CPGE News

TOPCORP Project Receives Chairman’s Stewardship Award for Energy Education, Honorable Mention

TOPCORP, a consortium of The University of Texas at Austin, The Pennsylvania State University, and Colorado School of Mines, is proud to announce that our oil and gas inspector training program received the Chairman’s Stewardship Award for Energy Education, Honorable Mention, from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. The award-winning program combines classroom instruction and field experiences with an online training course, and through funding and in-kind support the program is offered at no-cost to many federal and state regulatory agency personnel.

“The TOPCORP program is helping to ensure that the nation’s oil and gas inspectors can stay on top of the rapidly changing technology involved in the industry through our inspector training program. The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission recognizes that this training is a critical step to stewarding and protecting the environment, while efficiently producing energy resources,” said Dr. Hilary Olson, department lecturer and research center Director of Education, Training and Outreach for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Olson is the project lead for the TOPCORP project at UT Austin.

Constant innovation is a hallmark of the oil and gas industry. Private industry has the resources to invest in training for its engineers and field operators to learn and manage new technologies and processes in fields and wells. Government agencies often do not have the funding or capacity to provide similar training. As a result, there is a knowledge gap between the people who operate and manage oil and gas fields, and the people who are responsible for monitoring and regulating them on behalf of the public. TOPCORP is closing this gap.

Participants complete the TOPCORP program with a deeper understanding of the science and engineering facts related to the latest technologies used in oil and gas operations in order for them to better engage with industry experts when monitoring facilities, and also to better interpret and translate this work for the public citizens they represent in protecting the environment and in developing natural resources.

About TOPCORP: TOPCORP is a comprehensive, practical training program based on scientific principles for oil and gas field inspectors, regulators and policy makers to improve understanding of the technologies employed in conventional, shale gas and tight oil field operations. There is no other forum, gathering or system for oil and gas inspectors to learn this information and connect with their peers.

Since TOPCORP started in 2013, over 250 attendees from 30 different U.S. state, U.S. fed­eral and Canadian provincial regulatory agencies have logged more than 20,000 contact hours as part of the training program.

CEOR Annual Meeting

Chemical EORChemicalEOR held their annual review meeting on April 23-24 at the AT&T Center on campus. There were approximately 200 attendees, including about 121 experts from 31 companies along with 80 students, faculty and staff from UT.

The two-day event included updates from CEOR researchers, a poster session, and laboratory tours.

CPGE Symposium on Subsurface Energy

CPGEThe Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at The University of Texas, Austin hosted a two day symposium on the topic “Frontiers in Subsurface Energy” on March 26th and 27th, 2015. The symposium was held at the Pickle Research Campus in Austin and brought together recognized technical experts, senior decision-makers, and policy specialists in topical areas related to subsurface energy production.

CPGE2014 Research Showcase

CPGEAustin, November, 2014 - On November 6th and 7th, the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a two day meeting showcasing the current research being performed within CPGE.



Research presentations and posters spanned a wide range of topics in subsurface resource characterization and engineering ranging from nano-materials for enhanced hydrocarbon production to results from field trials of enhanced recovery processes.

Another Successful CEOR Research Meeting

Chemical EORAUSTIN - June 3, 2013 - The annual research meeting for sponsors of the Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Industrial Affiliates Project in the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering was held at the Commons Learning Center at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin on April 24-25, 2013. More than 200 people attended including about 150 EOR experts from 39 companies and about 85 students, staff and faculty from UT.

New Training Initiative

Hilary OlsonHOUSTON - March 8, 2012 - Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University and The University of Texas at Austin today announced a new training initiative to support the rapidly growing shale natural gas and oil development sector. The training programs created under the initiative will be led by the faculty at each academic institution and are designed to ensure that regulators and policymakers have access to the latest technology and operational expertise to assist in their important oversight of shale development.