Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

Primary and secondary production schemes generally result in recoverable reserves in the range of 25 to 45%. Meeting the recovery target forecast at the time of project development requires the implementation of a reservoir management plan that includes project surveillance at all levels (well, pattern, area, and field), both surface and subsurface.  Reserves additions via new discoveries have been declining steadily in the last decades, and the increase of recovery factors from mature oilfields in known basins will be critical to meeting growing market demand. An increase in recovery factors above the initial forecasts can be achieved through the use of new tools and techniques in primary and secondary operations, and step increases can be obtained through the implementation of EOR/IOR techniques. Implementation and continued focus on reservoir management and surveillance is even more important in EOR/IOR projects than in conventional projects.  This course will provide participants the opportunity to review and learn the elements of comprehensive reservoir surveillance for both conventional and EOR/IOR projects, but with more emphasis on EOR/IOR projects, for reservoir lifecycle management.

The instructors intend to teach this course in conjunction with SPE conferences and workshops, around the world, where there is interest in improving oil recovery from existing oil production projects using EOR/IOR techniques and in reservoir lifecycle management. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1) spend most of the time discussing the practical aspects of project surveillance, (2) discuss the impact of reservoir management and surveillance on the project economics, and on reservoir lifecycle management, and (3) provide each course attendee a course manual containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the class problems.

The instructors, all seasoned engineers and longstanding members of SPE, offer their extensive industry experience and expertise in practical aspects of reservoir surveillance and management of EOR/IOR projects to teaching this course to the SPE members around the world.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Petroleum engineers, reservoir engineers, production engineers, facilities engineers, managers, and other professionals interested in learning about practical reservoir surveillance and management techniques for enhanced oil recovery/improved oil recovery (EOR/IOR) projects, and for reservoir lifecycle management.

Since EOR/IOR in general, and EOR/IOR project surveillance and management in particular, for reservoir lifecycle management, is a topic of tremendous interest to SPE members around the world, presentation of this course is expected to attract large attendance; therefore, interested persons should register early.

Special Requirements

The course registrants should plan to bring their notebook computers to the class to work on the class problems.


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.


Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E., is Chairman and CEO, and Director of Engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc., worldwide energy consulting company. 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 & gas industry for onshore and offshore (shallow and deep water), conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy (and extra heavy) oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil & gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.

Dr. Sam Avasthi has over 40 years of worldwide oil & gas industry experience in petroleum engineering, reservoir engineering and simulation/modeling, EOR/IOR project design, evaluation and optimization; revitalizing mature oil fields, and related projects. He has been providing consulting services to the worldwide oil & gas industry since the early 1970s, and has been involved in conducting reservoir engineering and simulation studies of some of the major EOR/IOR projects.

Dr. Sam Avasthi has lectured extensively, around the world, on numerous topics in his areas of technical expertise. He is a co-instructor of several popular public training courses taught under the auspicious of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE): ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’, ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’, ‘Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR’, ‘Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Introduction to Optimizing Shale Gas and Tight Oil Fields’, ‘Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects’, and ‘Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Prospects’.

Dr. Sam Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines, Imperial College London, and Texas A&M University (where he earned a Ph.D. degree 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 integrated global energy and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of SPE, and a Technical Editor of ‘SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal’, ‘SPE Production & Operations Journal’, and the ‘SPE Oil and Gas Facilities Journal’.

Dr. Paul L. Bondor, an expert in EOR/IOR technologies and practices, and revitalizing mature oilfields, has worked with Avasthi & Associates, Inc., worldwide energy consulting company, since 2006, as Principal EOR/IOR, Engineering and Economic Evaluation Consultant, and provides consulting and training services in his areas of technical expertise.

Dr. Bondor has over 40 years of worldwide oil and gas industry experience, including 35 years with Royal Dutch/ Shell Group in reservoir engineering research and reservoir engineering practice and supervision; reservoir simulation/modeling; EOR/IOR project design, evaluation and optimization; and deepwater field development planning. He gained extensive engineering experience working on Shell’s steamflood EOR projects in California, and he was Shell’s principal steamflood EOR training instructor. His extensive leadership experience working on reservoir engineering and economics aspects of field development planning (FDP) projects includes working on several major deepwater FDP projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Since his retirement from Shell in 2003, he has continued to consult on EOR technologies and practices, and has lectured extensively on these topics, around the world. He is a co-instructor of two popular public training courses taught under the auspicious of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE): ‘Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR’, and ‘Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects’.

Dr. Bondor was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on EOR, during 2010-2011, and in this role he lectured on ‘EOR - The time is Now’ at the SPE chapters around the world. A paper co-authored by him, with Dr. Sam Avasthi, on ‘Planning EOR Projects’, was presented at 2004 SPE International Petroleum Conference in Mexico, held in Puebla, Mexico, during November 2004; and an article based on that paper was published under Management Series in March 2005 issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT). Another paper co-authored by him, with Dr. Sam Avasthi, on ‘Planning EOR Projects in Offshore Oil Fields’ was presented at 2005 SPE LACPEC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during June 2005. 

Dr. Bondor is an engineering alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Engineering Science, a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering; and thereafter he worked in senior-level EOR research and engineering positions at Royal Dutch/ Shell Group for 35 years. He is a long-standing member of SPE, and a Technical Editor of ‘SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering’ journal.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Singhal is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines and the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He earned a Ph.D. degree 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.