Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

CPGE2016 Research Showcase

CPGE Research Showcase 2017 will be held in September. Please watch this page for more information and registration.

CPGE 2016

The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) at the University of Texas at Austin will host a day-long meeting showcasing the current research being performed within CPGE.

To attend: please click here to complete the registration form.

Click here to download the agenda. (The current agenda is version 2 and was updated on 8/30/16)

Research presentations and posters will span a wide range of topics in subsurface resource characterization and engineering. Graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows, research associates and faculty members will share exciting new discoveries in all aspects of subsurface engineering and characterization.

There will be three sessions on the topical areas:

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Fracture Characterization and Modeling
  • Petrophysics

    CPGE 2016 is sponsored by


Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue research aimed at improving diagnostic tests for malaria. Technology used in oil and gas exploration inspired the health-related research.

Webinar: Reservoir Simulators: Powerful Tools for Predicting Oil and Gas Recovery

Thank you to Drs Sepehrnoori, Chin, Wheeler and Foster for a great presentation!

Reservoir SimulatorsListen to the webinar recording: Reservoir Simulators   Download the presentation slides

Join the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) on Friday, August 5, at noon for a free webinar to hear perspectives on various topics in computational methods in reservoir simulation development and application. This webinar will present an overview of procedures for coupling reservoir simulation with geomechanics that include fixed stress splitting. This also includes fracture propagation using a newly developed phase-field approach for porous media, which can treat proppant transport. Our speakers from CPGE will also include application examples for field problems such as three-dimensional computational parallel fracture propagation, stress evolution, reservoir compaction, and fault activation.

Webinar: Shale Fracturing: The Geology And Technology That Sustained The Boom

Thank you to Drs Olson, Sharma & Heidari for a great webinar!

Listen to Webinar 2/19/16     Download 2/19/16 slides

More information: Horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas production in the United States over the past decade.  We give an overview of some of the geologic and geo-mechanical aspects of fracturing in shales.  In particular we look at hydraulic fracture / natural fracture interaction, stress shadow effects that impact simultaneous fracture propagation from adjacent perforation clusters in horizontal wells, and the advances in proppants and novel frac fluid formulations. We conclude by weighing the environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing with the benefits society has derived from the application of the technology. Read more>>>

Webinar (11/11/15) - Chemical EOR: What's New, What Works, Where to Use It

Knowledge Pipeline

Many thanks to Drs Delshad, Pope & Balhoff for a great conversation about Chemical EOR!

You can view the webinar recording and download the presentation slides by clicking on the links below.

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The Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering (CPGE) develops interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related

to energy and the environment.


Technology transfer through training

is an important aspect of the CPGE. While faculty and researchers may work directly

with groups to provide workshops and short courses, we have several formal programs

that bring training to professionals.


Educating the educator is one of the best

ways to increase awareness and understanding of the petroleum engineering field, especially among kids and teenagers.


Our outreach programs target public audiences at a variety of venues such as schools, expositions and forums. Many of our faculty

and researchers volunteer their time

to discuss research and technology

in the energy industry with the public.