Successful EAGE/TNO workshop on OLYMPUS Field Development Optimization

Experts on field development optimization methods gathered in Barcelona on September 7, 2018 for the OLYMPUS workshop and which event took place the day after ECMOR XVI. The community that gathered for the workshop consisted of 65 attendees (from industry, research organizations and academia) and who shared and discussed their experiences and views on the potential of state-of-the-art methods for optimization under un­certainty for application to Field Development Optimization.

The OLYMPUS Field Develop­ment Optimization Challenge was developed by TNO together with ENI, Petrobras, Equinor and Delft University of Technology within the framework of ISAPP2 research consortium, and was launched in early 2017. This challenge is based on the realistic yet fictitious OLYMPUS oil reservoir and con­sists of 3 exercises on optimization under uncertainty, i.e. one exercise on well control optimization, one on well placement optimization and one on joint optimization of well placement and control. Since the launch of the challenge more than 20 groups from industry and academia worked on the challenge. The workshop served as the platform to present, share and discuss the results obtained by the different participants.

A keynote lecture of Prof. Albert Reynolds, University of Tulsa, addressing the past, present and future challenges on Field Development Optimization provided the perfect start to the workshop.  This was followed by 9 oral presentations and 11 poster presentations during dedicated poster sessions. Following all oral and poster presentations, the workshop was concluded with a panel discussion on the main learnings from the workshop and brainstorm on the way forward. The panel moderated by Rahul-Mark Fonseca consisted of members from the OLYMPUS Scientific Committee, Prof. Jan-Dirk Jansen, Ernesto Della Rossa, Alexandre Emerick and Remus Hanea. The friendly atmosphere of the workshop (and the discussions) continued at networking drinks that closed the event.

A Computational Geosciences Special Issue with peer-reviewed proceedings from the workshop will be published in the summer of 2019. All positive feedback and outcomes of discussions during and after the workshop has led us to begin brainstorming of further benchmark challenge ideas as a follow-up to the OLYMPUS Challenge[1]. Therefore, having attended over the last years several EAGE events, it was a pleasure to be involved together with EAGE this time in the facilitation of the OLYMPUS workshop. Along with the participants a special mention to Niels Udo from the EAGE and the Scientific Committee for all their efforts to make this workshop a resounding success!

[1] For more information on the background of the challenge and the dataset consisting of reservoir models, please visit: