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Unit Overview


This unit covers foundational knowledge of reservoir engineering necessary to analyse and predict reservoir performance. The unit describes (1) the fundamental properties of rocks and petroleum fluids and how these properties change during the production; (2) different producing mechanisms; (3) flow principles in porous media; (4) the effects of drilling, completion and stimulation on productivity and the prevention and removal of formation damage; (5) production forecast by material balance techniques, well test analysis and interpretation, and well diagnosis and production logging; and (6) enhanced oil and gas recovery mechanisms.

6 points

Students are able to (1) develop a basic understanding of the origin of oil and gas reservoirs, properties of reservoir rock, and static and flow properties of reservoir fluids; (2) gain knowledge to analytically model the hydrocarbon volume in the reservoir, flow behaviour of hydrocarbon and water through reservoir rock and production performance of vertical and horizontal wells; (3) understand the mechanisms of formation damage in production systems; (4) analyse and identify production decline problems; (5) design and optimise well stimulation techniques; (6) develop an understanding of how the flow performance is affected by drilling, completion and stimulation operations; (7) learn how to forecast flow performance by well test; and (8) gain skills to model the flow performance in the overall production system.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) modelling report and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jishan Liu
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas (62520)
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.