Project TitleUpstream Water Management Tool
Track Code4585TEES17
Short DescriptionNone
Tagswater management, oil and gas, Upstream, o&g, water treatment, Produced Water, decision making, petroleum
Posted DateMar 15, 2017 11:16 AM

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Upstream Water Management Tool


Water treatment is a vital part of oil and gas production operations. There are various water treatment strategies including mobile (on-site), centralized, and conventional salt water disposal well (SWD). The most cost effective approach is dependent on a number of factors, including number of wells, volume produced, various distances, costs for systems (trucking, piping, treatment, and disposal) and project life.

The Upstream Water software’s primary goal is to evaluate the economics of treating and reusing produced water (PW) from a field and to determine the most cost effective approach to water treatment. Using a number of minimal inputs, Upstream Water provides the macroeconomics associated with water treatment for assisted water management, planning, and decision making.


Compared to various complex design tools, Upstream Water’s goal is to provide useful macroeconomic outputs to be used in decision making for water treatment decisions given minimal inputs. The model does not attempt to design a treatment system, but rather provides effective information on the relative economics of mobile and centralized water treatment. The model provides clarity to a controversial topic by enabling oil and gas operators and service operators to estimate the economics of treatment and reuse. The model targets multiple aspects of the industry – it benefits in produced water management decision making, service companies in determining a target treatment cost, and engineering firms in assisting operators with water management planning and design.


  • Simple, yet effective modeling to determine optimized water treatment decisions
  • Determines economics of various treatment approaches including mobile on-site treatment, centralized treatments, and conventional disposal (injection)
  • Easy calculation and comparison of water treatment break-even costs
  • Gives a management perspective from an operator point-of-view


  • Determining an optimal water treatment approach in on-shore, upstream oil
  • Comparing treatment approaches against conventional disposal
  • Useful to a wide range of potential users including:
    • Exploration and production companies
    • Oil and gas service companies
    • Water technologies companies
    • Engineering consultant firms
    • Midstream transportation and disposal companies

Stage of Development

  • Currently coded in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Lead Inventor

    Tyler Hussey
    Graduate Research Assistant
    Global Petroleum Research Institute

    David Burnett
    Associate Research Scientist
    Director of Technology at Global Petroleum Research Institute

Research Interests

  • Well Completion Technology
  • Drill-IN Fluids for Well Completions
  • Formation Damage Phenomena in Well Completions
  • Horizontal Well Stimulations
  • Profile Control Technology

Intellectual Property Status

    Copyright Filed

For licensing information, please contact:

Sheikh Ismail, Ph.D.
Licensing Associate
Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
(979) 862-3273
Docket: TAMU 4585


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