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Visage finite-element geomechanics simulator

Understand geomechanical risks and optimize production

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Industry-leading reservoir geomechanics simulator

The Visage finite-element geomechanics simulator enables you to plan for and mitigate risks by modeling problems before they occur. This includes the following:

  • Compaction and subsidence.
  • Well and completion integrity.
  • Cap-rock and fault-seal integrity.
  • Fracture behavior.
  • Thermal recovery.
  • CO2 disposal.

The industry-leading Visage simulator has over 20 years’ pedigree and benefits from continuous software development and innovation by SLB.

Powerful numerical simulations

The initial structural and properties model, created using Petrel Geomechanics, is submitted to the numerical Visage simulator, and controlled from within the same familiar Petrel environment.

The Visage simulator can also be fully coupled to the Eclipse industry-reference reservoir simulator or next-generation Visage high-resolution reservoir simulator. In one-way coupling, the reservoir simulator models the flow of fluids in the reservoir and calculates the pressure, temperature, and saturation changes that result.

The Visage simulator uses these calculations to perform 3D static or 4D flow-, pressure-, and temperature-coupled calculations for rock stresses, deformations, and failure. Two-way coupling between the reservoir and Visage simulators allows permeability updating of the reservoir model at any selected time steps, as well as updating of mechanical properties in the geomechanics model to account for effects such as changing saturations and water softening.

For large models with many millions of cells or those coupled to a reservoir simulation, users are also able to perform parallel geomechanics simulation runs using local or remote clusters. The entire process—for single machines or multicore clusters—is managed by the Petrel platform, permitting the same seamless workflow to be maintained from project start to end.

Seamless end-to-end workflow

Petrel subsurface software combines transparent data flows with an easy-to-learn graphical user interface—Petrel Reservoir Geomechanics—that supports the Visage simulator configuration and results visualization. This enables the powerful functionality of the Visage simulator to be combined seamlessly with other interpretation, modeling, and engineering workflows within Petrel subsurface software. 

With the Petrel subsurface software-enabled workflow, you can include multiple data types to create new 3D geomechanics property and stress models, or add geomechanics data to augment existing reservoir subsurface models. This seamless combination within Petrel subsurface software ensures that the geomechanics model is consistent and integrated with geophysics, geology, petrophysics, and reservoir data.

Complex and highly heterogeneous models

The Visage simulator is able to model hundreds of faults, hundreds of thousands of discrete fractures, and highly heterogeneous models, meaning that the same high degree of complexity that exists in the geological model can be maintained throughout the geomechanics analyses.

Reservoir geomechanics across field life cycle

The Visage simulator provides powerful 3D and 4D geomechanics simulation across the entire field life cycle. This allows geoscientists and engineers to assess and mitigate potential geomechanics problems affecting well and completions, stimulation, production, injection, and field management.

Improve Asset Performance with SLB geomechanics software
SLB has a suite of established geomechanics software that allow you to pro-actively control risk, and optimize the value of your asset throughout the life of your field.

Visage training courses address the unique need of each learner, our courses, delivered by world-class experts, teach learners how to deal with real-life scenarios and solve genuine problems.