An Overview of Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course is intended to provide an overview of heat and fluid flow in heavy oil reservoirs. This overview course is designed to provide a background on a variety of heavy oil recovery techniques with emphasis on steam injection recovery.


  • Basic concepts of thermal recovery
  • Mechanics of recovery and operations considerations
  • Analytical heating models
  • Field experiences
  • Commonly applied technologies in heavy oil recovery

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Who Attends

Reservoir and production engineers, geologists, technicians and managers working in the area of thermal production.


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.


Behrooz Fattahi, holds PhD degrees in aerospace engineering and in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014. In his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught several internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery.

Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.

Fattahi is a past member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Association of University Professors. He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as the Director of the Western North America Region, President of SPE Americas Inc., and Vice President-Finance. He served as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council. He is currently a member of the Board of the SPE Foundation.

Fattahi served as the Chairman of the Board, and the 2010 President of SPE International. He was elected and is now serving as the 2014-2015 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, AIME.