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Shaochang Wo

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Areas Of Experience

Oil & gas reservoir simulation

Reservoir characterization

Simulation of CO2/N2 injection for enhancing coalbed methane recovery

Risk-based leakage assessment of CO2 sequestration in geological formations

High-order numerical schemes for advection-diffusion-reaction flow problems

Shaochang Wo - Senior Research Scientist
Reservoir Simulation

Shaochang's areas of focus and specialization include: Simulation of multi-phase flow in oil and gas reservoirs; Characterization and modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs; Optimization of well pattern and infill drilling for improving water flooding; Evaluation of field CO2-EOR floods: CO2 and N2 injection for enhancing coalbed methane recovery and High-order numerical methods for convection-diffusion-reaction problem.

Education
Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, July 1997, University of Wyoming.
M.Sc., Fluid Mechanics in Petroleum Engineering, August 1988, Institute of Porous Flow and Fluid Mechanics, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) jointly associated with the Academy of Sciences of China.
B.Sc., Mathematics, 1982, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

Professional Experience

  • August 2004-present, Senior Research Scientist, IER/EORI, Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071.
  • July 2002-August 2004, Advisory Engineer/Scientist, Fossil Energy Technologies Dept., Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), Idaho Falls, ID 83415-2110.
  • November 2001-June 2002, Research Scientist, Institute for Energy Research, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071.
  • October 2000-August 2001, Senior Analyst, Lasso Technologies, 301 North Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202.
  • September 1997-September 2000, Senior Research Associate, Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801.
  • August 1993-July 1997, Research Assistant-Ph.D. Student. Mathematics Department, U. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071.
  • 1982-1991, Research Engineer, 1992-1993, Senior Research Engineer, Institute of Porous Flow and Fluid Mechanics, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China.


Selected Project Reports:

  1. Shaochang Wo: “Timber Creek Field Simulation Study: History Matching & Forecast of Development Scenarios,” Minnelusa Consortium project report, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, University of Wyoming, February 2011.

  2. Shaochang Wo and Mark Tomasso: “EVALUATION OF CO2 FLOODING IN THE NEWCASTLE/MUDDY RESERVOIR, FIDDLER CREEK FIELD WESTON COUNTY, WYOMING,” project report, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, University of Wyoming, June 2008.

  3. Shaochang Wo and Peigui Yin: “SIMULATION EVALUATION OF CO2 FLOODING IN THE MUDDY RESERVOIR, GRIEVE FIELD, WYOMING,” project report, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, University of Wyoming, October 2007.

  4. Wo, S., Lopez, D.A. and Whiteman, J.: “Northern Cheyenne Reservation Coalbed Natural Resource Assessment and Analysis of Produced Water Disposal Options,” project report prepared for DOE/NPTO Native American Initiative, DE-AC07-99ID13727, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), July 2004.

  5. Wo, S., Liang, J.T. and Myer, L.R.: “Methodology for Conducting Probabilistic Risk Assessment of CO2 Storage in Coal Beds,” project report prepared for DOE and CO2 Capture Project (CCP), DE-FC26-01NT41145, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), December 2003.

  6. Wo, S. and Yin, P.G.: “Greater Green River Basin Wyoming – Data Integration and Hydrocarbon Play Analysis,” project report prepared for Total/Fina/Elf, Institute for Energy Research, University of Wyoming, March 2002.

  7. Weiss, W.W., Wo, S. and Balch, R.S.: “Lynx Petroleum Consultants’ Reed Sanderson Unit Characterization of the Penrose Sand,” project report prepared for DOE and Los Alamos National Laboratory, ACTI Crada No. LA95C10237, Advanced Reservoir Management Project, PRRC, New Mexico Tech, September 21, 1998.

  8. Weiss, W.W., Wo, S. and Balch, R.S.: “Calibrating Density Porosity Logs with Plug Core Data at Dugan Dugan Production Company’s South Bisti Gallup Pool,” project report prepared for DOE and Los Alamos National Laboratory, ACTI Crada No. LA95C10237, Advanced Reservoir Management Project, PRRC, New Mexico Tech, Oct. 1998.

 

Selected Publications:

  1. Ginting, V., Pereira, F., Presho, M., and S. Wo, S.: “Application of the Two-Stage Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method for Characterization of Fractured Reservoirs using a Surrogate Flow Model,” Computat. Geosci., DOI: 10.1007/s10596-011-9236-4 (2011).

  2. Wo, S., Whitman, L.D. and Steidtmann, J.R.: “Estimates of Potential CO2 Demand for CO2 EOR in Wyoming Basins”, SPE 122921, presented at the 2009 SPE Rocky Mountain Petroleum Technology Conference held in Denver, Colorado, April 14-16, 2009.

  3. Presho, M., Ginting, V. and Wo, S.: “The Uncertainty Effects of Deformation Bands on Fluid Flow”, Comp. Appl. Math., 28 (2009), no.3, pp. 291-308.

  4. Wo, S., Yin, P., Blakeney-DeJarnett B. and Mullen, C.: “Simulation Evaluation of Gravity Stable CO2 Flooding in the Muddy Reservoir at Grieve Field, Wyoming”, SPE 113482, presented at the 2008 SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 19-23, 2008.

  5. Herbert Fischer, Shaochang Wo and Norman R. Morrow: “Modeling the Effect of Viscosity Ratio on Spontaneous Imbibition”, published by SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, Volume 11, Number 3, page 577-589, June  2008.

  6. Peigui Yin and Shaochang Wo: “Fracture Cementation and Its Effects on Permeability Directionality in Tensleep Sandstones, Wyoming”, presented at the 2008 AAPG annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23, 2008

  7. Wo, S. and Liang, J.T.: “Chapter 15 - CO2 Storage in Coalbeds: CO2/N2 Injection and Outcrop Seepage Modeling,” the CO2 Capture and Storage Project (CCP) Technical Summary Volume 2 – Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide with Monitoring and Verification, Elsevier, Oxford, in press, 2004.

  8. Wo, S. and Liang, J.T. and Myer, L.R.: “Chapter 32 - CO2 Storage in Coalbeds: Probabilistic Risk Assessment of CO2 and Methane Leakage,” the CO2 Capture and Storage Project (CCP) Technical Summary Volume 2 – Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide with Monitoring and Verification, Elsevier, Oxford, in press, 2004.

  9. Wo, S. and Liang, J.T.: “Simulation Assessment of N2/CO2 Contact Volume in Coal and Its Impact on Outcrop Seepage in N2/CO2 Injection for Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery,” SPE 89344 presented at the SPE/DOE Fourteenth Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 17-21, 2004.

  10. Weiss W. W., Wo, S., Weiss, J.: “Data Mining at a Regulatory Agency to Forecast Waterflood Recovery,” paper SPE 71057 presented at the 1999 SPE Rocky Mountain Technical Conference, Keystone CO, May 21-23, 2001.

  11. 11.    Wo, S., Xie, X. and Morrow, N.R.: “A Statistical Model of Apparent Pore Size Distribution and Drainage Capillary Pressure,” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, v. 187-188, 449-457, 2001

  12. Wo, S., Chen, B.M. and Wang, J.P.: “A High-Order Godunov Method for One Dimensional Convection-Diffusion-Reaction Problems,” Numerical Methods for partial Differential Equations, 16: 495-512, 2000.

  13. Weiss, W.W., Wo, S., Balch, R.S., Scott, L., and Kendall, R.P.: "Assessing the Potential Redevelopment of a 1960's Vintage Oil Field," SPE 59297 presented at the 2000 SPE/DOE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 3-5, 2000.

  14. Wo, S., Weiss, W.W., Balch, R.S., Scott, L., and Kendall, R.P.: "New Technique to Determine Porosity and Deep Resistivity from Old Gamma Ray and Neutron Count Logs," SPE 59553 presented at the SPE Permian Basin Oil & Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, Texas, March 21-23, 2000.

  15. Balch, R.S., Weiss, W.W., and Wo, S. and Welch, D.M.: "Predicting Core Porosity Using Wireline Logs at Dagger Draw Field, Southeast New Mexico." SPE 59554 presented at the SPE Permian Basin Oil & Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, Texas, March 21-23, 2000.

  16. Wo, S., Weiss, W.W., Balch, R.S., Scott, L., Roe, J., and Kendall, R.: "Producing GOR Used to Predict Permeability Distribution in a Tight Heterogeneous Reservoir," SPE 56505 Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference, Houston, Texas, October 3-6, 1999.

  17. Weiss, W.W., Wo, S. and Balch, R.S.: “Integrating Core Porosity and Sw Measurements with Log Values,” SPE 55642 Presented at the 1999 SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Gillette, Wyoming, May 15-18, 1999.

  18. Wo, S., Chen, B.M. and Wang, J.P.: “ Generalized Godunov Methods for Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes with Microbial Permeability Modification in One Dimensional Coreflood Models,” presented at the third International Symposium on Iterative Methods in Scientific Computation, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 1997.

  19. Wo, S: “A streamline model for Non-Newton porous flow,” the Fourth Fluid Mechanics Conference of China, June 1989.

  20. Liu, C. and Wo, S.: “The Numerical Model of Alkaline Waterflooding,” Petroleum Exploration and Development (in Chinese), No.4, 1986.

 

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