Thermal Reservoir Simulation for SAGD

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course covers reservoir simulation theory using the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process. It includes a discussion of major engineering concepts such as thief zones, overlying water and gas, and water legs. About one third of the class time is spent on a series of practical examples that give participants hands-on experience using STARS and Exotherm thermal simulation software.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Input data and perform thermal reservoir simulations with consistent results
  • Discuss basic simulation theory and perform simple heat flow calculations
  • Understand use of K values, viscosity data, stream properties, and reservoir properties such as permeability, relative permeability, operation conditions and controls.

Learning Level


Course Length

5 Days

Why Attend

There is almost no material about SAGD in conventional reservoir simulation texts, since the technology is so new.  This course is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest technology from a recognized expert in the field.

Who Attends

This course is for entry-level reservoir engineers, and for geologists and production engineers with some SAGD experience.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class.


4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 5-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.

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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.


M.R. (Mike) Carlson founded Applied Reservoir, a petroleum engineering consulting firm specializing in reservoir engineering, numerical simulation, and economic evaluations in 1999. He has more than 36 years of experience in the petroleum industry, working for such corporations as Amoco Canada, Home Oil, Scientific Software-Intercomp, McDaniel & Associates Consultants, Silverwing Energy, Petro-Canada and RPS Energy Canada. He is currently President of Applied Reservoir Enterprises Ltd. A member of the SPE, APEGGA, CWLS, and the CSPG, he has written over 20 papers and served as technical program committee chairman for the CIPC, SPE Gas Condensate Forum in League City, a director of the National Board of the Petroleum Society of CIM, and was on the Industry Advisory Committee for the University of Regina, Petroleum Engineering. He is the author of Practical Reservoir Simulation, (2003, PennWell). He is actively involved in the development of a Team Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) projects in north-eastern Alberta working on caprock integrity, maximum operating pressures, rock testing and solvent assisted SAGD.

Carlson holds a BS in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto.