Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering2017-05-02T19:28:36+00:00


Saad Ibrahim, P. Engineer

The intend of this course to furnish the basic understanding the behaviors of oil and gas field by providing the tools to characterize the reservoir through the knowledge of various rock/fluid properties, basic geology, and various reservoir drives. Also, how to maximize oil and reserves and select/design the appropriate production mechanism to enhance the bottom line value. The challenges in exploiting and the evaluation of performance of tight and conventional reservoirs will be discussed. Special attention will be given to the optimization of horizontal wells with multi-stage fracing (MFHW).

When you sign up, you will learn about:

  1. Petroleum geology and its impact on reservoir performance
  2. How to plan data acquisition to obtain sufficient data to establish rock and fluid properties
  3. Various reservoir drives and understanding of related reservoir performance.
  4. The industry established techniques (deterministic and probabilistic) to book and maximize oil and gas reserves
  5. Well production optimization and how to select candidate wells for workovers
  6. How to use the well testing tool as an effective reservoir management tool
  7. Causes of water production and how reduce/control water production
  8. Screening process for enhanced oil recovery schemes.
  9. How to design and implement waterflood projects
  10. How to estimate the incremental oil recovery from E.O.R schemes
  11. How to monitor the performance of E.O.R schemes to achieve the targeted reserves/production level.
  12. The characteristics of unconventional reservoirs; such as, tight sands, Shale gas, CBM, including the new techniques to estimate reserves and production profile
  13. Horizontal well applications including Multi-stage fracing optimization and performance evaluation

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Course Objective:

This course offers the know-how knowledge to make the everyday decision-making
become simple: How to plan data acquisition? What kind of data is needed? How to use
the data as a reservoir management tool? How to increase ultimate recovery &
projects’ NPV’s? The theory concepts will be covered to assist reservoir and exploitation
engineers to effectively understand and perform their main tasks; determine oil and gas
reserves and maximize hydrocarbon recovery under primary, secondary and tertiary
schemes with emphasis on the bottom line results. Other topics such as well test
analysis, horizontal well applications, and reservoir drives will be covered. Interesting
class examples using actual field data will reviewed. A course hand-out which is an
excellent reference will be provided.

Who Should Attend:

This course is aimed at reservoir, petroleum and exploitation engineers/technologists,
geophysicists, and geologists who are involved in the of field development and
exploitation. Also this course is a must for all professional disciples involved in the oil business, and particularly useful to reservoir, exploitation and production engineers.

Course Instructor:

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 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.

Course Agenda:

Petroleum Geology

  • Origin of the solar system and depositional environments
  • Geologic cycle/time and types of reservoir rocks
  • Main elements of petroleum reservoirs: hydrocarbon migration & traps

Rock Properties

  • Porosity types, permeability: relative, absolute, effective
  • Rock wettability and capillary pressure (class problem)

Fluid Properties

  • Hydrocarbon classifications
  • Fluid behaviors; oil and gas physical properties (class problem)
  • Fluid sampling and PVT analysis

Reservoir Drive Mechanisms

  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery schemes
  • Performance characteristics of different reservoir drive mechanisms

Reserves Determination

  • Volumetric, material balance, and probabilistic methods (class problem)
  • Decline analysis (class example)
  • Empirical (Russian method !) and statistical method

Methods to Estimate Well Productivity

  • Darcy equation and boundary conditions
  • Inflow performance relationship (IPR), and well allowable

Well Testing

  • Test objectives (well, reservoir) and types of tests
  • Buildup analysis (skin factor, reservoir press., boundaries) (class problem)
  • Reservoir limit and gas well testing (case study)

Water Coning and Water Influx

  • Time to break-through and critical rate determination
  • Estimate of water influx (steady-state and unsteady-state methods)

Secondary and Tertiary Recovery Schemes

  • Review and screening of EOR schemes
  • Scheme planning and design (case study)
  • Performance and recovery factor prediction

Introduction to Unconventional Oil and Gas

  • Gas content and reservoir characteristics
  • Production mechanism and reserves determination

Horizontal Well Applications

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