Practical Reservoir Engineering

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours 70

Price €650

This is an IChemE approved training course and not delivered directly by the Institution. For more information about the course, contact the training provider directly.


This extensive course covers all the fundamental concepts of reservoir engineering plus practical applications in software tutorials (MBAL and KAPPA workstation). Topics include; reservoir engineering objectives, fluid and rock properties, well inflow performance, fluid flow in porous media, reservoir drive mechanisms, performance trend analysis, rate transient analysis, material balance and analytical aquifers, reserves estimation, well testing and pressure transient analysis, formation evaluation, improved and enhanced oil recovery, reservoir performance prediction and reservoir management and surveillance. You will also explore unconventional reservoir analysis and applications. Ten days classroom equivalent course. A shorter course entitled Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering (five days) is also available on the Baobab LMS micro-learning website.

"I was impressed with the way you explained some pretty sophisticated topics; for example the aquifer models. The level of detail was high enough to keep me (and I would guess others) engaged, yet, provides enough “meat” so as to be useful. From experience, I know that this is a tough balancing act – but from the areas that I’ve seen, you have gotten it spot on."
Petroleum Engineer and SME, Chevron

Course outline

  • Introduction to reservoir engineering - key concepts and objectives
  • Reservoir rock and fluid properties
  • Relative permeability and fractional flow
  • Pressure loss in the reservoir (inflow performance) concepts
  • Fluid flow in porous media and reservoir drive mechanisms
  • Performance trend analysis (decline curves, WOR plots) and rate transient analysis
  • Material balance and aquifer influx concepts and modelling applications (MBAL)
  • Well testing and pressure transient analysis concepts and applications (Saphir)
  • Petroleum reserves estimation methods
  • Well logging and formation evaluation
  • Improved and enhanced oil recovery (IOR/EOR)
  • Reservoir performance prediction concepts and applications (MBAL and Rubis)
  • Unconventional reservoir analysis concepts and application workflows (Citrine and Topaze)
  • Reservoir management, monitoring and surveillance

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify key reservoir rock and fluid properties from surface and down-hole measurements and explain their application in reservoir engineering
  • explain how fluid flows in the reservoir and describe the use and application of relative permeability curves for multi-phase flow
  • list and discuss the main techniques for reserves estimation and their strengths and weaknesses — discuss the concepts of performance trend analysis
  • explain the principle and limitations of the material balance method and the influence of drive mechanisms on the recovery factor
  • build a material balance model for a new oil field development — perform history matching and run production forecasts (MBAL)
  • describe the concepts and techniques of well testing and pressure transient analysis — demonstrate the application of the key interpretation methods (Saphir)
  • appraise and justify the importance of formation evaluation as part of accessing and producing hydrocarbons; apply the principles of formation evaluation to field developments
  • distinguish between IOR and EOR techniques and explain the principal methods employed in secondary and tertiary recovery
  • explain the key concepts and models used in reservoir performance prediction — demonstrate how to run pressures and rates forecasts (MBAL, Rubis)
  • identify the main elements of a reservoir management strategy — explain how uncertainties are mitigated and list key reservoir monitoring and surveillance techniques
  • explain how unconventional reservoir analysis differs from traditional methods — illustrate with practical applications for field performance matching and prediction (Citrine, Topaze).

Who will benefit

Reservoir or petroleum engineers or geoscience staff involved in the planning, design and development and modelling of oil and gas fields.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a customised in-company course. Contact us for more details.

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