Reservoir Heterogeneity and Characterisation

Reservoir Description and Dynamics


This course teaches field-scale reservoir characterisation to evaluate heterogeneity and well-to-well communication. Class discussion will include standard measures of heterogeneity, such as the Dykstra-Parson coefficient, as well as newer methods to analyse interwell communication. Where possible, we confirm results against geological information.

Topics Include:

  • Statistical behavior of reservoir properties
  • Flow-storage (Lorenz) curves
  • Koval’s method of waterflood prediction
  • Permeability and percolation
  • Flow rate analysis to predict injector-producer communication

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Managing water floods involves determining which injectors are in communication with which producers. Communication is influenced by the heterogeneity, so that we can improve our understanding of the reservoir and which characteristics are controlling the well-to-well communications. Using the tools covered in this course, you will understand how communication can be measured and used for better management.

Who Should Attend

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


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel before 14 September 2016, you will receive a full refund less USD 100.
  • If you cancel after 14 September 2016, you will not be eligible for a refund.
  • No refund will be given if a registered delegate fails to attend the training course.
  • SPE must receive cancellation requests in writing by 14 September 2016, by fax on +971.4.457.3164, or by email to


Jerry L. Jensen is a professor at the University of Calgary, teaching and researching reservoir characterisation topics such as interwell communication, petrophysical analysis of tight oil reseroivrs, and geological statistics.

Jensen was a 2011-2012 SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of evaluation interwell communications, and is co-author of two books on reservoir characterisation. He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.