Case Study

Gathering and Pipeflow Modeling

Company Size:

1 BB boe

Total Petroleum Reserves

Oil & Gas Infrastructure

Upstream, Midstream


Systems ranging from 15 – 300 wells. Analysis for system optimization based on flow requirements, pressure and distance.

Client Challenge:

A Texas based company looked to longtime partner Halker Consulting, to create a flow model of the design for an upstream production site that would hand off to a traditional midstream conveyance provider. The customer’s model size and scope would not allow for a quick turn site assessment. However, as with many large petroleum producers, this organization needed to accelerate the time to implementation, as well as identify opportunities for site optimization.


Halker Consulting models, designs, and maps gathering systems for oil, gas, and water pipelines. Complex AFT fluid flow modeling software allows us to size pipeline lines appropriately based on topography, flow rates, pressure, and composition. Google Earth assisted technology means pipelines are routed, modeled, and mapped with an eye toward appropriate and optimal design.

The process for gathering and designing pipeline systems includes:
  • Creating a preliminary model in Google Earth
  • Creating a nodal model in AFT Fathom
  • Optimizing the pipelines with the AFT Fathom model
  • Applying line sizing to the Google Earth maps

Halker Consulting has solved difficult pipeline routing and sizing problems for numerous clients. By utilizing the power of AFT Fathom, Arrow, & Impulse modeling software in combination with the accuracy of Google Earth Pro, Halker Consulting optimizes a piping network quickly and accurately. This often means smaller pipes and/or fewer pipes than would have otherwise been specified for a given system.