PG8405 - Modeling and Simulation of Production Systems and Well Construction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 50/100
Work 50/100 A

Course content

The course covers the theory and application of modelling and simulation of well construction and petroleum production systems for system-level or component analysis. It typically focuses on topics like the flow performance of hydrocarbon production systems, field stabilization and conditioning of reservoir fluids, well mechanics and architecture, design and strength calculations of well equipment, flow, temperature and material strength issues while drilling, completing or performing intervention on the wells.
Commercial programs will be used or custom routines and programs will be developed to carry out the analyses. Experimental and field data could be used to quality control the numerical simulations when available.

Learning outcome

The students should develop and/or improve capabilities to develop or utilize models and employ simulators to analyze well construction and production systems.

The students should understand the physical principles and the mathematical approach used in modeling and simulation of well construction and production systems. They should developed generic understanding of categories of models and simulators and, more specifically, models and simulators used in the analysis of well construction and hydrocarbon production systems. They should learn how to acquire, condition, quality control and prepare input data, and how to organize simulation results. They also should develop understanding on migration of data between simulators.

The students will develop skills to utilize commercial production simulators, acquire and prepare the input data, and organize the output data. The students will develop advanced skills in modeling relevant physical phenomena that occurs in wells and production systems. The students will develop advanced skills in the mathematical and numerical procedures employed in well and production simulators. The students will develop skills to create reduced parameters simulators or "proxy models" to be employed in production optimization and in design-optimization.

General competence:
The students should acquire and develop knowledge and skills in advanced modeling in the area of well construction, well and production technologies.

Learning methods and activities

The course is a self-study course. A problem and work plan are defined between the professor and the student(s) and the beginning of the semester and the student is supposed to develop it from the basics to an appropriate level of complexity. Some orientation lectures will be given as required. The course typically comprises discussions, programming, class exercises and projects.
The course will be held in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (50%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio grade is assigned as pass/fail. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, or approval by the lecturer.

Course materials

Books, lecture notes, selected papers and publications.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Production
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 50/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 50/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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