Introduction to Waterflooding

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course provides a practical understanding of the waterflood recovery process. Participants will learn how to estimate expected recoveries and design new floods, as well as how to monitor and modify existing waterfloods and predict actual recoveries.


  • Review of geological models, and rock and fluid properties
  • Review of primary recovery drives
  • Waterflood displacement mechanisms and flow recovery
  • Waterflood candidate screening and pilot projects
  • Water quality and operational considerations
  • An analysis of mature waterfloods and case study

Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend

This course will give you a solid grounding in waterflooding, a basic tool for secondary oil recovery.

Who Attends

This course is for geologists, reservoir and production engineers, technologists and technicians who are involved in planning, monitoring or optimizing oilfield waterfloods.


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 3-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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