Basic Reservoir Engineering Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Hemanta Mukherjee


This 5-day course presents a basic but comprehensive understanding of oil and gas reservoirs—covering geologic origins to the estimation of their potential hydrocarbon content and recovery. Participants will learn through a combination of class problems, examples, and workshops. Use of electronic calculators and personal laptop computers are encouraged. More details about the subject matter covered are explained below:

Topics include:

  • Petroleum systems, depositional environments, rock types, basic structures, and traps or reservoirs—conventional vs. unconventional reservoirs
  • Reservoir rock and fluid properties and their determinations—well logging, coring, DST, pressure transient testing, etc.
  • Fluid flow in porous media
  • Types of reservoirs and the natural drive mechanisms, recovery factors
  • Well performance optimization and evaluation
  • Production logging and its role in reservoir engineering

Learning Level


Course Length

5 Days

Why You Should Attend

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.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers, geologists, geophysicists, other technical personnel, and technologists—including managers and supervisors requiring exposure in reservoir engineering or non-reservoir engineers interested in learning more about reservoir engineering.

Special Requirements

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer and an electronic calculator to this class. Participants should have a bachelor’s degree and preferably one to four years of oilfi­eld experience.


4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 5-day course.


To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.

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Hemanta Mukherjee is the principal consultant and president of iPoint LLC, an independent consulting company based in Westminster, Colorado. He has more than 40 years of experience in production and reservoir engineering. Mukherjee retired from Schlumberger Oilfield Services in January 2005, after serving in four product lines and working in many regions of the world. He is also a visiting professor of production engineering for the Imperial College, London where he teaches a master’s level class in petroleum engineering every year.

Mukherjee has written numerous technical papers.  He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1996–1997, and received the SPE Production Engineering Award in 2000. He has been an SPE Distinguished Member since 2004 and has served on many SPE committees. Mukherjee holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India, and MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.