TPG4115 - Reservoir Property Determination by Core Analysis and Well Testing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Core analysis: Permeability and porosity. Fluid properties: density, viscosity. Interfacial tension. Wettability. Capillary pressure. Resistivity measurements. Upscaling by use of average values, Leverett's J-curve and correlations. Relative permeability. Residual saturations. Two-phase flow.
Well testing: Diffusivity equation. Pressure drawdown and buildup tests for vertical and horizontal wells. Estimation of reservoir volume. Flow regimes and diagnostic plots. Fractured wells and fractured reservoirs. Gas reservoirs.

Learning outcome

The participants shall learn basic theory to determine reservoir properties by well testing and core analysis.

The students shall understand the influence of reservoir properties on one- and two-phase flow in subsurface reservoirs.

The students shall be able to do well test interpretation and conduct basic measurements in a core lab.

Digital component: The students should understand how to use Excel or softwares for problem solving in well test analysis. Use of Sendra for core analysis.

General competense:
The objective of the course is to teach fundamental techniques as an aid for further studies in reservoir engineering and related subjects.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises and laboratory exercises. Lectures are held in English if international master's students attend the course.
Course evaluation is carried out by a reference group giving students' feedbacks to the course coordinator.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Colin McPhee, Jules Reed and Izaskun Zubizarreta: Core Analysis: A Best Practice Guide, Elsevier, 2015.
Torsæter, O. and Abtahi, M.: Experimental Reservoir Engineering. IPT, 2004.
Jelmert, T.A.: Introductory well testing,
Horne, R.N.: Modern Well Test Analysis: A ComputerAided Approach.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4015 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Reservoir Engineering
  • Rock Engineering
  • Well Logging
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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