Industry software for petroleum engineers

In most oil companies worldwide the petroleum engineering broadly concentrates on maximising cost-effective production from the field. A number of core software programmes are part of its daily routine to assess this effectiveness and efficiency of oil and gas production. Students on these subject areas at LSBU benefit from detailed instruction on a suite of industry-standard software packages. This instils a level of professional competency that industry employers immediately recognise and value.

Thank you to our sponsors

Petroleum Experts (Petex), UK has donated 10 licenses of the IPM software suite, equivalent to £1,072,970.00 to London South Bank University.

Industry relevant skills

First year chemical and petroleum students start practising on HYSIS, as this introductory software that builds up their core skills of data collection, defining the boundaries of probability and testing data sensitivities.

The second year students have access to Prosper and Gap through a dedicated computer suite reserved for the subject area. The software is used extensively in second year projects.

Final year undergraduate students have the opportunity to develop skills in Petrel and Eclipse, especially in relation to their design/test extended project, which makes up part of their overall course grades.

The MSc Petroleum students receive detailed instruction in all of the software and use it throughout their two semesters of taught classes. Many students opt to use their favourite software in their chosen dissertation project.

Software specification

This software is produced by Aspen Technologies and models fluid flow and separation and is used in refinery operations or pipelines. It is a standard package for chemical and process engineers working in industry.
This industry-standard software is produced by Schlumberger and uses oil exploration data to work out the volume of a sub-surface oil or gas accumulation that is in the reservoir.
This software is produced by Schlumberger and models the movement of fluids in the oil or gas reservoir and works out what percentage of the hydrocarbons could economically be produced.
This software is produced by Petroleum Experts and looks at the design of a well to model various options available to the engineer to maximise well productivity. Options could include: putting a pump at the base of the well or a technique called gas lift (where gas is injected to help lift the liquid hydrocarbons).
GAP – produced by Petroleum Experts
This industry-standard software is used to describe the optimum method of joining wells together at surface level via pipelines to optimise the fluid flow pathways to the production station.


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