(Feb. 17, 2011)--The UTSA Department of Geological Sciences recently received an in-kind software gift valued at $4,589,850 from Schlumberger Information Systems (SIS). As UTSA's largest in-kind donation to date, the software will help build an academic program in petroleum geology. An in-kind gift is defined as something that has a certain value, but is not a monetary gift.
"Schlumberger offers the world's leading multiphase fluid flow simulation and analysis software," said Alan Dutton, chair of the UTSA Department of Geological Sciences. "By granting UTSA access to the Eclipse suite of software for classroom and research use, our faculty and graduate students will receive training unsurpassed by even the most highly regarded U.S. graduate programs in environmental hydrogeology and petroleum geology."
San Antonio is the small-business hub for Texas' petroleum geology industry, which specializes in subsurface water-petroleum interactions. The industry includes more than 20 oil and gas companies that employ an average of 3-7 professionals at annual salaries of $100,000 or more.
Through Schlumberger's generosity, UTSA graduate students and faculty will have access to its Eclipse Blackoil Petrel seismic-to-simulation software and office over the next three years. The software is used by geologists and petroleum engineers to analyze and model reservoir data about multiphase fluid flow and the movement of oil, gas and water. The software can be used to simulate the movement of either nonaqueous contaminants in an aquifer or crude oil and natural gas in a reservoir.
Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) is an operating unit of Schlumberger, which provides software, information management, IT infrastructure and services. SIS enables oil and gas companies to solve today's tough reservoir challenges with innovative open collaboration and comprehensive global services involving exploration and production teams. Through their technologies and services, oil and gas companies can improve business performance, reduce exploration and development risk, and realize the potential of the digital oil field.
UTSA plans to incorporate the Eclipse software into the Department of Geological Sciences groundwater-modeling course, which is taken by UTSA graduate students in geological sciences, environmental science and civil engineering master's degree programs and the environmental science and engineering doctoral degree program.
"An interdisciplinary geology curriculum that teaches modeling principles using software like Schlumberger's Eclipse will be an asset to UTSA graduates during their professional careers," said Dutton. "Not only will the training help our students to consider the environmental perspective when they analyze unconventional contaminants in an aquifer, it will help new geology professionals better work with petroleum engineers, who often use modeling software during their regular course of business."
"More and more, we are finding that organizations want to continue their support of UTSA despite the down economy," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for advancement. "By providing UTSA with their products and services, our in-kind donors are making a significant impact that benefits our students by enhancing our teaching and research programs."
About Schlumberger Information Systems
Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 105,000 people representing more than 140 nationalities and working in more than 80 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry's widest range of products and services from exploration through production. Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston and The Hague and reported revenues of $22.7 billion in 2009.
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