Basic Reservoir Engineering

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course presents the geologic origins and the important properties of petroleum reservoirs, and how to estimate their potential production. Participants learn through a combination of class problems, examples and workshops.


  • Depositional environments, basic structures, and hydrocarbon traps
  • Large scale exploration techniques
  • The properties of reservoir rock, such as porosity, fluid saturation, pore volume, and permeability
  • Reservoir fluid properties, such as API gravity, formation volume factor, gas solubility, density, and viscosity
  • Common classes of reservoirs according to the types of fluids they contain and their characteristic performance
  • Sources of reservoir data

Learning Level


Course Length

5 Days

Why Attend

This intensive course will raise participant’s skill set beyond the fundamentals of reservoir engineering and provides an excellent opportunity to share ways to overcome challenges in the field.

Who Attends

This course is for engineers and technologists who want to learn more about reservoir engineering.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring laptop to class. Attendees should have a bachelor’s degree and two to four years of oilfield experience


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

In-House Training

This course is available for in house training at your office location.

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


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.

Additional Course Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Fundamental Principles of Reservoir Engineering. Please check out this valuable resource!