A specific implementation of Well Testing based on recording and interpretation of borehole (downhole or THP) pressure response to the pre-designed sequence of increasing and decreasing flow rate variations (also called "cycles" or "pulses" ) at one or more wells (called "generators" or "pulsers") inducing pressure pulse propagation across the field.
The usual practice is to create 5 – 10 pulses.
It splits into two categories:
|Pressure Self-Pulse Test (SPT)||Pressure Pulse Interference Test (PIT)|
The pressure response to rate variation are both recorded in the same well
The pressure response to rate variation is recorded in the offset wells
Designing flowrate variation pulse sequence for disturbing wells (also called generators) based on the field primary data
Field operations on suspending the downhole gauges (if PDG is not available)
Performing flowrate variations according to the PCT design
Retrieving the downhole gauges
Downloading the data from the downhole and surface gauges
Primary data processing (gauge syncronization and filtering)
Implementing pressure pulse-code decomposition (PCD)
In case of harmonic pressure pulsations and sufficiently long pressure-rate delay and a simple diffusion model (single-bed homogeneous reservoir without boundary) the pressure response can be approximated by analytical model. In this case the pressure data at receiving wells are being detrended and then matched to analytical model.
In case of non-periodic pressure pulsations with pressure contamination caused by interference with routine production and maintenance field activity, the complexity of pressure variation at receiving end maybe very high and the concept of "cycles" may not apply at all.
In this case the actual pressure responses should be decoded from pressure data records at receiving well using specialised pressure pulse-code decomposition algorithms and then decomposed DTR/CTR is recongised PTA type-library diffusion models and matched by diffusion models.
This type of tests is called Pressure Pulse-Code Test but this approach is equally applicable to simple periodic pulsations.