Basic Reservoir Engineering

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Production and Operations


This unit presents a thorough overview of the physical processes that occur in hydrocarbon reservoirs during their appraisal and development. The basic concepts are described. The intent of Basic Reservoir Engineering is development of a more complete "understanding" of the characteristics of oil and gas reservoirs, from fluid and rock characteristics through reservoir definition, delineation, classification, development plan, and production. This Basic Reservoir Engineering course will expose participants to the fundamentals of reservoir engineering as a tool for characterisation of oil and gas reservoirs as to their hydrocarbon content and recovery potential with different natural drive mechanisms and exposure to well-test interpretation techniques for oil and gas wells.

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Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

This course sets out to explain how Basic Reservoir Engineering principles should be applied and adhered to in the work place to help with the estimation of realistic recovery factors, reservoir performance prediction and monitoring setting up of reliable simulation models for future production forecasting. The course is designed specifically for engineers and scientists starting up in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Who Should Attend

The course has been designed for engineers and scientists, who will be primarily involved in Reservoir Engineering, Field Development, and Reservoir Monitoring/Performance Evaluation activities. This course is also suitable for those in Asset Management.

Special Requirements

The participants should have a basic numerate/scientific background.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

In-House Training

This course is available for in-house training at your office location. Contact us to learn more:
Call: +603.2182.3000
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“Raj” Rajeswaran

“Raj” Rajeswaran’s experience spans 35 years in the upstream oil and gas industry and academia in addition to seven years as a process design engineer with ICI (UK). He has a PhD in chemical engineering (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) and an MBA (Hull, UK). He has held many senior technical and managerial petroleum engineering positions in major oil and gas companies (Arco, BNOC/Britoil, Delhi Petroleum, Ampolex, Mobil and Sentry Petroleum) and has extensive practical experience in large-scale field developments. Over a period of 12 years, Rajeswaran was Technical Advisor to Bank of Scotland and during this time was Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University of Technology. Between 2008 and 2012, he was President and CEO of Sentry Petroleum.