CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Roland N. Horne
October 26, 2018
Roland N. Horne, NAE, Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
Big Data and Machine Learning in Reservoir Analysis

Well monitoring can provide a continuous record of flow rate and pressure, which gives us rich information about the reservoir and makes well data a valuable source for reservoir analysis. Recently, it has been shown that machine learning is a promising tool to interpret well transient data. Such methods can be used to denoise and deconvolve the pressure signal efficiently and recover the full reservoir behavior. The machine learning framework has also been extended to multiwell testing and flow rate reconstruction.

Multiwell data can be formulated into machine learning algorithms using a feature-coefficient-target model. The reservoir model can then be revealed by predicting the pressure corresponding to a simple rate history with the trained model.

Flow rate reconstruction aims at estimating any missing flow rate history by using available pressure history. This is a very useful capability in practical applications in which individual well rates are not recorded continuously. The success of rate reconstruction modeling also illustrates the adaptability of machine learning to different kinds of reservoir modeling, by adjusting features and targets.

Machine learning is also a particularly promising technique for analysis of data from permanent downhole gauges (PDG), given that the massive volumes of data are otherwise hard to interpret using conventional interpretation methodologies.

Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and was the Chairman of Petroleum Engineering from 1995 to 2006.  He holds BE, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, all in Engineering Science. Horne has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and has been awarded the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the Lester C. Uren Award, and the John Franklin Carl Award.  Horne is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is also an SPE Honorary Member.

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: ERP Building 4, Room 110

About Elizabeth D. Rockwell

Elizabeth D. Rockwell

A fourth generation Houstonian, Mrs. Rockwell was an Executive Director, Private Client Division of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. She was widely recognized as an expert in retirement, estate, investment, and tax planning. She was an early proponent of the Keogh and IRA plans, for which she has been nationally recognized.

In 1991, she qualified to be a member of the Million Dollar Round Table as well as the Texas Leaders Round Table. Since 1990 she had authored a monthly column for the Houston Chronicle.

Mrs. Rockwell served as President of the UH College of Business Administration Foundation Board, as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, and was an Executive Professor for the college. She also served as a member of the advisory board of the Health Law and Policy Institute and as a Trustee of the University of Houston System’s Foundation, as well as a member of the UH System’s Planned Giving Council.

Mrs. Rockwell served on the Board of Governors for the Houston Forum, and as a Board member of the American Red Cross, the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation, the University of Houston Alumni Organization, and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. She was a member of the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club, the National Tax Sheltered Annuity Association, the Texas Association of College Teachers, and the Houston Association of Life Underwriters.

Among her numerous honors, she has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Houston, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Houston Alumni Organization and from the UH College of Business Administration. Throughout the years she has been recognized for her many achievements by the Education Foundation of Harris County, the Houston Community College System’s Television Station Advisory Council, and the Houston Mayor’s READ Commission.

The Houston Alumni Center is home to the Elizabeth D. Rockwell President’s Suite. In September 1997, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Career Services Center was opened in the UH College of Business Administration. She endowed the Chair for the Dean of the M.D. Anderson Library.

Mrs. Rockwell was listed in the Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; Who’s Who in finance and Industry; Who’s Who of American Women; and Who’s Who in the World.