Research

The Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) develops interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related to energy and the environment. Discover more about CPGE’s twelve research areas led by our world renowned faculty in the links below. In addition to our research areas, we have industrial affiliate programs sponsored by various companies. Please click here to find a list of these industry-sponsored projects.


CPGE Research: CO2 Storage

Larry Lake (larry_lake@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the CO2 Storage research program.



The focus of the CO2 Storage program is on investigating methods for CO2 sequestration, including storage in deep saline aquifers and utilization as part of a CO2-EOR program. Research programs on CO2 Storage currently include a research center, CFSES, funded by Basic Energy Sciences at the Dept. of Energy.

 

CPGE Drilling, Well Completion, Rock Mechanics

K. E. Gray (ken_gray@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Drilling, Well Completions, and Rock Mechanics research program.

Elements of the Drilling, Well Completions, and Rock Mechanics research program include: well bore stability in highly deviated wells; high-temperature/high-pressure properties of drilling fluids; fracture gradient and pore pressure quantifications; MWD, LWD, and PWD technologies; wave propagation and mechanical behavior in weak, loosely cemented, granular materials; and more.

CPGE Enhanced Oil RecoveryGary Pope (gpope@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Enhanced Oil Recovery research program.



The focus of the Enhanced Oil Recovery program is on techniques that offer prospects for ultimately producing 25 to 50 percent, or more, of a reservoir's original oil in place. The major categories of EOR research include: thermal recovery, gas injection, and chemical injection.

CPGE Environmental Engineering Research Program

Quoc P. Nguyen (quoc_p_nguyen@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Environmental Engineering research program.

The primary purpose of the Environmental Engineering Program is to provide short-term and long-term cost-effective solutions to challenging subsurface environmental problems faced by industrial and governmental groups. Research in subsurface environmental engineering is directed toward both the characterization and remediation of contaminated aquifers. These research projects range from the fundamental investigation of the transport of chemicals and microbes in permeable media using advanced techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging to applied projects up to and including pilot field tests of several technologies.

CPGE Formation Evaluation Research Project

Hugh Daigle (daigle@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Formation Evaluation research program.

The primary focus of the Formation Evaluation research program is to understand and characterize the physical properties of reservoir rocks and distribution of fluids and pores within them. We investigate these properties through a variety of computational, laboratory, and downhole techniques that combine fundamental physics and chemistry with petrophysical principles and measurement technology.

CPGE Fundamental Processes Research Project

David DiCarlo (dicarlo@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Fundamental Processes research program.

Research on Fundamental Processes examines the intersection of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, surface science, transport phenomena, geochemistry and petrophysics that determines the flow and transport properties of geological formations, oil and gas reservoirs and aquifers.

CPGE Integrated Reservoir Characterization Research Project

Larry Lake (larry_lake@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Integrated Reservoir Characterization research program.

The focus of the Integrated Reservoir Characterization program is on: 1. Providing practical approaches for assessing and managing geologic and flow related uncertainty using improved physical and stochastic models, and 2. Providing insights into the physics of fluid flow through multi-scale heterogeneous media.

CPGE Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes Research Program

Chun Huh (chunhuh@mail.utexas.edu ) is the Program Manager of the Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes research program.

Nanotechnology continues to develop rapidly, driven by several different industries. The main objectives of this program are (i) to introduce recent and emerging developments into the oil industry; (ii) to identify applications that could bring significant benefits to the upstream oil operations and oil recovery; and (iii) to carry out research that would enable the practical implementation of these technologies within the oil industry.

CPGE Natural Gas Engineering Research Program

Mukul M. Sharma (msharma@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Natural Gas Engineering research program.

Natural gas represents a fossil energy source of growing importance over the coming decades. Reseach is currently being conducted in these main areas: gas condensate reservoirs, tight gas sands, and naturally fractured reservoirs.

CPGE Production Engineering Research Program

Quoc P. Nguyen (quoc_p_nguyen@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Production Engineering research program.

Production engineering research at CPGE covers a wide range of interests while presenting front-end technologies and meeting current industrial demands. Subjects include matrix acidizing, acid fracturing, fluid diversion, intelligent completion, and unstable displacement in porous media.

CPGE Reservoir Engineering

Kishore K. Mohanty (mohanty@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Reservoir Engineering research program.

The Reservoir Engineering research program at CPGE covers a wide range of interests. Subjects include reservoir simulation, miscible gas injection, enhanced oil recovery processes, gas condensate reservoir studies, CO2 sequestration, reservoir characterization, foam mobility control, new generation reservoir simulator development, cluster computing, EOR in naturally fractured reservoir, wettability alteration in naturally fractured reservoir, improved SAGD processes, and mobility control.

CPGE Unconventional Resources Research Program

Kamy Sepehrnoori (kamys@mail.utexas.edu) is the Program Manager of the Unconventional Resources research program at CPGE.

The Unconventional Resources program includes areas such as rock imaging, well monitoring, fluid production, water management, well construction, fracture fluid additives, gas hydrates and rock microstructure.