$1.4 million grant gives UH students hands-on training for petroleum industry

Researching oil and gas well targets made easier with software donation to geosciences department

HOUSTON, Nov. 2, 2006 Future geoscientists from the University of Houston are getting their hands on new software that will expand their research capabilities and career horizons in the petroleum industry.

Through its University Gift Program, Seismic Micro-Technology Inc. (SMT) has donated its KINGDOM Suite software to the Center for Applied Geosciences and Energy in UH's geosciences department for use in classes, as well as for student and faculty research. SMT, a leader in PC-based exploration and reservoir management software, estimates the value of the three-year grant, including all maintenance and support updates, to be more than $1.4 million.

"SMT's donation will significantly add to the high-tech seismic interpretation software suites now needed at educational institutions to produce geology and geophysics graduates with the experience needed to meet the growing demands of the petroleum industry," said John Casey, chairman of UH's geosciences department.

The KINGDOM Suite is a Windows-based software package that is widely used in the oil and gas industry for the geophysical and geological interpretation and 3-D visualization of seismic and well data. The 3-D interpretations typically depict the geometries of subsurface strata and delineate targets for oil and gas wells.

The workstation software comes with comprehensive tutorials and demonstration projects that are suitable for use in the classroom, as well as for self-instruction. The new SMT software includes one network license for 20 users and is installed in the geosciences department's main computer lab. Approximately 130 graduate students who are now enrolled in the geology and geophysics degree programs at UH will be able to access it.

SMT software is granted under a license for educational and research purposes, and the goal of the company's Educational Gifts Program is to put workstation software in classrooms so that university graduates are equipped for the job market with hands-on experience.

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