October 15, 2014
Whitacre College of Engineering students at Texas Tech University will now have access to a powerful software tool for geological, engineering and petrophysical analysis, through IHS Petra® software valued at more than $1.25 million from IHS Inc., the leading source of critical information and insight.
“Many engineering and production companies, especially independents, use IHS Petra to conduct their geological and engineering analysis,” said Marshall Watson, chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering. “Having basic knowledge of this software will give our undergraduate students a real competitive advantage in job placement.”
IHS Petra is a PC-based geological and engineering analysis software tool that is used by geoscientists and engineers to visualize, analyze and manage well production, well log, drilling, reservoir and other related information. This software also includes a database of more than 3.5 million current and historic well records from across the world.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this IHS software to Texas Tech, which is a global leader in both education and research for the petroleum engineering community,” said Russ Sagert, vice president of energy software products at IHS. “This software will ensure that Texas Tech students have industry-leading technology at their fingertips and will help them significantly when they enter the workforce, since many oil and gas companies require their interpreters and engineers to have experience with our geology and engineering applications such as IHS Petra.”
The IHS Petra license will allow up to 150 students to work on the software at the same time. The department is one of the largest petroleum engineering programs in the U.S., and this software will be deployed in the new $22.8 million Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building's unique cluster of laboratories.
“Once implemented, our students will benefit from hands-on use of the software in their classes,” Watson said. “Also, once data is assembled, it can be shared with other universities in an overall senior-design-project exchange plan to help create a portfolio of design projects.”
Petroleum engineering is the practical application of the basic and physical sciences of mathematics, geology, physics, and chemistry and all of the engineering sciences to the discovery, development, and production, and transportation of petroleum.
The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is staffed with industry-experienced faculty who have an average of more than 15 years of experience per faculty member. This experience is combined with sound engineering and scientific principles in the classroom and made an integral part of the candidate’s educational challenge.