Applications of Artificial Neural Networks in the Petroleum Industry: A Review


Oil/gas exploration, drilling, production, and reservoir management are challenging these days since most oil and gas conventional sources are already discovered and have been producing for many years. That is why petroleum engineers are trying to use advanced tools such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) to help to make the decision to reduce non-productive time and cost. A good number of papers about the applications of ANNs in the petroleum literature were reviewed and summarized in tables. The applications were classified into four groups; applications of ANNs in explorations, drilling, production, and reservoir engineering. A good number of applications in the literature of petroleum engineering were tabulated. Also, a formalized methodology to apply the ANNs for any petroleum application was presented and accomplished by a flowchart that can serve as a practical reference to apply the ANNs for any petroleum application. The method was broken down into steps that can be followed easily. The availability of huge data sets in the petroleum industry gives the opportunity to use these data to make better decisions and predict future outcomes. This paper will provide a review of applications of ANNs in petroleum engineering as well as a clear methodology on how to apply the ANNs for any petroleum application.

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SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference 2019, MEOS 2019 (2019: Mar. 18-21, Manama, Bahrain)


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Engineers; Gasoline; Infill drilling; Neural networks; Petroleum engineering; Petroleum industry; Petroleum prospecting, Broken down; Four-group; Non-productive time; Oil and gas; Oil/gas exploration; Petroleum applications; Reservoir engineering, Reservoir management

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01 Mar 2019

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