is an industry-funded geophysical research consortium dedicated to the study of integrated reservoir characterization.

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RCP Fall 2018
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Fall 2018 Meeting

Join us for our Fall Sponsors Meeting on the MINES campus on November 15-16, 2018.



RCP’s research highlights the value of applied research in predicting reservoir performance and enhancing field development strategies with a focus on integrated reservoir characterization. Our research spans geophysics, geology, petrophysics and petroleum engineering, with seismic methods as a foundation of our applied studies.

Founded in 1983 as an independently-sponsored research consortium, RCP is widely recognized as an early leader in advancing research of key technologies for 4D multi-component seismic applications. RCP’s unique model emphasizes a multidisciplinary team approach for practical research, collaborating as an academic consortium with industry partners and developing graduates with a broad background of research experience and knowledge.

Applied research field projects cover a variety of geologic settings, with an emphasis on unconventional shale reservoirs. R&D areas explore the applicability and value of leading-edge technologies.

We are part of the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines, a public research university dedicated to engineering and applied sciences in Golden, Colorado.  RCP received the 2014 SEG Distinguished Achievement Award for meritorious service to the public, the scientific community, and to our profession.


  • Eagle Ford, TX, Devon
  • Permian, TX, Apache
  • Wattenberg, CO, Anadarko
  • Vaca Muerta, Argentina, Wintershall
  • Kuwait, KOC
  • Offshore Brazil, Petrobras
  • Rio Neuquén Block, Argentina, Petrobras

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R&D Areas:

  • Fiber Optics – Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensing
  • Machine Learning and Data Analytics
  • Compressive Sensing for Seismic Data Acquisition
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery for Unconventionals