Reservoir Engineering > Analytical Method to Estimate Maximum Recovery Factors for Various Displacement Processes – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) teaches an analytical method to get a reasonable estimate of the maximum expected Ultimate Recovery by a viscously dominated displacement process like water, polymer or gas injection. Such estimation will allow the Reservoir Engineers to:

  1. Identify the gap between the current booked ultimate recovery based on the current development plan. Based on this gap, further analysis of the sweep process in actual reservoirs can be done with further activities identified to manage their floods optimally,
  2. Perform a portfolio analysis that will help prioritise the company’s investments.

The analytical estimation method combines estimations of micro and macro displacement efficiency to derive an estimate for the maximum expected Ultimate Recovery. The micro displacement is based on an estimation using the Buckley Leverett approach and the macro displacement is derived using a Dykstra-Parson like approach, including estimates of non-flooded part of the reservoir by geological factors or well coverage aspects. The analytical estimation has its limitation like lack of gravity or capillary effects. However, the understanding gained could lead to further insights and improve field activities.

The method is applied in an Excel spreadsheet in combination with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), allowing for fast analysis and parameter sensitivity studies.


This VILT will be delivered online in 2 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 2 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (8 hours in total)

On completion of this VILT course, participants will:

  • Understand how to calculate micro and macro displacement efficiency of flooding techniques
  • Practise in performing specific calculations by using an Excel spreadsheet template
  • Obtain confidence and knowledge in using analytical tools to assess Ultimate Recovery

This VILT course is designed for reservoir engineers who are involved in waterflooding, including water based EOR, or gas flooding studies.

Participants attending this course will need to be aware of the Buckley Leverett analysis method.

This VILT will be delivered online in 2 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 2 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (8 hours in total)

Your expert course leader is a world leader in methods to enhance oil recovery and former Chief Scientist with Shell, with 39 years of experience in the area of IOR/EOR. His experience extends from research and field implementation to Value Assurance Reviews and company governance. He previously taught at the Delft University courses in applied reservoir engineering and field development planning.

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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