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Summer Short Course: Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation

Date(s):July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Time:8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last day ends at 12 noon)
Location: Green Earth Sciences Building
Stanford, CA 94305
Contact: Eiko Rutherford [email]
(650) 723-6849

The course details for 2016 will be posted in winter 2016.

2015 Summer Short Course: Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation

Instructors: Khalid Aziz, Lou Durlofsky & Hamdi Tchelepi 
Sponsoring programs: SUPRI-BSmart Fields Consortium

This course will cover both fundamentals and selected advanced topics in reservoir simulation.
It is intended for simulation developers and users who wish to strengthen their understanding of the fundamentals of this technology. The emphasis of the course is on the mathematical description and physical understanding of the underlying equations. Though the emphasis of the course is not on the actual use of a simulator, the practical implications of many of the concepts will be discussed. The course is not credited to a Stanford University degree.


  • Conservation of mass, momentum and energy
  • Single-phase and multiphase flows
  • Black-oil, compositional and fractured systems
  • Discretization and gridding, stability and time step control
  • Solution of linear equations
  • Implicit and explicit solutions
  • Modeling vertical and horizontal wells
  • Streamline simulators
  • Upscaling

This course is designed for the petroleum engineer or geoscientist who is familiar with basic reservoir engineering and has some experience with the use of reservoir simulators, but is interested in acquiring a stronger understanding of the fundamentals. Some knowledge of numerical methods would be helpful.
*Since the course is intended for practicing engineers, we only accept students if seats are available after the registration deadline.

Khalid Aziz is a Professor of Energy Resources Engineering. He holds engineering degrees from University of Michigan, University of Alberta and from Rice University. He has published over 100 papers, two books and a monograph.

Lou Durlofsky is a Professor of Energy Resources Engineering. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT and has worked in reservoir simulation related R&D since 1987.

Hamdi Tchelepi, Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, has a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and joined the department in 2003 after 10 years of simulation R&D in the industry.

Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses. 
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For your convenience, a limited number of rooms has been blocked at the following hotel during the short course week.

Stanford Guest House (Phone: 650-926-2800 /
• The hotel has free shuttles to/from the Stanford campus.
• The group rate is $164/room/night. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until 6/23 [extended].
• To reserve a room for you, use the hotel's online reservation, taking the following steps:
1) Choose "Stanford University" and then "Stanford Conferee" on the first page. 
2) On the next page, enter your dates, click "Click here for special rates" and enter our group code "RESSIM0715".

Lodging Guide for other hotel options in the area

Registration for the 2015 course has been closed. 

• Course fee: US$4,000
• The class size is limited. Registration will be treated on a first come, first served basis.