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 is located in the Eagle Ford Basin, an unconventional reservoir in South Texas. The project focuses on demonstrating the value of permanent seismic monitoring in understanding reservoir behavior under the dynamic conditions associated with hydraulic fracturing. The data for this project is provided by Devon Energy Corporation. The comprehensive dataset allows for advanced research on reservoir characterization and monitoring techniques. The data include time-lapse, multicomponent surface seismic and VSPs (vertical seismic profiles), microseismic monitoring, and fiber optic DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) and DTS (distributed temperature sensing), among others.

Other projects in Phase XVII include the Wolfcamp project in the Permian Basin from Apache Corporation which explores the usefulness of DAS data. The analysis will center around an interstage DAS VSP dataset, shot between each of 78 stages of fracturing. Additionally, R&D topics focus on fiber optics and machine learning. Research on the Vaca Muerta, Argentina  project will continue from Phase XVI.

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.


Dawson Denbury Devon
Drilling Info Dynamic Graphics EOG Resources
ExxonMobil Fairfield Nodal
Geospace Technologies Great Western Oil and Gas Halliburton / Landmark 
 Hess IHS  Ikon Science
image KOC Lumina
Nanoseis Nexen Noble Energy
INIG OptaSense Oxy
Paragon PDC Energy
Pertamina PTTEP
Repsol Schlumberger Seismogenic
Sigma Cubed Total
 Unified Geosystems Vecta Whiting Petroleum Corp



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