Zhangxing (John) Chen

Zhangxing (John) Chen

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Calgary

Chair title

NSERC/Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Senior Chairholder since 2008


NSERC/Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation was established through a partnership between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Foundation CMG and the University of Calgary, and is the first of its kind in Reservoir Simulation. CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the support of reservoir simulation research. Foundation CMG has identified three key outcomes from the Chair's reservoir simulation program:

  1. Development of faster and more accurate numerical techniques, assisted history matching methods and effective field optimization;
  2. Improvement of workflow, including risk and uncertainty analysis;
  3. Design of better modeling and simulation of processes for enhanced oil recovery including heavy oil and bitumen recovery and upgrading, and unconventional gas recovery.

The Chair is well aligned with both the University of Calgary's and Foundation CMG's strategic objectives to further knowledge and skills for economical, clean, and sustainable energy supplies.

The Chair has more than twenty years of experience with laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and reservoir simulation for conventional and non-conventional oils. The research will create a state-of-the-art reservoir simulation toolkit that allows for multiple parallel runs, faster computation and rigorous optimization. It will develop numerical techniques that are faster and have greater accuracy than are currently available. These techniques will assist history matching methods and increase the effectiveness of field optimization. In turn, these advancements will improve the workflow, including risk and uncertainty analysis. There will be an overall significant improvement in the modeling and simulation processes of enhanced oil recovery for heavy oil and oil sands. CMG has already demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration in this research project, and will make their data and codes available for use in validating the reservoir models and simulators.


  • Foundation Computer Modeling Group (CMG)

Contact information

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Calgary
Schulich School of Engineering
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4

Tel.: 403-220-2881
Fax: 403-284-4852


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