Wardana Saputra

PhD Students
​Ph.D. Student​​​

Research Interests

Wardana helped develop a new practical tool, the generalized scaling curve, to predict the EUR of shale oil wells that based on the essential physics of oil recovery and on hydrofractured well geometry. Compared with the reservoir simulation, the generalized scaling curve is more robust for thousands of wells and several orders of magnitude faster. Compared to the popular hyperbolic decline curve analysis, our approach is highly predictive that results in a single unique value of EUR since it is a physics-based model. We apply this method to the top shale oil producers of US such as Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Permian.

Selected Publications

  • A Cost-Effective Method to Maximize the Hydrocarbon Recovery by Optimizing the Vertical Well Placements
    W. Saputra, T. Ariadji, T.W. Patzek 
    SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers, (2016)
  • Simulation Opportunity Index, A Simple and Effective Method to Boost the Hydrocarbon Recovery 
    W. Saputra 
    SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers, (2016)


  • B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia, 2015  
  • M.Sc., Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016

Professional Profile

  • 2015: Research assistant on joint-research with Pertamina UTC, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia​
  • 2014: Petroleum Engineer Intern – UPP Internship Program, Chevron, Balikpapan, Indonesia
  • 2014: Teaching assistant of well logging analysis, ITB, Bandung Indonesia
  • 2012-2014: Laboratory assistant of Petrophysics and Numerical Method, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
  • Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA)​


  • 1st place in the PhD division of the 2016 SPE Middle East Regional Student Paper Contest (2016)
  • Outstanding academic achievement “Dean’s Lists”, Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering ITB, Bandung, Indonesia (2011-2015)
  • 1st runner up of poster presentation competition, International Oil and Gas Symposium, Malaysia (2014)
  • Tanoto National Champion Scholarship (2013)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical and Engineering (PSE)​