Build not Buy is Back!

Chevron is sharing technology with Schlumberger and Paradigm Geophysical in separate research projects.

Bucking the ‘buy not build’ trend in E&P software, Chevron and Schlumberger are to cooperate on the development of new reservoir optimization tools.


The program will focus on speeding reservoir simulation and on improve modeling of geology and wells. Both companies will share in the intellectual property resulting from this initiative.

San Ramon

An eight-person team will work on the project in Chevron’s San Ramon, Calif. facility. Software developed under the program may be commercialized by GeoQuest.


In a separate agreement, with Paradigm Geophysical and Chevron are collaborating on the transfer of Chevron’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology to Paradigm’s
GeoLog product.


Chevron’s VP Technology Don Paul said “We are pleased to leverage our reservoir characterization expertise and to make it available to the industry through our cooperative technology development agreement with Paradigm.”

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2000 Issue # 9.

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