Catalog of Well-Test Responses in a Fluvial Reservoir System

Well-test analysis in fluvial reservoirs remains a challenge because of the depositional environment conducive to significant internal heterogeneity. Analytical models used in conventional analysis are limited to simplified channel geometries and, therefore, fail to capture key parameters such as sand-body dimensions, orientations, and connectivity, which can affect control-fluid flow and pressure behavior. The complete paper aims at a better understanding of the effect of channel content in complex fluvial channel systems on well-test-derivative responses.


Geological Modeling. 3D geological models with a centrally located well were generated and populated with varying fluvial geologies. A 6950-m×6950‑m×300-ft geological model was set up that allowed the averaging effects of the heterogeneities and the reservoir boundaries to be visible on the derivative at late times.

Modeling the geology of a fluvial system is challenging because of changes in channel amplitude, amalgamation, and other processes through geological times, which yield highly variable distribution and shapes of fluvial deposits. Field X was modeled as isolated elliptical sand bodies and channel bodies, with sand-body dimensions of 105 m (width)×420 m (length)×5 ft (thickness) for the base case. The sand and channel bodies are schematically represented in Figs. 1 and 2.

Object-oriented modeling was used instead of stochastic, sequential indicator simulation and Gaussian simulation to retain control over the modeling parameters. 

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 180181, “Catalog of Well-Test Responses in a Fluvial Reservoir System,” by J.L. Walsh and A.C. Gringarten, Imperial College London, prepared for the 2016 SPE Europec featured at the 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, 30 May–2 June. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Catalog of Well-Test Responses in a Fluvial Reservoir System

01 February 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 2


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