Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Oil Exploration Company Gives UNO Seismic Data License Worth $640,000

Multinational oil exploration company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has donated a $640,000 three-dimensional seismic data license to the University of New Orleans. Geophysics students will use seismic data from deep in the Gulf of Mexico to help geophysicists figure out whether sub-sea rock formations are likely to contain fossil fuels.Multinational oil exploration company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has donated a $640,000 three-dimensional seismic data license to the University of New Orleans. Geophysics students will use seismic data from deep in the Gulf of Mexico to help geophysicists figure out whether sub-sea rock formations are likely to contain fossil fuels.

Multinational oil exploration company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has donated a three-dimensional seismic data license worth $640,000 to the University of New Orleans. The 10-year license will be used for research and education for geophysics students. PGS is a Norway-based company with a global presence in more than 25 countries, including regional centers in Houston, London and Singapore.

The license will give UNO students access to data gathered by PGS geophysicists who used sophisticated air guns to generate seismic waves below the ocean bottom in the deep rocks of the Gulf of Mexico. The returning waves are used to produce three-dimensional maps that help geophysicists figure out whether sub-sea rock formations are likely to contain fossil fuels.

"These data will be interpreted by our students to help them unravel the complex geological history of the Gulf of Mexico's oceanic crust," said Mostofa Sarwar, a geophysicist and professor of earth and environmental sciences. "The students will also be able to discover hidden oil and gas reservoirs in the study area."

According to Sarwar, students' access to the data will greatly enhance their hands on-experience and improve their chances of securing employment after graduation. This is the second major donation in less than six months that will benefit UNO's geophysics students. In March, oilfield services company Schlumberger donated $1.3 million worth of seismic interpretation software.

"With this gift from PGS and the earlier donation of Petrel E&P Software from Schlumberger, our students will have unique learning opportunities in UNO's Geoscience Lab and a greater probability of getting high-paying jobs in the energy industry," Sarwar said.

 

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