Transient Well Testing

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Production and Operations


This course is designed to teach state of-the-art design and interpretation of pressure transient testing through hands-on examples and exercises from oil and gas fields. The course describes the detailed process from well-testing selection and design to data acquisition, validation, and interpretations for different types of reservoirs. Information about the latest developments in pressure transient analysis such as testing under multiphase flow conditions, layered reservoirs, and numerical analysis.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding the fundamentals behind all types of well test (DST, (Buildup, interference, etc.)
  • Learning the reservoir and well properties that may be obtained from various types of tests
  • Selecting appropriate testing methods and appropriately design testing procedures to maximize the potential of obtaining required information
  • Analyzing data and determining the range of uncertainties of the results

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Understand the state-of-the-art of well testing, including testing of horizontal wells, layered reservoirs, and reservoirs producing under multiphase flow conditions.

Who Should Attend

This course is for production and reservoir engineers and Earth scientists involved in well and formation characterization and reservoir surveillance.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. Problems will be solved using Saphir software. For those who don’t already have the software, a temporary free download of the software and license will be provided.


The SPE online bookstore has titles that cover the topic of transient well testing. SPE members get a discount on all purchases.

  • Transient Well Testing (Med M. Kamal's monograph): recommended for this course. This new monograph is the go-to handbook for designing, running, and analysing different types of transient tests in oil and gas reservoirs. It covers the advances in testing tools, computing technology, and theoretical development that have continued to enhance the information that can be obtained from transient testing and change the methods of interpretation.
  • Pressure Transient Testing (textbook)
  • Well Testing (textbook)
  • Advances in Well Test Analysis (monograph) [Med's book is an update of this, but the original still sells]
  • Pressure Buildup and Flow Tests in Wells (monograph)


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

  • No refund will be made on cancellations received within 15 days prior to the training course date
  • No refund will be issued if a registrant fails to attend the training course


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Medhat (Med) M. Kamal is a Senior Research Consultant and leader of the Dynamic Reservoir Characterization group with Chevron Energy Technology Company in San Ramon, California. An SPE Distinguished Member, he has more than 35 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering.

Kamal is the editor and lead author of SPE Monograph 23, Transient Well Testing, the most recent publication on this subject. He authored numerous technical articles in SPE refereed journals, and has served as a Technical Editor, Review Chairman, and Executive Editor of JPT and SPE Reservoir Engineering and Evaluation journals.

Kamal is a past SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He has presented short courses for SPE and has lectured in North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. He is the winner of many society awards, including the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the SPE Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Petroleum Engineer of the Year Award.

Kamal has served on and chaired multiple SPE committees, including the Text Book and Monograph Committees, the first SPE Board Committee on R&D and the first SPE R&D conference. He has served on the SPE Board of Directors as the Regional Director of the Western North America Region.

Kamal holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.