Transient Well Testing

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics Production and Operations

Course Description

This course is designed to teach state of-the-art design and interpretation of pressure transient testing through hands-on examples and exercises from oil and gas fields. The course describes the detailed process from well-testing selection and design to data acquisition, validation, and interpretations for different types of reservoirs. Information about the latest developments in pressure transient analysis such as testing under multiphase flow conditions, layered reservoirs, and numerical well test analysis are discussed.


  • Understanding the fundamentals behind all types of well test (DST, Formation Testing, Buildup, Interference and Pulse Tests, etc.)
  • Learning the reservoir and well properties that may be obtained from various types of tests
  • Selecting appropriate testing methods and optimizing the test design to maximize the potential of obtaining required information and minimize the cost and disruption of field operations.
  • Analyzing data and determining the range of uncertainties of the results

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Understand the state-of-the-art of well testing, including testing of horizontal wells, layered or naturally fractured reservoirs, and oil or gas reservoirs producing under multiphase flow conditions.

Who Attends

This course is for production and reservoir engineers and Earth scientists involved in well and formation characterization and reservoir surveillance.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a laptop to class. Problems will be solved using Saphir software. For those who don’t already have the software, a temporary free download of the software and license will be provided.


The SPE online bookstore has titles that cover the topic of transient well testing. SPE members get a discount on all purchases.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are 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.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

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.


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Medhat (Med) M. Kamal is a Chevron Fellow and leader of the Dynamic Reservoir Characterization group with Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, Texas. An SPE Honorary Member, he has more than 40 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering.

Kamal is the editor and lead author of SPE Monograph 23, Transient Well Testing, the most recent publication on this subject. He authored numerous technical articles in SPE refereed journals, and has served as a Technical Editor, Review Chairman, and Executive Editor of JPT and SPE Reservoir Engineering and Evaluation journals.

Kamal is a past SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He has presented short courses for SPE and has lectured in North & South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. He is the winner of many society awards, including the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the SPE Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Petroleum Engineer of the Year Award.

Kamal has served on and chaired multiple SPE committees, including the Text Book and Monograph Committees, the first SPE Board Committee on R&D and the first SPE R&D conference. He has served on the SPE Board of Directors as the Regional Director of the Western North America Region.

Kamal holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering (with a Minor in Computer Science) from Stanford University.