Vendors race to win campus hearts and minds (December 1998)

On the grounds that if you get them whilethey’re at school, they’ll be faithful customers when they hit the workplace (ifany of them get that far!); E&P software vendors are competing to supply universitieswith their products.

Both GeoQuest and Landmark subsidiary GeoGraphix are offering free software deals to academia. GeoQuest is to provide three-year, renewable licenses for its E&P interpretation products to qualifying academic institutions. The deal includes software maintenance, training and technical support. To qualify, institutions must submit a written proposal indicating their software requirements and should be able to identify an on-campus facility that will accommodate the use of the software.

World-wide program

GeoQuest will then conduct a site assessment to evaluate all qualified campuses. Universities selected for this program may use the software to instruct students as part of the course curriculum or conduct academic research. Frank McKay, vice president of Software Commercialization for GeoQuest stated "We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide GeoQuest's suite of software products to accredited universities around the globe," says "Through this program, students can familiarize themselves with leading-edge technology and will be able to make valuable contributions to the E&P industry upon graduation."

No commercial use!

The software is not intended for commercial use by the university. Meanwhile following a donation of software ‘worth’ nearly $750,000 to Colorado School of Mines, Landmark Graphics subsidiary GeoGraphix has done it again with another donation – this time for another million bucks worth – to Texas A&M. The software will be used by both students and professors in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering computer lab in Colorado a facility that is funded by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC), and the Colorado School of Mines.

20 seats

The software at Texas A&M is to go to the new Integrated Reservoir Investigations Laboratory (IRL) scheduled to open officially early in 1999. In both cases, the Geographix software will offer the students a twenty seat installation with 20 stand-alone versions of the GeoGraphix Exploration System, SeisVision, and PRIZM for the CSM and a networked version of the same software at Texas A&M. More on GeoQuest’s university program from univprog@houston.geoquest.slb.com or Julie Broadley at 713-513-2000, for the GeoGraphix program, checkout the Landmark website at www.lgc.com or call Kami Schmidt on 303 296-0596.

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