D422 Reservoir Engineering for Non-Reservoir Engineers

Course Facts

Course Code:
4 days
Virtual Classroom
3.2 Continuing Education Units
32 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


The course presents the fundamentals of reservoir engineering and examines the tasks of the reservoir engineer, with an emphasis on interaction with other disciplines.  Principle topics are description of the components of the static reservoir model, development of the dynamic reservoir model and reservoir management through the life of a field.

This course aims to increase integration and understanding between subsurface disciplines, thereby improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of business activities proposed by the subsurface team.

Duration and Training Method

This Distance Learning course will be scheduled as a series of three-hour long webinars over an eight day period (equivalent to a four-day classroom course), comprising a mixture of lectures, discussions, case studies, and worked examples to be completed by participants during and between webinar sessions. 

Providing 3.2 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 32 PDH (Professional Development Hours) the course is comprised of  lectures, case studies and exercises.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Communicate and work effectively with a reservoir engineer.
  2. Determine the key parameters of reservoir fluids and how the fluids are sampled, measured, and described.
  3. Determine fluid distribution in a reservoir, including contacts and pressure relationships.
  4. Determine Reserve and resource volumes and describe tools such as decline curve analysis and material balance that can influence the estimates.
  5. Perform simple interpretations of well test data and demonstrate what can be learned from the data.
  6. Analyze reservoir drive mechanisms.
  7. Determine the benefits and limitations of reservoir simulation in a variety of settings.
  8. Determine appropriate reservoir surveillance practices to implement during the life of a field.
  9. Question which enhanced oil recovery techniques might be suitable for a particular field.


Session 1
   -Reservoir geological description and rock properties
Session 2
   -Hydrocarbon phase behavior including example PVT Studies
Session 3
   -Fluid and pressures distributions including pressure vs. depth and capillary pressure
Session 4
   -Volumetric reserve estimates including examples, reserve classifications, probabilistic reserve estimates
   -Fluid flow (Darcy’s Law) and well inflow
Session 5
   -Vertical lift (tubing) performance and artificial lift
   -Reservoir drive mechanisms & material balance
Session 6
   -Reservoir drive mechanisms, fluid displacement
   -Gas reservoirs and P/Z diagrams
Session 7
   -Reservoir monitoring
Session 8
   -Production forecasting
   - Enhanced oil recovery

Who should attend

This course is designed for professionals who work with, or rely on, analyses provided by reservoir engineers, or who otherwise need to understand and communicate with them on a technical or commercial basis. Participants should have some familiarity with the concepts of reservoir engineering and field development, but require a greater understanding of the data used and the techniques employed by the reservoir engineer in day-to-day work. It is suitable for exploration, development and production geoscientists as well as petrophysicists, facility and operations engineers, drilling and production engineers, pipeline engineers, and business analysts. Early career Reservoir Engineers could also find this course beneficial.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites for this course.

The course provides a building block for numerous Nautilus Training Alliance courses that address reservoir topics, including N012 (Reservoir Modelling Field Class (Utah, USA)), N058 (Reservoir Characterization and Geostatistical Modeling in Field Development), and N412 (A Critical Guide to Reservoir Appraisal and Development). For a follow-on course, consider N908 (Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis), N973 (Reservoir Engineering for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Reservoirs), N989 (Rate and Pressure Transient Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs).

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Jerry Hadwin

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