A grand opening of
the Houston Research Center (HRC) will be held on Friday, June 4, 2004,
and will include a short ceremony, an unveiling of plaques acknowledging
contributors and partners to date, and a tour of the facility. Invitees
include representatives from the NSF; senior representatives from industry,
The University of Texas, and U.S. Department of Energy; geological societies;
and State and Federal politicians with interests in the facility.
Tinker, Director BEG and State Geologist of Texas
Welcome and Introduction
Sanchez, Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at
UT Commitment to Rock Curation
Annell Bay, Regional Exploration Director, Americas, Shell,
Shell's Midland Facility and Gift
Jim Farnsworth, Vice President, World-Wide Exploration, BP,
The BP Facility
Rita Bajura, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
DOE's Role in Subsurface Data Preservation
Steve Hinchman, Senior Vice President, Productions Operations, Marathon
Major Equipment Donation
Tom Menges, President and General Manager, Oxy Permian Ltd.
Corporate Rock Collection Donation
Vince Lemieux, Manager, Information Technology, Unocal
Corporate Technical Library
Rich Lane, Program Director, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology,
NSF and Terrestrial Collections Curation
Craig Dingler, President, Houston Geologic Society
Community Need for a Public Rock and Technical Library
The HRC is a public facility for core research donated to the University
by BP. A full technical library was donated by Unocal. The HRC is more
than 120,000 ft2. in size, 30,000 ft2. of which
is composed of a core layout room, office space, three conference rooms,
and meeting areas. The remaining 90,000 ft2. houses more than
500,000 boxes of geologic material (core, cuttings, thin sections, outcrop
samples, and paleo samples) that is accessible to the public via a searchable,
online database (http://igor.beg.utexas.edu/crc2/).
This database includes the entire BEG holdings, which total 1.7 million
boxes of rock material.
The HRC is much more than a core warehouse. With two geologists on staff
as well as core technicans, the HRC serves the public by providing easy
access to geologic material, a facility for short courses or society meetings,
and a full geologic, geophysical, and engineering library that has an
on-staff technical librarian. The Houston Geological Society Bulletin
has published extensive articles about the HRC (April 2003 and February
For more information
about the HRC, please contact Laura Zahm (713-896 8560; firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Beverly DeJarnett (713-983-9420; email@example.com).
more information on the facility, click
here for a pdf-formatted brochure about the HRC.