Reservoir Characterization: From the Laboratory to the Field

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course teaches integrated reservoir characterization, from basic petrophysics through geostatistics. The emphasis is on porosity, permeability, capillary pressure and relative permeability as they relate to flow. The course also covers the statistics of the spatial distribution of these properties and illustrates the benefits of using them.

Topics Include:

  • Single-phase petrophysical porosity, permeability and non-Darcy effects
  • Two-phase flow: capillary pressure, relative permeabilities and trapped phase saturations
  • Heterogeneity and non-uniformity
  • Effective properties: (pseudo) porosity
  • Absolute permeability: capillary pressure, relative permeability, dispersivity and viscous fingering

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

This class will quickly bring you up to speed on the characterization of oil and gas reservoirs.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers with at least a bachelor’s degree in petroleum or chemical engineering. All other engineers, geologists, mathematicians and physicists with at least some experience in reservoir engineering or numerical simulation can benefit from the course.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-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.


Larry W. Lake is a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds BS and PhD degrees from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. Lake is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four textbooks and the editor of three bound volumes. He has served on the SPE Board of Directors, as a Distinguished Lecturer, won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the AIME, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineers since 1997.

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