Definition - What does Reservoir Engineer mean?
A Reservoir Engineer is an individual who is responsible for the development and the oil production operations of an oil reservoir. The Engineer, as a part of petroleum engineering, conducts several analysis using modern techniques to find out the highest production range of an oil reservoir. A Reservoir Engineer might be specialized in surveillance engineering, where the existing oil reservoirs are monitored or simulation modeling, where oil wells are simulated using computer generated models. Apart from these, a Reservoir Engineer is also responsible for conducting and integrating the data of well tests.
Petropedia explains Reservoir Engineer
Reservoir engineering, a branch of petroleum engineering requires candidates to be well equipped with the various skills in oil reservoir drilling and production. A Reservoir Engineer primarily uses computer models to conduct reservoir simulation and surveillance. The Engineer employs techniques which help in establishing the drilling plan of an oil well, along with cost effective schemes for the reservoir depletion. He/she also plans the drilling project and looks for various ways to reduce the environmental impacts. However, the prime responsibility of a Reservoir Engineer is to ensure that an oil reservoir is good enough for highest economic recovery. To ensure this, the individual works over reservoir modeling, well drilling, well testing, forecasting of production and testing of reservoir fluids to name a few.