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

The Reservoir Characterization Project

RCP is an applied 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.

RCP works closely with industry sponsors to explore new technologies and workflows such as time-lapse and multicomponent seismic technology, incorporating geoscience and engineering data to solve complex oil and gas reservoir challenges and gain improvements in reservoir performance prediction and optimization. RCP is an industry-funded program within the Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines, a state engineering university located in Golden, Colorado specializing in the geosciences.  

Tom Davis Retires

As RCP's founder and leader for over 30 years, Tom Davis retired in May, 2016. Tom's vision and leadership have shaped RCP's global reputation in integrated, applied research. With a focus on fractured reservoirs and time-lapse multicomponent technology, RCP has gained broad industry support for demonstrating the value of practical projects that offer a hands-on learning experience for graduate students and opportunity for game-changing advances in geoscience.

Tom began his teaching career as a geophysics professor at the Colorado School of Mines in 1974. He founded the RCP research consortium in 1984. Congratulations on a job well done, Tom! 


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. 


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