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Graduate Seminar - John Linderman


Monday, February 22, 2016


03:00pm - 04:00pm


CPE 2.204


Speaker:  John Linderman  - Chief Reservoir Scientist, ExxonMobil Production Company

Seminar Title: “Uncertainty Analysis in Dynamic Models”


Oil and gas companies expend significant effort on characterizing the uncertainties that affect production forecasts, and the industry has been trying to evolve improved methods for analyzing uncertainty.  Unfortunately, when we look at how well our projects perform, it’s not clear that uncertainty analysis is significantly improving our business decisions. 

The objective of this talk is to discuss some of the shortcomings in our current approaches to uncertainty analysis, and to suggest some things that might help make uncertainty analysis more useful.   Technical advances in computing and modeling and improvements in work processes can help, provided they are coupled with sound geoscience and engineering judgment. 


John Linderman is Chief Reservoir Scientist at ExxonMobil Production Company.  Over the course of his 35 year career with ExxonMobil he has led reservoir studies for fields in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.  His work experience includes coordinating simulation and depletion studies, drilling programs, and gas and water injection projects. 

He currently provides technical guidance to multiple assets and technology development projects.