Modern Well Test Analysis – A 5 day course by Dr. Roland N. Horne


In this 5-day well test analysis course, Dr. Roland N. Horne, a Professor from Stanford University, will personally show you how to:

  • Interpret well test to determine reservoir properties
  • Analyze transient well data to diagnose well condition
  • Design well tests for maximum efficiency and success
  • Use computer-aided interpretation tools

And you’ll also get:

  1. A textbook on well test analysis written by Dr. Roland Horne
  2. More than 30 examples of well test examples for further learning after the course is over
  3. Know how to analyze various types of well test data including geothermal wells
  4. Learn all the latest analysis techniques to analyze complex reservoirs

This course consists of lecture presentations and doing exercises using PC’s and software featuring all the latest analysis techniques. The course will use commonly applied commercial well test interpretation software, which will allow the attendees to practice analyzing all the 35 included well test examples, using the same tools likely to be used every day in your company.


Well Test Objectives

  • Buildup, drawdown, interference and reservoir limit testing
  • Test design to meet specific needs

Well Test Concepts

  • Wellbore storage and skin
  • Dual porosity
  • Reservoir boundaries
  • Superposition and desuperposition
  • Rate-normalization
  • Radius of investigation and drainage area
  • Dimensionless variables

Computer-Aided Approaches

  • Graphical   presentations.
  • Derivative plot
  • Recognition of reservoir characteristics
  • Non-linear regression
  • Confidence intervals
  • Data preparation and filtering

Graphical Analysis Methods

  • Horner and MDH plots
  • Locating the correct semilog straight line
  • Boundary effects
  • Fractured wells
  • Average reservoir pressure
  • Type curve analysis

Special Topics

  • Geothermal wells
  • Gas wells
  • Multilayered reservoirs
  • Interference tests
  • Horizontal wells

Field Examples

The course will include at least 30 field examples from a wide variety of different types of well tests from across the world. Included are oil wells, gas wells, geothermal wells, injection wells, thermal recovery wells, horizontal wells, buildup tests and interference tests. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own well test data for interpretation during the course.


  • Reservoir engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Drilling engineers
  • Development geologists
  • Petroleum engineers


 Dr. Roland Horne is a Professor of the Department of  Energy Resources  Engineering  at Stanford University,  and  is an internationally recognized specialist in the area of well test analysis. He was Chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford for 11 years, and is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Under Dr. Horne, at least 49 people have obtained Ph.D. at Stanford, mostly in well test research areas. Currently Stanford is recognized as one of the top schools in the world for the study of well test interpretation. He has written more than 150 technical papers and two books on the subject of well testing.

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