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Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering (BACRES02LIC1)

  • 5 daysLicense period: 1 Month Course Fee: 450 EUR


This comprehensive course covers all the fundamental concepts of reservoir engineering including fluid and rock properties, well inflow performance, fluid flow in porous media, reservoir drive mechanisms, performance trend analysis, material balance and analytical aquifers, well testing and pressure transient analysis and reserves estimation. IChemE accredited course (35 CPD hours).

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. . . anyone enthusiastic to learn about the core subjects involved in reservoir engineering.

The benefits from attending

  • 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
  • Describe the concepts and application of well testing and pressure transient analysis. Explain the key interpretation methods and list the information that can be gained


1. Introduction to Reservoir Engineering
  • Introduction to Reservoir Engineering
  • Petroleum initially in place (PIIP) estimation
  • Estimating how much and how fast the petroleum can be recovered
  • Factors affecting recovery factor
  • Underground pressures and fluid gradients
  • Reservoir fluid gradients and contacts
  • Determining reservoir fluid contacts and estimating temperatures
  • QUIZ - Introduction to Reservoir Engineering

2. Units review
  • Units - an introduction to oilfield units
  • Units - an exercise on conversion factors
  • Units - prefixes in common use
  • QUIZ - Units

3. References and Resources
  • Foundations - Rock and fluid properties and Reserves estimation
  • Reservoir Performance

4. Fluid Properties
  • Reservoir fluid composition
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid composition
  • Reservoir fluid types (classification)
  • Reservoir fluid types (typical oil and gas properties)
  • Reservoir fluid properties - plots
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid types and properties
  • Wellbore fluids sampling
  • Reservoir fluids measurements (PVT analysis)
  • Fluid property correlations
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid measurement, analysis and correlations
  • PRACTICAL - Reservoir fluid properties

5. Rock Properties
  • Introduction to Rock Properties
  • Porosity concepts and types
  • Porosity values and measurement
  • Permeability concepts and initial measurement (Darcy)
  • Permeability measurement units
  • Permeability measurement with air and correction for liquid
  • Permeability values relationship with porosity and estimation
  • QUIZ - Rock properites (porosity and permeability)
  • Compressibility definition values and correlations
  • Fluid saturation definitions and terminology
  • Water oil and gas saturation concepts
  • Fluid saturation changes with time and typical values
  • QUIZ - Rock properties (compressibility and saturations)
  • Surface and interfacial tension concepts
  • Wettability concepts
  • Capillary pressure concepts and applications
  • Capillary pressure and transition zones
  • Capillary pressure prediction using the Leverett J function
  • Rock property measurements
  • QUIZ - Rock properties (wettability and capillary pressures)

6. Relative permeability and fractional flow
  • Introduction to Relative Permeability
  • Relative permeability tables and plots
  • Normalised relative permeability
  • Typical rel. perm. curves for oil or water wet rocks and gas reservoirs
  • Relative permeability correlations (Corey functions)
  • Introduction to Fractional Flow
  • Fractional flow calculations for water and example plots
  • QUIZ - Relative permeability and fractional flow

7. Well inflow performance
  • Inflow performance and Productivity Index (PI)
  • PI and Darcy's Law
  • How to increase PI
  • Pressure distribution in the reservoir
  • Radial inflow performance equation (oil)
  • QUIZ - Inflow performance and PI
  • Two phase inflow performance (PI and Vogel)
  • Skin components
  • Inflow performance for gas reservoirs
  • Inflow performance for water injectors
  • QUIZ - Multiphase inflow performance

8. Fluid Flow in Porous Media
  • Introduction to fluid flow through porous media
  • Darcys law for radial flow
  • Pressure distribution in the reservoir
  • Radial flow regimes (1)
  • Radial flow regimes (2)
  • QUIZ - Fluid Flow through Porous Media (1)
  • Darcys law for steady state and pseudo steady state flow (oil reservoirs)
  • Radial flow equation for transient flow (oil reservoirs)
  • Gas reservoirs IPR and the compressible fluid radial flow equation
  • Radial flow equations for gas
  • Multiphase steady state radial flow equations
  • Introduction to Immiscible Displacement
  • QUIZ - Fluid Flow through Porous Media (2)

9. Reservoir Drive Mechanisms
  • Introduction to reservoir drive mechanisms
  • Primary recovery drives and typical recovery factors
  • Secondary and tertiary (EOR) recovery drives
  • Production characteristics of oil reservoirs by drive mechanism
  • Production characteristics of gas reservoirs
  • Summary of reservoir drive mechanisms
  • QUIZ - Reservoir drive mechanisms

10. Performance Trend Analysis
  • Performance Trend Analysis techniques
  • Introduction to decline curve analysis
  • Arps decline curves
  • Nominal and effective decline rates
  • Typical decline curve plots
  • Applications and limitations of decline curves
  • Rate transient analysis - Fetkovitch type curves
  • Rate transient analysis - Blasingame type curves
  • Water oil ratio plot
  • Gas wells forecasting
  • QUIZ - Performance Trend Analysis

11. Introduction to Material Balance
  • Introduction to Material Balance
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (overview)
  • QUIZ - Introduction to Material Balance

12. Material Balance for oil reservoirs
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (net fluid withdrawal)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (oil and dissolved gas expansion)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (rock and water expansion)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (gas cap expansion and total expansion)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (the full equation)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (terminology used)
  • Material balance for oil reservoirs (solving for oil in place and aquifer size)
  • Impact of drive mechanism - solution gas drive above bubble point
  • Impact of drive mechanism - solution gas drive below bubble point
  • Impact of drive mechanism - gas cap drive and natural water drive
  • Summary of drive mechanisms as applied to material balance

13. Material Balance for gas reservoirs
  • Material balance for gas reservoirs (Havlena Odeh method)
  • Material balance for gas reservoirs (P over Z plot method)
  • QUIZ - Material Balance for oil and gas reservoirs

14. Summary of Material Balance
  • Using material balance models for prediction
  • Summary of material balance techniques

15. Introduction to analytical aquifer models
  • Analytical aquifer models - concepts
  • Analytical aquifer models - Hurst and Van Everdingen (introduction)
  • Analytical aquifer models - Hurst and Van Everdingen (total aquifer influx)
  • Analytical aquifer models - Fetkovitch
  • Analytical aquifer models - Carter and Tracy
  • Summary of analytical aquifer models

16. Introduction to Well Testing
  • Introduction and objectives
  • Well capacity or deliverability
  • Flow regimes and time to reach the reservoir boundary
  • Radial flow equations for oil

17. Pressure Drawdown Analysis
  • Pressure drawdown analysis - overview
  • Pressure drawdown analysis - skin calculation
  • Wellbore storage concepts
  • Wellbore storage estimation
  • Wellbore storage calculation example
  • Radius of investigation
  • Fault boundaries

18. Pressure Buildup Analysis
  • Pressure buildup analysis - overview
  • Pressure buildup analysis - superposition
  • Pressure buildup analysis - Horner plot
  • Pressure buildup analysis - Miller, Dyes, Hutchinson plot
  • Pressure buildup analysis - reservoir pressure estimation using MBH method

19. Type Curves
  • Dimensionless groups
  • Type curves - overview
  • Type curves - original and Bourdet derivative plots for radial flow
  • Type curves - flow regime identification and non-radial flow
  • Deconvolution overview
  • Summary of data interpretation techniques
  • Gas well testing
  • Well test design and planning
  • QUIZ - Well testing

20. Reserves Estimation
  • Introduction and reserves classification overview
  • Reserves classification for discovered resources
  • Reserves estimation methods overview
  • Analogy and volumetric methods - concepts
  • Analogy and volumetric methods - conditions and data required
  • Material Balance method - overview and concepts
  • Material Balance method - calculations for oil
  • Material Balance method - calculations for gas
  • Reservoir simulation method overview
  • Performance trend analysis overview
  • Decline curve analysis theory
  • Decline curve analysis and WOR plots
  • Reserves estimation summary
  • QUIZ - Introduction to Reserves Estimation

21. Course Final Exam
  • EXAM - Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering

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