Well Test Analysis and Design

Production and Operations

Course Description

Many operators who run bottom-hole pressure tests (BHP) do not understand what the tests are used for, and the factors that may affect the quality of BHP data. This has often resulted in some tests being invalidated or becoming almost useless to the company it is being run for despite huge sums of money spent on getting the data. The objective of this course is to teach participants the appropriate procedures for BHP surveys and analysis, and the role of each group involved in BHP test.


  • Purpose and types of BHP surveys
  • BHP survey equipment
  • Ideal conditions for running tests and correct procedures for conduction tests
  • Field practices and other factors that affect tests
  • Examples of good and bad tests

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Write a good BHP proposal and detect errors in proposals
  • Have a working knowledge of the roles of different parties in the execution of BHP jobs
  • Supervise the running of BHP tests
  • Demonstrate an understanding of procedures for BHP analysis

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

Many companies in Nigeria have been analyzing BHP survey data. It has been observed for the need for a total concept approach to BHP tests and analysis. The BHP proposal writer, BHP contractor, production staff, reservoir engineers, and users of BP tests need to understand the principles of BHP tests.

Who Attends

Wireline operators, BHP survey supervisors, engineers and technicians who need insight into BHP surveys and analysis.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 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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M.O. Onyekonwu

M.O. Onyekonwu is a professor in petroleum engineering, University of Port Harcourt and former Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Gas Chair Professor from 2004 to 2009. He received B.Sc. from the University of Ibadan, and M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in petroleum engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and 2001-2002 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer. He won the SPE African Regional award in 2003 and in 2010, also won the African Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics award. His areas of specialization are well testing, reservoir study and development, gas utilization, technical report writing, formation evaluation, enhanced recovery and computer applications. He is an active member of SPE and COREN registered.