Formation Damage: Modelling, Prevention and Mitigation

Production and Operations Drilling and Completions


This course will provide an overview at awareness level of common issues in PWRI, with a focus on subsurface-related topics such as well injectivity and sweep.


  • Overview of the Types of Formation Damage with Waterflood, its Prevention and Remediation
  • Causes and Mechanisms of Well Injectivity and Productivity Damage
  • Mathematical Modelling and Laboratory Studies of Formation Matrix Damage
  • Injectivity Decline for PWRI under Matrix (Non-Fractured) Injection Conditions
  • Injectivity Decline for PWRI under Induced Fracturing Conditions
  • Vertical /Areal Sweep Issues associated with PWRI under Fracturing Conditions
  • Effects of Formation Damage on Injectivity
  • EOR by Alteration of Water Composition During PWRI
  • Cases of Low and High Salinity Waterflood in Sandstone and Carbonate Reservoirs
  • Taking Advantage of Injectivity Damage for IOR
  • Decision Making in Water Management
  • Case Histories on PWRI

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

2 Days

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at drilling, production, and reservoir engineers, simulation and laboratory specialists involved in water flooding, drilling and well stimulation.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and or/ certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Pavel Bedrikovetsky holds Chair in Petroleum Engineering at the Australian School of Petroleum of The University of Adelaide. He is an author of two books in reservoir engineering and 180 technical papers in international journals and SPE. He has served as a consultant to BP, British Gas, Chevron, Petrobras, Total, Shell and Statoil. His research covers formation damage, unconventional resources and IOR.

Abbas Zeinijahromi is Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering at the Australian School of Petroleum of The University of Adelaide. He holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering and has authored over 22 scientific and technical articles. His current research interests include low salinity water injection, fines migration in porous media, formation damage and IOR.