The search for oil and gas has three objectives: to identify and evaluate hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs; to bring hydrocarbons to the surface safely and cost-effectively, without harming the environment; and to maximize the yield from each discovery. These objectives can be advanced only by ongoing research into all aspects of the exploration, drilling, and production processes.
Since it first established a research laboratory in 1948 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA, Schlumberger has maintained an unwavering, long-term commitment to research. Schlumberger research has grown geographically and in its range of disciplines into a global network of research centers, expressly to tap into the astonishing breadth and diversity of technology innovation in the 21st century.
In 2007, the Ridgefield lab, renamed Schlumberger-Doll Research in 1965, moved to a new facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, one of six Schlumberger research labs worldwide. Schlumberger Gould Research opened in 1982 near the campus of Cambridge University in the UK; Schlumberger Moscow Research and Schlumberger Stavanger Research opened in their eponymous cities in the mid-1990s. The company’s two newest research labs are the Schlumberger Dhahran Carbonate Research Center, opened in 2006 near the campus of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and Schlumberger Brazil Research and Geoengineering Center, which opened in 2010 on the campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Our research is often conducted in partnership with universities and customers around the world. This ensures close contact with leading-edge research in all relevant disciplines, improves understanding of clients' challenges, and facilitates the validation of research ideas in field experiments at an early stage in the product development cycle.