Introduction to Reservoir Engineering

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course is a practical guide to reservoir engineering. It covers the basic principles of reservoir engineering and an introduction to stimulation methods.


  • Reservoir description and decline curve analysis
  • Hydrocarbon phase behavior
  • Estimating waterflood recovery and forecasting production
  • Properties of reservoir rock
  • Reserve classifications
  • Reservoir drive mechanisms

Learning Level


Course Length

5 Days

Why Attend

This course provides expert advice that will bring you quickly up to speed. It is an excellent foundation in reservoir engineering.

Who Attends

This course is for engineers and geologists who are relatively new to the industry, but who have some background in reservoir geology and the production of hydrocarbons.


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


Rob Lavoie, a reservoir engineering associate with RPS Energy, has more than 30 years of oilfield experience. After ten years with Shell Canada, Lavoie developed a natural gas supply forecasting application for TCPL (formerly NOVA) during 1992 to 1996. He joined RPS Energy (formerly APA Petroleum Engineering) in 1996. He has extensive experience with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) feasibility and production forecasting. Much of Lavoie’s current area of practice involves the use of CO2 as a miscible flooding agent for EOR and/or the sequestration of CO2 into saline aquifers. Lavoie earned his BS in chemical engineering in 1981.

Brian Weatherill, P.Eng., is a petroleum engineering specialist with APA Petroleum Engineering with more than 30 years of oilfield experience. Prior to becoming a consultant in 1998, Weatherill spent over 20 years with Shell Canada where he gained extensive experience in petroleum engineering, enhanced oil recovery, petroleum technology management and project management. Weatherill has also managed well stimulation operations for a privately-owned Canadian company.

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