In Remembrance of Keith H. Coats, Founder of Modern Reservoir Simulation


“In recognition of his pioneer work in numerical simulation models for conventional black oil, gas storage, compositional, thermal, and fractured reservoir engineering applications; and for his sharing of knowledge through his publications and teaching.”

coats-keithAIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal in 1989.

Keith H. Coats was the Technical Director at Scientific Software-lntercomp Inc. in Houston. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics, all from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Coats was a recognised authority in numerical analysis of petroleum reservoir engineering applications and a pioneer developer of state-of-the-art. software for black-oil, in-situ combustion, steam-injection, and compositional simulations.

Before co-founding Inter-comp Resources Development and Engineering Inc. in 1968, Dr. Coats was Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, a Research Associate at Esso Production Research Co.. and an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas.

A Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dr Coats was the 1984 recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award. He has served on the SPE Nominating and Reprint Series committees and has written many technical papers for SPE publications. Dr. Coats was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

The Founder of Modern Reservoir Simulation

Dr Andrew Wadsley, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Stochastic Simulation says Dr Coats is the founder of modern reservoir simulation.

Dr Wadsley comments:

“In Shell I worked on some of his simulation codes including TRS but unfortunately… although working for Intercomp which he founded, I never had the privilege of meeting Keith. His memory lingers on in many of the data structures and variable names scattered throughout the world’s reservoir simulators.”

The team at Stochastic Simulation pay their respects to Dr Keith H. Coats and his contributions to modern reservoir simulation.

Visit to learn more about Dr Keith H. Coats Sensor Reservoir Simulator, or read SPE papers that have been published by Keith H. Coats.