Optimization Challenge

Field development optimization challenge

Benchmark studies are an industry-valued way of evaluating and demonstrating the status and potential of developing technology. Well-known examples are the SPE reservoir simulation benchmark models. Examples that focused on workflows are the PUNQ study on Uncertainty Quantification and the Brugge benchmark study on Closed-Loop Reservoir Management (CLOREM). For both these studies TNO developed synthetic reservoir models. For ISAPP-2, as one of the leading research programs in the field of recovery optimization, the industrial partners proposed to TNO to formulate a new study to benchmark developments in this field over the past decade.


Based on the scope and learnings of the Brugge CLOREM study (see also Motivation and background), a benchmark study is proposed on field development optimization under uncertainty. The main objective is to provide answers to questions like:

  • What added value can be expected from applying optimization methods?
  • What are good workflows?
  • Which are good choices for controls?
  • Which algorithms are best suited?
  • Should field development and well control optimization be considered jointly?

Outline of provided information

For everyone involved in the Smart Wells & Smart Fields research community and who intends to participate this website provides access to models, instructions, objectives and deliverables, and defines measures of performance. This is all covered via the following additional information pages and documents:

Some of these pages contain direct links to additional resources and files.

In line with earlier benchmark studies, we aim to organize a workshop. This workshop will be a unique opportunity for the community (both academia and industry) to discuss results and share learnings. This is part of the following timeline proposed for the optimization challenge:

Launch and facilitation of this ISAPP field development optimization challenge includes the option to get support, for more information we refer to our Support- and FAQ-page: 

 Documentation for the challenge can be downloaded from the following page:

whereas via this page a request for the reservoir simulator input decks can be done.

Before going over to download the files of interest you are recommended to take notice on that page of a disclaimer applicable.


Several people and organizations have been supporting the set-up of this benchmark. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following persons and organizations:

  • ISAPP-2 industrial partners ENI, Statoil and Petrobras
  • Prof. Jan Dirk Jansen (Delft University of Technology)
  • Dr. Oleg Volkov (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Atgeirr Rasmussen (SINTEF) on behalf of the OPM initiative 
  • Faraj Zarei and colleagues at CMG
  • Bill Bailey (Schlumberger)
  • Participants of the September 2016 TNO Optimization workshop for useful feedback & suggestions.


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