Fundamentals of Retrograde Reservoir Fluid Properties, Characterization, and Flow in Porous Media

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course focuses on the properties of reservoir fluids, beginning with the most fundamental definitions and moving on to show how fluid properties are measured and reported. Fluid properties are then put in the context of the subsurface geology to explain how they affect reservoir performance.

Topics Include:

  • Sampling reservoir fluids: oils, gas, and condensates
  • Tests used to describe reservoir fluid parameters
  • The use of EOS models
  • Calculating parameters and analyzing material balance
  • Coupling fluids to rock properties
  • Measuring relative permeability, gas condensates, and volatile oils
  • Other topics as a function of class interest: Contamination with synthetic drilling fluids, gas-phase measurements, and the phase behavior of gas injection processes

Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend?

This course is a solid foundation for building your understanding of reservoir fluid dynamics.

Who Should Attend

This course is for engineers who need to know more about optimizing gas condensate, rich gas, or volatile oil reservoirs.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 3-day course.

Cancellation Policy

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.


F. Brent Thomas directs phase behavior and EOR research at Weatherford Labs in Calgary, where he has worked in various capacities since 1981. His focus includes numerical analysis, phase behavior and phase interference in porous media, gas injection, asphaltene precipitation, and chemical and thermal recovery. Thomas has written or coauthored more than 130 technical papers. He received the 1992 Best Technical Paper of the Year Award from CIM and coauthored the 1995 best technical paper for the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He was selected as a Distinguished Author for the Petroleum Society of CIM in 1995 and 1998, and was a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE International in 2003–2004.

Thomas obtained his BSc and MSc at the University of Calgary and his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, all in chemical engineering.