Basic Pressure - Transient Test Analysis

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

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 for 1-Day Course:

  • Semilog analysis methods
  • Type curves and diagnostic plots
  • Gases and multiphase flow
  • Average drainage area pressure
  • Bounded reservoirs

Additional Topics for 2-Day Course:

  • Naturally-fractured reservoirs
  • Hydraulically-fractured wells
  • Well test design
  • Horizontal wells

Learning Level


Course Length

1 or 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 Attends

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.


0.8 or 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1- or 2-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.


W. John Lee holds the DVG Endowed Chair in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. Prior to this position, he held the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair at the University of Houston’s petroleum engineering program from 2011 to 2015. Still earlier, Lee was a professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M from 1977 to 2011. 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 four SPE textbooks: Well Testing, Gas Reservoir Engineering, Pressure Transient Testing, and Applied Well Test Analysis. 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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