Dr. Wheeler Receives Career Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Wheeler for winning the 2016-17 University Co-op’s Career Research Excellence Award.  This award acknowledges a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained superior research over many years.  Winners will be honored at the University Co-op Hamilton Awards banquet at the Blanton Museum on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The University Co-op Awards 2017

Numerical Simulation and Optimization of Gas Mobility Control Techniques During CO2 Sequestration in Cranfield

by Xueying Lu and Mohammad Lotfollahi

CO2 sequestration in subsurface often suffers from poor volumetric sweep efficiency due to low gas viscosity, low gas density, and formation heterogeneity. This study investigates CO2 mobility control techniques of Water Alternating Gas (WAG) and Surfactant (or Nanoparticle) Alternating Gas (SAG) to increase CO2 storage capacity in Cranfield via field-scale simulations and optimization. Continue reading

Adaptive Mesh Refinement with the Enhanced Velocity Method

by Benjamin Ganis

The enhanced velocity (EV) method is a useful way to directly construct a strongly flux-continuous velocity approximation between non-matching subdomain grids [2].  It is a straightforward method to implement based on a two-point flux approximation on Cartesian grids.  The EV method has recently been implemented in the IPARS simulator on a new type of discretization called semi-structured grids.  This enables powerful local mesh refinement capabilities, as well as dynamic adaptive mesh refinement (AMR). Continue reading

Connie Baxter Retires

Connie Baxter, Senior Administrative Associate and Assistant to the Director of the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM), was hired in 1997 as an administrator where she remained for almost 20 years.  Baxter joined ICES’ predecessor, the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, and received the 2016 ICES Staff Excellence Award “for contributions to innovation, productivity, and morale.”  She retired on April 30, 2017 and will be missed.

Michelle Belisle has been hired as the new Senior Administrative Associate and joined the team on September 18, 2017.

Dr. Wheeler and collaborators receive $1.5 million NSF Grant

January, 2016 – Center for Subsurface Modeling director Dr. Mary Wheeler, with her collaborators, received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The purpose of the grant is to develop computational techniques that more effectively use big data to predict and model the pathways of naturally-occurring ground fractures and how induced fractures interact with them. Continue reading

Affiliates Meeting – November 3-4, 2015

Thank you to all attendees, presenters, and participants in the 2015 CSM Affiliates Meeting. The presentations and posters are available for download (below). If you have not received an email with the password for viewing, please contact Connie Baxter.

Attendees at the 2015 CSM Affiliates Meeting

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page.

2015 Industrial Affiliates Meeting Agenda

2015 Industrial Affiliates Meeting Posters

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Wheeler receives SPE’s highest honor


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ICES Professor Mary Wheeler has been named a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Honorary Member, the organization’s highest honor.

Wheeler, professor of petroleum and geosystems engineering, and professor or aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, garners the prestigious title which is limited to 0.1 percent of the SPE total membership. This elite group represents individuals who have given outstanding service to SPE or have demonstrated distinguished scientific or engineering achievements in the fields within the technical scope of SPE. Continue reading