In this paper authors share an experience of one of many ways to foster professional development culture among young engineers through organization of an internal competitions. The competition was held among reservoir engineers working in different locations across the world with a purpose to accelerate and bring to a whole new level their knowledge about one of company flagship software products as well as to use it to solve tough real world industry challenges via application of latest technology and domain knowledge.
The competition was presented in a form of field optimization challenge using new high-fidelity reservoir simulator to give opportunity for everyone interested to learn and uncover simulator's broad and rich functionality. The challenge consisted of two optimization tasks targeting 1) recovery factor and 2) net present value (NPV). There were some field development constraints, such as drilling budget, availability of rig resources, surface facility capability, economic considerations – capital and operating expenditure. The model provided for this challenge represented a synthetic carbonate reservoir that has geological and petrophysical properties inspired by a real carbonate outcrop.
The duration of the challenge was one month. During this period participants tested different field development plan (FDP) scenarios and at the end submitted their solutions. The engagement level among young engineers and creative solutions presented are indicative of a success of this initiative. The competition not only allowed to apply their domain knowledge to tackle real field challenges but also propelled forward their knowledge on advanced features of the simulator.
Rich capabilities of the simulator allowed to implement complex operating logic to manage an asset along with getting hands-on experience designing and optimizing latest technologies such as intelligent completions. On top of that engineers learned to approach a problem from operator's point of view by optimizing capital and operating expenditure – finding a best spot for infill drilling, estimating optimal volume of fluid injection for pressure maintenance, dealing with water breakthrough in production wells and so on. The solutions were evaluated by an organizing committee in each category and winners received special awards. One of the authors of this paper had a privilege to be awarded the highest prize in "NPV optimization task".
Authors will share one many proven effective methods to develop young engineers within a company through engagement and interest to solve industry problems. Also, the paper will provide case studies from the challenge that may spark an interest in industry professionals in reservoir engineering domain along with some differentiating features of new high-fidelity reservoir simulator used in this competition.