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Whether working with industry partners, other research centers, or on their own, many of our faculty perform research that drives innovation and progress in petroleum engineering. Here are some of the significant research efforts in the department.


Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research

Director: Jeff Spath

The Crisman Institute is a liaison between researchers and the industry, centralizing departmental efforts to develop proposals and explore new avenues to fund projects. The Institute encompasses the existing centers, laboratories and research projects within the department but does not control them. Instead, it provides opportunities for researchers to coordinate and collaborate while still conducting their research independently.

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Geomaterials for Geo-energy and Geo-environmental Sustainability (G3 Lab)

Director: Sara Abedi

This research group focuses on identifying the fundamental physical properties of geomaterials and upscales them for engineering applications. Their goals are to use advanced experimentation and theoretical investigation to develop the scientific understanding and technical knowledge needed for the sustainable engineering of geological materials and energy resources.

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Heavy Oil, Oil Shales, Oil Sands, and Carbonate Analysis and Recovery Methods (HOCAM)

Director: Berna Hascakir

HOCAM is a research group focused on education and research to recover unconventional oil resources with very low API gravity. Their main objective is to find environmentally friendly and economical production solutions for challenging reservoirs, including heavy oil, oil shale, oil sand, and carbonate host-rock environments. Their ultimate goal is to educate and train engineers to find practical solutions for recovering these unconventional oil resources using thermal enhanced oil recovery (thermal-EOR) methods.

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Model Calibration and Efficient Reservoir Imaging (MCERI)

Directors: Akhil Datta-Gupta and Michael King

The primary focus of this consortium is to develop theoretically sound but practical approaches to data assimilation and model calibration, or history matching, during reservoir modeling and forecasting. In addition, they build geologic models using dynamic data to reduce any time-consuming aspects of the workflow for both geoscientists and engineers.

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Modeling and Improved Oil Recovery from Fractured Reservoirs (MIOR-FR)

Director: David Schechter

This group's primary focus areas include experimental evaluation and modeling of improved oil recovery methods, such as carbon dioxide injection and chemical treatments, in conventional and unconventional liquid reservoirs. In addition, the group studies characteristics of pore-scale rock or fluid interactions and measures oil volumes from both core flooding and imbibition studies. Lab results are modeled to field-scale while providing insights into maximizing output from assets.

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