Reservoir modeling has undergone a revolution in the last decade or so. Like all revolutions, it has had a long and difficult birth, with technical experts railing against the shortcomings of the existing methodologies, but unable to agree on the way forward. Breakthrough was achieved when modeling tools became available that allowed routine work to be conducted by field development teams rather than by experts from the research lab. Commercial pressure ensured the subsequent rapid development of software around the concept of the common, or shared, earth model. But like...

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