The first Schlumberger research laboratory, founded in 1948 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, focused on a scientific research program assembled by Henri Doll. The objective of the program was to invent new subsurface measurements that would expand the growing Schlumberger wireline business. In 1965, the laboratory was renamed Schlumberger-Doll Research Center (SDR) after Henri Doll, then-retiring chairman, who was by that time the foremost technical contributor at Schlumberger. SDR has since focused on scientific research to invent and develop the Schlumberger products and services of the future.
In 2006, SDR moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a major hub of science and technological innovation in the US, placing the center in close proximity to institutions working at the forefront of numerous disciplines. Currently, SDR comprises five major scientific groups reflecting its historical strength in subsurface measurements as well as new directions that are enabled by a presence in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sensor physics looks at the experimental and theoretical aspects of developing the hardware of subsurface measurements, conveyed by a variety of methods from wireline to wire drilling and coiled tubing, through permanent installations.
The mathematics and modeling department works on the issues surrounding the processing and inversion of data produced by subsurface measurements conveyed by all possible means.
Reservoir geosciences scientists investigate how processed and inverted data from oil and gas measurements can be translated into relevant petrophysical decisions for Schlumberger’s customers.
Scientists in mechanics and materials science conduct leading-edge research into how mechanical engineering and in materials science can effectively impact for oil and gas applications.
The CO2 mitigation department investigates all aspects of science and understanding of injecting CO2 into the subsurface, ranging from wellsite evaluation and selection, monitoring, geomechanics, and thermodynamics, for CO2 sequestration and enhanced recovery.