PETROENG 7059 - Reservoir Engineering VII

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

Darcy's Law and Applications, Concepts of permeability, Relative permeability, Capillary pressure, Wettability, Material Balance Equations for Different Types of Reservoirs and Drives, Aquifer Behaviour and Water Influx, Immiscible Displacement, Buckley-Leverett theory, Gravity-Stable Displacement, Decline Curve Analysis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7059
    Course Reservoir Engineering VII
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Relevant industry experience or courses equivalent to MATHS 1012, PHYSICS 1100, PETROENG 7063, PETROENG 2001, PETROENG 2005, PETROENG 2009, MECH ENG 2021, PETROENG 3025, COMP SCI 1201
    Assessment Assignments, in class exams and evaluated tutorials
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Maria Gonzalez Perdomo

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 To recall and describe the main terminology, concepts and techniques that apply to reservoir engineering.
    2 Analyse and evaluate approaches and strategies for assessing and quantifying reservoir uncertainty and data management.
    3 Apply a critical thinking and problem-solving approach to the main principles of reservoir engineering.
    4 Apply theoretical and practice skills in data analysis used for real reservoirs through case studies.
    5 Recommend reservoir production and development plan
    6 Describe characterisation of rock/formation properties and fluids
    7 Describe fluid flow and mass balance in the reservoir
    8 Analyse, and devise relevant solutions to reservoir engineering problems posed within the course individually and with teammates.
    9 Employ, analyse and optimise a material balance/decline curve/water influx exercise using commercial software commonly used in the industry.
    10 Interact with other students to practice working in a petroleum engineering team and communication skills.
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Not applicable
    Recommended Resources
    No specific textbook is recommended. However, a list of suggested references follows. Materials drawn from various texts and technical papers will be presented.

    Most materials will be provided through “MyUni” and handouts during the lecture.

    Suggested References & Resources

    1. Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering by Dake
    2. Fundamental principles of Reservoir Engineering by Towler
    3. Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering by Craft, Hawkins And Terry
    4. The Practice Of Reservoir Engineering by Dake
    5. Gas Reservoir Engineering by Lee And Wattenbarger
    6. Petroleum Reservoir Engineering by Amyx, Bass And Whiting
    7. Reservoir Engineering Handbook by Tarek Ahmed
    8. Development Of Petroleum Reservoirs by Papay (Also Provides Russian Contributions)
    9. Well Testing by Lee
    10. Advances In Well Testing by Earlougher, Jr.
    11. Reservoir Engineering Aspects of Waterflooding by Craig
    12. Enhanced Oil Recovery by Lake
    13. Enhanced Oil Recovery by Green and Willhite
    14. Miscible Flooding by Stalkup, Jr.

    Plus Journals from professional societies (e.g., SPE)
    Online Learning
    The course will be available through MyUni site.

    It will provide valuable resources and course information, such as announcements, lecture material, assignments, discussion boards, etc. The material will be released over the semester, and the course will be made available from the start of the semester.

    Students are expected to check their Uni emails and check the announcements frequently on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are supported by solved examples, problem-solving tutorials, homework and real case studies.

    Students will have the opportunity to use a commercial software package.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The standard undergraduate workload for a full-time student is 48 hours per week which equates to approximately 12 hours per 3 unit course. The workload associated to this course involves 5 hrs of lectures and tutorials per week. You would be expected to spend an approximately twice the number of hours outside class-revising notes, reading more widely about the topics covered, practicing examples, finishing exercises, homework etc. The University Learning and Teaching Committee has recently agreed that 3 unit courses are required to have a minimum workload of 150 hours regardless of the length of the course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Session 1 & 2           · Introduction
                                     . Reservoir Rock properties and Darcy's law
                                     · Reservoir Fluid Properties   
    Session 3                  · Drive Mechanisms
                                     · Reservoir maps and Volumetrics
                                     · Fluid pressure regims
    Session 4, 5 & 6        · Material balance
    Session 7                  · Decline curve analysis
    Session 8 & 9            · Fluid flow in reservoirs
                                     · Superposition and skin
                                     · IPR
    Session 10, 11 & 12   · Pc
                                     · Kr
                                     · Wettability
                                     · Immiscible displacement
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Assessment Type
    (Formative/ Summative)
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Quiz 1 & Quiz 2 30 Individual Summative Day 3-5 1. 2. 6. 7. 9.
    Assignments Numerical problems on selected topics 30 Group Summative Day 3-5 1. 3. 6. 8. 9. 10.
    Homework & Tutorials 0 Individual Formative Day 2-6 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Final exam 40 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 9.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    You will be advised of the date and time of the submission during the first day of class or through MyUni at least four weeks in advance.

    Alternative dates for students who cannot be present on the date of the mid-course exam on medical and compassionate grounds can be requested through the Course Coordinator before the exam is due unless there is an emergency. Evidence must be provided.

    For examination purposes: only basic scientific calculators are permitted. (Without remote communication capability, non-programmable, non-alphanumeric)
    Assessment Detail
    All exams are closed-book. Further details on examinations will be given through MyUni at least two weeks in advance of the date of the exam.

    Further details on assignments will be given during the first day of class or through MyUni at least four weeks before the submission date.

    Homework will be evaluated individually, and tutorials will be team-based.
    You will be advised of the date, time and location for physical submission of all assignments during the first day of class or through MyUni

    Submission of Work for Assessment
    Practical and class exercises should be submitted in hardcopy with a completed copy of the assessment coversheet that is available from the school office. This should be signed to indicate you have read the university policy statement on plagiarism, collusion and related forms of cheating.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of severity that would justify awarding a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.

    Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks. The submitted work will be marked ‘without prejudice’, and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each working day (or part of a day) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. The Course Coordinator or lecturer / examiner may elect not to accept any assessment task that a student wants to submit after that task has been marked and feedback provided to the rest of the class.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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