By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
November 4-5, 2019 | Houston, TX

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This one-and-a-half day short course presents an overview of the fundamental concepts used in petroleum reservoir engineering. Starting with the definition and classification of petroleum reservoirs, and the presentation of fundamental rock and fluid properties, the instructor will guide the participants in the application of engineering methods for estimation of initial fluid distribution in a reservoir and the estimation of initial volume of hydrocarbons in place. Additionally, this short course will include a brief introduction to unconventional reservoirs, and the application of engineering methods to the estimation of reserves of unconventional reservoirs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define petroleum reservoirs (conventionals and unconventionals)
  • Classify petroleum reservoirs (conventionals and unconventionals)
  • Identify reservoir primary drive mechanisms
  • Classify petroleum resources using up to date definition systems (SPE PRMS)
  • Apply volumetric method for estimation of reserves in petroleum reservoirs
  • Apply material balance method for estimation of reserves in petroleum reservoirs
  • Recognize principles behind decline curve analysis to estimate reservoir performance and recovery
  • Identify differences of reservoir engineering methods to unconventional reservoirs



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Monday, November 4, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Introduction: Reservoir Engineering Definition and Description

  • What is a Reservoir? 
    • Basic structures 
    • Hydrocarbon traps 
    • Depositional environments
    • Classification based on types of fluids contained 
  • Review of Rock and Fluid Properties
    • Properties of reservoir rock 
      • Porosity 
      • Fluid saturation 
      • Permeability
      • Wettability
      • Capillary pressure
    • Reservoir fluid properties 
      • API gravity 
      • Formation volume factor 
      • Gas solubility 
      • Density 
      • Viscosity
  • Reservoir Fluid Distribution
    • Pressure gradient calculations
  • How Does a Reservoir Produce Oil and Gas?
    • Primary reservoir drive mechanisms.
    • Solution gas drive
    • Gas cap drive
    • Natural water drive
    • Compaction drive
    • Gravity drainage
    • Combination drive
  • Definition of Reserves using the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS)
    • Reserves, contingent resources, prospective resources

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

  • Methods of Estimation of Reserves
    • Estimate Oil-in-Place and Gas-in-Place
    • Analogy and volumetrics
    • Material balance
    • Decline curve analysis
  • Introduction to unconventional reservoirs
  • Decline curve analysis for unconventional reservoirs


Luis Zerpa, Assistant Professor at the Petroleum Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines

Luis Zerpa is an Assistant Professor at the Petroleum Engineering Department of the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining Mines, Luis was a Professor at the University of Zulia, Venezuela, and worked as consultant for the Venezuelan National Oil Company (PDVSA) in reservoir engineering and EOR related projects. He has a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zulia. His research interests are in the areas of reservoir engineering, fluid flow in porous media, enhanced oil recovery, flow assurance and multiphase flow modeling, and natural gas hydrates as potential energy resources.


Doubletree by Hilton Houston by the Galleria

5353 Westheimer Rd

Houston, TX 77056

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-961-9000

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 3 – 4, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 3, 2019.


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