Practical Decline Curve Analysis

Disciplines: Reservoir

Course Description

This course begins with a brief description of the theory of decline curve analysis and its background. Both type-curve fitting and type curve matching techniques will be explained and demonstrated. The more common type curve fitting methods are demonstrated using examples from fields in western Canada. The class includes a variety of hands-on problems, and exposure to modern computer-based decline analysis tools.


  • Problems and limitations of decline analysis
  • Theory and mathematical basis for analyzing decline
  • Exponential, harmonic and hyperbolic declines
  • Factors affecting decline methods
  • Type curve matching (Felkovich curves)
  • Examples and problems identifying opportunities using decline curve analysis

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

If your ability to analyze declining oil and gas production is not what you’d like it to be, this class will give you some powerful new tools.

Who Attends

This course should is for all engineers and technologists who use decline curve analysis on a regular basis. It is also popular with other professionals, supervisors and managers who would like a short refresher course and overview of decline analysis methods, uses, misuses and pitfalls.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-Day course.

Cancellation Policy

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Brian Weatherill, P.Eng., is a petroleum engineering specialist with APA Petroleum Engineering with more than 30 years of oilfield experience. Prior to becoming a consultant in 1998, Weatherill spent over 20 years with Shell Canada where he gained extensive experience in petroleum engineering, enhanced oil recovery, petroleum technology management and project management. Weatherill has also managed well stimulation operations for a privately-owned Canadian company.

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