Practical Course on Waterflooding

Management and Information

Course Description

This comprehensive course fills the gap for those asset team members who are responsible for managing water injection projects utilizing an integrated approach. This course is an introduction or refresher for the fundamental and practical aspects of waterflooding. There will be ample opportunity to partner with your asset team to generate ideas to optimize waterflood performance and field production by discussion in class. By the end of this course, participants will learn to develop integrated solutions by following a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach, and they will become knowledgeable about waterflood screening, design, implementation, and management.


  • Introduction
  • Waterflood Management Concepts, Process and Prospect Screening
  • Integrated Waterflood Technology- Geoscience and Engineering, Reservoir Heterogeneity
  • Waterflood Data Gathering
  • Mechanism of Immiscible Fluid Displacement
  • Factors Influencing Waterflood Recovery, Prediction of Waterflood
  • Infill Drilling, Flood Patterns, Sweep Efficiency
  • Prediction of Waterflood Performance and Reserves Forecast
  • Design of Waterfloods: Geological, Engineering, and Operational Aspects
  • Waterflooding Surveillance Techniques, Analysis and Optimization
  • Field Operations, Waterflood Facilities, Water Quality Requirements, Injection Rates and Pressures
  • Discussion of Why Some Waterfloods Fail?
  • Waterflood Project Economics – Brief Discussion
  • Waterflood Case Studies
  • Current and Future Challenges

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

2 days

Why Attend

  • Learn fundamental and practical aspects of waterflooding
  • Develop and design a successful waterflood
  • Use effectively analytical tools to enhance field performance
  • Understand the use and misuse of reservoir simulation in waterflood design
  • Perform surveillance, analysis and optimization of waterflooding

Who Attends

This course is for engineers, geologists, geophysicists, facilities engineers, D&C engineers, technologists, and anyone who wants to understand the practical aspects of Waterflood for conventional & unconventional Reservoirs.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Special Requirements

None; however, knowledge of basic petroleum engineering terminology will be helpful.

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.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Dr. Ganesh Thakur is a world-recognized leader in reservoir engineering and management. He is the Director of Energy Industrial Partnerships & Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston. He began his professional career at SSI in Denver, Colorado in 1973 after receiving a PhD in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and specializing in EOR. He worked for BP in the research department, and in 1977 joined Chevron, where he worked for 37 years and advanced to the highest level technical professional as VP – Technology and Fellow. Most of his current work relates to EOR, IOR, reservoir engineering and management, reserves evaluation, due diligence, unconventional oil and gas field development, and expert witness. He has written more than 60 technical papers and presidential articles, several books, holds a number of patents, and has presented over 200 lectures and short courses around the world. His numerous honors include the 2005 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. He served as the 2012 President of SPE International.

Dr. Ted Frankiewicz is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Produced Water Treatment in 2009-10, and serves on the SPE Steering Committee for their Global Workshop Series on Water Treatment. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil industry with Occidental Petroleum, Unocal Corp., Natco Group (now Cameron), and currently, SPEC Services, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago, holds 15 patents, and has authored over 25 professional publications. At Unocal, he was responsible for developing the water treatment systems, which were installed in the Gulf of Thailand to remove mercury and arsenic as well as residual oil from the produced water. At Natco Group he developed an effective vertical column flotation vessel design and used CFD to diagnose problems with existing water treatment equipment as well as to design new equipment. His field/operational experience in oilfield chemistry, design of process equipment, and the development of process systems has provided him with unique insights into the issues that challenge operators as their water production and water treatment complexity and cost escalates over time.