Safe and effective fluid transport
Modern production systems require designs that ensure safe and cost-effective transportation of fluids from the reservoir to the processing facilities. Once these systems are brought into production, the ability to ensure optimal flow is critical to maximizing economic potential. From complex individual wells to vast production networks, the Pipesim steady-state multiphase flow simulator enables production optimization over the complete lifecycle.

Continuous innovation incorporating leading science
For over 30 years, the Pipesim simulator has been continuously improved by incorporating not only the latest science in the three core areas of flow modeling—multiphase flow, heat transfer, and fluid behavior—but also the latest innovations in computing, and oil and gas industry technologies. The simulator includes advanced three-phase mechanistic models, enhancements to heat transfer modeling, and comprehensive PVT modeling options. The ESRI-supported GIS map canvas helps deliver true spatial representation of wells, equipment, and networks. Networks can be built on the GIS canvas or generated automatically using a GIS shape file. The interactive graphical wellbore enables rapid well model building and analysis. Faster simulation runtime has also been achieved for all modeling though the implementation of a new parallel network solver to spread the computational load across all processors.

Steady-state flow assurance, from concept to operations
The Pipesim simulator offers the industry’s most comprehensive steady-state flow assurance workflows for front-end system design and production operations. The flow assurance capabilities of the simulator enable engineers to ensure safe and effective fluid transport—from sizing of facilities, pipelines, and lift systems, to ensuring effective liquids and solids management, to well and pipeline integrity. Shared heat transfer, multiphase flow, and fluid behavior methodologies ensure data quality and consistency between the steady-state and transient analyses.

New well type: advanced

A new advanced well type to support complex well configurations. This includes a limited edition of this functionality, enabling modeling of: flow control valve, tail pipe, tubing and annulus flow with two surface pressure conditions, ESP separated gas in the annulus, steam circulation with or without completion, and production/injection pairs using the same well perspective.

Smart well completions with flow control valve
Smart well completions with flow control valve (FCV)

Modeling of FCVs is introduced under the advanced well editor. The flow in the annulus is modeled and the number of FCVs is not limited or related to the number of completions in the model. The FCV catalog is updated with all SLB valves, with the option to add a custom valve from other manufacturers.

Enable phase ratio override on Multiflash PVT files

Phase ratio override is the ability to change gas and water ratios at any stream inlet and neglect the phase ratios specified or calculated in the original fluid description. This feature is enabled to facilitate, in addition to overriding phase ratio in completions, the fluid editor and in sources, generating vertical flow performance (VFP) files while a Multiflash (MFL) file is used in the model.

New GIS map backgrounds
New GIS map backgrounds

To improve the visualization on the GIS canvas, three background modes are added to the list of base maps: white, light, and dark. These backgrounds enable the display of better contrast of the network model objects and results and hide geographical data.

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