Allied Geophysical Laboratories Reservoir Quantification Laboratory Rock Physics Laboratory
Last Updated: 07/07/2008
Center for Applied Geosciences and Energy
Center for Applied
Geosciences and Energy

Center for Applied Geosciences and Energy

The purpose of CAGE is to foster and facilitate the development, evaluation, application, and industrial funding efforts of new geophysical, geological, and geochemical technology needed for hydrocarbon exploration.

CAGE provides a mechanism for sharing resources, expertise and for providing and communicating integrated solutions through technology training to the exploration community as well as to state, federal, and foreign government institutions. Equally important, CAGE provides hands-on, data-driven research experiences for UH students.

The member laboratries comprising CAGE are:

  • Allied Geophysical Laboratories (AGL)

  • Reservoir Quantification Laboratory (RQL)

  • Rock Physics Laboratory (RPL)
  • Allied Geophysical Laboratories

    The AGL mission is to develop and calibrate new means of imaging geologic structure and stratigraphy for oil and gas accumulation.

    Our current imaging effort focuses on mapping fractures, karst, and turbidites using modern volumetric attributes calibrated by well log and production data. We augment this effort by improvements in both lateral and vertical seismic data resolution through migration of underutilized information, including multicomponent, long-offset, and azimuthally limited seismic data volumes.

    Reservoir Quantification Laboratory

    The RQL mission is to develop new and novel techniques for recognizing potential hydrocarbon reservoirs and then predicting the composition of the reservoir (characterization).

    With a better quantitative understanding of the physical processes that effect the transmission and reflection of seismic amplitude, a more accurate characterization of the porosity, permeability, fluid saturation, thickness, etc. for the various compartments of a reservoir will follow.

    Rock Physics

    The primary mission for Rock Physics Laboratory (RPL) is to conduct world class research to measure, characterize, and deliver systematic fluid and rock properties for seismic application. These research efforts are mainly supported by our industry (Fluid/DHI) consortium. But we also have been supported by the government funding organizations (such as DOE) and other institutions. Our results provide our sponsors with the direct ability to forward calculate properties as well as to develop application techniques and methods to extract fluid and rock properties from seismic data. We concentrate in three general areas:

    1) Frontier exploration, including ultra-deep reservoirs with high temperatures and pressures
    2) Reservoir monitoring including calibration of time-lapse seismic monitoring of various recovery processes
    3) Unconventional resource development such as tight gas sands, heavy oil sands and oil shales

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