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URTeC SC-02 | Unconventional Reservoir Production (Rate-Transient) Analysis

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Engineers, geologists and managers in industry or academia involved in developing or evaluating unconventional gas reserves will benefit from a background in the latest techniques for production analysis of unconventional reservoirs.


Upon completion of this course, participants should:

  • Recognize typical flow-regimes observed for MFHWs completed in unconventional reservoirs, and understand how to identify them using diagnostic plots
  • Understand the origin of some important RTA models used to analyze unconventional reservoirs
  • Understand how to correct for variable operating conditions and fluid properties
  • Be conversant with straight-line (flow regime analysis) and type-curve methods, and how they are used to derive fracture/reservoir properties and fluid in place
  • Be familiar with how unconventional reservoir properties may be incorporated into RTA models
  • Be conversant with a rigorous workflow for the analysis of unconventional reservoir production data

Course Content

This course introduces workflow and reviews methods for performing quantitative rate-transient analysis of fractured vertical and multi-fractured horizontal wells (MFHWs), produced from unconventional (low-permeability) gas and light oil reservoirs, including shales. State-of-the-art methods to account for unconventional reservoir complexities, such as multi-phase flow and stress-dependent permeability, are introduced, and their application is demonstrated using field examples. Techniques for analysis of both long-term (online) production and short-term (flowback) data are discussed.

Why You Should Attend

Unconventional gas reserves are transforming energy outlooks around the world. This course is a must for those who require background in the latest techniques.




40 People
1.6 Credits


  • Printed Course Material
  • 2-day course with lecture
  • Access to SPE's Learning Management System
  • Class exercises and discussion
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch


URTeC SC-02 | Unconventional Reservoir Production (Rate-Transient) Analysis
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
United States


Christopher Clarkson
Christopher Clarkson Professor University of Calgary, Canada