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Wednesday, March 2 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Keynote: 'How is High Performance Computing reshaping O&G exploration and production', Francois Alabert, Total

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For several decades, the Oil and Gas industry has been committed to produce more and more hydrocarbons in response to the growing world demand for energy. Always seeking deeper and farther, exploration and development has become economically challenging as a result of increased geological and above ground complexity, stronger environmental constraints and pressure on costs. In this presentation, we will review Total’s experience on High Performance Computing, how it has dramatically improved the efficiency of exploration and reservoir management, and how it might be reshaping our ways of working.

Significantly enhanced computational algorithms and more powerful computers have provided a much better understanding of the distribution and description of complex geological structures, opening new frontiers to unexplored geological areas as well as helping limit the risks and overall costs of deep and ultra-deep offshore drilling.

The progress of multi component seismic data acquisition and the fast evolution of new technologies in the rock physics labs provide the opportunity to develop new families of algorithms which include more complex physics. With an order of magnitude increase in computing capability, reaching an exascale in few years, the reduction of computing time combined with new generations of algorithms will offer new perspectives and require adapting science and engineering workflows.  While next generation codes are developed to give access to new information of unrivaled quality, these codes will also present new challenges in taking advantage of the increased complexity of the new supercomputers and will require integrated teams, which mix geo-scientist researchers with computational scientists and engineers.

Due to a new generation of sensors for field and reservoir monitoring, part of the emergence of connected systems recording continuous streams of information, the amount of data resulting from simulations, lab measurements, and field measurements will grow exponentially. Analyzing these data to extract pertinent information will be critical to the prediction, anticipation, optimization and reduction of the costs and risks associated with a variety of processes in O&G exploration and production.  This volume of data opens an era of data analytics and deep learning. By taking advantage of next generation high performance computing capabilities, data analytics and deep learning will become an important driver for the evolution of O&G technology.

Modeling with improved and new physics, multi-physics integration and data analytics, together with the possibility to improve uncertainty and risks assessment, will be reshaping competency requirements of specialists and the way they work together, for safer, cheaper, faster and better Oil and Gas exploration and production.


Francois Alabert

Vice-President of Geo-Technology Solutions, Total
François Alabert is currently leading the group of geoscience technology for exploration and reservoir within the Total Exploration & Production branch. The group of 450 engineers and technicians provides high technology solutions in the domains of geology, geophysics and geosciences data management and computing. With 30 years of experience in O&G, particularly in reservoir engineering and geo-modeling, reserves evaluations and... Read More →

Wednesday March 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
BioScience Research Collaborative Building (BRC), Room 103

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