Foundations of Petroleum Reservoir Simulation

Disciplines: Reservoir

Course Description

This course deals with the basic theory that forms the foundation of simulators: mass balance and energy balance, black oil vs. compositional models, fractured reservoirs PVT data, gridding, well modeling and solution of linear and nonlinear equations. This will be done without any partial differential equations and it will require participants to have a mathematical background at the undergraduate level.

The primary objective of this course is to reveal, in simpler terms, the fundamentals of reservoir simulators and how they impact users. The assumptions made in different types of models and their impact will also be discussed. In the end, this course is intended to make attendees more informed users of simulators.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Understanding the foundations of reservoir simulation and underlying assumptions will lead to more effective use of simulation technology.

Who Attends

This course is for anyone interested in being an informed user of reservoir simulation. Reservoir engineers, geologists and geophysicists engaged in reservoir management will benefit from the course by understanding the foundations upon which simulators are built and assumptions made at various stages.

Special Requirements

Basic background in basic reservoir engineering is required. Students must bring their own laptops.


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

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.



Khalid Aziz is Professor (Emeritus) in the Energy Resources Engineering department of Stanford University. He has been teaching petroleum engineering and, in particular, reservoir simulation courses for over 40 years. He has taught short courses all over the world.

Aziz has over 200 publications in reservoir simulation and on multiphase flow in pipes. He has considerable practical experience in this field, including the founding of CMG in Calgary, which is now one of the largest suppliers of reservoir simulation software in the world. Aziz is also the founder of the reservoir simulation consortium at Stanford University.