Mathematical Geology

, Volume 28, Issue 7, pp 843–856 | Cite as

Quantifying uncertainty in reservoir performance using streamtubes

  • Marco R. Thiele
  • Srinivas E. Rao
  • Martin J. Blunt


We present the use of a streamtube approach to study the uncertainty in reservoir performance resulting from a stochastic description of the flow domain. The streamtube technique is an efficient numerical method which is particularly effective for modeling convective displacements that are dominated by large-scale heterogeneities. Stable, numerical-diffusion-free solutions can be obtained in a fraction of the time taken by conventional finite difference simulators, thereby allowing a statistical approach to reservoir simulation and forecasting.

Key words

reservoir simulation production forecasting streamtubes streamlines stochastic generation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco R. Thiele
    • 1
  • Srinivas E. Rao
    • 1
  • Martin J. Blunt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Petroleum EngineeringStanford UniversityStanford

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