Basics of Reservoir Engineering

This two-day course is designed to help the participants develop a more complete understanding of the multi-disciplined approach required to perform reservoir engineering, along with understanding why this discipline is so crucial to the petroleum industry. Participants will gain an understanding of both newly developed and existing reservoirs of reservoir deposition, reservoir quality and reservoir characteristics necessary for economically viable recovery by:

– Understanding reservoir rock properties, fluid properties and drive mechanisms applied in the estimation and calculation of both in place and recoverable hydrocarbons.
– Learning the primary tools and techniques used by reservoir engineers to evaluate reservoir properties such as pressure, saturation, porosity, permeability and net pay necessary to quantify recoverable reserves and resources.

Participant Comments:
“Excellent representation of the multiple intricacies of reservoir engineering.”
– M.H., Land Manager, Plantation Petroleum Company
“Brian Musso is an exceptional teacher.”
– .N., Operations Manager, NYE Exploration & Production LLC
“A great overview of reservoir engineering, thoroughly enjoyed the class.”
– D.B., Consultant, Petro Tel

2018 Course Brochure with Registration Form

Course Fees:
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $1,295.00 per person
GROUP DISCOUNT – 3 or more: $995.00 per person
Regular Tuition: $1,495.00 per person

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Brian Musso

Who Should Attend

Individuals or groups communicating with or supports multi-disciplined teams of geoscientists, engineers, or technical analysts who participate in reservoir exploration, appraisal, development and/or production of hydrocarbon reservoirs. This includes anyone in the following areas:

    • Information Technology
    • Regulatory and Permitting
    • Land and Legal
    • Non-Technical Management
    • Accounting and Financial
    • Support Technologists
    • Midstream or Downstream Support Teams

*There are no prerequisites for attendance.

Course Benefits & IMPACTS

  • Participants will comprehend how reservoir engineers process their workloads and how they interact with other team members
  • IMPACT: Save $$$ by understanding the reservoir which will, in turn, optimize the number of drilling wells.
  • Participants will get a better understanding of how to communicate with reservoir engineers and geoscientists in major projects and day-to-day activities
  • IMPACT: Maximizing the SPE/SEC reserve booking policy using these reserves to borrow money for capital investments.
  • Participants will have an appreciation for data requirements, why certain data is needed, how it is used in reservoir analysis and the impact it has on the organization
  • IMPACT: Reduce payback time and generate a positive case flow by learning how to utilize proper completion techniques to maximize flow rate

Course Fee

$995 per person – Group Discount (3 or more attending same offering)
$1,295 per person – Early Enrollment Discount (30 days or more prior)
$1,495 per person – Regular Tuition

During this two-day seminar, you will learn…

  • Identification of oil and/or gas reservoirs
  • The difference between conventional, tight rock and unconventional reservoirs
  • Reservoir rock properties including porosity and permeability
  • How oil and gas are formed
  • The steps necessary for estimating and calculating in place and recoverable oil and gas
  • Why these are important to an understanding of reservoir engineering

Course Outline Summary

  • Basic Reservoir Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering – A Multi-Disciplined Approach
  • Reservoir Quality and Characteristics
  • Reservoir Deposition – Petroleum Geology
  • What Constitutes a Reservoir
  • Oil Migration and Traps
  • Reservoir Pressures
  • Reservoir Fluids
  • Fluid Saturations
  • Hydrocarbon Fluid Classification
  • Reservoir Fluid Properties – Focus on Gas and Oil
  • Reservoir Water Properties
  • Estimation of Oil & Gas Originally in Place
  • Reservoir Drive Mechanisms
  • Decline Curve Analysis
  • Reserves


  • 12.5 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • 1.25 CEUs CLE (Continuing Education Credits)
  • American Association of Professional Landmen may also approve this course for RLP and CPL Hours
  • State Accountancy Boards and State Bar Associations may also approve this course for CPEs and CLEs

Dates, Times & Locations

The seminar meets from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day.