University of Texas at Austin

Facilities

Austin Core Research Center
Austin Core Research Center

The Austin Core Research Center (CRC), located adjacent to Bureau headquarters, is the Bureau's main core repository for core and rock material donated to the University. More than 500,000 boxes of core and cuttings from wells drilled throughout Texas, the U.S., and the world are available at this facility for public viewing and research. Public facilities include core examination layout rooms and processing rooms for slabbing core. Nominal fees are charged to rent table space and to view core. Other services are available upon request.

Houston Research Center
Houston Research Center

Located on the west side of Houston, Texas, six miles north of I-10 and two miles south of U.S. Highway 290, this state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility is equipped to permanently store and curate over 500,000 boxes of geologic core and cuttings. Tthe HRC complex has offices, laboratories, and a well-lit core layout room available for visiting scientists. There are also two conference rooms to accommodate guests attending short courses and seminars.

Midland Core Research Center
Midland Core Research Center

The Midland Core Research Center (MCRC) contains nearly 500,000 boxes of core and cuttings available for public viewing and research. Midland, Austin, and Houston core facilities have combined holdings of nearly 2 million boxes of geologic material. The MCRC maintains a card-catalog inventory listing Section, Township, and Range for rock material stored in this facility. Public facilities include core examination layout rooms and processing rooms for slabbing core. Other services available upon request.

Bureau of Economic Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities
Bureau of Economic Geology Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

The Bureau of Economic Geology operates a multitude of advanced multidisciplinary research laboratories with extensive capabilities, including the Applied Geodynamics Physical Modeling Lab, Core Sawing and Processing, Experimental Fracture Diagenesis Lab, Fluid Inclusion Microscopy and Microthermometry Lab, Inorganic and Stable Isotope Geochemistry Lab, Micro-Model Lab, Soil Characterization Lab, Nanogeosciences Lab, and Nano-Metrology (VSM) Lab.

To learn about these and other Bureau research laboratories, download our Bureau of Economic Geology Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities brochure.

Devine Geophysical Test Site

Devine Geophysical Test Site

The 100-acre Devine Test Site (DTS) is located less than 50 miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas, in Medina County, Texas. The site is managed by the Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL), an Industrial Associate Program at the Bureau of Economic Geology. It is a state-of-the-art public-domain geophysical research facility for academia and industry donated to UT in 1998 by British Petroleum (BP). The test site is used for surface-based seismic and potential-field experiments performed in conjunction with downhole and crosswell experiments.