Exploitation of Tight & Unconventional Reservoirs


This course offers an overview of the performance evaluation of tight and the unconventional reservoirs. Explanations are provided why the unconventional (UC) is different from the conventional reservoirs. A review of the physical properties of the UC is provided. The tools used to evaluate the UC are discussed using Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) and DFIT, and more…. The application of Multi-stage Frac of Horizontal Wells (MFHW’s) is discussed including the design optimization; frac size, number of stages, and how to take advantages of the sweet spots. The application of waterflood and EOR to tight oil formations. Numerous related case studies are included throughout the course to emphasize the concepts presented. Excellent courses handout is provided, which is a good reference on the subject.




  • Learn why unconventional & conventional reservoirs are different
  • How to evaluate the potential of unconventional reservoirs.
  • How to use TOC and Langmuir chart for unconventional reservoirs
  • Learn why drawdown limit after fracing and its duration is important
  • Learn the benefits of DFIT and how to use its results in the frac design
  • Lean the use of PTS and RTA to generate production/reserves (P10 P50, P90)
  • Applications of EOR for the unconventional reservoirs


October 2-5 2023 & March 25-28, 2024

Register at:pmg@petromgt.com

This course is aimed at reservoir, petroleum, and exploitation engineers/ technologists. Other discipline staff; such as geoscientists.

Daily Agenda:

Section 1:

  • Prospects of the unconventional
  • The difference of conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Physical characteristics, evaluation and evaluation of CBM

Section 2:

  • Physical characteristics, evaluation and evaluation of tight reservoir (Monotony, Bakken)
  • Physical characteristics, evaluation and evaluation of shale reservoir (Duverney & Horn River)

Section 3:

  • Evaluation tools of the unconventional reservoirs
  • Well test analysis (PTA) – Case study
  • Rate Transient Analysis (RTA)
  • Mini Frac (DFIT), design and analysis (case studies)
  • Cap Rock evaluation

Sections 4:

  • Multi-stage Frac of Hz wells. (MFHW) – performance and design optimization.
  • Tips of hydraulic fracing
  • Methods of reserves evaluation (analytical and numerical)
  • Applications of EOR

Mr. Saad Ibrahim
P. Eng, president of Petro Management Group Ltd.

He has over 35 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas Industry and known as a worldwide highly recognized engineering consultant and a distinguished instructor.

He also completed a post- graduate program with the University of Calgary in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The focus of Mr. Ibrahim’s experience lies in the area of Reservoir management, and well test planning/analysis. Mr. Ibrahim is a member of APEGA and SPE.