Crustal Imaging Facility (CIF)
The mission of the Crustal Imaging Facility (CIF) at the University of Oklahoma is to provide computer hardware, software, data, and user-support to students and professors of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy for both teaching and research using geophysical and geological data. Through the generosity of software vendors, CIF provides students education using state-of-the-art petroleum exploration and development applications. Through the generosity of exploration companies, national oil companies, and data brokers, CIF provides access to high-quality 3D seismic (including multicomponent), electric log, image log, microseismic, and production data for both interdisciplinary instruction and for testing and validating innovative processing workflows, interpretation hypotheses, and algorithm development.
The Crustal Imaging Facility is the primary high-end interpretation and computation facility for the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics. Classes using hands-on applications as learning tools are conducted in the Crustal Imaging Facility. The facility also provides the framework for laboratory exercises in reservoir characterization, seismic modeling and migration, 3D seismic processing, exploration geophysics, 3D seismic interpretation, and quantitative seismic interpretation. Beyond supporting instruction at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the Crustal Imaging Facility serves as the computational platform for research in seismic processing and imaging, seismic geomorphology, computer-assisted structure and fracture analysis, reservoir characterization, and integrated seismic and potential field imaging of the earth’s crust. Over the past 25 years, the well-trained and enthusiastic students engaged in this research have become key players in the energy industry.
The Crustal Imaging Facility is housed in room 1014 Sarkeys Energy Center. Hardware consists of 22 dual-monitor workstations running Windows, a Linux-based data server, four 8-processor, and one 12-processor Linux compute servers, a tightly linked 6x8=48 processor server and over 60 Terabytes of disk space. In addition, we have six 144 processors of dedicated processing power housed within OU’s 2772-node supercomputer center, http://www.oscer.ou.edu ,where very large jobs can also be run using a batch queuing system.
Through the generosity of software vendors, the Crustal Imaging Facility hosts complete licenses to Schlumberger’s Petrel Interpretation and Reservoir Simulation software, Hampson Russell seismic inversion, geostatistics, neural networks, AVO, well-tie, and time-lapse seismic software, Tesseral’s 2D finite difference and ray-trace modeling software, Geocenter’s SeisUp seismic processing software, Landmark’s Promax seismic processing software, Techlog applications, and a full suite of Transform’s interpretation software.