Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course teaches an integrated version of the basics of waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), illustrating the connection of each process to a few fundamental principles. It reviews the specifics of thermal and solvent EOR by relating basic principles to the results of cases from the field.


  • Definitions of EOR and polymer flooding
  • Fundamentals of displacement
  • Phase behavior, micellar-polymer flooding, and chemical methods
  • Thermal flooding and the basics of solvent flooding

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Every oilfield eventually relies on some form of enhanced oil recovery. Some require it from the start. This information can be crucial for continued productivity.

Who Attends

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


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

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.


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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