Sixteen Part Series by Aziz S. Odeh

This sixteen part series covers many of the fundamentals of reservoir engineering.  The training is conducted by industry legend, Aziz S. Odeh, and is based on tapes of training courses he conducted for Mobil employees in the 1980s.  Access to these classic training courses is made available by courtesy of ExxonMobil, to benefit all SPE members interested in these topics. While technology has advanced since these sessions were taped, the fundamentals remain applicable, and they provide perspective on the historical basis for topics like reservoir simulation, which has naturally evolved with computing technology.

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Aziz S. Odeh

SPE Member

A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.


  • Session I – Reservoir Engineering

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses Reservoir Engineering.  

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session II – Fluid Characterization and PVT Properties

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses Fluid Characterization and PVT Properties. 

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session III – Basics of Log Interpretation

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the Basics of Log Interpretation. 


    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session IV – Deviation of Material Balance

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the following concepts:

     Part 1. Deviation of Material Balance Equation

    Part 2 

    a. Continuation of discussion of Material Balance Equation

    b. Material Balance Equation as a Straight Line and Material Balance Equation for a Gas Reservoir

    Part 3 

    a. Continuation of Discussion of Material Balance Equation Without Water Influx

    b. Discussion of Drive Indices


    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session V – Water Influx Theory

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the following concepts:

    Part 1. Water Influx Theory. First Lecture, Basic Consideration

    Part 2. Water Influx Theory contd

    a. Explanation of Superposition

    b. Hurst and Vaneverdingen Method

    c. Carter and Tracy's Method

    d. Fetkovich Method

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session VI – Review of Water Influx Theory

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh will review the water influx theory and the difference between edge water and bottom water. Aziz includes a presentation of the NESS Field (UK) as an example of calculating the oil in place and characterizing the aquifer.

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session VII – MBE

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the following concepts:

    Part I

    a. MBE as an equation of straight line (contd.)
    b. How to apply the MBE when water influx is present
    c. How to use the MBE with production data to characterize the aquifer

    Part II

    a. Completion of the lectures on the MBE useage to determine the hydrocarbon in place when water influx is present
    b.This completes the first part of the course which is determination of hydrocarbon in place

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session VIII – Discussion of Capillary Pressure

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the following concepts:

    Part I

    a. The first lecture on Estimation of Reserves, General description
    b.Darcy's Law
    c. Partial differential equations for compressible and incompressible flow
    d. Pseudo steady state flow

    Part II

    a. Continuation of discussion of pseudo state productivity equation, radial, linear
    b. Specific permeability and Klinkenberg Correction
    c. Relative Permeability Hysteresis
    d. Wettability

    Part III

    a. Review of Darcy's Law
    b. Klinkenberg Correction
    c. Reletive Permeability

    - Discussion of Capillary Pressure
    - How to calculate relative permeability ration from field data

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session IX – Review of Hysteresis and J Function

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.

    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the following concepts:

    1. Review of Hysteresis and J Function

    2. Estimation of Reserves under expansion drive for oil and gas

    3. Calculating of reserves under solution gas drive

    a. Decline Curves
    b. Tumer Method
    c. Muskat Method

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Member: USD 30

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  • Session X – Continuation of Muskat Method

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    Presented by Aziz S. Odeh.


    In this webinar, donated by ExxonMobil, industry thought leader Aziz S. Odeh discusses the continuation of Muskat Method.

    Aziz S. Odeh

    SPE Member

    A.S. Odeh received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Odeh joined Mobil in 1953, and except for a two year assignment (59-61) with Mobil Oil of Venezuela, he was a member of the Exploration and Production research laboratory in Dallas until his retirement in 1989. He was involved in carious production research projects, and guided the reservoir engineering research for many years. In 1980 he was promoted to Senior Scientist, the highest technical position in Mobil.

    Odeh was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and chaired and served on several committees. In 1984 he was the recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, a major SPE award recognizing distinguished achievements/contributions to Petroleum Engineering. In 1987 he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an engineers. In 1988 he received an honorary appointment as a consulting Professor at Stanford University, and in 1989 he was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Dallas Section, Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's who in Engineering and received News Circles Magazine's Man of the Year Award in 1990.

    Member: USD 0

    Non-Members USD 30

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