DigitalROCK Oil Recovery – A Virtual Rock Lab for Better Field Planning

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Oil and gas reserves lie buried thousands of feet beneath layers of rock, and extraction requires understanding how these fluids flow through the porous reservoir rock.

Lab testing on rock samples is a slow, expensive process with poor reproducibility, forcing engineers to make decisions based on limited data.  SIMULIA DigitalROCK provides a virtual lab for analyzing reservoir rock samples. The DigitalROCK computational modeling solution uses a high-resolution 3D image of a rock sample as input to determine important fluid related properties including pore size distribution, absolute permeability, relative permeability, and capillary pressures. For the oil and gas industry, these properties are of essential importance to reservoir characterization and production design. Challenges in reservoir analysis are presented, followed by a description of DigitalROCK, typical workflow, benefits, and some Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) use case examples.  Other potential applications of the technology are also presented.


  • Explanation of DigitalROCK
  • Workflow Description:  Imaging, Analyses
  • Validation and benefits of DigitalROCK
  • Example use cases of DigitalROCK
  • Other applications of this technology

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About the presenter

David FREED | Director, Energy & Materials,SIMULIA Centers of Excellence Experience Management

Dr. David FREED came to SIMULIA through the acquisition of Exa, starting there in 1997 as a member of the Physics team working on Exa’s LBM flow simulation technology foundation.  At Exa, Dr. FREED held positions of Director of Industrial Consortia, Director of Aeroacoustics Applications, Managing Director of Aeroacoustics Applications, and Vice President of Oil & Gas.
Dr. FREED holds a Double B.S. in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT where he worked under Prof. Kim MOLVIG, one of Exa’s founders.  Dr. FREED is an author on dozens of technical papers on computational aeroacoustics, Lattice Boltzmann physics, and porous media flow simulation.