Schlumberger Gould Research Center

Schlumberger Gould Research Center

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.

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 315 576
Address: High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0EL
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Founder Member

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 4 October 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.

Drilling department

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.

Chemistry department

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.

Fluid Mechanics department

Research in the fluid mechanics department centers on multiphase fluids in porous media and flow and measurement of fluids in boreholes and pipelines. Scientists participate in internal theoretical, computational, and experimental studies and collaborate in joint industry programs with universities and government funding agencies.

Geophysics department

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. The department engages in extensive collaborative research with universities in the UK and academic institutions in Europe.

The Schlumberger Gould Research Centre listed at GRADE II*

Cambridge high-tech architectural landmark listed at GRADE II*

The landmark Schlumberger Gould Research Centre in Cambridge designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, one of the leading British architects of recent times, has been listed at Grade II* by Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch on the advice of Historic England.

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6 May 2015Read in full

BP standardizes on Schlumberger technology for new global software platform

BP standardizes on Schlumberger technology for new global software platform

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10 April 2015Read in full

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30 March 2015Read in full

Schlumberger introduces coiled tubing real-time multiset inflatable packer

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27 March 2015Read in full

Schlumberger and Chevron Energy Technology Company sign software agreement

Schlumberger announced the signing of a long-term software contract with Chevron Energy Technology Company (ETC), a division of Chevron USA Inc. The new contract provides universal access to the Petrel* E&P software platform across Chevron’s entire earth sciences organisation.

25 March 2015Read in full

Schlumberger launches two new full-azimuth multiclient surveys in the US Gulf of Mexico

Latest technologies for survey acquisition and imaging employed to support operational decisions

20 March 2015Read in full

Schlumberger releases new ultra-high temperature drilling technologies

Schlumberger announced the launch of TeleScope ICE* ultrahigh-temperature measurements-while-drilling service and PowerDrive ICE* ultrahigh-temperature rotary steerable system (RSS).

18 March 2015Read in full

Schlumberger introduces industry-first fully dissolvable plug-and-perf system

Schlumberger introduces industry-first fully dissolvable plug-and-perf system

Schlumberger's Infinity system degrades completely, leaving fullbore access without the need for intervention for faster production

16 February 2015Read in full

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