Reservoir Engineering > Advanced Carbonate Reservoir Engineering - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

Reservoir engineering methods as practised in carbonate fields will be addressed in this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Practical and actual carbonate reservoir problems and examples will be used to illustrate relevant subjects. Specific reservoir engineering problems related to the heterogeneity, fluid-rock interaction and the often fractured nature of carbonate rocks will be examined.

By the end of this VILT, you will have a deeper knowledge of modern reservoir engineering practices for carbonate reservoir development and production, including the construction and use of reservoir models.

This VILT will emphasise Reservoir Engineering applications in Carbonate fields in topic such as:

  • Rock properties of carbonate and fractured reservoirs
  • Carbonate reservoir characterisation
  • Reservoir fluid behaviour
  • Identification of main production mechanisms
  • Design and analysis of well tests
  • Production forecasting
  • Application of Decline Curve Analysis
  • Detailed modelling of wells and reservoirs
  • Water flooding in carbonate reservoirs
  • Application of EOR methods in carbonate reservoirs
  • Reserves and resource estimation
  • Carbonate reservoir simulation approaches, model construction and well, aquifer and fluid modelling
  • Development planning
  • Uncertainty handling and scenario methods

This VILT has been designed for experienced reservoir engineers with prior technical or engineering exposure to production activities in carbonate reservoirs. Petroleum engineers and geoscientists who require more than general knowledge of carbonate reservoir engineering will also find this VILT useful.

Your expert course leader is an independent Reservoir Engineering Consultant, providing project consultancy and reservoir engineering training for global customers. He retired from Shell in 2012 and during the last years of his Shell career, he held the Senior Reserves Consultant for the Middle East and Reservoir Engineering Discipline Lead positions. He is a seasoned Petroleum Engineering professional, with global experience in Shell companies and joint ventures (NAM, SSB, SCL, PDO, SKDBV). His technical expertise is in reserves and resource management, reservoir engineering quality assurance, and staff development as well as carbonate reservoirs, modelling and reservoir simulation.


2012 to date Independent Reservoir Engineering Consultant
Petroleum and reservoir engineering advice, training and services. Reservoir engineering training for major oil companies, engineering firms and other global customers. Assurance of SPE and SEC reserves compliance. Participation in SPE reserves and resources estimation Advanced Technology Workshops both as an organising committee member and as session speaker.

2008 – 2012 Shell International E&P, the Hague, the Netherlands
Senior Reserves Consultant for Shell business units and joint ventures in the Middle East Region
Assurance of SEC and SPE compliance of reserves and resources. Industry publications and conference contributions a.o. SPE guidelines on probabilistic reserves estimation.

2006 – 2008 Shell E&P Technology Solutions, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
Reservoir Engineering Discipline Lead
Responsible for Reservoir Engineering in global projects and for staff planning and development (over 60 international Reservoir Engineers).

2001 – 2005 Centre for Carbonate Studies, SQU, Oman / Shell International E&P
Applications and Research / Shell Representative Office Oman

Petroleum Engineering Manager
PE Manager in the Carbonate Research Centre, a joint venture between Sultan Qaboos University in Oman and Shell International. Industrial research projects and teaching on recovery aspects of carbonate reservoir development.

1997 – 2000 Shell International E&P, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
Principal Reservoir Engineer
Coordination of the NOV subsurface team in Shell Kazakhstan Development BV in 2000. Leading role in Shell Gamechanger project on natural gas hydrates. Acting Shell Group Reserves Co-ordinator in 1997-1998. Facilitation of workshops with government shareholders, including discussions on sensitive reserves issues (BSP Petroleum Unit Brunei, PDO Oman, SPDC government Nigeria).

1992 – 1996 Shell Training Centre, Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands
Reservoir Engineering Programme Training Director
Advanced PE training events, QA/QC, design and delivery of courses to Shell staff.

1985 – 1992 Shell International, SIPM, the Hague, The Netherlands
Senior Reservoir Engineer
Reservoir simulation, integrated reservoir modelling and gas field development and major contributor to the Shell internal Gas Field Planning Tool development. Full field reservoir simulation projects supporting Field Development Plans, operational strategies and unitisation negotiations for Shell Group Operating Companies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Egypt.

1984 – 1985 Geological Survey of the Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs
Reservoir Engineering Section Head
Responsible for Petroleum Engineering advice on oil and gas licences to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. First-hand experience with a government view on resource management.

1976 – 1984 NAM, Assen, The Netherlands and SSB/SSPC, Miri, Malaysia
Wellsite Operations Engineer / Operational Reservoir Engineer

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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Woodside Energy

The trainer’s extensive industry experience enabled real-life examples to be discussed in the more difficult concepts of Reservoir Engineering.

BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal

I would highly recommend this course to both geologists and engineers as it is a logical presentation with real-life examples.

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