Reservoir Simulation for Practical Decision Making

Disciplines: Reservoir

Course Description

This course covers all the important facets of reservoir modeling, with a considerable amount of the class time reserved for discussion amongst the participants and instructors. Time permitting, previous models conducted by the instructors will also be discussed.


  • Planning a simulation study
  • Acquiring and analyzing data
  • Fluid properties and rock-fluid interaction
  • Developing geologic models
  • Constructing grids
  • History matching and prediction

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days (Can be offered as a 1-day course on request.)

Why Attend

By the end of this course, you will better understand how to plan and conduct reservoir studies, and how to review studies conducted by others.

Who Attends

This course is for those who want to go beyond the Fundamentals of Reservoir Simulation course. Anyone involved in conducting, reviewing, or overseeing reservoir simulation studies will benefit.

Special Requirements

Participants may bring materials and non-confidential data relating to potential projects. The class, guided by the instructors, will brainstorm and discuss which approach will achieve the desired objectives.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course. 0.8 CEUs are awarded when taught as a 1-day course.

Additional Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Reservoir Simulation: Problems and Solutions. Please check out this valuable resource!

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.


Dean C. Rietz, executive vice president at Ryder Scott, has more than 30 years of diverse experience in analyzing and evaluating oil and gas reservoirs. He has built a variety of full-field, segment and single-well models including black-oil, compositional and thermal formulations. Before joining Ryder Scott in 1995, Rietz taught in-house material-balance schools at Chevron and the ECLIPSE user’s course while at Intera’s Petroleum Production Division.

Rietz holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston. He has written various technical articles related to reservoir modelling and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.

Miles R. Palke is a managing senior vice president and the manager of reservoir simulation at Ryder Scott.  In addition to specializing in reservoir simulation and reserves evaluations, he also focuses his efforts on reservoir characterization, well-testing and material balance analyses. He has more than eighteen years of reservoir engineering experience with heavy emphasis on reservoir simulation studies. Areas of expertise include sector and full-field reservoir modeling, fluid characterization, compositional simulation, coalbed methane recovery, gas storage analysis, nodal analysis, well test analysis and material balance evaluations. Palke has evaluated numerous oil and gas properties around the world. Before joining Ryder Scott, he was a senior staff reservoir engineer and subsurface engineering manager at BHP Billiton for eight years beginning in 2002. He also worked at Ryder Scott from 1998 to 2002 as a petroleum engineer in the reservoir simulation group. Palke began his career as a petroleum engineer at Arco E&P Technology in 1996. He has BS and MS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and Stanford University, respectively. Palke is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.