Reservoir Characterization: From the Laboratory to the Field

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course teaches integrated reservoir characterization, from basic petrophysics through geostatistics. The emphasis is on porosity, permeability, capillary pressure and relative permeability as they relate to flow. The course also covers the statistics of the spatial distribution of these properties and illustrates the benefits of using them.


  • Single-phase petrophysical porosity, permeability and non-Darcy effects
  • Two-phase flow: capillary pressure, relative permeabilities and trapped phase saturations
  • Heterogeneity and non-uniformity
  • Effective properties: (pseudo) porosity
  • Absolute permeability: capillary pressure, relative permeability, dispersivity and viscous fingering

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This class will quickly bring you up to speed on the characterization of oil and gas reservoirs.

Who Attends

This course is designed for engineers with at least a bachelor’s degree in petroleum or chemical engineering. All other engineers, geologists, mathematicians and physicists with at least some experience in reservoir engineering or numerical simulation can benefit from the course.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) 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.


Larry W. Lake is a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds BS and PhD degrees from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. Lake is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four textbooks and the editor of three bound volumes. He has served on the SPE Board of Directors, as a Distinguished Lecturer, won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the AIME, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineers since 1997.

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