Microsoft Visual Basic for Windows (VB) allows Engineers to develop engineering applications that run in the Windows environment. VB provides the engineer a programming tool to write simple programs quickly that meet their needs. It is relatively easy to learn and use. Development of a Windows-like user interface is easy to do and there is a growing base of users and add-in applications.

The technological advances that have allowed engineering workstations to convert from a mainframe environment to a stand alone PC connected to a network have also provided new programming tools. Modern programming languages allow the programmer to quickly design screen panels and easily reuse code. This paper discusses the features available in VB and provides several program examples. Example programs written using VB include gas and oil fluid correlations, interpolation software, gas well bottom hole pressure from surface conditions, volumetric reserve calculations, simple log analysis, water pattern analysis and bottom hole pressure analysis. These applications were developed with Visual Basic version 3.0 Professional.

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