426-435
  • 2010*+ | Chen, T., Gerritsen, M.G., Lambers, J.V., Durlofsky, L.J. Global variable compact multipoint methods for accurate upscaling with full-tensor effects. Computational Geosciences, 14, 65-81
  • 2010* | Wang, H., Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Durlofsky, L.J. Use of retrospective optimization for placement of oil wells under uncertainty. Proceedings, 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, B. Johansson et al., eds., Baltimore, MD, Dec. 5-8
  • 2010 | Semenova, A., Livescu, S., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Modeling of multisegmented thermal wells in reservoir simulation. SPE paper 130371, presented at the SPE Europec/EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain, June 14-17
  • 2010+ | Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Isebor, O.J., Durlofsky, L.J. Application of derivative-free methodologies to generally constrained oil production optimization problems. Proceedings, International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2010+ | He, J., Durlofsky, L.J. Use of linearized reduced-order modeling and pattern search methods for optimization of oil production. Proceedings, 2nd International Conference on Engineering Optimization, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 6-9
  • 2010+ | Echeverría Ciaurri, D., Isebor, O.J., Durlofsky, L.J. New approaches for generally constrained production optimization with an emphasis on derivative-free techniques. Proceedings, 12th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Oxford, UK, Sept. 6-9
  • 2010 | Aouizerate, G., Durlofsky, L.J., Samier, P. New models for heater wells in reservoir simulation. Proceedings, 12th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Oxford, UK, Sept. 6-9
  • 2010 | Scheidt, C., Caers, J., Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Rapid construction of ensembles of high-resolution reservoir models constrained to production data. Proceedings, 12th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Oxford, UK, Sept. 6-9
  • 2010 | Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. An expanded well model for accurate simulation of reservoir-well interactions. Proceedings, 12th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Oxford, UK, Sept. 6-9
  • 2009 | Onwunalu, J., Durlofsky, L.J. Development and application of a new well pattern optimization algorithm for optimizing large-scale field development. SPE paper 124364, presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 4
  • 2009 | Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Detailed near-well Darcy-Forchheimer flow modeling and upscaling on unstructured 3D grids. SPE paper 118999, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 2-4
  • 2009 | Chen, T., Gerritsen, M.G., Durlofsky, L.J., Lambers, J.V. Adaptive local-global VCMP methods for coarse-scale reservoir modeling. SPE paper 118994, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 2-4
  • 2009 | Livescu, S., Aziz, K., Durlofsky, L.J. Development and application of a fully-coupled thermal compositional wellbore flow model. SPE paper 121306, presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, San Jose, CA, March 24-26
  • 2009* | Cardoso, M.A., Durlofsky, L.J., Sarma, P. Development and application of reduced-order modeling procedures for subsurface flow simulation. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 77, 1322-1350
  • 2009* | Krogstad, S., Durlofsky, L.J. Multiscale mixed finite element modeling of coupled wellbore/near-well flow. SPE Journal, 14, 78-87
  • 2008 | Onwunalu, J., Litvak, M., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Application of statistical proxies to speed up field development optimization procedures. SPE paper 117323, presented at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, N
  • 2008 | Chen, Y., Park, K., Durlofsky, L.J. Ensemble level upscaling of 3D well-driven flow for efficient uncertainty quantification. Proceedings, 11th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Bergen, Norway, Sept. 8-11
  • 2008 | Livescu, S., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K., Ginestra, J.C. Application of a new fully-coupled thermal multiphase wellbore flow model. SPE paper 113215, presented at the SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, Tulsa, April 19-23
  • 2008* | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Kernel principal component analysis for efficient, differentiable parameterization of multipoint geostatistics. Mathematical Geosciences, 40, 3-32
  • 2008* | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Computational techniques for closed-loop reservoir modeling with application to a realistic reservoir. Petroleum Science and Technology, 26, 1120-1140
  • 2008* | Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Ensemble level upscaling for efficient estimation of fine-scale production statistics. SPE Journal, 13, 400-411
  • 2008* | Gong, B., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Upscaling discrete fracture characterizations to dual-porosity, dual-permeability models for efficient simulation of flow with strong gravitational effects. SPE Journal, 13, 58-67
  • 2008* | Chen, Y., Mallison, B.T., Durlofsky, L.J. Nonlinear two-point flux approximation for modeling full-tensor effects in subsurface flow simulations. Computational Geosciences, 12, 317-335
  • 2008* | Sarma, P., Chen, W.H., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Production optimization with adjoint models under nonlinear control-state path inequality constraints. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 11, 326-339
  • 2007 | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K., Chen, W.H. A new approach to automatic history matching using kernel PCA. SPE paper 106176, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Feb. 26-28
  • 2007 | Hui, M., Gong, B., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Development and application of new computational procedures for modeling miscible gas injection in fractured reservoirs. SPE paper 109686, presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition,
  • 2007* | Ahmadov, R., Aydin, A., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Permeability upscaling of fault zones in the Aztec Sandstone, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, with a focus on slip surfaces and slip bands. Hydrogeology Journal, 15, 1239-1250
  • 2007* | Durlofsky, L.J., Efendiev, Y., Ginting, V. An adaptive local-global multiscale finite volume element method for two-phase flow simulations. Advances in Water Resources, 30, 576-588
  • 2006 | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Computational techniques for closed-loop reservoir modeling with application to a realistic reservoir. Proceedings, 10th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept. 4-7
  • 2006 | Mlacnik, M.J., Durlofsky, L.J. Grid optimization for improved monotonicity of MPFA solutions on unstructured grids. Proceedings, 10th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept. 4-7
  • 2006 | Mallison, B.T., Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Nonlinear two-point flux approximations for simulating subsurface flows with full-tensor anisotropy. Proceedings, 10th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept. 4-7
  • 2006 | Castro, S., Caers, J., Durlofsky, L.J. Improved modeling of 4D seismic response using flow-based downscaling of coarse grid saturations. Proceedings, 10th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept. 4-7
  • 2006* | Karimi-Fard, M., Gong, B., Durlofsky, L.J. Generation of coarse-scale continuum flow models from detailed fracture characterizations. Water Resources Research, 42, W10423, doi:10.1029/2006WR005015
  • 2006* | Artus, V., Durlofsky, L.J., Onwunalu, J., Aziz, K. Optimization of nonconventional wells under uncertainty using statistical proxies. Computational Geosciences, 10, 389-404
  • 2006* | Mlacnik, M.J., Durlofsky, L.J., Heinemann, Z.E. Sequentially adapted flow-based PEBI grids for reservoir simulation. SPE Journal, 11, 317-327
    2006* | Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Efficient incorporation of global effects in upscaled models of two-phase flow and transport in heterogeneous formations, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, 5, 445-475
  • 2006* | Sternlof, K.R., Karimi-Fard, M., Pollard, D.D., Durlofsky, L.J. Flow effects of compaction bands in sandstone at scales relevant to aquifer and reservoir management. Water Resources Research, 42, W07425, doi:10.1029/2005WR004664
  • 2006* | Lohne, A., Virnovsky, G., Durlofsky, L.J. Two-stage upscaling of two-phase flow: from core to simulation scale. SPE Journal, 11, 304-316
  • 2006* | He, C., Durlofsky, L.J. Structured flow-based gridding and upscaling for modeling subsurface flow. Advances in Water Resources, 29, 1876-1892
  • 2006* | Mlacnik, M.J., Durlofsky, L.J. Unstructured grid optimization for improved monotonicity of discrete solutions of elliptic equations with highly anisotropic coefficients. Journal of Computational Physics, 216, 337-361
  • 2006* | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K., Chen, W.H. Efficient real-time reservoir management using adjoint-based optimal control and model updating. Computational Geosciences, 10, 3-36
  • 2006* | Wen, X.H., Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Efficient three-dimensional implementation of local-global upscaling for reservoir simulation. SPE Journal, 11, 443-453
  • 2006* | Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Adaptive local-global upscaling for general flow scenarios in heterogeneous formations. Transport in Porous Media, 62, 157-185
  • 2005 | Sarma, P., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Efficient closed-loop production optimization under uncertainty. SPE paper 94921, presented at the 14th Europec Biennial Conference, Madrid, Spain, June 13 ñ 16
  • 2005* | Shi, H., Holmes, J.A., Diaz, L.R., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Drift-flux parameters for three-phase steady-state flow in wellbores. SPE Journal, 10, 130-137
  • 2005 | Hui, M., Durlofsky, L.J., Wen, X.H. Application of a new upscaling technique to a miscible gas injection field study. Proceedings of the 13th EAGE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Budapest, Hungary, April 25 ñ 27
  • 2005* | Aitokhuehi, I., Durlofsky, L.J. Optimizing the performance of smart wells in complex reservoirs using continuously updated geological models. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 48, 254-264
  • 2005* | Hui, M., Durlofsky, L.J. Accurate coarse modeling of well-driven, high mobility ratio displacements in heterogeneous reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 49, 37-56
  • 2005* | Prevost, M., Lepage, F., Durlofsky, L.J., Mallet, J.-L. Unstructured 3D gridding and upscaling for coarse modeling of geometrically complex reservoirs. Petroleum Geoscience, 11, 339-345
  • 2005* | Gerritsen, M.G., Durlofsky, L.J. Modeling fluid flow in oil reservoirs. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 37, 211-238
  • 2005 | Durlofsky, L.J. Upscaling and gridding of fine scale geological models for flow simulation. Proceedings of the 8th International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Stresa, Italy, June 20 ñ 25
  • 2005 | Sarma, P., Aziz, K., Durlofsky, L.J. Implementation of adjoint solution for optimal control of smart wells. SPE paper 92864, presented at the SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Jan. 31 ñ Feb. 2
  • 2005* | Hui, M.H., Zhou, D., Wen, X.H., Durlofsky, L.J. Development and application of a new technique for upscaling miscible processes. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 8, 189-195
  • 2005* | Shi, H., Holmes, J.A., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K., Diaz, L.R., Alkaya, B., Oddie, G. Drift-flux modeling of two-phase flow in wellbores. SPE Journal, 10, 24-33
  • 2004 | Aitokhuehi, I., Durlofsky, L.J., Artus, V., Yeten B., Aziz, K. Optimization of advanced well type and performance. Proceedings, 9th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Cannes, France, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.
  • 2004 | Prevost, M., Lepage, F., Durlofsky, L.J., Mallet, J.-L. Unstructured 3D gridding and upscaling for coarse modeling of geometrically complex reservoirs. Proceedings, 9th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Cannes, France, Aug. 30 - Sept
  • 2004 | Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J., Wen, X.H. Robust coarse scale modeling of flow and transport in heterogeneous reservoirs. Proceedings, 9th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Cannes, France, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.
  • 2004 | Lodoen, O.P., Omre, H., Durlofsky, L.J., Chen, Y. Assessment of undertainty in reservoir production forecasts using upscaled flow models. Proceedings, Seventh International Geostatistics Congress, Banff, Canada, Sept. 26 - Oct. 1.
  • 2004* | Sternlof, K.R., Chapin J.R., Pollard, D.D., Durlofsky, L.J. Permeability effects of deformation band arrays in sandstone. AAPG Bulletin, 88, 1315-1329.
  • 2004* | Efendiev, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. Accurate subgrid models for two phase flow in heterogeneous reservoirs. SPE 79680. SPE Journal, 9, 219-226 (June).
  • 2004* | Yeten, B., Brouwer, D.R., Durlofsky, L.J., Aziz, K. Decision analysis under uncertainty for smart well deployment. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 43, 183-199.
  • 2004* | Flodin, E.A., Durlofsky, L.J., Aydin, A. Upscaled models of flow and transport in faulted sandstone: boundary condition effects and explicit fracture modeling. Petroleum Geoscience, 10, 173-181.
  • 2004* | Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J., Aziz, K. An efficient discrete fracture model applicable for general purpose reservoir simulators. SPE 79699. SPE Journal, 9, 227-236 (June).
  • 2003 | Durlofsky, L.J. Upscaling of geocellular models for reservoir flow simulation: a review of recent progress. Proceedings of the 7th International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Buhl/Baden-Baden, Germany, June 23-27.
  • 2003* | Wen, X.H., Durlofsky, L.J., Edwards, M.G. Use of border regions for improved permeability upscaling, Mathematical Geology, v. 35, 521-547.
  • 2003 | Lee, S.H., Wolfsteiner, C., Durlofsky, L.J., Jenny, P., Tchelepi, H.A. New developments in multiblock reservoir simulation: black oil modeling, nonmatching subdomains and near-well upscaling. SPE 79682. Proceedings, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Ho
  • 2003* | Efendiev, Y., Durlofsky, L.J. A generalized convection-diffusion model for subgrid transport in porous media, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, v. 1, 504-526.
  • 2003* | Yeten, B., Durlofsky, L. J., and Aziz, K. Optimization of nonconventional well type, location and trajectory. SPE 77565. SPE Journal, v. 8, 200-210 (Sept.)
  • 2003* | Chen, Y., Durlofsky, L.J., Gerritsen, M., Wen, X.H. A coupled local-global upscaling approach for simulating flow in highly heterogeneous formations, Advances in Water Resources, 26, 1041-1060.
  • 2003 | Wan, J., Durlofsky, L. J., Hughes, T. J. R., and Aziz, K. Stabilized finite element methods for coupled geomechanics - reservoir flow simulations. SPE 79694. Proceedings, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Texas, February 3-5.
  • 2003* | Wen, X. H., Durlofsky, L. J., Edwards, M. G. Upscaling of channel systems in two dimensions using flow-based grids, Transport in Porous Media, v. 51, 343-366.
  • 2003 | Yeten, B., Durlofsky, L. J., and Aziz, K. Optimization of intelligent well control, World Oil, v.224, 35-40 (March).
  • 2003* | Wolfsteiner, C., Durlofsky, L. J. and Aziz, K. Calculation of well index for nonconventional wells on arbitrary grids, Computational Geosciences, v. 7, 61-82.
  • 2003* | Valvatne, P. H., Serve, J., Durlofsky, L. J., Aziz, K. Efficient modeling of nonconventional wells with downhole inflow control devices, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v. 39, 99-116.
  • 2003* | Oddie, G., Shi, H., Durlofsky, L. J., Aziz, K., Pffeffer, B. and Holmes, J. A. Experimental study of two and three phase flows in large diameter inclined pipes, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, v. 29, 527-558.
  • 2002 | Wolfsteiner, C. and Durlofsky, L. J. Near-well radial upscaling for the accurate modeling of nonconventional wells. SPE 76779. Proceedings, SPE Western Reginal/AAPG Pacific Section Joint Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, May 20-22.
  • 2002 | Yeten, B., Durlofsky, L. J. and Aziz, K. Optimization of smart well control. SPE 79031. Proceedings, SPE International Thermal Operations and Heavy Oil Symposium and International Horizontal Well Technology Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Novembe
  • 2002 | Yeten, B., Durlofsky, L. J. and Aziz, K. Optimization of nonconventional well type, location and trajectory. SPE 77565. Proceedings, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, September 29-October 2.
  • 2002 | Durlofsky, L. J. Upscaling of geological models for reservoir simulation: issues and approaches. Computational Geosciences, v. 6, 1-4.
  • 2002* | Efendiev, Y., Durlofsky, L. J. Numerical modeling of subgrid heterogeneity in two phase flow simulations. Water Resources Research, v. 38(8), 1128.
  • 2002* | Wallstrom, T. C., Christie, M. A., Durlofsky, L. J. and Sharp, D. H. Effective flux boundary conditions for upscaling porous media equations. Transport in Porous Media, v. 46, 139-153.
  • 2002* | Jourde, H., Flodin, E. A., Aydin, A., Durlofsky, L. J. and Wen, X. H. Computing permeability of fault zones in eolian sandstone from outcrop measurements. AAPG Bulletin, v. 86, 1187-1200.
  • 2002* | He, C., Edwards, M. G. and Durlofsky, L. J. Numerical calculation of equivalent cell permeability tensors for general quadrilateral control volumes. Computational Geosciences, v. 6, 29-47.
  • 2002* | Wallstrom, T. C., Hou, S., Christie, M. A., Durlofsky, L. J., Sharp, D. H. and Zou, Q. Application of effective flux boundary conditions to two phase upscaling in porous media. Transport in Porous Media, v. 46, 155-178.
  • 2002* | Jenny, P., Wolfsteiner, C., Lee, S.H., and Durlofsky, L.J. Modeling flow in geometrically complex reservoirs using hexahedral multi-block grids. SPE 66357. SPE Journal, v. 7, 149-157.
  • 2001* | Darman, N.H., Durlofsky, L.J., Sorbie, K.S. and Pickup, G.E. Upscaling immiscible gas displacements: quantitative use of fine grid flow data in grid coarsening schemes. SPE 59452. SPE Journal, v.6, pp. 47-56.
  • 2001 | Valvatne, P.H., Durlofsky, L.J., and Aziz, K. Semi-analytical modeling of the performance of intelligent well completions. SPE 66368. Proceedings, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Texas, Feb. 11-14.
  • 2001 | Flodin, E. A., Aydin, A., Durlofsky, L. J., and Yeten, B. Representation of fault zone permeability in reservoir flow models. SPE 71617. Proceedings, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 30-October 3.
  • 2001 | Wolfsteiner, C., Aziz, K., and Durlofsky, L. J. Modeling conventional and non-conventional wells. Proceedings, Sixth International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Hof/Salzburg, Austria, September 3-7; also in Proceedings, IEA Symposium on Enhanced Oil Reco
  • 2000* | Durlofsky, L.J., Milliken, W.J. and Bernath, A. Scaleup in the near-well region. SPE 51940. SPE Journal, v. 5, pp. 110-117.
  • 2000* | Durlofsky, L.J. An approximate model for well productivity in heterogeneous porous media. Mathematical Geology, v. 32, pp. 421-438.
  • 2000* | Mascarenhas, O. and Durlofsky, L.J. Coarse scale simulation of horizontal wells in heterogeneous reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v. 25, pp. 135-147.
  • 2000* | Efendiev, Y. and Durlofsky, L.J., Lee, S.H. Modeling of subgrid effects in coarse scale simulations of transport in heterogeneous porous media. Water Resources Research, v. 36, pp. 2031-2041.
  • 2000* | Wolfsteiner, C., Durlofsky, L.J. and Aziz, K. An approximate model for the productivity of nonconventional wells in heterogeneous reservoirs. SPE 56754. SPE Journal, v. 5, pp. 218-226.
  • 2000 | Castellini, A., Edwards, M.G. and Durlofsky, L.J. Flow based modules for grid generation in two and three dimensions. Proceedings, 7th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Baveno, Italy, Sept. 5-8.
  • 2000 | Wen, X.-H., Durlofsky, L.J., Lee, S.H. and Edwards, M.G. Full tensor upscaling of geologically complex reservoir descriptions. SPE 62928. Proceedings, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 1-4.
  • 2000 | Christie, M.A., Wallstrom, T.C., Durlofsky, L.J., Hou, S., Sharp, D.H. and Zou, Q. Effective medium boundary conditions in upscaling. Proceedings, 7th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Baveno, Italy, Sept 5-8.
  • 2000 | Wallstrom, T.C., Hou, S., Christie, M.A., Durlofsky, L.J., Sharp, D.H. and Zou, Q. Effective medium boundary conditions for upscaling relative permeabilities. Proceedings, Upscaling Downunder Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 7-10.
  • 2000 | Yeten, B., Wolfsteiner, C., Durlofsky, L.J. and Aziz, K. Approximate finite difference modeling of the performance of horizontal wells in heterogeneous reservoirs. SPE 62555. Proceedings, SPE Western Regional Meeting, Long Beach, CA, June 19-23.
  • 2000 | Wolfsteiner, C., Durlofsky, L.J. and Aziz, K. Efficient estimation of the effects of wellbore hydraulics and reservoir heterogeneity on the productivity of non-conventional wells. SPE 59399. Proceedings, SPE Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Modellin
  • 1999 | Mascarenhas, O., and Durlofsky, L.J. Scale up in the vicinity of horizontal wells. Proceedings, 20th Annual International Energy Agency Workshop and Symposium, Paris, France, Sept. 22-24.
  • 1999* | Wallstrom, T.C., Hou, S., Christie, M.A., Durlofsky, L.J. and Sharp, D.H. Accurate scale up of two phase flow using renormalization and nonuniform coarsening. Computational Geosciences, v. 3, pp. 69-87.
  • 1999* | Tchelepi, H.A., Durlofsky, L.J., Chen, W.H., Bernath, A. and Chien, M.C.H. Practical use of scale up and parallel reservoir simulation technologies in field studies. SPE 38886. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, August, pp. 368-376.
  • 1999 | Wallstrom, T.C., Hou, S., Christie, M.A., Durlofsky, L.J., and Sharp, D.H. Application of a new two-phase upscaling technique to realistic reservoir cross sections. SPE 51939. Proceedings, SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium, Houston, Texas, Feb. 14-17.
  • 1999 | Chambers, K.T., DeBaun, D.R., Durlofsky, L.J., Taggart, I.J., Bernath, A., Shen, A.Y., Legarre, H.A., and Goggin, D.J. Geologic modeling, upscaling and simulation of faulted reservoirs using complex, faulted stratigraphic grids. SPE 51889. Proceedings, S
  • 1998 | Durlofsky, L.J. and Milliken, W.J. Upscaling of geologic models for reservoir simulation. Proceedings, 19th Annual International Energy Agency Workshop and Symposium, Carmel, California, October 4-7.
  • 1998* | Durlofsky, L.J. Coarse scale models of two-phase flow in heterogeneous reservoirs: volume averaged equations and their relationship to existing upscaling techniques. Computational Geosciences, v. 2, pp. 73-92.
  • 1998* | Lee, S.H., Durlofsky, L.J., Lough, M.F. and Chen, W.H. Finite difference simulation of geologically complex reservoirs with tensor permeabilities. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, December, pp. 567-574.
  • 1997* | Durlofsky, L. J., Jones, R. C. and Milliken, W. J. A nonuniform coarsening approach for the scale up of displacement processes in heterogeneous porous media. Advances in Water Resources, v. 20, pp. 335-347.
  • 1997* | Durlofsky, L. J. Use of higher moments for the description of upscaled, process independent relative permeabilities. SPE 37987. SPE Journal, v. 2, pp. 474-484.

Advisee Degrees

  • 2013 | Obiajulu Isebor: Derivative-free Optimization for Generalized Oil Field Development, Ph.D., BP
  • 2013 | David Cameron: Optimization and Monitoring of Geological Carbon Storage Operations, Ph.D., Stanford Geophysics Department
  • 2013 | Jincong He: Reduced-Order Modeling for Oil-Water and Compositional Systems, with Application to Data Assimilation and Production Optimization, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2013 I Kasama Itthisawatpan: Upscaling of Two-Phase Flow with Capillary Pressure Heterogeneity Effects, M.S., PTT Exploration and Production
  • 2012 | Kurt Wilson: Optimization of Shale Resource Development using Reduced-Physics Surrogate Models, M.S., Chevron
  • 2011 | Elnur Aliyev: Use of Hybrid Approaches and Metaoptimization for Well Placement Problems, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2011 | Charles Kang: Optimal Operation of an Integrated Energy Park Including Fossil Fuel Power Generation, CO2 Capture and Wind, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2011 | Hangyu Li: Improved Near-Well Upscaling for Multiphase Systems with Gas Evolution, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2010 | Matthieu Rousset: Reduced-order Modeling for Thermal Simulation, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2010 | Jon Saetrom: Reduction of Dimensionality in Spatiotemporal Models, Ph.D. (co-advisor, degree received at Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Statoil
  • 2010 | Jincong He: Enhanced Linearized Reduced-Order Models for Subsurface Flow Simulation, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2010 | Jerome Onwunalu: Optimization of Field Development Using Particle Swarm Optimization and New Well Pattern Descriptions, Ph.D., BP
  • 2010 | Yaqing Fan: Chemical Reaction Modeling in a Subsurface Flow Simulator with Application to In-Situ Upgrading and CO2 Mineralization, Ph.D., Shell
  • 2009 | Marco Cardoso: Development and Application of Reduced-Order Modeling Procedures for Reservoir Simulation, Ph.D., Petrobras
  • 2009 | Tianhong Chen: New Methods for Accurate Upscaling with Full-Tensor Effects, Ph.D., Shell
  • 2009 | Obiajulu Isebor: Constrained Production Optimization with an Emphasis on Derivative-Free Methods, M.S., Stanford PhD program
  • 2009 | Hyung Ki Kim: Detailed Near-Well Modeling and Upscaling in Condensate Systems, M.S., SK Energy
  • 2009 | Toshinori Nakashima: Near-Well Upscaling for Two and Three-Phase Flows, Ph.D., INPEX Corporation
  • 2008 | Danny Rojas: A New Procedure for History Matching Naturally Fractured Reservoirs, Eng., Chevron
  • 2008 | Yulin Jin: Unstructured Grid Optimization to Achieve Monotonic Pressure Solutions Using Multipoint Flux Approximations, M.S., Microsoft
  • 2007 | Deepanshu Kumar: Optimization of Well Settings to Maximize Residually Trapped CO2 in Geologic Carbon Sequestration, M.S., Shell
  • 2007 | Bin Gong: Effective Models of Fractured Systems, Ph.D., Peking University
  • 2006 | Yaqing Fan: Development of CO2 Sequestration Modeling Capabilities in Stanford General Purpose Research Simulator, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2006 | Masroor Chaudhri: Numerical Investigation of a Multiscale Mixed Finite Element Method, M.S., Chevron
  • 2006 | Ramil Ahmadov: Petrophysical Characterization and Permeability Upscaling of Fault Zones in Sandstone with a Focus on Slip Surfaces and Slip Bands, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2006 | Avesh Dixit: Error Modeling for Coarse Scale Simulation Using Statistical Techniques, M.S., Shell
  • 2006 | Jerome Emeka Onwunalu: Optimization of Nonconventional Well Placement Using Genetic Algorithms and Statistical Proxy, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2006 | Pallav Sarma: Efficient Closed-Loop Optimal Control of Petroleum Reservoirs Under Uncertainty, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2005 | Yuguang Chen: Upscaling and Subgrid Modeling of Flow and Transport in Heterogeneous Reservoirs, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2005 | Mun-Hong (Robin) Hui: Upscaling of Multiphase Flow Parameters for Modeling Near-well and Miscible Displacements, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2004 | Inegbenose Aitokhuehi: Real-time Optimization of Smart Wells, M.S., Chevron Nigeria Limited
  • 2004 | Luis Rodrigo Diaz Teran Ortegon: Simplified Multiphase Flow Models for Well Modeling, M.S., Schlumberger
  • 2004 | Chuanping He: Structured Flow-based Gridding and Upscaling for Reservoir Simulation, Ph.D., ConocoPhilips
  • 2003 | Burak Yeten: Optimum Deployment of Nonconventional Wells, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2003 | Mathieu Prevost: Accurate Coarse Reservoir Modeling Using Unstructured Grids, Flow-based Upscaling and Streamline Simulation, Ph.D., Total
  • 2002 | Christian Wolfsteiner: Modeling and Upscaling of Nonconventional Wells in Heterogeneous Reservoirs, Ph.D., Chevron
  • 2002 | Banu Alkaya: Drift-Flux Models for Multiphase Flow in Wells, M.S., Aera Energy
  • 2002 | Hiroshi Fukagawa: Semianalytical Modeling of Nonconventional Well Performance in Realistic Reservoirs, M.S., Teikoku Oil Co., Ltd.
  • 2001 | Asim Hayat: Approximate Modeling of Fractured Horizontal Wells, M.S., Aera Energy
  • 2001 | Yuguang Chen: Modeling Gas-Liquid Flow in Pipes: Flow Pattern Transitions and Drift-Flux Modeling M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2000 | Chuanping He: Upscaling to General Quadrilateral Grids, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 2000 | Jaydeep M. Mahashabde: Modeling Pressure Drop in Horizontal Wells, M.S., i2 Technologies
  • 2000 | Per Henrik Valvatne: A Framework for Modeling Complex Well Configurations, M.S., Ph.D. program, Imperial College, London
  • 2000 | Mathieu Prevost: The Streamline Method for Unstructured Grids, M.S., Stanford Ph.D. program
  • 1999 | Oscar Mascarenhas: Accurate Coarse Scale Simulation of Horizontal Wells, M.S., ExxonMobil
  • 1999 | Svetlana Vassilieva: Evaluation of Horizontal Wells in an Offshore Reservoir in Southern California, M.S., Mobile Systems

Advisee Publications

  • 2009 | Cardoso, M.A. Reduced-order models for reservoir simulation. Student paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, October 4-7.
  • 2004 | Chen, Y. Development of accurate and robust upscaling technques for reservoir simulation. Student paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, September 26-29.
  • 2002 | Prevost, M. Accurate reservoir modeling using unstructured grids and flow-based upscaling. Student paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, September 29-October 2.
  • 2000 | Valvatne, P. Semi-Analytical modeling of the performance of intelligent wells. Student paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, October 1-4.

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