Schlumberger Gould Research Center

Drilling and telemetry 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.

Fluids department

Research in the SCR fluids 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 SCR 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 Cambridge Research Center (SCR) on the western outskirts of Cambridge, England, is a distinctive marquee-like structure housing multidisciplinary research teams of more than 100 scientists and technicians.