Electronic Computer Applications to Petroleum Engineering

CIM Bulletin, 1958


MOST company-employed petroleum engineers have in their accounting departments punch-card computers that can perform engineering calculations thirty to three hundred times faster than desk calculators, or they can rent such machines from Computing Service centres. These machines not only eliminate the drudgery of desk calculation but also the risks of human errors. The I.B.M. t 604 punch-card computer of Texaco's accounting department in Calgary has been used for oil and gas property evaluations, curve fitting by least squares, statistical core analysis studies, unsteady-state water influx studies, phase equilibrium performance prediction of oil reservoirs, gravity segregation calculations, etc.
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