Oil Reservoir Engineering for Geoscientists

Kamal Malick


This course will provide an introduction to oil reservoir engineering for geoscientists.


One day (eight hours)

Intended Audience

Geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, geo-modelers, reservoir engineers, production and operations engineers, reserves analysts, technologists, and asset managers.

Course Outline

  1. Introductions – Course Material, Instructor, and Participants
  2. Global and United States Oil Industry
    • Global Crude Oil Production and Reserves
    • The Unconventional Oil Industry in the USA
  3. Oil Reservoirs Fluid Characterization
    • Types of Oil Reservoirs
    • Hydrocarbon PVT Properties
  4. Depletion and Resource-in-Place Estimation Techniques
    • Volumetric Oil-in-Place Calculation
    • Pressure Depletion, Infill Drilling and Recovery Factors
  5. Oil Reservoirs Production Performance
    • Drive Mechanisms in Oil Reservoirs
    • Resource-in-Place by Engineering Data
  6. Multi-Phase Flow and Enhanced Oil Recovery
    • Relative Permeability
    • Voidage Replacement Ratio
    • EOR by Gas-Injection in Unconventional Reservoirs

Learner Outcomes

  1. Perform hydrocarbon resource evaluation through Volumetric analysis
  2. Classify various types of oil reservoirs according to fluid properties and initial conditions
  3. Distinguish production behavior of various types of oil reservoirs
  4. Discuss drive mechanism in oil reservoirs and the expected recovery factors
  5. Perform voidage replacement calculation and screen enhanced oil recovery candidates


Kamal Malick

Kamal Malick

Kamal Malick has been working in the energy industry for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and leadership roles. He has worked globally in Canada, the USA, the North Sea, and Asia-Pacific regions on various complex oil and gas fields under both natural depletion and EOR schemes.

Kamal is currently working for Calgary-based independent, Enerplus Corporation on the Williston Basin in North Dakota developing exploitation plans for the Bakken and Three Forks shale formations. He has also worked in various conventional, tight, and unconventional fields in West Central Alberta Canada. Previously, he was the Subsurface Manager for one of the largest onshore gas fields in Indonesia consisting of multiple naturally fractured stacked zones. He was responsible for managing its subsurface development and depletion planning in addition to optimizing the commercial aspects of various gas contracts on behalf of the joint-venture partners. Kamal has also worked on volatile oil and retrograde-condensate gas fields in Algeria and on several oil fields in the UK North Sea with a subsurface consultancy. Kamal started his career in Pakistan where he worked on field development and exploitation planning of oil and gas fields in the Badin Basin in Sindh and the Kirthar fold belt in Balochistan.

Kamal’s areas of expertise are reservoir engineering, field development planning, resource evaluation, and economic analysis. He has been involved with teaching and mentoring throughout his career. He conducts industry courses through the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has given talks at various universities around the world including in Canada, Pakistan, and Indonesia. He mentors junior professionals from around the world through the SPE e-Mentoring program. He holds a Professional Engineer designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and is a member of its Registration Committee. Kamal holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NED University in Karachi, Pakistan, a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University in the USA, and an MBA from the University of Calgary, Canada.