10 Best Reservoir Engineering Books

The Reservoir Engineering has an extensive bibliography, including textbooks and published articles. As it comprises various themes of high complexity, it is always recommended searching for reliable references, most of the times provided by distinguished professionals in the oil industry. This post aims to indicate some of the best textbooks related to this area. Subjects such as Reservoir Simulation, Reservoir Management, Natural Gas Engineering and Enhanced Oil Recovery are cited below, as they encompass a key understanding of the production processes. They are highly recommended for students and professionals, eager to combine fundamental principles along with updated knowledge.

Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering – L P Dake

This book has become the Reservoir Engineering standard text and has been reprinted many times. The author’s aim – to provide students and teachers with a coherent account of the basic physics of reservoir engineering – has been most successfully achieved. The material is dealt with in a concise, unified and applied manner, and only the simplest and most straightforward mathematical techniques are used.

Reservoir Engineering Handbook – Tarek H Ahmed

This book provides solid information and insights into reservoir engineering for petroleum engineers and engineering students. It goes beyond fundamental principles to emphasize intuitive understanding and practical interpretation. Numerous examples from a wide variety of applications demonstrate the performance of processes under dynamic conditions. The book also thoroughly describes and explains the key relationships among the different operating variables.

Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering – William C. Lyons/Gary J. Plisga

This petroleum and natural gas engineering two-volume handbook is written in the spirit of the classic handbooks of other engineering disciplines. The specific petroleum engineering discipline chapters cover drilling and well completions, reservoir engineering, production, economics and valuation. Also, reflects the growing role of natural gas in industrial operations by integrating natural gas topics and related subjects.

Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering – Ronald E. Terry/J. Brandon Rogers, 3rd edition

In this book, the authors review the history of reservoir engineering, define key terms, carefully introduce the material balance approach, and show how to apply it with many types of reservoirs. Next, they introduce key principles of fluid flow, water influx, and advanced recovery (including hydrofracturing). Throughout, they present field examples demonstrating the use of material balance and history matching to predict reservoir performance. For the first time, this edition relies on Microsoft Excel with VBA to make calculations easier and more intuitive.

Practical Reservoir Simulation: Using, Assessing, and Developing Results – Mike Carlson

“Practical Reservoir Simulation” outlines in detail how to practically carry out reservoir simulations. Written by a seasoned practicing simulation engineer, it uses a descriptive style for field application. The author shows how to link geology and simulation input – the most critical aspect of successful reservoir simulation. The second half of the book describes advanced studies, compositional modeling, hydraulically fractured and horizontal wells, EOR processes and thermal simulation with a heavy emphasis on steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation – John R. Fanci, 3rd edition

Completely revised and updated throughout, this new edition has completely new sections on coalbed methane, CO2 sequestration (important for environmental concerns), CO2 Flood, more sophisticated petrophysical models for geoscientists, examples of subsidence, additional geomechanical calculations, and much more. What makes this book so different and valuable to the engineer is the accompanying software, used by reservoir engineers all over the world every day.

Advanced Reservoir Management and Engineering – Tarek Ahmed/ Nathan Meehan

One of the only books to cover both management and engineering issues. Written by two of the industry’s best-known and well respected reservoir engineers and managers, this new edition offers readers a complete guide for formulating workflow solutions on a day to day bases.

Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management: A Team Approach – Abdus Satter/Ganesh Takur

Modern reservoir management practice needs integration of geoscience and engineering involving people, technology, tools, and data. This text presents the fundamentals of integrated reservoir management practice including the technical and management perspectives. Several actual examples and case studies are included for illustration purposes. This text is a must for engineers, geologists, and others involved in reservoir management.

Modern Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery: Theory and Practice – James Sheng

This book is about the recent developments in the area as well as the technology for enhancing oil recovery. The book provides important case studies related to over one hundred EOR pilot and field applications in a variety of oil fields. These case studies focus on practical problems, underlying theoretical and modelling methods, operational parameters, solutions and sensitivity studies, and performance optimization strategies.

Reservoir Model Design – A Practitioner’s Guide-  Philip Ringrose / Mark Bentley

This book gives practical advice and ready to use tips on the design and construction of subsurface reservoir models. The design elements cover rock architecture, petrophysical property modelling, multi-scale data integration, upscaling and uncertainty analysis. The intimate relationship between geology and fluid flow is explored throughout, showing how the impact of fluid type, production mechanism and the subtleties of single and multiphase flow combine to influence reservoir model design.


[1] Ahmed, Tarek H. Reservoir Engineering Handbook. 4th Edition. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2010.

[2] Ahmed, Tarek H., and Meehan, Nathan. Advanced Reservoir Engineering and Management. 2nd edition. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2011.

[3] Carlson, Mike. Practical Reservoir Simulation. PennWell Corp., illustrated edition, 2004.

[4] Dake, L. P. Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering. Elsevier Science, 1st January 1983.

[5] Fanchi, John, R. Principles of Applied Reservoir Simulation. 3rd edition. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2005.

[6] Lyons, William C., Gary J. Plisga, and Michael Lorenz. Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Amsterdam: Gulf Professional, 2016.

[7] Ringrose, Philip, and Bentley, Mark. Reservoir Model Design: A Practitioner’s Guide. Springer, 2015.

[8] Satter, Abdus., and Thakur, Ganesh C. Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management: A Team Approach. PennWell Corp, 1996.

[9] Sheng, James. Modern Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2010.

[10] Terry, Ronald E., and J. Brandon Rogers. Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering. 3rd edition. Prentice Hall, 2014