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The EMARC Research computing lab centers around a network of Sun workstations running Landmark's OpenWorks R2003 software. With over 300 GB of storage capacity, this lab is able to maintain multiple working 2D and 3D seismic data sets which currently include the Gulf of Mexico, Wyoming, Mexico, and the North Sea. 12 PC workstations running Windows 2000/NT are available for researchers and students.
In June 2001, we dedicated the Wayne T. (Dusty) and LaFawn Biddle Core Facility in the basement of Benson Earth Sciences Building. This is a 1200 square foot facility that houses cores from many reservoirs, ore deposits and a cool storage area for uncosolidated reservoirs (e.g. northern Gulf of Mexico).
We are actively building our collection of cores from different kinds of sedimentary envrironments. The core facility will be used in several graduate classes: Reservoir Modeling, Reservoir Characterization, Sequence Stratigraphy, Petroleum Geology of Turbidite Systems, and Sedimentology. This will also be used extensively in our new reservoir research program.
A new graduate teaching lab has been established with six PC workstations for running the most recent applied geoscience software. Features of these workstations include dual 22 inch monitors connected to Elsa Synergy graphics adapters with Athlon XP+ processors and 512 MB of DDR RAM. Some of the software applications used in reservoir modeling and characterization are: RMS from Roxar, GOCAD from T-Surf, EMERGE from Hampson-Russel, PowerLog from Petcom, Petra from GeoPlus, and The Kingdom Suite+ from Seismic Micro-Technology.
This lab will be used for instruction of many graduate classes in the department. Those EMARC classes utilizing the lab include Reservoir Modeling, 3-D Seismic Interpretation, and Reservoir Characterization. The laboratory is currently on the fourth floor of Benson Earth Sciences, but will be moved to the basement once its new home is completed during the summer of 2002. The opportunity to describe core from a reservoir and then walk across the hall into this lab and build reservoir models will be unique in academia and industry.
The bp Center for Visualization was established in October 2000 as the result of a $10.5 million donation by bp. This state-of-the-art visalization center was originally established at the Arco Research Lab in Plano, TX by Geoff Dorn and colleagues. As a result of the purchase of Arco by bp, the research facility and much of its staff came to CU and is now working on East Campus. EMARC is working to integrate with our research and teaching program with the bp COV. Geoff Dorn will be teaching a new graduate course in the fall of 2002 on 3-D seismic interpretation and visualization. Students will be taught how to interpret using the immersive visualization system.