Performer Contract Number Title Objective Start Date End Date
Advanced Resources International DE-FC26-04NT15514 Demonstration of a Novel, Integrated, Multiscale Procedure for High-Resolution 3-D Reservoir Characterization and Improved CO2 EOR/Sequestration Management, SACROC Unit Demonstrate the application and benefits of a promising new approach for Multiscale data integration for high-resolution reservoir characterization to address better management of CO2 EOR floods and carbon sequestration projects. 9/20/2004 3/31/2007
American Energies Corporation DE-FG26-01NT15265 Waterflood Design and Implementation in a South-Central Kansas Mississippian Carbonate Reservoir Using Cost-Effective Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Demonstrate the application of inexpensive but modern tools to build an integrated reservoir model, based on geologic, geophysical, and engineering characterization techniques. 9/12/2001 9/30/2004
American Geological Institute DE-FG22-93BC14968
DE-FG22-95BC14833
DE-FG22-97BC14847
DE-FG26-98BC15115
National Geoscience Data Repository System Conduct a feasibility study to assess the viability, needs, and requirements for establishing a National Geoscience Data Repository System. Assess the volume of geoscience data at risk of destruction, the capability of existing repositories to acquire and maintain the data, and the potential users and data contributors requirements. Preserve geoscientific data in jeopardy of being destroyed and make those data available to prospective users for future investigations via a Web-based National Geoscience Metadata Catalog.  1/14/1993 9/30/2003
Argonne National Laboratory FEW P49398 The Use of Predictive Lithostratigraphy to Significantly Improve the Ability to Forecast Reservoir and Source Rocks Increase the predictability of reservoir and source rock distribution by quantifying the fundamental controls on stratigraphic heterogeneity. 7/25/1996 9/30/2003
Argonne National Laboratory P-34 Applied Scale-Up Techniques Generate the data to support Los Alamos National Laboratory multiphase Lattice-Boltzman modeling efforts to validate the physics (i.e., rule set) of the Lattice-Boltzman model.  Generate a Lattice-Boltzman model from which computational experiments of multiphase flow and transport processes can be performed without the inherent biases theory. 7/1/1995 9/30/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 94-A13 Task 01 Native Tribes Initiative Develop a comprehensive plan for the management and development of mineral assets held by Native American Tribes using the oil and gas resources on the Osage Tribal Lands as a model. This effort supports the Department of Energy's effort to increase production of oil gas from Native American Tribal Lands. 6/25/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 01 Geoscience ResearchIntegrated Geoscience/Engineering Methods of Optimal Reservoir Scaling Perform reservoir characterization and model construction of barrier island tidal facies.  Develop reservoir upscaling methods based on reservoir studies. 11/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 02 Geoscience ResearchCorrelations of Pore Characteristics with Multiphase Relative Permeability and Capillary Pressure Functions Develop correlations for estimating relative permeability and capillary pressure functions from tests of drill cuttings and rock fragments. Identify technology requirements in special core analysis. Partner with industry to effectively transfer the technology developed . 11/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 04 Geoscience ResearchUniversity Geoscience Research Conduct a competitive procurement to select a university to undertake cost-shared research and development of integrated methods of characterizing fractured oil reservoirs.  Transfer the technologies developed to the petroleum industry. 11/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 05 Geoscience ResearchAdvanced Heterogeneity Characterization Increase the ability to predict production from fractured reservoirs by conducting laboratory measurements and developing improved modeling and simulation methods.   Use the methods developed to recommend improved production strategies. 11/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 06 Geoscience ResearchCharacterization of a Selected Reservoir in the Gulf of Mexico Conduct simulation studies of selected oil reservoirs located in the Gulf of Mexico in support of work  being conducted by Louisiana State University. 3/1/1995 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A01 Task 10 Geoscience ResearchHistorically Black Colleges and Universities Understand, model, and maximize oil recovery from fractured reservoirs by gas injection. Develop and conduct laboratory experiments and numerical models to represent multi-component, multiphase mass transfer from a porous matrix to fractures, including the effects of capillarity and interfacial tension gradient. 12/1/1995 9/28/1998
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A02 Task 03 Field Demonstrations in High-Priority Reservoir ClassesReservoir Management Demonstrations Conduct cost-shared reservoir management demonstration projects in collaboration with independent oil company participants and other organizations in partnership with the operators (e.g., universities, state geologic surveys, consultants). Demonstrate that interdisciplinary reservoir management teams, using appropriate software and methodologies scaled to the size of the resource area are a cost-effective method for increasing profitability, forestalling abandonment, and improving long-term economic recovery. 12/1/1995 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A04 Task 01 Exploration & DrillingExploration Keys Used to Reduce Risk in Exploration Prospect Generation in Selected U.S. Basins Identify state-of the-art methods and strategies that reduce the risk of exploring and drilling for oil in selected U.S. basins. Evaluate drilling, well completion and recompletion technologies to identify the most appropriate methods for the basins studied. 11/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A04 Task 03 Exploration & Drilling - Risk-based and cost-effectiveness approaches to geologic risk, drilling risk, and regulatory compliance Review and analyze state-of-the-art theory and algorithm development for the risk-based decision process. Determine the risk assessment programs used  by major and independent oil companies. 10/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A04 Task 04 Exploration & DrillingBasin Analysis Conduct research in selected, high oil potential basins to identify keys to successful exploration. The methods identified are expected to have a significant near-term impact for domestic explorationists. 10/1/1995 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A04 Task 05
97-A04 Task 05
Exploration & Drilling3-D Seismic Improve seismic survey design practices and technologies currently available for use by independent operators in small-scale 3-D seismic data acquisition programs for shallow targets. 10/1/1995 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 95-A08 Task 01
98-A08 Task 01
Strategic Petroleum Reserve Supporting ResearchCharacterization of Crude Oils and Crude Oil Mixtures Conduct analytical research and address petroleum technology problems encountered by the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Headquarters. Support the Reserve's mandated objective of maintaining a petroleum reserve to mitigate the impact of a disruption in supply.  11/1/1994 11/7/1998
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 01 Geoscience ResearchReservoir Scaling Characterize and model barrier island tidal facies.  Determine and develop reservoir upscaling methods and methodology based on reservoir studies. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 02 Geoscience ResearchRelative Permeability and Capillary Pressure Refine techniques for estimating relative permeability and capillary pressure functions from simple tests on rock fragments. Perform critical measurements for modeling three-phase flow phenomena. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 03
98-A01 Task 03 
Geoscience ResearchImaging Technology Develop methodologies based on advanced imaging technology (X-ray Computed Tomography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Positron imaging) for rapid and accurate measurement of petrophysical properties and prediction of engineering parameters needed for reservoir simulation. Improve the accuracy of predicting oil reservoir performance. 11/1/1996 10/31/1998
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 05 Geoscience ResearchHeterogeneity Characterization Characterize naturally fractured reservoirs and  describe relationships that control fluid mobility and oil recovery in fractured rock. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 07 Geoscience ResearchFourth International Reservoir Characterization Technical Conference Promote technology exchange, encourage cooperation, and present the latest advances in reservoir characterization research by organizing a reservoir characterization symposium. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A01 Task 10 Geoscience ResearchFlow in Fractured Reservoirs Establish a research partnership with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).  Monitor a subcontract with an HBCU to conduct research to apply experimental and theoretical techniques to improve understanding of multiphase transport phenomena in fractured petroleum reservoirs. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A04 Task 01 Exploration & DrillingReduction of Risk in Exploration and Prospect Generation Facilitate the development and deployment of advanced and improved technology to increase the finding and accessing of undiscovered, producible oil and gas resources. Identify the parts of explored basins and stratigraphic intervals that are most promising for oil exploration. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A04 Task 03 Exploration & DrillingRisk-Based Decision-Making Review and analyze current state-of-the-art theory and algorithm development used in the risk-based decision process. Assess the use of risk assessment programs by majors and independents.  Develop a "user-friendly" risk assessment product. 11/1/1996 10/31/1997
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 97-A05 Task 05
98-A05 Task 05
Improved Oil Recovery TechnologyHeavy Oil: Standardized and Improved Procedures for Characterizing Heavy Hydrocarbons Develop standardized methods and improved procedures for testing and characterizing heavy crudes and bitumen.  Participate in setting up future UNITAR Centre Protocols and assist in carrying them out. 11/1/1996 10/31/1998
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. 98-A01 Task 02 Geoscience ResearchRelative Permeability and Capillary Pressure Develop methods for rapid and accurate measurement of relative permeability and capillary pressure functions, with an emphasis on using unique dual-energy X-ray scanning data and reservoir simulators. 11/1/1997 10/31/1998
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15044 Task 01 Exploration & Drilling -- Exploration keys used to reduce risk in Exploration Prospect Generation in Selected U.S. Basins Conduct research in exploration target identification, advanced extraction access, and well completion/recompletion technology. 1/1/1994 10/31/1994
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15044 Task 03 Exploration & Drilling - Risk-based cost-effective approaches to exploration, drilling and regulatory compliance. Identify state-of-the-art theory and algorithms and develop methods for risk-based decision processes for exploration, drilling and regulatory constraints.  Plan a demonstration to apply these findings to specific exploration, drilling and environmental/regulatory issues facing oil operators. 1/1/1994 10/31/1994
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15044 Task 04 Exploration & Drilling - Exploration 3-D Seismic Field Test Identify practical, efficient, and cost-effective technologies for exploration to be used by independent operators. Conduct a study of  3D seismic data to determine optimal seismic data interpretation methods. 8/1/1994 12/31/1995
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15264 Task 01 Geoscience Research - Reservoir Assessment & Characterization Characterize and model barrier island tidal facies.   Determine and develop reservoir upscaling methods and methodology based on reservoir studies. 1/1/1994 10/31/1994
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15264 Task 02 Geoscience Research - Three-Phase Relative Permeability Research Develop correlations to estimate relative permeability and capillary pressure functions from tests on drill cuttings and rock fragments. Determine the feasibility of using photon spectrum analysis from low energy X-ray scans to determine fluid saturations in rock samples during laboratory flow tests. Interact with industry for technology transfer and to identify special core analysis techniques required by the oil industry. 1/1/1994 10/31/1994
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15264 Task 03
95-A01 Task 03
Geoscience ResearchImaging Techniques Applied to the Study of Fluids in Porous Media Support research and development of reservoir description and advanced oil recovery processes, especially in the areas of reservoir chemistry, physics, and rock-fluid interactions at the pore to whole-core scales.  Advance understanding of fundamental processes involved in oil recovery by developing, applying, and refining cross-cutting imaging techniques and technologies.  1/1/1994 11/7/1996
BDM-Oklahoma Inc. AC/15264 Task 05 University Research - Integrated Reservoir Characterization Using Static and Dynamic Data Develop a procedure to predict distribution of reservoir property distribution from dynamic reservoir data while honoring static and geologic reservoir data. 8/1/1994 8/31/1994
Brookhaven National Laboratory FEW AS-217-ECD Application of Multitracer Technology to Petroleum Reservoir Studies Modify and adapt perfluorocarbon tracer (PFT) technology for reservoir characterization to determine mechanisms of oil mobilization and improve EOR process predictability and performance. Develop tracer injection, sampling, treatment, and analysis methods to be apply in field demonstrations. 4/1/1988 9/30/1994
Bureau of Economic Geology DE-AC22-93BC14895 Geoscience/Engineering Characterization of the Interwell Environment in Carbonate Reservoirs Based on Outcrop AnalogsPermian Basin, West Texas, and New Mexico Develop effective methods of describing the three-dimensional spatial distribution of porosity, permeability, and hydrocarbon saturations in the San Andres and Grayburg carbonate reservoirs to improve recovery of remaining mobile and residual oil from existing oilfields. 9/29/1993 3/31/1997
Clemson University DE-AC26-98BC15119 Quantitative Methods for Reservoir Characterization and Improved Recovery:  Application to Heavy Oil Sands Apply advanced analytical property-distribution methods conditioned to continuous outcrop control to improve prediction of reservoir heterogeneity between wells. The methods are expected to boost recovery and cut lifting costs in California's heavy oil sands. 9/30/1998 9/3/2002
Colorado School of Mines DE-AC22-93BC14891 Interdisciplinary Study of Reservoir Compartments and Heterogeneity Study reservoir compartmentalization and heterogeneity of Terry sandstone reservoir in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. Demonstrate the effectiveness of an improved, integrated-team approach to maximize the use of available reservoir information.  Apply the methods developed to the management practices of small, independent oil and gas operators. 9/29/1993 12/28/1996
Fairleigh Dickinson DE-AC22-90BC14666 The Development of Luminescent Bacteria as Tracers for Geological Reservoir Characterization Develop a novel microbial technique using bioluminescent bacteria as tracers that can be used by small, independent oil companies. The technology can be applied to determine communication among wells, to test wells for multiple completions, and to identify the most productive zones.  5/16/1990 7/15/1991
Fort Valley State College DE-FG22-95MT95015 Advanced Geostatistical Reservoir Characterization Apply new geostatistical interpolation and stochastic simulation techniques using the existing data of a well-characterized reservoir. Produce new interpretations of hydrostratigraphic facies units and compare the results of the geostatistical estimates to conventionally derived analogs. 10/1/1995 9/30/1997
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory ACTI-093 Locating Geopressured HC Reservoirs in Soft, Clastic Sediments Through Identifying Associated Pressure Seals Develop, test, and validate an integrated conceptual model for the formation of pressure seals and the associated accumulation of hydrocarbons near the seal.  3/1/1995 3/31/2001
IITRI/NIPER DE-FC22-83FE60149/BE01 Reservoir Assessment and Characterization Develop geological and engineering methods to predict mobile oil saturation distribution and to quantify reservoir architecture and flow unit geometry to optimize infill drilling and EOR methods. Synthesize reservoir and production characteristics of shoreline barrier reservoirs to determine similarities and differences and the degree to which information from one reservoir can be applied to another. 10/1/1984 12/31/1993
Illinois Dept. of Energy DE-FG19-89BC14250 Research on Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Illinois through Reservoir Characterization Increase information about Illinois reservoirs to encourage new production from known reservoirs. Evaluate reservoir characterization and enhanced/improved oil recovery methods for cost-effective production from Illinois reservoirs.  6/28/1989 12/31/1993
Illinois State Geological Survey DE-FC26-02NT15132 Geographic Information System Approach for Play Portfolios to Improve Oil Production in the Illinois Basin Provide the data, data access, and data management to enable industry to more quickly and easily identify and drill areas with high potential for increased oil production in and around existing oilfields in the Illinois Basin. 2/28/2002 9/30/2004
Jason Associates Corporation DE-FG05-91ER81146 Heterogeneous Reservoir Characterization Using Neural Networks to Analyze Wellbore Logs Identify neural networks that are well suited to analyze data from heterogeneous reservoirs. Develop a process to train the networks and  demonstrate the viability of utilizing a neural network-based concept to enhance reservoir characterization. 10/1/1990 9/30/1991
Jason Association Corp. SBIR 15091-91-I Heterogeneous Reservoir Characterization Using Neural Networks to Analyze Wellbore Logs Develop a method of analyzing wellbore logs using the emerging technology of neural computing.  Create a methodology that is empirical and can be applied cost-effectively to individual reservoirs.  Generate a software/hardware system for owners, operators, and regulators of heterogeneous reservoirs. 10/1/1990 3/7/1992
Justice Associates, Inc. DE-FG05-93ER81558 Geostatistical Analysis of Cross borehole Seismic Data for Reservoir Characterization Use geostatistics to integrate cross borehole seismic data with other types of reservoir data to determine its value in constraining reservoir models used in conditional simulation.  9/8/1993 4/1/1994
Justice Associates, Inc. DE-FG05-93ER81558 Geostatistical Analysis of Crossborehole Seismic Data for Reservoir Characterization - SBIR No Objective Available 9/8/1993 4/1/1994
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory FEW ESD 97-016 Comparative Evaluation of Micro focus CT and NMR Imaging of Pore Scale Evaluate micro focus CT and NMR suitability for quantitative description of pore structure of reservoir rocks. 12/31/1997 1/1/1997
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory P-102 FEW 5247 Integrated Reservoir Monitoring Using Seismic and Crosswell Electromagnetics Combine jointly inverted borehole seismic and electromagnetic measurements to extrapolate borehole data on porosity, saturation, and permeability to the interwell volume.  Monitor changes in reservoir properties over time. 2/15/1999 3/14/2002
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory FEW 0001 Reservoir Characterization of the Monterey Shale Compile accurate geological and producing characteristics data from California's Monterey shale heavy oil resource. Determine those characteristics that are favorable for enhanced oil recovery.  Recommend specific EOR processes for testing in one or more known reservoirs. 2/15/1993 9/30/1995
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory FEW 0011 Oilfield Characterization and Process Monitoring Using Electromagnetic Methods/Electromagnetic Sensing Methods for EOR Develop and apply cross- and single-borehole electromagnetic methods for oilfield characterization and monitoring of in-situ changes in electrical resistivity during enhanced oil recovery operations.  4/15/2002 3/1/1991
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory FEW 6036 Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) Measurements at Mobil Oil Company's Lost Hills Oilfield, California Use electrical resistivity tomography to image the changes in reservoir electrical resistivity during steam injection. 3/1/1991 9/30/1993
Los Alamos National Laboratory FEW 9999 Pore-Scale Flow and Examination of the Effects of Scaling on Improved Oil Recovery Processes Collaborate with industry to apply new computational techniques to accurately predict the spatial distribution of relative permeability. Apply the estimated relative permeability to the simulation of waterflooding and other enhanced oil recovery processes. Use a novel computational tool developed at Los Alamos for modeling pore-scale phenomena and studying the scaling of these phenomena from the micro scale to the reservoir scale. 5/10/1991 6/4/1995
Los Alamos National Laboratory FEW PG12 Characterization of a Fractured Dolomite Reservoir in Preparation for Waterflooding Evaluate the application of seismic mapping technologies developed by LANL for acquiring information to optimize the design of waterfloods in fractured oil reservoirs. 4/1/1989 12/30/1992
Los Alamos National Laboratory FEW PG18 Imaging the Fault Separating the Saturated and Desaturated Potter Sand in the McKittrick Field, California Apply interwell acoustic imaging (IAI) technology to image stratigraphic traps formed by complex overthrusting. Conduct the IAI work in collaboration with Texaco E&P Company in the aging McKittrick field in California that is expected to contain undiscovered oil. 6/22/1989 3/31/1993
Makoil Inc. DE-FG26-00BC15257 Increasing Oil Recovery Through Advanced Reprocessing of 3-D Seismic, Grant Canyon and Bacon Flat Fields, Nye County, Nevada/Independent Award Utilize modern, affordable 3-D seismic data processing techniques that yield improved imaging of geologic structure at depth and provide accurate guidance for drilling development wells in a complex eastern Nevada field. 1/10/2000 1/9/2001
Marks & Associates DE-FG26-02NT15296 Use of Bio-Stratigraphy to Reduce Risks, Increase Production, and Reduce Environmental Concerns in Oil Well Drilling Use bio-stratigraphy in oil well drilling to enhance the search for subtle traps, thereby increasing production, reducing risk and operating costs, and easing environmental concerns. 7/22/2002 9/9/2005
Michigan Technological University DE-AC22-93BC14892 Visual Display of Reservoir Parameters Affecting EOR Develop 3-D visualization techniques that can be applied to the Pioneer diatomite reservoir in California's San Joaquin Basin. Provide small-to-medium size oilfield operators with the tools necessary to select optimal EOR processes that previously only major oil companies could afford. 9/29/1993 12/31/1996
National Academy of Sciences 75-00SW48306 Preservation of Geoscience Data and Collections Develop a comprehensive strategy for managing geoscience data in the United States. 3/21/2000 6/30/2002
National Academy of Sciences DE-AF26-04NT40635 Participate in the Committee on Earth Resources (CER) Participate in a highly reputable, scientific committee responsible for providing analysis and recommendations relevant to the supply, delivery, and impacts of operations related to energy, metallic, and nonmetallic minerals. 8/1/2004 7/31/2006
National Academy of Sciences DE-FG22-91BC14837 The Study of Fracture Characterization and Fluid Flow. Review, synthesize, and integrate current research on fluid flow through fractures. Provide guidance for field application for characterizing  fracture networks and fluid flow in rock fractures. 9/18/1991 10/1/1993
Oklahoma Geological Survey 75-98SW43102 Pennsylvania-Permian Geology and Petroleum in the Southern Mid-continent Conference Study the geologic setting, depositional environments, structural relations and diagenetic, history of Pennsylvanian- and Permian-age reservoirs. Determine the reservoir characterization and engineering factors that influence oil and gas accumulation and production. 2/15/1998 4/7/1998
Oklahoma Geological Survey DE-FG22-93BC14876 Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic Reservoirs in the Southern Mid-continent Conduct a workshop on Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic Reservoirs in the Southern Mid-continent.  Publish all presentations in a proceedings volume. 3/16/1993 9/15/1995
Pacific Northwest Laboratory FEW 2266/22566 (P-32) Improved Prediction of Multiphase Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs Test and extend a parametric model that describes relations among relative permeabilities, saturations, and pressures in two- and three-phase fluid systems for hysteretic saturation paths in water-wet systems. Predict relative permeabilities in mixed- and intermediate-wet porous media.  Provide the oil industry with a validated relative permeability model that can be employed in reservoir simulators to predict multiphase flow for a variety of operations.  7/5/1995 3/31/2000
Prairie View A&M University DE-FG26-00NT40832 Integrating P-Wave and S-Wave Seismic Data to Improve Characterization of Oil Reservoirs Produce a 3-D vector wavefield images of geologic systems and analyze 3-D images to determine what new geologic information can be determined by combining an S-wave based seismic stratigraphy interpretation with a P-wave-based seismic stratigraphy analysis. 9/1/2000 8/31/2004
Purdue University DE-AC26-99BC15207 Experimental Investigation of Relative Permeability Upscaling from the Micro Scale to the Macro Scale Test upscaling theories in fluid flow through porous media to determine which microscopic measurements are most useful for producing macroscopic flow properties of an oil reservoir. 8/9/1999 8/15/2003
R. W. Tillman DE-FG05-90ER80976 Multiple Scale Valley-Fill Reservoir Heterogeneities and Geological and Engineering Reservoir Characterization Develop a quantitative geologic and engineering model of valley-fill reservoirs. Validate the model using computer simulation. 8/1/1991 8/30/1993
Reservoir Engineering Research Institute DE-AC22-91BC14835 Research Project on Fractured Petroleum Reservoirs Quantify the physics of multiphase flow in fractured porous media. Determine the role of capillary, diffusive, gravity, and viscous forces in fluid flow through porous media. Develop a unified approach to natural depletion, gas injection (both miscible and immiscible), and water injection in light and heavy oil reservoirs. 9/25/1991 11/30/1993
Reservoir Engineering Research Institute DE-AC22-93BC14875 Research Program on Fractured Petroleum Reservoirs Develop a full understanding of the role of diffusive, capillary, gravity, and viscous forces in the flow of fluids in fractured porous media. Conduct a comprehensive experimental and theoretical research program to better understand the basic mechanisms of oil recovery in fractured petroleum reservoirs. 9/30/1993 9/29/1996
Rice University DE-AC26-99BC15201 Fluid-Rock Characterization and Interactions in NMR Well Logging Characterize the fluid properties and fluid-rock interactions that are needed for formation evaluation by NMR well logging. 9/7/1999 12/31/2002
Sandia National Laboratory FEW 0772/2014 Geodiagnostics for Reservoir Heterogeneities and Process Mapping E/EM. Develop advanced geodiagnostic systems based on electrical and electromagnetic techniques to define reservoir heterogeneities and map EOR processes for improved oil recovery. 10/1/1988 9/30/1993
Sandia National Laboratory FEW 1581 Geodiagnostics for Fossil Energy Recovery E/EMInstrumentation Develop electrical and electromagnetic (EM) instrumentation technologies that can be utilized to map or image significant reservoir heterogeneities that could affect oil recovery processes.  Use numerical simulation, controlled field experiments, and data interpretations to evaluate different reservoir measurement approaches. 10/1/1990 9/30/1993
Sandia National Laboratory FEW 2266.100 Fractures and Stresses in Bone Spring Sandstones Identify the presence natural fractures, their distribution and characteristics in the Second Sandstone of the Bone Spring formation, Delaware Basin, SE New Mexico. Determine how fractures affect oil production. 1/1/1989 6/30/1992
Southwest Research Institute DE-AC22-90BC14649 Analysis and Evaluation of Interwell Seismic Logging Techniques for Reservoir Characterization Investigate interwell seismic logging techniques to interpret oil and gas reservoir geology and rock physical properties. Study the theoretical and numerical modeling of seismic waves between pairs of reservoir wells. Demonstrate high-resolution measurements and detailed interpretation of heterogeneous oil reservoirs using the information obtained in the study. 6/29/1990 6/28/1993
Southwest Research Institute DE-AC26-99BC15203 A Methodology to Integrate NMR and Acoustic Measurements for Reservoir Characterization Develop an advanced imaging method, including pore scale imaging, to integrate nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques and acoustic measurements to improve predictability of the pay zone in hydrocarbon reservoirs.  4/16/1999 9/30/2002
Standard Geological Services 03-95ER82075 Infrared Mineralogical and Oil Log (IMO Log) Determine the applicability of short-wave infrared reflectance spectroscopy to identify and quantify potentially damaging minerals and oil-in-place in oil reservoirs. Provide information to construct a mineral/oil log when drilling into a producing reservoir or an exploration well. 7/25/1995 7/24/1996
Stanford University 75-03SW52173
75-98SW43119
Consortium: Rock Physics for Improved Oil Recovery and Oilfield Management Ascertain and understand the relationships between geophysical measurements (e.g., seismic) and reservoir rock and fluid properties, and apply the results to the improved management of oil and gas recovery problems.  3/10/1998 11/29/2003
State of Texas DE-FG22-89BC14251 Reservoir Characterization and Enhanced Oil Recovery Develop an averaging procedure for relative permeability that accounts for lithofacies flow characteristics. Develop, validate, and apply a comprehensive chemical flooding simulator to develop validated models that account for surfactant structure and other realistic parameters affecting oil recovery in gas flooding applications. 9/1/1988 3/28/1991
Texas A&M University DE-AC26-99BC15202 NMR Characterizations of Heterogeneous Porous Media Develop reliable methods for predicting macroscopic properties that are important for describing the flow storage of one or more fluid phases in reservoirs. Develop methods that will accommodate an intrinsic scale approaching that of a local volume average or representative element volume using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. 5/3/1999 2/27/2004
U.S. Geological Survey DE-AI22-95BC14841 Native American Initiative Perform three research projects: Identify and characterize methane soil gas and methane seeps on the Southern Ute and Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. Characterize  conventional and unconventional gas reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous and Lower Tertiary-Age Rocks on the Wind River Reservation, WY. Determine the environmental effects of coal, the coal quality, and the coalbed methane resource on the Navajo Indian Reservation.. 4/5/1995 4/4/1996
University of  Alaska-Fairbanks DE-FG07-90ID12839 Characterization of Oil and Gas Reservoir Heterogeneity Characterize the petroleum reserves in Alaska. Determine the physical and chemical properties of representative oil, the spatial distribution of lithofacies, the structural elements, and the development potential in targeted areas of Alaska. 11/1/1989 3/31/1993
University of Alabama DE-FC26-00BC15303 Integrated Geological-Engineering Model for Reef and Carbonate Shoal Reservoirs Associated with Paleohighs:  Upper Jurassic Smackover Formation, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Develop an integrated model of detailed rock and fluid information from carbonate reservoirs with well performance and seismic data, enabling enhanced imaging of these reservoirs and the identification of optimal fluid-flow paths that can increase recovery efficiency and extend reservoir life. 9/1/2000 12/31/2003
University of Alabama DE-FG22-96BC14946 Basin Analysis of the Mississippi Interior Salt Basin and Petroleum System Modeling of the Jurassic Smackover Formation, Eastern Gulf Coastal Plain Increase the amount of public information on
domestic rift basins and enhance the understanding of petroleum systems operating in these basins.
8/23/1996 8/22/2001
University of Houston DE-AC26-99BC15206 Impact of Capillary and Bond Numbers on Relative Permeability Improve a centrifuge by adding high pressure and in situ saturation monitoring capabilities.  Determine experimentally the effect of capillary and bond numbers on relative permeability.  Develop a pore-scale network model that will explain the experimental trends and help scale laboratory results to field conditions. 3/19/1999 9/19/2002
University of Kansas DE-FC26-00BC15310 Geo-Engineering Modeling Through Internet Informatics (GEMINI) Develop an interactive, integrated Internet Website, called GEMINI, that will build real-time geo-engineering reservoir models for the Internet using the latest Web applications and selected synthesized Kansas plays. 10/1/2000 9/30/2003
University of Kansas DE-FG22-96BC14844
DE-FG26-99BC15181
DE-FG26-98BC15117
DE-FG26-97BC15008
Preparation of Northern Mid-Continent Petroleum Atlas Develop and maintain an improved online digital atlas of Kansas oil and gas fields and reservoirs and use the expanded database to demonstrate the potential of the northern Mid-continent region.  8/30/1996 9/30/2001
University of Oklahoma DE-AC22-85BC10851 Dispersivity as an Oil Reservoir Rock Characteristic Perform experiments with selected cores under different experimental-apparatus arrangements that represent different physical characteristics of oil reservoirs. Evaluate the total flow path system in a porous medium and determine the appropriate dispersion characteristics of the core flow system. 10/1/1985 9/30/1988
University of Oklahoma DE-AC22-90BC14652 An Investigation of Dispersivity as a Reservoir Rock Characteristic Develop new methods to measure and interpret the dispersivity of a reservoir using Oxygen-18, nuclear reaction analysis, and well log analysis. Relate dispersivity to relative permeability and define a new relationship for relative dispersivity. 7/12/1990 7/12/1994
University of Oklahoma DE-AC26-99BC15212 Development of Reservoir Characterization Techniques and Production Models for Exploiting Naturally Fractured Reservoirs Develop a systematic reservoir characterization methodology that can be used by the petroleum industry to implement infill drilling programs and/or enhanced oil recovery projects in naturally fractured reservoirs systems. These methods will be in  environmentally safe and cost-effective. 6/24/1999 12/24/2002
University of Oklahoma DE-FC26-00BC15302 Acoustical Imaging and Mechanical Properties of Soft Rock and Marine Sediments Combine seismic images with physical, mechanical, and acoustic measurements of weak rock types that are commonly damaged during drilling operations. Identify potential hazards and damage at oil production sites. 1/2/2001 12/31/2003
University of Oklahoma DE-FG22-95BC14869 Geoscience/Engineering Reservoir CharacterizationGypsy Project Use the extensive Gypsy field laboratory and dataset as a focus for developing and testing reservoir characterization methods that are targeted at improved recovery of conventional oil. 4/6/1995 10/5/1998
University of Oklahoma DE-FG26-99BC15185 Gypsy Field Project in Reservoir Characterization Improve recovery of conventional oil through better reservoir characterization of fluvial environments by using data from the Gypsy outcrop and an associated Gypsy field site. 9/20/1999 9/19/2000
University of Pennsylvania DE-FC26-01BC15355 Multiphase Fracture-Matrix Interactions Under Stress Changes Demonstrate how change in the stress levels inside an oil reservoir can affect the way oil and other fluids move through reservoir rock. Use X-ray computed tomographic imaging to study how pressures that hold fractures open inside an oil reservoir decline as oil is produced. Determine how stress levels in the reservoir increase forcing the fractures to close. 9/21/2001 9/20/2005
University of Texas at Austin DE-AC26-99BC15205 Characterization of Mixed Wettability at Different Scales and its Impact on Oil Recovery Efficiency Investigate the stability of wetting films on various mineral substrates and the effect of crude oil and brine composition on wettability alteration. 8/4/1999 8/31/2003
University of Texas at Austin DE-FC26-00BC15305 Integrated Approach for the Petrophysical Interpretation of Post- and Pre-Stack 3-D Seismic Data, Well-Log Data, Geological Information, and Reservoir Production Data via Bayesian Stochastic Inversion Construct a quantitative and predictive interpretation framework that can integrate all of the available geologic and geophysical  measurements into a consistent petrophysical model of static and dynamic reservoir performance. 9/28/2000 2/29/2004
University of Texas at Austin DE-FC26-00BC15308 Advanced Technology for Predicting the Fluid Flow Attributes of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs from Quantitative Geologic Data and Modeling Study the size, clustering, and connectivity of rock fractures for improved ability to determine how these features control the movement of reservoir fluids during injection or extraction. Identify designs to optimize production processes. 9/28/2000 1/15/2004
University of Texas at Austin DE-FC26-01BC15351 Multidisciplinary Imaging Rock Properties in Carbonate Reservoirs for Flow Unit Targeting Develop and test optimal methods for imaging, measuring, and modeling reservoir properties in a carbonate reservoir. 11/1/2001 7/31/2004
University of Tulsa DE-AC22-93BC14894 Application of Artificial Intelligence to Reservoir CharacterizationAn Interdisciplinary Approach Design and implement an intelligent microcomputer-based system that can be used by small producers and independents to efficiently exploit reservoirs in fluvial depositional systems. 9/23/1993 3/31/1997
University of Tulsa DE-FC26-00BC15309 Mapping of Reservoir Properties and Facies Through Integration of Static and Dynamic Data Integrate seismic and production data with information on rock properties and their variations into reservoir models.  Improve the ability to predict reservoir performance that can enable more efficient reservoir management, increased production, and less costly field operations. 10/1/2000 9/30/2004
University of Wyoming DE-AC22-93BC14897 Anisotropy and Spatial Variation of Relative Permeability and Lithologic Character of Tensleep Sandstone Reservoirs in the Bighorn and Wind River Basins, Wyoming Develop an understanding of both the spatial variation in reservoir quality with varying water saturations and the dynamic alteration caused by rock-fluid interaction during CO2 enhanced oil recovery processes. 9/15/1993 1/15/1997
University of Wyoming DE-AP26-04NT40560 Internet Access to Microhole Seismic Data Install a telemetry link to transmit micro-borehole seismic data from the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center to the University of Wyoming via the Internet. 7/6/2004 7/5/2005
Utah Geological Survey DE-AC22-93BC14896 Geological and Petrophysical Characterization of the Ferron Sandstone for 3-D Simulation of a Fluvial-Deltaic Reservoir Create a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, quantitative characterization of a fluvial-deltaic reservoir that will allow realistic interwell and reservoir-scale modeling to be used for improved oilfield development.  Improve reservoir management processes using effective infill and extension drilling strategies, reduced economic risk assessments, and increased recovery from existing oilfields.  Provide more-reliable reserve calculations 9/29/1993 9/28/1996
Utah Geological Survey DE-AC26-98BC15103 Reservoir Characterization of the Lower Green River Formations, Southwest Uinta Basin, Utah Characterize the lower Green River reservoirs at the microscopic, well, interwell, unit, and regional scales.  Improve primary production and secondary recovery operations using reservoir characterization and geostatistical and numerical simulation modeling. 9/30/1998 9/29/2001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University DE-FC26-00BC15301 Seismic Determination of Reservoir Heterogeneity:  Application to Characterization of Heavy Oil Reservoirs Develop advanced seismic methods to determine reservoir heterogeneities from seismic data. Use the data to extrapolate between wells, conduct reservoir characterization studies, and fluid-flow simulation. 9/1/2000 8/31/2004
West Virginia University DE-AC26-98BC15104 Reservoir Characterization of Upper Devonian Gordon Sandstone Jacksonburg-Stringtown Oilfield Northwest West Virginia Develop a three-dimensional model of permeability for the Upper Devonian Gordon sandstone oil reservoir in Jacksonburg-Stringtown field. 9/29/1998 9/28/2001
Yates Energy Corp. DE-FG26-99BC15250 Reprocess Signed-Bit 3-D Seismic Data, Lott Ranch, TX Apply new computing/processing tools to analyze previously collected signed-bit seismic data to identify additional exploration prospects on the Lott Ranch project in Texas. 9/1/1999 8/31/2000