Advances in Formation Testing

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

Over the past two decades, formation testing has emerged as one of the most critical reservoir evaluation activities in petroleum exploration and production. As a result of increased drilling and testing costs in deep water, high-pressure, high-temperature, environmentally sensitive and other frontier areas, modern formation testing has become the primary—often only—source of information on fluid properties. Additionally it has provided insights into reservoir architecture issues that were previously the sole territory of conventional well testing.

Attendees of this course will gain a good understanding of the state-of-the-art in formation testing and its changing role, vis-à-vis other disciplines. The fundamental applications and interpretations of formation testing and highlights of the advances made over the last decade will be reviewed.  Examples will be shown to cement the learning and to highlight the merits of new technology and the value of integration.


  • Pressure testing
  • Pressure gradients
  • Fluid sampling and down hole fluid analysis
  • Permeability and pressure transient testing
  • Application to reservoir and fluid characterization
  • Micro-fracturing
  • The value of integration

Learning Level


Course Length

3 or 5 Days

Why Attend

By the end of the course, you should be able to separate myths from realities. You will be better equipped to address asset or well objectives and translate them into an optimized formation-testing program.

Who Attends

This course is designed for individuals who work in reservoir modeling, fluid analysis, or formation evaluation. 


2.4 or 4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 3- or 5-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Hani Elshahawi is currently deepwater technology advisor for Shell where he drives the technology portfolio for all existing and future deepwater projects. Previously, he led Shell’s Fluid Evaluation and Sampling Technologies (FEAST) Center of Excellence which oversees the planning, execution, and analysis of formation testing and fluid sampling operations around the world. He has over 27 years of industry experience with both service and operating companies in over 10 countries around the world, and has held various positions in interpretation, consulting, operations, marketing, and technology development. He holds several patents and has authored over a 120 technical papers in various areas of petroleum engineering and the geosciences. He is a past president of the SPWLA and a former SPE and SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer.

Elshahawi received a BS in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo and an MS in petroleum engineering from the The University of Texas at Austin.