Schlumberger awards UWM $1.3 million software grant

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has received a $1.3 million software grant from Schlumberger, an international service provider to oil and gas companies.


The grant will cover three-year licenses for the Petrel E&P software platform and ECLIPSE industry reference reservoir simulator.

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Petrel E&P and ECLIPSE will help UWM faculty and students in the Department of Geosciences research ways to safely discard and store industry-generated carbon dioxide inside geologic formations so that it does not escape into the atmosphere. The technology will also assist with oil and gas exploration.

“Schlumberger recognizes the level of excellence of the geosciences program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and its strong history of student job placement in the oil and gas industry,” said David Seabrook, vice president of Schlumberger Information Solutions North America. Investment in the education of future geoscientists and engineers is an important aspect of Schlumberger’s corporate mission.”

The software technology will prepare students for geoscience and engineer positions as it allows them access to the same software used in major oil and gas companies, according to UWM Professor Weon Shik Han.

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“Understanding geologic subsurface features several thousand feet below the surface is a challenging task,” Han said. “Petrol provides the capability to integrate all available soft and hard data – well logs, seismic survey data, and analogs to perform subsurface mapping and modeling including geostatistical techniques and visualizations.”

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