Two subsidiaries dedicated to the industrial development of software:
Beicip-Franlab conducts technical and economic studies for the oil and gas industry and markets geoscientific software developed by IFPEN. Beicip-Franlab operates in over 100 countries on behalf of national and international companies and governments, from exploration to reservoir management. Its new-generation basin modeling and reservoir simulation software solutions are world references.
Founded in 1992, TECH’advantage has developed expertise in the fields of software architecture, modeling, 3D visualization, scientific computation and internet technologies, acquired in the industrial development of software in the field of geosciences.
All the software developed by IFPEN is brought together in the integrated OpenFlow Suite™ solution. It provides a range of software modules, transparently linked and assembled to form a rationalized and targeted workflow package. This package comprises the most advanced basin modeling and reservoir characterization and simulation techniques, as well as cross-cutting services. The software suite includes the TemisFlow™, DionisosFlow™, FracaFlow, PVTFlow, PumaFlow, CougarFlow™ and EasyTrace applications and is marketed by Beicip-Franlab.
In the field of basin exploration, IFPEN boasts a raft of recognized skills and expertise ranging from geosciences (geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, geological modeling) to the physical sciences, mathematics (numerical methods) and IT (high-performance computing, software design etc.). This spectrum is supported by a multiscale and multiphysical approach to the phenomena studied, and the creation of synergies between these fields of expertise from the experimental domain through to the numerical domain. This makes it possible to ensure the link between the experimental data collected and modeling tools: experimental tests, interpretation and then integration in the modeling tools that reproduce the behavior of phenomena.
IFPEN has laboratory facilities that make it easier to understand and conceptualize geological processes. For example, IFPEN has more than 30 years’ experience in the creation of analog models with motorized experimentation equipment under a scanner used to create numerical models. The phenomenon observed in the laboratory, over short periods of time, is the representation of the geological phenomenon taking place over geological periods (fault kinematics and deformation mechanisms). These experiments are used to compare natural geometries with experimental geometries but also to understand the influence of geometric and mechanical parameters on a deformation field. IFPEN has obtained numerous data relating to different structural contexts and over time has developed the capacity to interpret them.
>>See GeoAnalog™ fact sheet (July 2018)
In the field of high-performance computing (HPC), IFPEN is working on the development of new simulators with a view to improving simulation performance in a range of geoscientific applications, particularly basin modeling. These new-generation simulators are developed on the Arcane platform, jointly created with the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission). This HPC platform makes it possible to optimize the performance of large parallel computers and manage the complexity of data for non-structured 3D grids. In addition, thanks to its advanced, object-oriented design, it presents flexibility and modularity characteristics that are beneficial to the construction of simulation software. It enables us to guarantee the efficiency of simulator developments (our various technological building blocks can be shared and used effectively) as well as the performance and long-term sustainability of our codes (since it is based on an HPC platform the adaptability of which makes it possible to reflect progress).
Sedimentary basins and hydrocarbon reservoirs under exploration by the oil and gas industry are increasingly complex in nature. It is vitally important to have a thorough understanding of them in order to achieve high exploration success rates and minimize risks. The use of modeling software makes it possible to characterize basins and reservoirs and simulate fluid migration with a view to minimizing risks related to oil exploration (basin modeling) and maximizing oil and gas production (field modeling). The geological envelope modeled can be highly variable: in basin modeling, the idea is to model the evolution of geological phenomena occurring over geological periods of time as well as the evolution of associated fluids (hydrocarbons, CO2, H2S, water), while in reservoir modeling, geological modeling is static, more limited in space and more precise, and fluid evolution is considered over a period of a few decades. The technologies developed by IFPEN address these needs.
Our geoscientific expertise ranges from the understanding of the phenomena involved at the nano and microscopic scale to modeling on a basin scale.