Integrated Production Modelling with Prosper, GAP and MBAL

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours 70

Price €650

This is an IChemE approved training course and not delivered directly by the Institution. For more information about the course, contact the training provider directly.


This extensive course will enable participants to understand the concepts and practical applications of modelling naturally flowing and artificial lift wells with Prosper, surface network modelling with GAP, reservoir modelling with MBAL and full field performance prediction with GAP and MBAL. Ten days classroom equivalent.

"The course is structured to guide the user to review key theoretical concepts at the beginning and then use them in a practical way while doing software simulation. This method allows the user to understand what software does, identify “red herrings” and understand the importance of getting data right."
Principal Production and Well Services Engineer, YPF

Course outline

  • Petroleum production systems concepts and a review of units and datums
  • Reservoir fluid properties overview, correlations, matching and applications (Prosper)
  • Well performance modelling (inflow, outflow and nodal analysis) and applications (Prosper)
  • Artificial lift systems concepts, methods, selection, design and selection (Prosper)
  • Gas lift key concepts, design and VLPs, equipment overview and operation, diagnosis and applications (Prosper)
  • ESP key concepts, equipment overview and operation, design and diagnosis, runlife optimisation and applications (Prosper)
  • Reservoir performance modelling using material balance - concepts and applications (MBAL)
  • Surface network modelling concepts and applications (GAP)
  • Full field modelling production modelling and forecasting (GAP and MBAL)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the principles of reservoir fluid composition, properties and modelling — identify the limitations of using correlations and equations of state
  • evaluate the range of possible inflow and outflow performance relationships for wells — show how nodal analysis is used to predict well performance and the effect of artificial lift
  • build, validate and match a naturally flowing oil well model — apply and interpret more complex inflow modelling options (Prosper)
  • run nodal analysis sensitivities, interpret the results and export lift curves (Prosper)
  • perform a gas lift design, run sensitivities and export lift curves — diagnose and troubleshoot gas lift well performance (Prosper)
  • conduct an ESP design, run sensitivities and export lift curves — diagnose and troubleshoot ESP well performance (Prosper)
  • explain the principle and limitations of the material balance method and the influence of drive mechanisms on the recovery factor
  • build a material balance model for a new oil field development — perform history matching and run production forecasts (MBAL)
  • explain the concepts of network interactions — build a network model for a new oil field development and perform an optimisation with constraints (GAP)
  • run a full field model with production forecasting including producers and injectors (GAP/MBAL/Prosper).

Who will benefit

Production, petroleum, reservoir, facilities, operations or process engineers involved in the planning, design, modelling and optimisation of oil and gas production facilities and fields.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a customised in-company course. Contact us for more details.

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