PETROENG 7038 - Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Well test objectives and concepts; fluid flow equation and fundamental solution; classical methods: drawdown and buildup analyses, bounded reservoirs; gas well testing; type curves and derivatives; complex systems: multi-layer, dual-porosity, hydraulic fractures; interference and pulse testing; drill-stem testing; test design, equipment and operations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7038
    Course Well Testing and Pressure Transient Analysis
    Coordinating Unit Mining and Petroleum Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Relevant industry experience in Reservoir Engineering or courses equivalent to PETROENG 7059, MATHS 1012, MATHS 2201, MATHS 2104, PHYSICS 1100, PETROENG 2009, MECH ENG 2021, PETROENG 3025, COMP SCI 1201.
    Assessment Assignment, in class tests, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Abbas Zeinijahromi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Select appropriate well testing methods and interpret tests' data
    2 Describe the fundamentals behind all types of well test (DST, Formation Testing, Buildup, Interference and Pulse Tests, etc.)
    3 Calculate the reservoir and well properties that can be obtained from various types of tests
    4 Analyse data and assess strengths and limitations of well test interpretation
    5 Derive long term production forecast from a short test

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C C C C C C C C C C B B B C C
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Book is optional (limited numbers may be available from the School office – ground floor):

    Horne, Roland: Well Test Analysis: A Computer Aided Approach
    Comprehensive class notes will be handed out, as well as a number of teaching aids related to computer exercises.
    Recommended Resources
    Pressure Transient Testing’ by John Lee, John Rollins, John Spivey, SPE 2003
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    12 half-day sessions
    Learning Activities Summary
    Overview and Introduction: Session 1
    · Types of reservoir and well situations
    · Types of Tests
    · Fundamental concepts

    Fluid Flow in Porous Media: Session 1-3
    · Derivation of diffusivity equations
    · Solutions to the diffusivity equations
    · Radius of investigation
    · Wellbore storage and skin
    · Principle of superposition

    Pressure Build-up Tests: Session 3-5
    · Ideal and actual build-up tests for oil well (Horner method)
    · Qualitative behaviour of field tests
    · Effects and duration of after-flow
    · Reservoir limit tests
    · Analysis for gas well build-up tests
    · Modification for multiphase flow

    Well Flow Tests: Session 5-6
    · Pressure drawdown tests for oil well
    · Multi-rate tests

    Well Tests Using Type Curves: Session 7-8
    · Fundamental of type curves
    · Ramey’s type curves

    Gas Well Test Analysis: Session 9-10
    · Basic theory of gas flow
    · Flow-after-flow tests
    · Isochronal tests
    · Modified isochronal tests

    Unusual Well Situations: Session 10
    · Stimulated wells
    · Horizontal wells

    Advanced Well Testing Methods: Session 11
    · Interference testing
    · Pulse testing

    Well tests in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs: Session 11-12
    · Naturally fractured reservoir models
    · Pseudo-steady-state matrix flow model
    · Transient matrix flow model

    Well Test Design: Session 12
    · Time-rate schedule
    · Pressure gauges
    · Test string
  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due (week)* Weighting Learning Outcome
    Mid-course Exam (Paper) Summative TBD 20%
    Assignments x 2 Summative TBD 40%
    On-line Quiz Summative TBD 10%
    Final assessment (Paper) Summative TBD 30%

    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Midterm Exam covers materials taught up to Mid-Semester break.
    Final exam is comprehensive and covers all materials in the course.
    Submission of Work for Assessment
    Practical and field class exercises should be submitted in hardcopy with a completed copy of the assessment coversheet that is available from the school office. This should be signed to indicate you have read the above university policy statement on plagiarism, collusion and related forms of cheating.

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    Course Grading

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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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