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 have to use technology to understand and produce our reservoirs effectively. In doing so we can extend the life of our resources, improve our economic base and manage our resources in an environmentally responsible way."

Read the August 2014 letter to Sponsors.

-Tom Davis (RCP Director)

About RCP

The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) at the Colorado School of Mines is an industry-funded academic consortium 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's integrated research utilizes time-lapse 9-C seismic surveys, microseismic, geology and petroleum engineering information to monitor drainage within the Niobrara Shale to optimize well spacing and hydraulic fracture stimulation. The research results will help diagnose and predict reservoir performance. The field sponsor is Anadarko. 

PHASE XIV: Delhi Field, Louisiana

This EOR CO2 project helped gain a greater understanding of the dynamics of the reservoir. It highlights the importance of 4D multi-component seismic data combined with fine scale integration of multiple disciplines to more accurately model flow paths, maximize recovery, and actively monitor a reservoir during CO2 flood. The field sponsor is Denbury.