The Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC) fosters research in a variety of areas including rock mechanics, earth systems, and nontraditional characterization. The center does not limit its focus to either “hard” or “soft” rock applications but is, instead, intended to foster research in both arenas and encourage interdisciplinary communications between the associated disciplines.
The Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium is a joint industry/university research consortium that performs research in all areas of stimulation of oil and gas wells. FAST concentrates on theoretical and laboratory developments that can be directly employed in the field to improve stimulation design and execution.
The Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS) investigates a wide spectrum of reservoir problems with emphasis on field applications. Research areas include: reservoir characterization and connectivity, rate and pressure transient analysis, improved and enhanced oil recovery issues, infill well placement and multi-laterals, and modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs.
Initiated in 2012, the UREP program is designed to focus on the unconventional aspects of unconventional reservoirs. The general objective is to achieve a more complete reservoir engineering understanding and develop more appropriate reservoir engineering tools and practices for these reservoirs. This objective covers the entire spectrum of reservoir engineering research of nanoporous, nanodarcy-permeability, and microfractured unconventional-formations.
OCLASSH seeks to:
- Define measurement protocols for various types of measurements on reservoir sediments,
- Make careful and relevant measurements on clean and organic-rich reservoir sediments, such as shale, mud, clay, and sand on a nano- to macrometer scale, and
- Compare similarities and differences between similar types of data gathered with different measurement techniques.