Streamline simulation is ideally suited for modeling large, geologically heterogeneous, multi-well systems where production is principally dominated by advection. Conversely, streamlines are not well suited for situations where capillary crossflow, transverse diffusion, or counter-current flow are important and first-order production mechanisms.
Streamline simulation is therefore exploited for modeling production from brown fields undergoing waterflooding, WAG, and/or EOR injection using some sort of pattern arrangement. Note however, that in the context of streamline simulation a pattern simply means that the flood is operated at approximately a voidage replacement ratio of one.
The following is a list of reservoir engineering applications where streamlines have shown to be effective.