When the Robert L. Bolin
Graduate School of Petroleum Geology began in 2015, it received valuable gifts
that would prepare its students for jobs in the industry – tools like those
used by professionals that would give students hands-on experience.
One of those tools was
software donated by Schlumberger – a worldwide provider of technology for
reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and
gas industry. The donation includes Software Integrated Solutions Petrel*
E&P software platform, ECLIPSE* industry-reference reservoir simulator, and
other industry software with a three-year multi-seat license and maintenance
Schlumberger has renewed the
license and maintenance agreements for an additional three years – a gift of
more than $13 million.
“Once again, the generous
support of Schlumberger will enable our students to use industry-standard
software for their graduate research,” said Dr. Scott Meddaugh, the Robert L.
Bolin Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology. The software also provides
faculty with the opportunity to incorporate high-end software in its courses
and in research.
The ECLIPSE simulator enables
geologists to build models of underground reservoirs, which aids petroleum
engineers in developing a forecast. The Petrel platform enables discipline
experts to work together to make the best possible decisions – from exploration
to production, according to the company’s website.
Also included in the package
is the Techlog* wellbore software platform, which analyzes the intricate data
from well sites for more accurate interpretations, and the PetroMod* petroleum
systems modeling software that combines seismic, well, and geological
information to model the evolution of a sedimentary basin.
“Faculty and students alike
are benefiting from the real-world experience provided by this software, and we
are grateful to Dr. Meddaugh for helping us connect in a powerful way through
software tools from an industry leader such as Schlumberger,” said Dr. Marcy
Brown Marsden, Dean of the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics &
According to Graduate
Coordinator Jesse Carlucci, enrollment has exceeded projections in its three
years, with 29 students total, past and currently enrolled. He said that
students are not limited to using the software in class, but they are also
using it in undergraduate and graduate research projects.
The software packages are
primarily used in the petroleum geology lab for courses that study seismic
interpretation such as Solid Earth and Exploration Geophysics, Petroleum
Geology, and Applied Petroleum Geology.
Visit the Schlumberger website
for more information.
Contact Meddaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information about MSU’s program.
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