Modern Production Data Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course provides attendees with a comprehensive methodology for well performance analysis with specific focus on unconventional oil and gas. The approach combines the use of several powerful techniques and will illustrate the practical aspects of production data analysis.

Depending on interest and time available, examples from Barnett, Bakken, Montney, Horn River, Marcellus, Haynesville, and Eagle Ford plays will be presented.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

If you’d like to get more mileage from your production and flowing pressure data, this course is for you.

Who Attends

This course is for engineers and technologists involved in exploitation, evaluating reserves, optimising production or analysing well tests.


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


David Anderson is Director of Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies (a business unit of NCS Multistage), a consultancy that supports oil and gas operators and investors in the area of field development optimization. David was previously a managing partner at Fekete Associates, where he oversaw the development of Fekete’s petroleum engineering software suite. He was also one of the original designers of Fekete’s Rate Transient Analysis software, which is now an industry standard for advanced production data analysis. David has 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry as a reservoir engineer, and is a recognized expert in the area of well performance analysis. He has authored numerous papers on the subject, for which he has been awarded two “Best Presented Paper” awards from the Petroleum Society (both in 2005). He also received SPE’s Outstanding Young Professional Award for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2008. He has lectured and presented industry courses all over the world. David currently serves on SPE’s Reservoir Description and Dynamics Advisory Committee. He is also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015).

Additional Course Resources

This course has a supplemental book located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Exploitation. Please check out this valuable resource!