Optimising Existing Waterfloods

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course covers practical methods for analyzing the performance of existing waterfloods and optimizing their technical and economic performance. Geological complexities in the reservoir often become apparent only after a waterflood has been implemented. Other operational factors could also result in performance that is significantly different from what was expected. This course focuses on surveillance methods and corrective measures that can help to optimize a field’s performance.

Topics Include:

  • Geological settings
  • Characterizing waterflood production response
  • Identifying problems
  • Computer software applications for waterflood surveillance
  • A case study

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Although waterfloods are a traditional stimulation technique, they can be tricky. This course provides expert advice that will help you avoid problems and optimize the waterflood performance in the field.

Who Should Attend

This course is for practicing reservoir production and operations engineers, technologists and other professionals who are responsible for managing or operating waterfloods and implementing redevelopment plans.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Unites) are 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.


Rob Lavoie, a reservoir engineering associate with RPS Energy, has more than 30 years of oilfield experience. After ten years with Shell Canada, Lavoie developed a natural gas supply forecasting application for TCPL (formerly NOVA) during 1992 to 1996. He joined RPS Energy (formerly APA Petroleum Engineering) in 1996. He has extensive experience with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) feasibility and production forecasting. Much of Lavoie’s current area of practice involves the use of CO2 as a miscible flooding agent for EOR and/or the sequestration of CO2 into saline aquifers. Lavoie earned his BS in chemical engineering in 1981.

Brian Weatherill, P.Eng., is a petroleum engineering specialist with APA Petroleum Engineering with more than 30 years of oilfield experience. Prior to becoming a consultant in 1998, Weatherill spent over 20 years with Shell Canada where he gained extensive experience in petroleum engineering, enhanced oil recovery, petroleum technology management and project management. Weatherill has also managed well stimulation operations for a privately-owned Canadian company.

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