Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research
The goal of the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research is to produce significant advances in upstream petroleum engineering technology through the combined efforts of faculty, and highly qualified graduate students, in close cooperation with industry.
The oil and gas industry has all the data and limited manpower, while the university has professors and graduate students but very little data from actual fields. In Crisman, the industry provides data and helps the university by framing the problems that need to be solved.
One of the unique features of the Crisman Institute has been that all member companies get the lifetime, paid-up, irrevocable license to use any intellectual property developed during any of the projects that are being funded by Crisman. Part of that agreement includes all code written by a student or professor to solve the problems and algorithms that are developed during a Crisman project. The same is true for any new developments in laboratory equipment or measurement methods.
The Crisman Institute is cooperating in a joint research effort with the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems to initiate a Joint Industry Project that involves “Comprehensive and Integrated Research to Develop Predictive Models for Shale Oil and Gas Reservoirs in Texas."