N606 - Waterflood Design, Management, and Optimization

Course Overview
This three-day course, designed for practicing petroleum engineers, geologists, and other technical support staff, provides a basic understanding of the key technical aspects which are involved across the entire life cycle of a properly designed waterflood scheme. The sessions include an overview of data requirements, methods employed to obtain the data, and methods used to interpret the data for the design, management, and optimization of an effective waterflood. Participants will be provided with the analytical tools that enable estimation of the primary recovery baseline production forecast and incremental waterflood recovery predictions. The sessions will also provide practical training to address waterflooding issues that are relevant in today's oil field operations.  Modern methods of optimization of existing more mature waterfloods will also be covered in detail – including the use of streamline models for waterflood surveillance and optimization.  In-class examples and hands-on exercises are included. Some experience in petroleum engineering is a benefit, but not a prerequisite. Participants are requested to bring a calculator to the course.

Participants will learn to:

•	Apply geological principles to assess waterflood feasibility. 
•	Evaluate important water flood performance issues.
•	Construct and use a fractional flow curve for water flood design, forecasts, diagnostics, and enhancement.
•	Assess practical water flood surveillance methods and make maintenance (optimization) decisions.
•	Judge whether your water flood is performing too slowly and propose methods of accelerating and     
        enhancing waterflood performance.
•	Evaluate how horizontal well technologies represent a "Game Changer" for existing and future waterflood schemes.
•	Calculate vertical and horizontal well steady state water injection rates.
•	Evaluate knowledge gained from a number of classic waterfloods.
•	Judge the usefulness or applicability of detailed numerical models versus streamline models for 
        waterflood performance predictions.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Overview of Petroleum Geology and Waterflooding Implications
  • Review Data Requirements for Reservoir Description
  • Review Methods for Estimating Primary Recovery Forecasts
  • Consideration of Various Analytical Waterflood Models
  • Understanding Natural Water Drives
  • Waterflood Design and Production Forecast Example
  • Water Quality Issues – Review
  • Regulatory Requirements for Waterflood Applications
  • Waterflooding Tight Reservoirs
  • Consideration of Modern Surveillance Methods for Mature Waterfloods
  • Waterflood Management and Optimization Methods
  • Use of Steamline Models and Numerical Models for Waterflood Optimization

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Brian Weatherill, P.Eng., is a Petroleum Engineering Specialist and Integrated Project Manager with RPS Energy Canada. He has more than 40 years' experience with oil and gas fields in Canada, USA, Australia, North Sea, Russia, Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania, Morocco, Chad, Nigeria, India, Kazakhstan, France, Hungary, Albania, Italy, Syria, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Ukraine, Romania, Argentina and Colombia. His experience also includes a staff position for a large integrated international petroleum company for over 20 years, obtaining extensive experience in petroleum engineering, enhanced oil recovery, petroleum technology management and project management. Brian has also managed well stimulation technology development for a petroleum services company, and been involved in international oilfield development and operations.

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