Phil’s Quarterly Update  
Q1 2010 | Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue
Phil’s Quarterly Update

New Direction for WEM Training

Linking WEM with Tight Gas Simulator

Moseley Donates 5 WEM Licenses to LSU

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Clients And Experience Lead To A Focus On Shale Gas And Other Complex Plays
The challenging work seems to find its way to our company and our products. We are proud of our reputation and ability to handle the tough problems that other technology often can’t.

We’ve responded to this market demand with successful consulting engagements, product development, and training.

With this solid core of experience and knowledge, we’ve now decided to proactively seize these opportunities and expand our efforts in these high-risk, high-reward areas.

For example, we’ve been working with several key operators in the major U.S. shale gas plays, helping them to model and analyze the complex environments and develop accurate production profiles.

In the story below, learn how we’re incorporating reservoir modeling technology into WEM to improve production forecast and management, as well as estimated ultimate recovery(EUR). Read more.

Another challenge we are focusing on is sand control. Unique technology has been integrated in the flux sand control failure model using WEM's asymmetric perforation and flux distribution models.

This mechanistic approach provides insight into the failure mechanisms in sand control wells. A well startup module integrates production with the analysis where the data trend establishes the mechanical skin and corresponding maximum safe rate.

A flux monitoring module tracks the history of an increasing mechanical skin and corresponding changes in flux distribution so the well can be choked back to avoid a screen failure. Recently, this system has been successfully used in a consulting project to history match production from a multi-layer, intelligent well completion to ascertain a possible explanation for a sand control failure.

Another specialty area is our joint research and development with Suncor Energy to add steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) modeling capabilities to WEM, which is currently in field trials.

Our training courses will also be updated this year to reflect these new specializations, per the article below. Read more.

Phillip Moseley, PhD, founder and president of P.E. Moseley & Associates, Inc.

 New Direction for WEM Training

Focus on engineering application delivers advanced training for experienced WEM users
Beginning in Q2 this year, we will be taking WEM training in a new direction, with a stronger focus on application of WEM to solve real-world engineering problems.

For example, new topics will include:
  • Basic nodal analysis
  • Shale gas well performance
  • Shale gas field performance
  • SAGD analysis
  • Gas lift analysis

Last year so many of you took basic WEM training, and, in the post-class surveys, many of you requested the kind of advanced application training that we are now offering.

The basic WEM training course will still be taught for private, in-house courses, or public courses may be arranged based on demand. So if you or someone you know are interested in the basic course, please contact us. We’ll wait-list you and notify you when the next public basic course is offered.

Watch for announcements of new training courses.

 Linking WEM with Tight Gas Simulator

P.E. Moseley & Associates has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Reservoir Software, LLC to include functionality from its PMTx multi layer tight gas reservoir simulator in WEM.

You may recall in 2009, we reported on some initial history match studies, in which we were able to get excellent results matching shale gas production (see related story). PMTx was the reservoir simulator that was used with WEM.


PMTx can model complex shale gas reservoirs with their dual porosity and permeability, stress related permeability, and desorption. And because it is an analytic model, computations run very quickly.

The PMTx technology will be incorporated into a new module of WEM designed specifically for shale gas, which will be available for release later this year.
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 Moseley Donates 5 WEM Licenses to LSU

In the last quarter of 2009, P.E. Moseley & Associates donated 5 WEM licenses to the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge.

LSU first learned of WEM while working on a research project with an existing Moseley client. Professor Mayank Tyagi then contacted us to see if we would be willing to donate a license to their program.

We decided to go a step further and give the program 5 licenses so that students have the

opportunity to explore and use the technology.
The terms of the agreement allow for non-commercial use only and LSU will share its WEM-based research with Moseley, thereby providing additional valuable insights, which we will use in our continual updates and enhancements to WEM.

“WEM is a key tool for one of the senior design teams that I supervise,” explained Professor Tyagi.

“The team is working on the analysis of several multiphase pumping technologies used for the
production of high GLR fluid from offshore fields. WEM results are further analyzed using economic models to understand the feasibility of studied technologies.

We are sincerely grateful for the generous donation by P.E. Moseley and Associates and for making such a challenging undertaking possible in the senior level design project course.”

For more information about university donations of WEM licenses, please contact us.

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