This position is charged with improving the reservoir simulator's geo-mechanical modeling. At this time, the simulator uses either compaction tables or an explicitly coupled geo-mechanical simulation (third party) to simulate the impact of geo-mechanical rock distortions brought on by stress (pressure) changes during reservoir production or injection.
The project will begin with a complete analysis of our options going forward. At one extreme this could include recommendation and the building of a full finite element geo-mechanical simulator.
At the more simple end of the spectrum identification of a better explicitly coupled 3rd party solution. The candidate will develop models where the interaction between fluid and rock deformation is studied.
The development will include mathematical models, numerical discretization of multi-phase fluid mass and rock deformation equations, and numerically efficient Fortran code implementation in the existing simulator.
Coding experience. A Ph.D. in Engineering (or exceptionally qualified M.S. candidate) or degrees in math or other sciences with appropriate background.
Strong communication skills in English are required.
Nice to have
Coding experience with Fortran 90
Previous experience with a finite element geo-mechanics simulator and coupled geo-mechanical modeling for fractured formations is a plus.
A Ph.D. in Engineering (or exceptionally qualified M.S. candidate) with background in petroleum reservoir highly desire.
Preferred to have parallel MPI experience.