Reservoir Appraisal and Development

Program Objectives


In this 5-day course, exploration and development views will be covered with the aim of gaining a thorough understanding of various reserves levels and their equivalence in both systems, in terms of proved, proved plus probable, and proved plus probable plus possible. Methodologies of different countries will be covered. Participants will work in mixed teams, usually from different technical backgrounds. Initial work involves re-evaluation of the structure and incorporation of the discovery well data into the seismic database. The second phase involves a full review of the reservoir (sand body type and continuity, porosity distribution, net/gross calculation and permeability), the recalculation of in-place volumes and the building of a reservoir model. Thirdly, the characteristics of the reservoir fluids and aquifer are examined, with the teams assessing different development plans, reserves and production profiles and considering the best economic solution. A final exam is administered at the conclusion of the class.
Course Outline
Day 1
  • Road Map 
  • Objectives & Themes 
  • Setting Objectives for Subsurface Studies 
  • Data Quality & Use of Analogues 
  • Petroleum Fluids 
  • Reserve Definition Overview 
  • Structural Review of the Discovery 
  • Seismic Database 
  • Structural Aspects of Reservoir Description 
  • Depth Conversion 
  • Defining Contacts 
  • Attributes & Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators 
  • Fault Identification 
  • Gross Rock Volume Calculation 
Day 2
  • Micro-Scale Reservoir Properties
  • Porosity & Compressibility 
  • Capillary Pressure and Pore Fabrics 
  • Resistivity & Wettability 
  • Permeability and Relative Permeability 
  • Special Core Analysis Well Log & Core Data


Day 3
  • Meso-Scale Reservoir Properties
    • Heterogeneity Modeling 
    • Facies Recognition and their impact 
    • Stratigraphy & Correlation 
    • Layering and Layer Properties in Modeling 
  • Data Calibration-Integration of Seismic, Core, Log, and Well Test Information 
  • Fluid Properties and phase behavior 
Day 4
  • Reservoir Energy and Displacement Mechanisms 
  • Pressure Data 
  • PVT & Material Balance 
  • Volumetrics 
  • Aquifers 
  • Well Testing 
  • Production data & Reservoir Surveillance 
Day 5
  • Types and Use of Simulation Models 
  • Gridding and its impact on results 
  • Reserve Estimation & Uncertainty 
  • Reserve Classification 
  • Volumetric Method 
  • Recovery Factor Calibration 
  • Exam