The University of Arizona College of Engineering has received a software license valued at $23 million from Schlumberger, the world's leading oilfield services company.
Schlumberger granted the multi-year license to the UA College of Engineering's department of mining and geological engineering. Schlumberger's industry-standard software is used widely throughout the oil and gas exploration and production industries, but its application in the mining industry is less common.
Mary Poulton, head of the mining and geological department, sees the Schlumberger software license as a chance to change this. "It is an opportunity to use state-of-the-art software from the oil and gas industry and see how it can be adapted to mining and environmental applications," said Poulton, who is director of the UA's Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.