In-Situ Recovery Methods and SAGD

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course will provide a general overview of current and emerging heavy oil recovery methods with emphasis on field experiences in Alberta and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Participants will learn about the concepts, field development, reservoir performances, applicability, challenges, and issues of the various in-situ recovery methods.

Commercial and emerging recovery methods covered:

  • CHOPS, CSS, steamflood, SAGD
  • SAGD derivatives
  • Steam Solvent Hybrid
  • Cold and Warm Solvent
  • Air Injection
  • Electric Heating

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Many advances have been made in in-situ recovery techniques over the past twenty years. Learn more about the current and emerging recovery technologies being developed in order to reduce capital costs, operating costs, and environmental impact.

Who Should Attend

All E&P personnel, including engineers, geoscientists, technologists, and managers involved or interested in heavy oil recovery methods and field practices will benefit from this course.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-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; 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.


K.C. Yeung, MS, P.Eng., is Chief Advisor, Technology & Petroleum Engineering at Brion Energy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has worked in the heavy oil industry for over 38 years, primarily in the area of reservoir development. He has been involved in various in-situ field projects including cyclic steam stimulation (CSS), steamflood, in-situ combustion, cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS), and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Yeung was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Petroleum Society of CIM. He has given lectures and training courses on heavy oil recovery and SAGD in Canada, China, South America, and Middle East to promote Canada’s in-situ heavy oil technology. He was also a member of the evaluation committee on the SPE Reprint Series No. 61, Heavy Oil Recovery.

Yeung was the 2005–2006 president of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA) and the 2007 chairman of the Petroleum Society of CIM. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Petroleum Society of Canada.