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Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas Development

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Artificial intelligence has been back on the stage of research works in all the walks in recently years, the sharply increase of AI-based work have shown its potential to be a future direction for almost all disciplines. In oil and gas industry, AI technology is also doubtlessly a new shining star that draws attention from researchers devoted themselves into it. In order to dig up more about the applications of artificial intelligence in oilfield development for a hint of the future trend of this exciting technology in oil and gas industry, literature investigation of a large amount of AI-based work reported has been conducted in this work. Based on the investigation, the application of AI in important issues in oilfield development including oilfield production dynamic prediction, developing plan optimization, residual oil identification, fracture identification, and enhanced oil recovery are specifically investigated and summarized, the backs and cons of existing AI algorithms has been compared. Based on the analysis and discussion, current situation of the application of AI in oilfield development is concluded, and suggestions and potential directions of future work AI application in oil and gas developing are provided.

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Abbreviations

ANFIS:

Adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system

ANN:

Artificial neural network

APSO:

Adaptive particle swarm optimization

BDA:

Big data analytics

BP:

Back propagation

CNN:

Convolutional neural network

DM:

Data mining

FCM:

Fuzzy clustering method

GA:

Genetic algorithm

GNN:

Graph neural network

HIS:

Hybrid intelligent system

Iot:

Internet of things technology

IPSO:

Improved particle swami optimization

LSSVM:

Least squares support vector machine

MAPE:

Mean absolute percent error

ML:

Machine learning

MLPNN:

Multi-layer perceptron neural network

MSE:

Mean squared error

NARX:

Nonlinear auto regressive model with eXogenous

PCA:

Principal component analysis

PNN:

Polynomial neural network

PSO:

Particle swarm optimization

QPSO:

Quantum particle swarm optimization

RMSE:

Root mean squared error

SD:

Standard deviation

SOM:

Self-organizing maps

SRM:

Surrogate regulation model

SVM:

Support vector machine

WOB:

Weight on bit

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The authors are grateful for financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51874317) and the National Science and Technology Major Projects of China (Grant Nos. 2016ZX05037003).

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Li, H., Yu, H., Cao, N. et al. Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas Development. Arch Computat Methods Eng (2020) doi:10.1007/s11831-020-09402-8

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