Beginning in 1983, Stanford University's Department of Petroleum Engineering undertook cooperative research on automated well test analysis with Schlumberger. By the end of 1986, Schlumberger had invested over $100,000 in this project. In 1987 the scope of the project was expanded, and the SUPRI-D consortium was formed with additional companies joining the group. Currently, the consortium has 10 member companies.
Research objectives include many different aspects of automated well test interpretation. Owing to the greater insights awarded by recent computerization of the interpretation, several other useful results have been surfaced, for example, a method of measuring in-situ relative permeability from a well test. Over 50 technical papers and several reports have made these findings available to the industry, and many of the techniques and ideas have been incorporated into oil and service company methodologies and software.
Innovative well test interpretation techniques that make use of the new measurements along with ever-expanding computer capabilities have already provided more results which are more reliable, and less expensive tests. Today we continue to explore new ways to improve further on these successes, and to investigate novel approaches.