The carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) is an
industrial research consortium run by the Bureau of Economic
Geology, The University of Texas at Austin. The RCRL's mission
is to use outcrop and subsurface geologic and petrophysical
data from carbonate reservoir strata as the basis for developing
new and integrated methodologies for better understanding and
describing the 3D reservoir environment.
program has run continuously since 1987 and has produced numerous
outside and BEG publications on carbonate reservoir characterization,
sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics, geostatistics, and petroleum
engineering, including the 1994 and 1995 AAPG Wallace Pratt
awards for best publication in the Bulletin for that year. We
provide research results to sponsor companies in the form of
annual review meetings, CD's of review presentations, RCRL Web
site, preprints of publications, short courses on geologic and
engineering aspects of our research, and through a mentoring
program working hands on with industry staff and data sets. Click here for selected publications.
has maintained a membership of between 25-30 companies per
year. The sponsorship has strong interests in Permian Basin,
and Middle Eastern carbonate reservoirs. This enrollment, supplemented
by government grants, provides support for 4-7 professional
staff and varying numbers of graduate student research assistants,
plus strong computer and graphics support. All staff have extensive
industry experience or have worked closely with industry and
are well aware of the challenges and questions facing development
geoscientists and engineers. We are also very proud of our graduate
student staff that includes several award-winning students,
many of whom are now working in the industry.
we combine industry input with our own ongoing research plans
to develop a set of key geologic and engineering research topics.
Our plans for 2016 are presented in the Executive Summary and Prospectus for 2016 (pdf).