Streamline Simulation: Theory and Practice

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course covers introductory and advanced concepts in streamline simulation and its applications. We will review the theory of streamlines and streamtubes in multi-dimensions. Applications include slow visualization, swept volume calculations, rate allocation and pattern balancing, waterflooding management and optimization, solvent flooding, ranking geostatistical realizations, upscaling/upgridding, history matching and dynamic reservoir characterization.

Discussions will include the strengths and limitations of streamline modeling compared with finite difference simulation. PC-Windows based computer programs are used to illustrate the concepts.

Topics Include:

  • Streamlines and streamtubes: fundamentals
  • Streamline simulation: state of the art
  • Streamline simulation: applications
  • Streamline-based history matching
  • Advanced topics: fractured reservoirs and compositional models

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

This course is a unique opportunity to learn about a rapidly emerging technology from a recognized leader in the field.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers, geologists and geophysicists interested in rapid fluid flow simulation techniques, screening of geologic models, reservoir characterization and management and history matching of geologic models.

Special Requirements

Some background in reservoir engineering and numerical simulation is helpful but not required. Bring a laptop computer if you want to follow along with the software exercises.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


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Akhil Datta-Gupta is professor and holder of the LeSuer endowed chair in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He has also worked for BP Exploration/Research and for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2009, Datta-Gupta received the John Franklin Carll Award from SPE for distinguished contribution in the application of engineering principles to petroleum development and recovery. He also received SPE’s 2003 Lester C. Uren Award for significant technical contributions in petroleum reservoir characterization and streamline-based flow simulation. He is an SPE Distinguished Member (2001), Distinguished Lecturer (1999-2000), Distinguished Author (2000), and was selected as Outstanding Technical Editor (1996). Datta-Gupta earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

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