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Reservoir Testing: Key Enabler for Accurate Reservoir Characterisation

26 – 27 May 2014

Dubai, UAE | The Address Dubai Marina Hotel

About this Workshop


Well testing is a key step for evaluating flow potentials of oil and gas reservoirs to determine its commercial feasibility. In addition, the transient data from well tests is utilised extensively for characterising major geological features such as reservoir heterogeneities, faults, fractures, and changes in reservoir transmissibility, which deserve due attention for understanding the long-term performance of oil and gas reservoirs. Recognising its role as a powerful tool for capturing important reservoir information, well testing is a vital component in any field development alongside with reservoir surveillance and management programmes.

Well test analysis techniques have evolved from a simple, straight-line, and type-curve analyses to today’s robust analytical- and numerical-modelling approaches. Furthermore, the development of intelligent field technology has added significant challenges and opportunities as large amounts of pressure, rate, and temperature data are being available in real-time for interpretation. The utilisation of such tools in making decisions on time can actually help us be more efficient, improve our understanding of the reservoir, and ultimately maximise recovery of hydrocarbons.

This workshop would be a great opportunity for professionals to review modern well testing challenges and opportunities, exchange new ideas, share knowledge and best practices, and build networks in the field of well testing.

The workshop areas of interest include:

  • New developments in testing hardware and software
  • Tight and unconventional reservoirs
  • Complex well and reservoir modelling
  • Sampling and reservoir fluids, and flow assurance
  • Best practices in well testing operations in challenging conditions
  • Developments in well test interpretation, deconvolution, and rate transient analysis
  • Challenges with data of multi-lateral and extended reach wells  
  • Fractured reservoirs and reservoir heterogeneity
  • Interpretation of data from permanent pressure, rate, and temperature monitoring systems
  • Reservoir characterisation integrating measurements acquired during the life of the well

Who Should Attend

All E&P professionals involved in designing, executing, and interpreting exploration and production well tests for the purposes of well and formation characterisation. This includes well test engineers, reservoir and production engineers, petroleum engineers, earth scientists, and related technical professionals of asset owners, operating, and service companies. Suppliers to the industry are expected to benefit as well.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and South Asia will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with workshop objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.