The Schlumberger Gould Research Center (SGR) on the western outskirts of Cambridge, England, is a distinctive marquee-like structure housing multidisciplinary research teams of more than 100 scientists and technicians. Research focuses on drilling, chemistry, fluid mechanics, and seismics, through a combination of theory, experiment, and computational simulation.
Founded in 1982 as Schlumberger Cambridge Research under the leadership of Bernard Vivet, the center was renamed as Schlumberger Gould Research at an inauguration ceremony on October 4th, 2012 in recognition of the retiring Chairman and CEO, Andrew Gould, and his career long commitment to research and development.
With a strengthened focus on drilling, the company is now embarking on the development of the integrated drilling technologies needed in the future to produce oil and gas safely, efficiently, and with the required environmental care. The Schlumberger Gould Research Center is expanding to become the primary company research facility for these developments. The Center benefits from strong collaborative links with Cambridge University to drive innovation and support its long-term vision.
The objective of the drilling department is to develop an understanding of the physics of the drilling system as a whole, from which novel drilling techniques can be developed to improve safety, consistency, and our capability to economically access increasingly difficult-to-reach reserves. The department has two closely related programs. The drilling technologies program focuses on understanding the physics of the drilling process. The monitoring and control program focuses on the extraction of information from real-time data while drilling to improve decision making and enable control.
The chemistry department specializes in analytical, synthetic, and physical chemistry, as well as surface science. By focusing on surface modification engineering, controlled reactions, and the development of new chemical measurements and interpretation techniques, the chemistry department aims to understand and exploit the chemical means of measuring, optimizing, and controlling reservoir and wellbore processes.
Research in the fluid mechanics department centers on the measurement of multiphase flows in boreholes and pipelines; optimization and control of pumps; the fluid mechanics of well cementing; and the application of state-of-the-art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques to characterize and quantify multiphase flow processes in porous media. Key focus areas for the department include the combination of experimentation over a range of scales with modeling and numerical simulation, and close collaboration with academia.
Seismic technologies play a pivotal role in the wide range of geophysical research conducted by scientists in the SGR geophysics department. The department has been instrumental in the development of advanced acquisition systems for WesternGeco and in the interpretation of the resulting measurements; conducting research into modeling and inversion algorithms to link seismic data to rock properties, and passive seismic techniques to connect the drilled geology to processes taking place in the inter-well volume. The department engages in extensive collaborative research with universities in the UK and academic institutions in Europe.