Petrolects Training

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
A 5-day Course

Course Description:

This course provides detailed discussions of petroleum geology, hydrocarbon phase diagrams, properties of reservoir fluids such as gas, oil, and brine, properties of reservoir rocks, properties of reservoir rock containing fluids, types of petroleum reservoirs, primary, secondary, and tertiary petroleum recovery mechanisms, methods of reserve estimation for gas and oil reservoirs, decline curve analysis, fluid flow in porous media, flow rate and pressure distributions of vertical and horizontal wells, and introduction to well testing and interpretation.

This is a senior university-level course. Knowledge of calculus, engineering mathematics, and other engineering courses such as fluid mechanics is essential. The course covers the first two reservoir engineering courses which are taught at U.S. undergraduate petroleum engineering programs.

Course Level:

This course is an intermediate level course.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for the following audience:

  • Non-PE engineering supervisors and managers
  • Newly hired mechanical, civil, chemical, and environmental engineers
  • Geologists and geophysicists


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 Introduction to petroleum geology, hydrocarbon accumulation, faults, traps, types of rock, hydrocarbon composition, phase diagrams for single, double, and multi-component systems, retrograde condensation, ideal gas, real gas, gas, oil, brine, PVT data, and estimation of PVT parameters.
Day 2 Porosity, permeability, rock compressibility, fluid saturations, wettability, capillary pressure, relative permeability, core analysis, dry gas, wet gas, gas condensate reservoirs, oil reservoirs, primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery.
Day 3 Reserve estimation for gas and oil reservoirs by volumetric method, reserve estimation by material balance method, reserve estimation by decline curve analysis, and effects of gas cap and water in-flux.
Day 4 Fluid flow in porous media, Darcy's law, linear, radial, and spherical flow systems, incompressible and compressible flow, steady state, transient, late transient, and pseudo steady state flow, productivity index for vertical and horizontal wells, and pressure distribution of different flow regimes.
Day 5 Introduction to water and gas injection, pressure build up, drawdown test, reservoir limit test, and examples from different reservoirs worldwide.

Course Materials:

The following course materials will be provided by Petrolects:

  • Course workbook, including many example problems
  • "Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering" by B. C. Craft and M. F. Hawkins, revised by R. E. Terry
This short course is provided with endorsement from the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council.
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