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Determining optimal casing point locations is a challenging task since many engineering and geologic variables affect each other and are often non-linear. A new mathematical formulation and procedure for optimizing casing string placement was used in a study on the application of non-traditional optimization techniques, namely, Simulating Annealing (SA), to determine near-optimum casing points of wells in a case study of South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf in Iran. The model is applied to the practical design of the wells, and numerical results illustrate its accuracy and efficiency.
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