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Abstract

As development geology continues to emerge as a legitimate career track within some companies and within the industry in general, cross-training between the geological and engineering disciplines may become more commonplace. Meanwhile, the geologist and the reservoir engineer must meet half way, quantifying the qualitative aspects of reservoir properties that affect well behavior and impact reserves estimates and that constrain reservoir management techniques.

This part of the Manual on reservoir engineering contains a thread of continuity from specific to general. The eight chapters that follow provide an overview and introduction to the field of reservoir engineering rather than offering a handbook in applied methods. In some cases, complete treatment of a particular aspect of reservoir behavior has been simplified to the generalized case. Workers who are immersed in a specific type of reservoir are encouraged to use the References Cited list as a “road map” to additional sources.

In the first chapter on reservoir fluid properties, Curtis Whitson has presented reservoir fluids in the context of three phases: water, oil, and gas. Commonly termed PVT (pressure-volume-temperature) behavior, these aspects of reservoir fluids have a profound effect on the performance character of individual wells and entire fields. The PVT parameters of a reservoir may appear as a labyrinth of complex formulas and diagrams that occasionally condemn prospects strictly on engineering terms. Whitson has repackaged the

The second chapter by Michael Golan is a companion article to Whitson's that explains the behavior and mechanisms associated with the movement of reservoir fluids into

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