N625 Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes 2: Thermal (CSS, SAGD), Solvents, and Innovations

Course Facts

Course Code:
1 days
0.8 Continuing Education Units
8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This stand-alone, one-day course provides technical professionals with an overview of current upstream heavy-oil production technologies and introduces new upstream production technologies that have been developed in the last several years. 

This course focuses on:
      • Steam Injection:  Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS), Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
      • Solvent Injection
      • ElectroMagnetics
      • Fireflooding / Air Injection / In Situ Combustion / Toe-to-Heel Air Injection (THAI)
      • Hybrid and Sequenced Methods
Technology screening guidelines will be outlined and informative assessments of the various approaches will be provided.  

Part I is a separate course that address other recovery processes:  Cold Production and CHOPS, plus some aspects of flooding. 

Duration and Training Method

One classroom day providing 0.8 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 8 PDH (Professional Development Hours)

Participants will learn to

1. Examine specific recovery processes requiring heat or solvent:
       a. steam-injection recovery processes such as CSS and SAGD
       b. solvent-injection recovery processes
       c. In Situ Combustion
       d. electromagnetics
2. Provide a broad overview of heavy-oil recovery processes, for context and comparison
3. Review the properties of heavy oil and its current status in the world
4. Examine the various drive mechanisms required for heavy-oil recovery
5. Describe the geomechanics associated with injection processes
6. Provide relevant supplemental information

Course Agenda
1. Introduction - Outline
2. Our World and Heavy Oil
3. Geomechanics Basics
4. Overview of Processes
5. Steam Flooding
6. Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)
7. Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS)
8. Solvents
9. In Situ Combustion (ISC)
10. Pressure Pulsing
11. ElectroMagnetics (EM)

Who should attend

Anyone involved in heavy oil and bitumen recovery would find this course educational and instructional, but it is of particular interest to:
       • reservoir engineers, geologists, geophysicists
       • site personnel, engineering managers, facilities engineers
       • environmentalists, regulators

Prerequisites and linking courses

Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes 1: Cold Production, CHOPS, and Flooding

Click on a name to learn more about the instructor

Patrick Collins

The instructor is a bank of knowledge. Course is well organized for heavy oil entry level professionals