Basic Pressure - Transient Test Analysis

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This course teaches the systematic analysis and design procedures for testing pressure buildup and flow tests. Example applications focus on identifying the appropriate reservoir model, estimating effective formation permeability, and quantifying damage or stimulation.

Topics include:

  • Semilog analysis methods
  • Type curves and diagnostic plots
  • Gases and multiphase flow
  • Average drainage area pressure
  • Horizontal wells
  • Well test design

At the end of the course, participants should understand:

  • Naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Hydraulically-fractured wells
  • The effects of input data errors

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

This course will provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals of buildup and flow test analysis—an understanding that will provide insight into the strengths and limitations of the methodology used in modern commercial pressure-transient test analysis software.

Who Should Attend

This is a basic course in well test analysis and design, suitable for engineers and physical scientists who have little if any background in well test theory or practice. It focuses on applications rather than theory.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.

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W. John Lee is Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He previously held the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair at the University of Houston’s petroleum engineering program. Prior to this, Lee held the L.F. Peterson Chair and was Regent’s Professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He was the former executive vice president of S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering for unconventional gas reservoirs. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007–2008, and was a principal architect of the new SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves.

Prior to beginning his career in academia, Lee managed Exxon’s Major Fields Study Group. He has written many technical papers and co-authored four SPE textbooks: Well Testing, Gas Reservoir Engineering, Pressure Transient Testing, and Applied Well Test Interpretation. He is also co-author of SPEE Monograph 4, Estimating Ultimate Recovery of Developed Wells in Low Permeability Reservoirs. Lee is an Honorary Member of SPE and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received his BChE, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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