Petrolects Training

Fundamentals of Waterflooding and Steamflooding Processes
A 2-day Course

February 6-7, 2014
Bakersfield, CA, USA

Course Description:

This two-day course reviews in detail processes involved in waterflooding and steamflooding. In day one, fundamentals of waterflooding will be presented. Water is immiscible with oil and oil can be left behind due to microscopic and macroscopic displacement deficiencies. Microscopic efficiency, macroscopic efficiency, areal, and vertical sweep efficiencies are presented first. After these initial discussions, waterflood design, some case studies, and the role of reservoir geology in waterflood operations are discussed.

In day two of this course, fundamentals of steamflooding will be presented. In day two, heat losses during steam injection, cyclic steam stimulation, reservoir heating by steam injection, estimation of oil recovery from steam drive, and a few case studies will be presented.

Course Level:

This course is a beginner/intermediate level course.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for the following audience:

  • Geologists
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Personnel involved with waterflooding and steam injection


Dr. Mason M. Medizade - President and CEO, Petrolects, LLC

Dr. Mason Medizade has more than twenty five years of experience in the oil and gas industry, worldwide. His oilfield experience spans from reservoir engineering, drilling, and completion, to enhanced oil recovery and petroleum production. Specifically, he has done engineering work related to real time production monitoring, production enhancement, drilling fluids, reserve estimation, filtration, sand control, surface facility design, and EOR and reservoir management. He has been involved in consulting, research and teaching in renewable and non-renewable energy sources since 1984. Dr. Medizade's recent oilfield work involves real time flow monitoring for which he has obtained a US patent. Dr. Medizade is president and CEO of Petrolects, LLC.

Dr. Medizade is also a faculty member in the mechanical engineering department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he focuses on petroleum engineering, wind energy, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Professor Medizade has taught numerous short courses in petroleum engineering to clients such as Petroleum Development of Oman (PDO), California Division of Oil and Gas, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC), Texaco, Pertamina, and others. Dr. Medizade is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and many other professional societies. He has authored numerous technical papers. His recent SPE paper discusses cyclic steam injection monitoring in diatomite. He has won numerous awards and certificates for his teaching and research work, including professorship from UNOCAL. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in petroleum engineering from University of Southern California (USC), and a B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology (AIT) in Abadan, Iran.

Course Content:

Day 1

  • Microscopic efficiency of immiscible displacement
  • Macroscopic displacement efficiency of linear waterflood
  • Immiscible displacement in two dimensions - areal
  • Vertical displacement in linear and areal models
  • Waterflood design
  • The role of reservoir geology in the design and operation of waterfloods

Day 2

  • Liquid to vapor phase change
  • The heat content of steam
  • Wet steam generators
  • Feedwater treatment
  • Heat losses
  • The heat effect on reservoir oil viscosity
  • Processes description and recovery mechanisms
  • Heat amount to the formation
  • Heated radius
  • Steam drive displacement
  • Cyclic steam injection
  • Field development and results
  • Screening criteria

Course Materials:

The following course materials will be provided by Petrolects:

  • Course workbook

Event Location:

Bakersfield, CA, USA
Details provided to paid registrant roster

How to Register:

To reserve your seat and to be added to the class roster, follow the steps below:

  • Contact Petrolects using one of the following options
  • Provide payment of $920.00 per attendee via one of the following options
    • Credit card
    • ACH transfer
    • Mail a check made payable to Petrolects to:
      P.O. Box 94
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Register early as space is limited.

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