Reservoir Characterization Project
Multi-disciplinary research
Practical Research Projects
for dynamic reservoir characterization
RCP at the Colorado School of Mines
Industry-focused research consortium
Integrated problem-solving
with a collaborative team approach


Welcome Message

We can get more out of our reservoirs with integrated reservoir characterization versus 'factory drilling and development'. Our research can help understand permeability enhancement to increase recovery, prolong reservoir life, manage environmental concerns and provide for sustainable development, including EOR. 
-Dr. Tom Davis, RCP Director


About RCP

The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) is an industry-funded academic consortium at Colorado School of Mines with a primary focus on applied research and knowledge dissemination in integrated reservoir characterization. RCP’s unique research model emphasizes a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach for practical research and preparation of graduate students. RCP works closely with industry partners to explore new technologies and workflows such as time-lapse and multicomponent seismic technology, incorporating all geoscience and engineering data to solve complex reservoir challenges and gain improvements in reservoir performance prediction and development optimization.

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RCP PHASE XVI -- Wattenberg Field, Colorado USA

This project is an unconventional shale reservoir study conducted with field sponsor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The research began in 2013 under Phase XV and continues in the current research phase. The study utilizes time-lapse 9-C seismic data, regional seismic, microseismic, geological information, and reservoir engineering and completions information to analyze performance within the Niobrara and Codell Shale reservoirs in a concentrated study area. Gaining a greater understanding of the stimulated reservoir volume and produced reservoir volume will help guide future drilling and completions decisions and help diagnose and predict reservoir performance.