Pressure/pressure convolution analysis of multiprobe and packer-probe wireline formation tester data

Onur M., Hegeman P., Kuchuk F.

SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING, vol.7, no.5, pp.351-364, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.2118/88994-pa
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.351-364
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


In cases in which flow-rate data are not reliable, the need for flow rate in estimating permeability from wireline formation tester multiprobe and packer-probe pressure-data sets can be eliminated by the use of the so-called pressure/pressure (p/p) convolution. The p/p convolution is based on the use of different pressure-data sets recorded at two different spatial locations and thus enables one to perform parameter estimation without flow rate. In this work, we present a detailed analysis of multiprobe and packer-probe pressure-transient tests by considering various p/p convolution options for both single-layer and multilayer systems. Approximate equations that apply during spherical and radial flow for a vertical well in a single-layer system for various p/p convolution options are derived. These equations indicate which parameters can be determined uniquely from p/p convolution. It is shown that p/p convolution analysis sometimes may not provide unique parameter estimates. Also, we provide a flow-rate-estimation method that proves useful to check the validity of parameter estimates obtained from p/p convolution analysis. Two example tests, a synthetic multiprobe test and a field packer-probe test, are given to illustrate the methodology and procedures developed in this work.