University of Colorado Denver University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alexander Engau

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Email: Alexander [dot] Engau
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Phone: [+1] (303) 315-1719
Fax: [+1] (303) 315-1704

Office: SCB 4223
1201 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80204

Mail: UCD Math & Stats
C Box 170, PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Alexander Engau

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Alexander Engau, Assistant Professor

Math 4779/5779 Math Clinic: Wattenberg Oil Load Dispatch and Hauling Optimization

This page describes the Spring 2012 Math Clinic sponsored and conducted jointly with Noble Energy, Inc. More general information about the mathematics clinics are provided at various sites by the college, department, and myself.

Mathematical Sciences Course Catalog Description

The clinic is intended to illustrate the applicability and utility of mathematical concepts. Research problems investigated originate from a variety of sources: industry, government agencies, educational institutions or nonprofit organizations. Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Semester Hours: 3.

  • Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm, CU Building, Room 656
  • Resources (requires online access to our wikispace)
  • Syllabus (in pdf format)

Spring 2011 Clinic Sponsor and Contact

Noble Energy, Inc. founded in 1932, is one of the nation's leading independent energy companies engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. Their broad-based assets include both crude oil and natural gas resources, with exposure in the U.S. and internationally. Noble Energy's domestic business consists of operations onshore, with key assets in the DJ Basin and deepwater Gulf of Mexico areas. Their onshore portfolio also includes a number of natural gas opportunities such as the Haynesville shale of East Texas/North Louisiana, the Piceance Basin of Western Colorado, and the Wattenberg field just north of the Denver metropolitan area.

Problem Synposis

Noble Energy produces and sells tons of thousands of barrels of oil a day in the Wattenberg field, one of the largest natural gas deposits in the United States. This oil needs to be sold to several different purchasers from thousands of different locations over a hundred square miles radius in north eastern Colorado. How can we support or assist Noble Energy to make business and operational decisions regarding the sales, dispatch, and transportation of its oil to optimize their business? What mathematical models can be created to represent this system for decision analysis, simulation, and optimization purposes?