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1. n. [Well Testing]
The measurement and analysis of pressure data taken after an injection well is shut in. These data are often the easiest transient well-test data to obtain. Wellhead pressure rises during injection, and if the well remains full of liquid after shut-in of an injector, the pressure can be measured at the surface, and bottomhole pressures can be calculated by adding the pressure from the hydrostatic column to the wellhead pressure. Since most water-injection wells are fractured during injection, and injection wells often go on vacuum, the fluid level can fall below the surface. Dealing with this complication requires reverting to bottomhole pressure gauges or sonic devices.