OpenFlow Suite 2023 marks a new milestone in the continuous development of our subsurface software technologies, as our focus has been to address the emerging challenges faced by the energy industry.
Our simulators have undergone major advancements, not only to strengthen our regular oil and gas exploration and production workflows, but also to offer cutting-edge capabilities for deep geothermal exploration and development projects, natural hydrogen exploration, and CO2 storage site exploration, development and monitoring.
Several new numerical schemes for heat transport, fluids injection or geomechanics are available, along with many new options and performance optimizations, ensuring increased productivity when building, running and analyzing models.
Another standout feature of the 2023 version is the introduction of a new method for quantifying model uncertainties through multiple geological scenario testing, empowering geologists to make more informed decisions.
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DionisosFlow® 2023 introduces new developments that leverage the improved performance and capabilities that were brought to the software in the last few years, while laying the foundation for future advancements in the software.
The predictivity of process-based modelling is very much dependent on the processes modelled and the ability of the algorithms to reproduce the physics that govern natural phenomena. In this version, DionisosFlow® offers new processes and advanced algorithms, particularly in nutrients supply and water flow.
DionisosFlow® 2023 thus brings a new “tracer” editor to model nutrient leaching and bioavailability in the marine realm for organic matter production and carbonate growth. These tracers are a stepping-stone for further developments in primary diagenetic modelling. This version also brings an advanced water flow algorithm that is the result of years of R&D dedicated to enhancing its calculation, as water flow is one of the most influential processes in sedimentary systems. Additionally, it is now possible to use cyclical climatic curves per sediment type in order to reproduce climate induced grain size variability.
Through its link to CougarFlow® and its 2023 functionalities, it is also now possible to test and quantify the impact of different conceptual models on simulation results, unlocking a unique and powerful workflow for mitigating the risk on reservoir and seal presence, quality or source rock occurrence and richness.
Finally, and as with every new version, DionisosFlow® 2023 also offers a number of adjustments and additions that will enhance the user experience and provide more versatility.
The 2023 version of KronosFlow™ aims at strengthening the structural restoration part of the workflow by bringing an innovative quick-look balancing module. This dedicated mode will allow you to quickly check the validity of the present-day interpretation by flattening all blocks on a reference horizon, and even correct potential balancing issues in this restored state.
Most of the new options of KronosFlow™ 2023 are focused on bringing more efficiency and saving time along the workflow. In addition to the balancing tool that will allow validating the present-day digitization faster, run time has been drastically decreased thanks to an optimized simulation result import and the possibility to retrieve the temperature regime from a reference simulation to avoid computing it again.
A new technical calculator option is the possibility to model heat advection in faults, i.e. the transfer of heat with water in permeable faults. This option will allow for a better assessment of the geothermal potential of a basin, especially in high enthalpy area, as well as offer a sounder approach for traditional oil and gas system exploration.
If TemisFlow® 2023 strengthens its regular workflows for oil and gas exploration, it also lays the cornerstone for a new type of basin modeling usage, oriented towards new energy sources and decarbonation.
Both ArcTem and historical simulator Visco evolve to address advanced processes. Lateral stress can now be accounted for in basin simulation for a better assessment of porosity/permeability and resulting pressure distribution. Deep gas sources can be input in TemisFlow® models, unlocking deep CO2 or H2S risk assessment, but also exploration workflows for natural hydrogen or helium. This same functionality has also been thought to evaluate CO2 storage potential in saline aquifers, allowing for a preliminary but sound characterization of storage capacity, seal efficiency and aquifers connectivity. Coupled with new dissolution laws, this functionality is a key step towards new generation basin modeling.
Increased performance is also at the heart of TemisFlow® 2023 with the availability of the Decoupled Darcy Migration scheme in ArcTem as well as the possibility to use an existing temperature run for further pressure, expulsion and migration simulation. Parallelization and results import have also been improved to speed-up calculation time and results access. Many other improvements related to visualization options, trap charge assessment or the link to DionisosFlow® have also been brought.
Last but not least, CougarFlow® 2023 brings awaited and yet unique possibilities with multiple geolgical scenario testing and the capability to define discrete parameters as uncertain such as facies or source rock properties. Combined with the existing Map Analysis module, these latest developments are a real breakthrough in risk assessment workflows.
This new version of FracaFlow® focuses on improving its most used modules, e.g. the automatic KH calibration and the upscaling to reservoir simulation.
These awaited enhancements strengthen FracaFlow®’s main workflow, by making the interfaces more friendly or offering new options and new tools.
The main developments are:
- New display of the results in the calibration module (AKC)
- New light tool to easily compute the distance of a well to the nearest fault
- Unlock of the cell-by-cell computation option of the Flow-based upscaling
PumaFlow® keeps evolving to help geoscientists address new challenges, in particular in the field of geothermal energy and carbon storage.
One of the main highlights of this 2023 version is PumaFlow®’s capability to accurately predict produced fluids temperature at surface through the implementation of heat losses along producers in addition to injectors.
The second item is related to the fracturation risk associated to fluids injection. All geo-mechanical options are now fully interfaced to easily define the needed parameters for effective stress computation and rock failure alert. This is particularly critical to evaluate the seismicity risk in geothermal development projects or carbon storage.
PumaFlow® 2023 also strengthens its regular oil and gas workflows through the correction of reported bugs and the integration of several improvements, such as the new export options available in the External Activity module for a better uncertainty management.
CougarFlow® keeps evolving to address geoscientists’ needs in uncertainty modeling and risk mitigation.
After its unmatched Map Analysis and Assisted Calibration modules, CougarFlow 2023 offers DionisosFlow® and TemisFlow® users the ability to test multiple geological scenarios. It means that uncertainties can now be at the core of the model itself and not only at simulation parameters level. Tested concepts can even be weighted according to geoscientists’ beliefs and data confidence.
Another major evolution is the possibility to define discrete parameters such as lithofacies maps or source rock distributions as uncertain. This long-awaited feature completes CougarFlow’s offer for a thorough understanding and quantification of the risk associated to basin models.
Other improvements have been brought to the software, such as the possibility to load uncomplete DionisosFlow® or TemisFlow® results for analysis, a new objective function for calibration in DionisosFlow®, the ability to run Groovy scripts on all CougarFlow® simulations at once, a better constrained response surface, an optimized results selection with PumaFlow®, and more.