Petroleum engineering is the strand of engineering concerned with upstream operations of producing oil and gas from underground reserves. Reservoir engineering is a subdivision of Petroleum engineering that deals with modeling the reservoir fluid movement and maximizing oil and gas recovery. The main topics of study in reservoir engineering are phase behavior of fluids in a reservoir, reservoir rock properties, fluid flow in porous media, reservoir simulation, rock-fluid interactions, well testing, well performance, material balance, natural reservoir drive mechanisms, and various methods of improved and enhanced oil recovery.

The tasks of the reservoir engineer are centered on answering the following questions: How much oil and gas is originally in place? What are the drive mechanisms for the reservoir? What are the trapping mechanisms for the reservoir? What will be the recovery factor for the reservoir by primary depletion? What will be the future production rates from the reservoir? How can the recovery be increased economically?

Degree Requirements

A Masters in Petroleum Engineering-Reservoir engineering requires thirty-two (32) credit hours of approved courses for admitted students with B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Admitted students with a different undergraduate degree are also required to complete a few credits of leveling courses which prepare such students for success in the Masters in Petroleum Engineering-Reservoir engineering.

A minimum GPA of 14 over 20 must be maintained each semester and in total average for graduation.

Leveling Courses (not applicable to a degree)

The Masters in Petroleum Engineering- Reservoir engineering curriculum assumes strong undergraduate academic preparation in math, science, and a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Any student holding any other undergraduate degree besides Petroleum Engineering will be required to complete the following leveling courses that are designed to provide an overview of petroleum engineering. These leveling courses are not counted for graduate credit towards the Masters in Petroleum Engineering degree.

Principles of Reservoir Engineering

Geology of Petroleum

Part A: Core Courses

Part B: Elective Courses (4 Courses must be elected)

Part C: Thesis

Courses description:

Phase Behavior of Petroleum Reservoir Fluids

Course content:
Petroleum Reservoir Fluids, Sampling, Quality Control, and Compositional Analyses, PVT Experiments, Equations of State, C7+ Characterization, Flash and Phase Envelope Calculations, PVT Simulation, Physical Properties, Regression to Experimental PVT Data, Transport Properties, Wax Formation, Asphaltenes, Gas Hydrates, Compositional Variations with Depth, Minimum Miscibility Pressure, Formation Water and Hydrate Inhibitors, Scale Precipitation

Porous Media Transport Phenomena

Course content:
Pore Structure, Capillarity in Porous Media, Single-Phase Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, Selected Operations Involving Transport of a Single Fluid Phase through a Porous Medium, Multiphase Flow of Immiscible Fluids in Porous Media, Miscible Displacement and Dispersion

Fractured Reservoir Engineering

Course content:
Fracture detection and evaluation, Fractured reservoirs, case history, Physical properties of rocks, Logging versus fracture evaluation, Flow of fluids towards a well in non-porous fractured Rock, Flow towards a well in fractured rock of double porosity , Special problems of flow toward a well, Fluid displacement process in a single matrix block, Production mechanism of a fractured reservoir, Fractured Reservoir examples

Petroleum Reservoir Simulations

Course content:
Single-Phase Fluid Flow Equations in Multidimensional Domain, Flow Equations Using CVFD Terminology, Simulation with a Block-Centered Grid, Simulation with a Point-Distributed Grid, Well Representation in Simulators, Single-Phase Flow Equation for Various Fluids, Linearization of Flow Equations, Methods of Solution of Linear Equations, Introduction to Modeling Multiphase Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs

Well Test Design & Analysis

Course content:
Pressure Transient Analysis in Drawdown and Buildup, Wellbore Storage and Type Curve Matching, Semi-infinite System Late Transient Analysis, Well in a Bounded Drainage Area, Variable Rate Well Test Analysis, Channel Sands and Parallel Faults, Constant Pressure Boundaries, Vertically Fractured Wells, Dual Porosity Systems, Limited Entry and Double Permeability Systems, Radial Composite Systems, Horizontal Wells, Gas Well Testing, Automatic Model Matching, TwoCell Compartmentalized Systems, Well Test Design, Multiphase Flow, Numerical Well Testing, Layered Well Testing, Deconvolution in PTA

Petroleum Production Engineering

Course content:
Well Components, Properties of Petroleum Fluids, Reservoir Deliverability, Wellbore Flow Performance , Choke Performance, Well Deliverability, Forecast of Well Production, Production Decline Analysis, Well Tubing and Packers, Separation Systems, Transportation Systems, Well Problem Identification, Acidizing, Hydraulic Fracturing, Well Workover, Sucker Rod Pumping, Gas Lift, Other Artificial Lift Methods, Gas Hydrate Control, Other Flow Assurance Issues

Oilwell drilling engineering

Course content:
Drilling rig requirements, selection, and evaluation, Drilling fluids, including functions, types, selection criteria, evaluation, rheology, Drilling fluid hydraulics and design requirements, Drillstring mechanics, Drill bit mechanics, including types, operational requirements, optimization, Well control mechanics, Pore and fracture pressures prediction and application, Directional, horizontal, and multilateral well drilling, Cementing and casing design, Drilling problems and solutions, Overview of underbalanced, slim hole, and coiled tubing drilling

Geostatistical Reservoir Modeling

Course content:
Modeling Principles, Modeling Prerequisites, Modeling Methods, Model Applications, Special Topics
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