The Reservoir Characterization Project

RCP is an industry-funded geophysical research consortium dedicated to the study of integrated reservoir characterization. RCP’s unique model emphasizes a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach for practical research and preparation of graduate students. Working closely with industry sponsors, RCP explores new methods and technologies to gain improvements in reservoir performance, prediction and optimization. 

Welcome from Dr. Ali Tura, RCP Director

"The unconventional resources challenge can only be solved by integrated work and new technology. The more diverse information we gather, the better we can understand the subsurface. Even a slight change in drilling or completion practices as a result of this will significantly impact the bottom line."




RCP PHASE XVII -- Eagle Ford Shale, Texas USA

RCP’s new project monitors the stimulation of two wells in the Eagle Ford Basin, an unconventional reservoir in South Texas. The unique dataset provided by Devon Energy enables advanced research in technologies and techniques at the forefront of hydrocarbon exploration. It includes time-lapse VSP and a large multicomponent surface seismic dataset, microseismic monitoring, and fiber optic DAS and DTS and production information.  The project focuses on demonstrating the value of these various datasets in gaining a better understanding of reservoir changes associated with hydraulic fracturing to optimize well placement, spacing and completion stages. 

Other projects in Phase XVII include a Permian Basin project from Apache Corporation which explores the usefulness of DAS data, with an interstage DAS VSP dataset, shot between each of 78 stages of fracturing.  Other research projects which began in Phase XVI will continue in the Vaca Muerta, Argentina, Cabin Creek Field in Montana, and a deep Jurassic field in Kuwait, along with extension of a microseismic project using data acquired in Pouce Coupe Field, Canada in previous phases. 

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.


Drilling Info
Dynamic Graphics
EOG Resources
Fairfield Nodal
Geospace Technologies
Great Western Oil and Gas
Halliburton / Landmark
Ikon Science
Lumina Nanoseis Nexen
Noble Energy INIG OptaSense
Oxy Paragon PDC Energy
Pertamina PTTEP
Sigma Cubed Total
Unified Geosystems Vecta Whiting Petroleum Corp



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