Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Engineering

Course Details

Course Number
PETE 4203
Spring 2014
McCoy Engineering Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Lecture - Tuesday/Thursday 4PM to 5:20PM in McCoy 205.

William Scott Meddaugh (view Profile)


None Required

Course Objectives

Characterization of formations with geologic data, mainly well logs and core derived data.  Basics of formation evaluation with focus on data needed to characterize reservoirs (e.g. structure/stratigraphy, porosity, saturation) and calculate volumetrics.  Fundamentals of decision making, uncertainty assessment, and reservoir modeling.  Discussion of reservoir recovery mechanisms - primary, improved oil recovery (IOR such as infill and waterflooding) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR methods such as polymer, steam, and CO2 flooding).

Course Expectations



Attend lectures.  Come prepared for lectures by reading the textbook and assigned readings in advance.  Lectures highlight essential topics and vocabulary; textbook and other resources (online or library) provide additional details as well as additional topics as well as review and self test opportunities.  It is in your best interest to use these resources.  Lecture and final exams will cover lectures and textbook-only topics (plus related vocabulary.  All exams are cumulative; all prior material, topics, and text and assigned readings will be included on exams.                                                                         


Homework must be submitted on time.  Late submission (without reasonable excuse and prior email notice that an assignment will be submitted late) will incur a grade/completion penalty of 10% per week (e.g. a submission that would have received a grade of 85% if submitted on time will receive a 75% due to submission one week late).  After two weeks, a missed homework assignment may not be made up.  Any missed homework will receive a completion grade of zero. Note that some labs will consist of take home problem sets only whereas other homework will require use of software available on computers in Bolin 105 or Bolin 308 or other location TBA.

Grading Standards



Lecture - Exam 1 = 12.5% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 17.5% of final grade; Final Exam = 25% of final grade.

Homework – 30% of final grade.  There will be homework problems assigned during the course of the semester.  These will typically be due within a week of assignment.  There will be no homework assigned during the week prior to exams.  The homework will generally require 1-2 hours to complete per week.  Some homework may require use of software available in Bolin 105 or Bolin 308.   Some homework may be tied to a possible field exercise – see special note below.   Homework may include assigned readings and summaries of important technical papers (available online or through Moffett Library).

Research paper - Grade = 15% of final grade.   The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 50% derived from submitted text and 50% derived from presentation.  Presentation is limited to 15 minutes and will be followed by 3-5 minutes for questions from peers, lab TAs, instructor, and/or guests.  Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster-based.                  Presentation and Q&A time limits will be strictly enforced!  More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.

Research papers must be between 2250 and 3250 words (about 4-6 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than thirteen total pages including illustrations and title page.  Papers must contain a summary of no more than 250 words (included in word count), at least five primary, peer reviewed references, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective and why you chose the particular topic); and (6) references (minimum of five primary references).  Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper.  Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy to be submitted.  Detailed format instructions will be provided during Week 1.

Papers are due as per the syllabus schedule.  Papers submitted one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late).  Research papers may not be submitted more than two weeks late.                

Final Letter Grade Definitions

A = >90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69% F = <60%

Final letter grades will be based on rounding composite course grade to the nearest integer. 

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

See section on Grading Standrads for information and penalties for late exams and homework.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance at all Lectures and Lab Sessions is expected.  If you cannot attend a lecture please notify Dr. Meddaugh by email.    Students with three or more unexcused lecture absences may be dropped from the course.  

Other Policies

Students are expected to fully and completely abide by the University Honor Creed.  Note - All electronic devices must be switched off (or remain unused in silent mode) during lectures and labs unless permission for their use is obtained in advance.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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