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ONLINE: Waterflooding: Performance Predictions and Surveillance (RES928)


    Waterflooding is one of the most commonly implemented improved oil recovery techniques in the world. In this course the participants are presented the fundamental concepts of oil displacement by water and provided techniques for estimating recovery, evaluating behaviour and monitoring performance of waterflood projects.

    This 5-day course covers the reservoir engineering aspects of waterflooding in clastic and carbonate reservoirs. The seminar combines geology, rock and fluid properties, and immiscible displacement theory to develop waterflooding prediction techniques and to aid in the evaluation of actual waterflood performance behaviour. Detailed predictions of oil and water producing rates, water injection rates and recovery efficiency are presented. Selection of waterflood patterns (regular, irregular, peripheral), prediction of sweep efficiency (areal, vertical and displacement), and an analysis of other variables which control recovery efficiency are included. Also discussed are waterflood surveillance techniques such as production testing, production plots (rate-time, rate-cum, WOR-cum, etc.), VRR analysis, volumetric sweep (reservoir conformance) determination, injection profile testing, pressure transient testing, step-rate testing, Hall plots (pros and cons), pattern balancing, bubble maps, and injection efficiency determination. These surveillance techniques provide the engineer with data required for the efficient management of both new and mature waterfloods. The course content and example problems have been selected to teach and illustrate important concepts.

    Course Structure: 10 modules of 3 hours each, delivered over 5 days
    Each day will consist of 2 modules of 3 hours each (1 morning/1 afternoon) with multiple breaks, followed by optional exercises (homework)

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Michael L. Wiggins

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • An engineer or geologist at just about any experience level, from no waterflood experience to several years of waterflood experience

    The course is presented in a manner so that both beginners and experienced personnel will find the material very useful. The course content and example problems have been selected to teach and illustrate important concepts.

    How we build your confidence

    Theoretical concepts are clearly explained and examples used to demonstrate oil displacement by water. The concepts are presented individually; so you will have a complete understanding of displacement principles and how they affect oil recovery when designing or analysing a waterflood project.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • How water displaces oil in porous media
    • How to estimate water floodable oil
    • How to estimate oil recovery by waterflooding
    • How to monitor, analyse and optimise current waterflood projects


    • Factors controlling waterflood recovery
    • Review of rock properties and fluid flow
    • Determination of oil in place
    • Mechanism of immiscible fluid displacement (displacement sweep)
    • Flood patterns (regular and irregular) and impact on areal sweep efficiency
    • Injection rates and pressures
    • Reservoir heterogeneity
    • Waterflood performance prediction
    • Waterflood surveillance

    Customer Feedback

    "The course was structured brilliantly, even a beginner in this subject was able to comprehend the concepts." - Manager Reservoir Engineer at PIOL

    "Instructor was enthusiastic and always wanted the participants to engage. This course is actually perfect, recommended for all RE's to join!" - Reservoir Engineer at PTTEP

    "The concepts covered in the course were further augmented by relevant exercises which was a great learning experience." - Reservoir Engineer at PIOL

    "Good course content and very experienced presenter." - Snr. Reservoir Geologist at PIOL

    "I have attended many online couress in the past, but this course was totally different. All credit goes to HOT and the instructor." - Senior Reservoir Engineer at MOL

    "All course material is valuable, the instructor is one of the best." - Petroleum Engineer at Qatar Petroleum

    "Best waterflood course." - Reservoir Engineer at Oxy

    "The training program should be encouraged to all engineers and geoscientists involved in well planning, execution and production." - Sr. Geologist at Qatar Petroleum

    "I liked the instructor explaining the topics clearly." - Reservoir Engineer at Oxy

    "Dr. Michael is an excellent instructor and knows how to make everything clear for us. Thank you." - Reservoir Engineer at Qatar Petroleum



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