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

Course Code: N625
Instructors:  Patrick Collins
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration
1 days


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. 


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

Duration and Training Method

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

Course Overview

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)
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

Patrick Collins

Patrick Collins is the president of Petroleum Geomechanics Inc. based in Calgary, Alberta, with engineering degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He has close to 40 years' experience in heavy oil, oilsands, SAGD, CSS, CHOPS, and in geomechanics related to drilling and completions, wellbore stability, caprock integrity, minifrac analysis, rock stress analysis, formation overpressures, hydraulic fracturing, and sanding.

Patrick consults internationally in heavy oil recovery and geomechanics, and is an expert witness in petroleum engineering, heavy oil recovery, and geomechanics.

Affiliations and Accreditation
APEGA Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
SPE Society of Petroleum Engineers
CHOA Canadian Heavy Oil Association
CSPG Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
CWLS Canadian Well Logging Society
AAPG American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Courses Taught
N624 - Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes 1:  Cold Production, CHOPS, and Flooding
N625 - Heavy-Oil Recovery Processes 2:  Thermal (CSS, SAGD), Solvents, and Innovations


CEU: 0.8 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
RPS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. We comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognised internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.
We issue a Certificate of Attendance which verifies the number of training hours attended. Our courses are generally accepted by most professional licensing boards/associations towards continuing education credits. Please check with your licensing board to determine if the courses and certificate of attendance meet their specific criteria.