Petroleum Geosciences > Reservoir Engineering for Geosciences Professionals and Other Disciplines - Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)  

Reservoir engineering methods, data and models are used in the E&P business to describe and optimise hydrocarbon recovery. This 5 half-day Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course addresses reservoir engineering concepts and methods to enable cross-disciplinary team work and the smooth exchange of ideas and experience.

In this VILT course, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of reservoir engineering and a broad range of modern reservoir engineering principles and practices for reservoir development and production, including the estimation of oil and gas reserves. The topics covered in this VILT course will be illustrated with practical and actual field cases. Some self-study or reading will be required from participants.

By the end of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe use of permeability and fluid saturation in reservoir engineering.
  • Explain the assessment of hydrocarbon resources and recoverable reserves estimation.
  • Understand analysis and modelling of fluid behaviour.
  • Explain oil and gas reservoir performance.
  • Describe material balance methods in oil and gas reservoirs.
  • Understand design and analysis of well tests.
  • Understand analysis and production of producing wells and forecasting methods.
  • Describe fluid displacement at the pore and reservoir scale.
  • Explain reservoir simulation approaches.
  • Describe tools for handling the uncertainty in reservoir analysis.
  • Describe various recovery methods from primary to enhanced recovery.

This VILT course is intended for professionals with prior technical or engineering exposure to exploration and production activities. Targeted participants include geoscientists, production engineers, petrophysicists and petroleum engineers involved with exploration and development of oil & gas reservoirs. The VILT course will also benefit petroleum engineering team leaders as well as IT staff and support staff who work with reservoir engineering, development and production departments.

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

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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A well organized training. Is very easy for other disciplines who have very little knowledge of RE to understand the topic.

Geologist, SHELL

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Well organised and useful course.

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The trainer did a great job! Keep it up!

Geologist, Mubadala Petroleum

Fantastic course. The trainer is very knowledgeable and is a great speaker. A perfect combination of practical and theory-based learning.

Graduate Geologist, Woodside Energy

From a non-technical background, I would highly recommend this course as a means of introduction to the key concepts defining reservoir engineering.

Planning Upstream, PETRONAS Australia

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

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