Reservoir Engineering for Petroleum Geologists

The basic purpose of every individual in a producing company is the same: to find and produce oil and gas in an efficient manner to the economic benefit of the company. A reservoir engineer cannot predict the production performance of an oil reservoir with any degree of certainty without a knowledge of the physical characteristics — the geology — of that reservoir.

Neither can the geologist describe the physical characteristics of a reservoir and be sure of his work without considering the producing characteristics as evidenced by production and pressure data. This 2-day course is an attempt to bridge that particular chasm, being an introductory description of the field and techniques of petroleum reservoir engineering.

The course will cover:

  • Reservoir Rock Properties; as porosity, fluid saturations, and permeability
  • Reservoir Fluid Properties; as fluid types, reservoir oil, reservoir gas
  • Reservoir Fluid Flow; as Darcy’s law, reservoir drive mechanisms
  • Reservoir Production Evaluation Techniques; as volumetric calculations, material balance, decline curves and deliverability

Reservoir engineering can be defined as the design and evaluation of field development and exploitation processes and programs. As such, it can overlap the fields of geology, drilling and completion, production engineering, and reserves and evaluation. Therefore, some of each of these fields are included, but the major emphasis is on the techniques and methods utilized to characterize and predict the flow of fluids within petroleum reservoirs under natural depletion and various secondary and tertiary recovery operations.

The event is organized and hosted by AAPG, a worldwide geoscience organization, with more than 36,000 members worldwide, and will take place May 17-18, 2010 in Houston, TX. Cost and registration information is available at the AAPG’s website. Check out the course information here.


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