University of Texas at Austin unveils new energy labs
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas at Austin Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering opened three new laboratories with the aim of advancing energy research and changing how students learn about oil and gas drilling. The result of a $1.7-million gift from Baker Hughes, the total investment, including the lab projects, is close to $3 million. The company presented a check for an additional $150,000 at a dedication ceremony, for ongoing research projects.
The three labs, housed on the first floor of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE) building, include: the Real-time Operations Center, the Drilling Automation Lab and the Zonal Isolation Lab.
Baker Hughes worked closely with the University of Texas, to align the labs with the challenges and needs of the industry. The company has several active collaborations, including three projects in the new labs underway: drilling fluid automation, cementing sensors and ROP enhancement.