CompModSim - Computational Modelling and Simulation Laboratory

Facility Location
City & country
Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Description & contacts of the access provider
Legal name of organisation
HWU - Heriot-Watt University
Infrastructure contact - Primary contact
Eric Mackay
RICC contact - Secondary contact
Florian Doster
Facility Availability
Unit of access

Heriot-Watt University offers the following computational facility for static and dynamic modelling of CO2 storage in subsurface geological formations:

  • High Performance Computing (HPC) facility is available for research in CCS
  • Exploits parallel capabilities of modern multi-threaded and multi-core CPUs, and consists of
    • 20 multi-core CPU systems which currently totals over 480 CPU cores
    • 2Tb of RAM
    • Aggregated storage capacity >20Tb.
  • HPC software includes:
    • Matlab
    • CMG reservoir simulation suite (Builder, IMEX black oil, STARS k value compositional and reactive transport simulation, GEM equation of state compositional and reactive transport simulation)
    • Schlumberger Reservoir Simulation suite (Petrel, ECLIPSE black oil simulation,  E300 equation of state compositional simulation)
    • Openfoam
    • Anaconda python virtual environment
    • Intel compilers and mkl libraries
    • gnu compilers
    • mpi, fftw, hdf5, blas, cblas, openmpi libraries
  • 3 state of the art teaching rooms each furnished with 16 high end PC workstations that may be used for developing and running multimillion cell dynamic reservoir simulation models as well as projection facilities
  • Software includes all of above plus
    • Petroleum Experts Reveal black oil reactive transport simulation
    • PHREEQC reactive transport simulation
    • Geochemist's Workbench reactive transport simulation
  • 90 seater classroom
  • Visionarium
  • Bespoke industry-academic engagement facility (GRID) including offices, meeting rooms, VC facilities, breakout rooms, project sharing space


The facility may be used for development of geological models, for calculation of phase properties of CO2, brine and any hydrocarbons that may be encountered, including any geochemical and any geomechanical interactions, and for dynamic simulation of CO2 transport and storage in the subsurface from pore scale, through core, near well and field scales all the way to basin scale.

The facility is available for immediate use.

State of the art, uniqueness, & specific advantages

Training and support for use of software used for storage calculations.  We also provide consultancy services - although for these third party software license charges will be passed on at cost.