Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course focuses on the practical side of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). It presents thermal techniques and strategies, with a minimum of theory. Participants will learn to solve thermal EOR problems, and will receive workbooks with copies of the instructors’ presentations.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This course will provide participants the opportunity to review and learn the most up-to-date information available about EOR technologies and strategies practiced today.

Who Attends

This course is for petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, as well as managers, government officials and others who are interested in the practical aspects of thermal technologies for recovering heavy oil.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) 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.

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.


Ashok K. Singhal, an expert in EOR technologies and horizontal well applications, is a principal consultant with Premier Reservoir Engineering Services, where he provides consulting and training in EOR. He has more than 35 years of worldwide oil and gas experience in heavy oil and tar sand reservoir engineering, horizontal well technology, CO2 flooding, thermal EOR, and waterflood projects. He has lectured on EOR, horizontal well applications, and other topics around the world.

Singhal is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines and the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He earned his PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of California and later taught chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta.

Paul L. Bondor is an expert in secondary recovery, EOR technologies, and the revitalization of mature oilfields. He has worked with Avasthi & Associates in Houston as a principal engineering and EOR advisor since 2006. Bondor has more than 42 years of worldwide oil and gas experience, including 35 years with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, where he served as Shell’s reservoir engineering instructor and the head of Royal Dutch/Shell’s EOR research. Since his retirement from Shell in 2003, he has continued to consult on reservoir technologies and practices.

Bondor holds a BS in engineering science, an MS in mechanical engineering, and a PhD in engineering, all from Case Western Reserve University.

S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, PE, PhD, is chairman and CEO, and director of engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide energy consulting company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to the company that he founded in 1990, and that now provides full-service integrated consulting services to the worldwide oil and gas industry for onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy (and extra heavy) oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil and gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.

Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, Imperial College London, and Texas A&M University (where he earned a PhD in petroleum engineering). He was a research fellow in chemical engineering at Rice University, and worked for several years in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with major global integrated oil and gas producing and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc. in 1990.

Avasthi is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, SPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He is a co-instructor of several popular courses taught under the auspices of SPE, including, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2 Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR, Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects, Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays, and Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Prospects.

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