Move® Software

Petroleum Experts (Ltd) Provides Move® Software Suite for Use in Research and Teaching

Petroleum Experts (Ltd) (http://www.petex.com/ ) a recognized global standard in petroleum engineering and structural geology software tools continues to support our petroleum engineering program and our “Structure and Geomechanics Task Force” at Missouri S&T by providing 10 one year licenses of both the Move® and IPM® software suites (http://www.petex.com/products/move-suite/ and https://www.petex.com/products/ipm-suite/ respectively). These software packages are the industry-recognized standards and are valued at a combined total of $5,002,502.52.

The IPM suite is the standard across the worldwide oil and gas industry and is currently used by more than 350 oil and gas companies. The Petex IPM software allows for the modeling of full oil and gas production systems by capturing the physics, geology, engineering and fluid thermodynamics of the system from reservoir to oil and gas wells to the surface pipeline system and process. Once built, these models are used to optimize production for existing oil and gas fields and to assist with the system design of new fields.

The Petex software will be used by approximately 100 petroleum engineering students at Missouri S&T in courses and for research purposes. S&T students will have access to the full Integrated Production Modeling suite, which consists of the following:

  • PVTP, which predicts the effect of process conditions on the composition of hydrocarbon mixtures and fluid characterization
  • MBAL, an analytical reservoir tool commonly used for modeling the fluid dynamic reservoir effects and material balance.
  • REVEAL, which is designed to study specialized reservoir effects and assess their impact on the injection, production and enhanced oil recovery from the reservoir, capturing the thermal, rock mechanics and chemistry.
  • PROSPER, a design and optimization program for modeling most types of oil and gas well configurations.
  • GAP, a multiphase oil and gas optimizer that models the surface gathering pipeline network of field production systems. GAP integrates dynamically the reservoir model (MBAL) and well models (PROSPER).
  • RESOLVE, a field engineering development tool that manages and controls the IPM suite, Reservoir Simulators, Process Simulators to dynamically model, optimize and provide production forecasts of field operating scenarios. RESOLVE enables coupling of most major industry reservoirs, processes, and economics simulation models to better evaluate and operate oil and gas fields.

The Move® suite is one of the most powerful and complete software packages for analysis and modeling of complex geologic structures. The ten different software toolkits that comprise the Move® suite allow for 2D and 3D kinematic modeling of geologic structures, including Geomechanical Modelling, Fracture Modelling, Stress Analysis, Fault Analysis, and Fault Response Modelling. In addition, communication packages that allow Move® to work with Petrel, Open works, and Link GST are also being provided and may be used in course work in Petroleum Geology.

Figure 1: Geologic cross-section of the Kanarra Fold, Utah constructed by William Chandonia using multiple software packages Move®

Currently, William Chandonia, a Ph.D. student investigating the evolution of leading-edge structures in fold and thrust belts, is using Move® to construct professional quality geologic maps and cross sections (Fig. 1). William examines the role of flank thrusts — thrust faults on the limbs of folds — in the development of the leading edge. Flank thrusts are a class of under-recognized faults that are important in fold growth and form hydrocarbon traps. His work, based on a detailed field study, involves the Kanarra fold, a leading-edge Sevier fold and thrust belt structure in southwest Utah. This fold hosts a prominent flank thrust, the Taylor Creek thrust, and is well exposed, enabling William to construct a series of along strike cross sections and examine the development of the structure in Move®. William applies kinematic folding algorithms (e.g., trishear, see Figure 1) in Move® to his cross sections to help discern the development of the Kanarra fold and its flank thrust. His work benefits from the rapid and accurate cross section construction tools, such as the Horizons from Template feature, and utilizing the 2D Section Analysis and 2D Area-Depth modules available in the Move® software.

William presented his findings from forward modeling and detailed cross sections constructed in Move® at GSA meetings in (Chandonia et al., 2019). His work indicates that where flank thrusts are present, they are integral components in leading edge processes such as "fold breakthrough", ramp formation, and the initiation of triangle zones. Understanding the role of flank thrusts in these processes is necessary for accurately predicting the location and geometry of thrust fault-related hydrocarbon traps. The algorithms and cross section construction capabilities the Move® software provides were essential for this work.

 

References:

Chandonia GSA Abstract Spring 2019:

https://doi.org/10.1130/abs/2019SC-326588

Chandonia GSA Abstract Fall 2019:

https://doi.org/10.1130/abs/2019AM-336549