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Reservoir Engineering for Non-Reservoir Engineers

Course Code: N422
Instructors:  Jerry Hadwin
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration:
4 days


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.


A great course for understanding the fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering. As a geologist this is very useful in helping me to understand the limitations of reservoir engineering and how I can assist reservoir engineers to better understand the subsurface.

Duration and Training Method

Four classroom days providing 3.2 CEU (Continuing Education Credits) or 32 PDH (Professional Development Hours). This is a classroom or virtual classroom course comprising a mixture of lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises.

Course Overview

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. Identify fluid distribution in a reservoir, including contacts and pressure relationships.
  4. Evaluate 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. Outline 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. Distinguish which enhanced oil recovery techniques might be suitable for a particular field.

The course provides an understanding of the underlying value and limitations of the analyses provided by reservoir engineers, as well as a better understanding of the required data and assumptions involved in the practice of reservoir engineering. Participants will obtain an understanding of routine reservoir engineering calculations, the data required to perform these calculations, the primary tools and techniques used by reservoir engineers, and the information gained by the application of those techniques. The limitations of the extrapolation of the results to the decision making process will also be covered. Throughout the course, the impact of the data, assumptions and technical limitations are related to the economic impact they have on reservoir management.

Day 1

  • Reservoir geological description and rock properties
  • Hydrocarbon phase behavior including example PVT Studies

Day 2

  • Fluid and pressures distributions including pressure vs. depth and capillary pressure
  • Volumetric reserve estimates including examples, reserve classifications, probabilistic reserve estimates
  • Fluid flow (Darcy’s Law) and well inflow

Day 3

  • Well testing, pressure transient analysis methods including buildup curve examples
  • Gas well testing and AOF analysis
  • Vertical lift (tubing) performance and artificial lift
  • Reservoir drive mechanisms, material balance and fluid displacement
  • Gas reservoirs and P/Z diagrams

Day 4

  • Reservoir monitoring
  • Simulation
  • Production forecasting
  • Enhanced oil recovery

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.

Jerry Hadwin

Jerry Hadwin has over 30 years of upstream experience, and able to operate at all levels both technically and commercially. He enjoys new challenges, providing innovative solutions to complex problems and enabling optimum business decisions. Jerry has worked in a number of locations world-wide, with core expertise in reservoir engineering, in a variety of roles and projects; exploration prospect evaluation, field development planning and management, corporate business planning and drilling operations, as well as business management. He has completed many petroleum engineering projects throughout his career, from reservoir modelling through to reserves audit for a range of companies internationally, and has led many PE study teams to successful conclusions. Jerry also conducted reservoir engineering and commercial training for both national and international oil company staff.
Projects include:
• Reservoir Engineering support for Petrochina on the Ahdeb Field in Southern Iraq
• Director of India Projects – Marketing and development of opportunities in India
• Economic Evaluation of reserves for Hibernia Field for CHHC
• Reservoir Engineering, Economics and Reserves Evaluation for Mnazi Bay Gas Field, Tanzania for Maurel et Prom
• Review of production forecasting for Korean company asset in northern British Columbia
• Evaluation of sale proposal for waterflood asset in Western Canada for potential buyer.
• Acid Gas Disposal regulatory approval submission for Paramount
• Petroleum Engineering support for Mexican bidding round for small independent
• Development and delivery of Reservoir Engineering and Reserves Evaluation Training Courses
• Reservoir Engineering and Economic evaluation of Hibernia Field for Reserves Evaluation
• Due diligence, M&A support for Western Canadian assets

Affiliations and Accreditation
M.Eng. Heriot Watt University - Petroleum Engineering
BSc Nottingham University - Chemical Engineering

Courses Taught
N422: Reservoir Engineering for Non-Engineers
N444: Development Planning for Mature Fields
N997: Applied Reservoir Engineering


CEU: 2.8 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 28 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.