Waterflood Formation Damage: Prediction, Prevention & Mitigation

•	Drilling and Completions Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Production and Operations


This 2-day training provides the fundamental principles of formation damage in injection and production wells and the strategies available to mitigate or remove it in order to increase the recoverable reserves and profitability of oil and gas fields. The course will place special emphasis on formation damage prevention and its effect on the return on investment from producing oil and gas production operations. Methods of fines-migration-assisted oil and gas recovery, including smart waterflooding are presented with analysis of field cases. The course will be interactive with numerous exercises and ample time to treat two case studies.

Taking advantage of formation damage to improve recovery and production: lessons and best practices from Brazil, UK, Norway and Russia

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advance

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

This course will provide an overview at awareness level of common waterflooding formation damage issues, with a focus on subsurface-related topics such as PWRI, well injectivity and productivity, fines migration, injected water composition and its effect on reservoir waterflood sweep. It will enable participants to assess formation damage in injection and production wells and to recommend how to prevent, mitigate or remove the damage.

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at drilling, production, and reservoir engineers, simulation and laboratory specialists involved in water flooding, drilling and well stimulation


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 (PDH).

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



Pavel Bedrikovetsky is an author of two books in reservoir engineering and 180 technical papers in international journals and SPE. His research covers formation damage, unconventional resources and EOR. He holds a MSc in Applied Mathematics, PhD in Fluid Mechanics and DSc in Reservoir Engineering from Moscow Oil-Gas Gubkin University. In 1991-1994 he was a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology and at Imperial College of Science and Technology. From 1994 and until now Pavel is a Petrobras Staff Consultant. Currently he holds Chair in Petroleum Engineering at Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide. He has served as Section Chairman, short course instructor, key speaker and Steering Committee member at numerous SPE Conferences. He was 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.