Waterflooding: Performance Predictions and Surveillance

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This one day short course focuses on key reservoir variables and operational aspects of water injection. Specifically, once water injection commences the oil recovery mechanism changes. Oil recovery by water injection (which may be called waterflooding or pressure maintenance) is very different from primary depletion methods in a number of ways and requires a paradigm shift in the approach to both reservoir and operational management. A portion of this course compares and contrasts similarities between primary depletion and water injection. Many reservoir management and forecast procedures used during water injection are a carryover from primary depletion but unfortunately, in many instances, these procedures are not applicable for injection.  Significantly,  in a water injection, the driver is the injection well. To maximize water injection recovery, the key is to maximize the areal, vertical, and displacement sweep efficiencies and the injection well drives these three efficiency factors. The failure to properly locate, manage and monitor injection wells will result in a reduction in oil recovery.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Add value to a waterflood injection projects by better identifying and understanding the key reservoir and operation factors impacting a project. Participants will leave the session knowing ‘best practices’ in waterflooding and when to move forward with a project by taking real world experiences and applying them in the field.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for any production or operations staff, engineer or geologist involved in, or who will soon be involved in, water injection


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Dr. William Cobb

William M. (Bill) Cobb is a petroleum engineering consultant who specializes in waterflooding, pressure transient analysis, and property management. Cobb has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum industry including research, staff, and district position for Arco Oil and Gas. He has hands-on experience in the design, implementation, surveillance, and management of waterfloods in various areas of North America as well as Australia, Africa, the Middle East, the North Sea, South America, and Southeast Asia. He headed oil and gas operations for Cornell Oil Company, an independent oil and gas company. Cobb was the 2008 president of SPE and served as a member of the SPE Board of Directors for more than seven years. For more than 28 years, he directed a petroleum consulting firm in Dallas.

Cobb received BS and MS degrees from Mississippi State University and a PhD from Stanford University, all in petroleum engineering. He is currently an adjunct professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.