Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course teaches an integrated version of the basics of waterflooding and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), illustrating the connection of each process to a few fundamental principles. It reviews the specifics of thermal and solvent EOR by relating basic principles to the results of cases from the field.

Topics Include:

  • Definitions of EOR and polymer flooding
  • Fundamentals of displacement
  • Phase behavior, micellar-polymer flooding, and chemical methods
  • Thermal flooding and the basics of solvent flooding

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Every oilfield eventually relies on some form of enhanced oil recovery. Some require it from the start. This information can be crucial for continued productivity.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers with at least a bachelor’s degree in petroleum or chemical engineering. All other engineers, mathematicians, and physicists with at least a bachelor’s degree and some experience in reservoir engineering or numerical simulation can benefit from this course.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Larry W. Lake is a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1978 and served as department chairman from 1989 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2009. Lake is a specialist in reservoir engineering and geochemistry. His work in quantifying the effects of geochemical interactions and flow variability for resource recovery is now widely applied by the industry. He has authored four textbooks and more than 100 technical articles and reports. He earned his BS and PhD from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. Lake has twice been designated as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and member of the SPE Board of Directors.

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